Firm helps save scout hut

Picture shows the scout hut in Staining near Blackpool which was helped by builders Jones Homes in the refurbishment and re-rendering of the outside of the building.'Picture are John Roocroft the regional director of Jones Homes in Fylde and Rob the Scout Leader'Pictures by Paul Currie 'www.paulcurriephotos.com'07796146931
Picture shows the scout hut in Staining near Blackpool which was helped by builders Jones Homes in the refurbishment and re-rendering of the outside of the building.'Picture are John Roocroft the regional director of Jones Homes in Fylde and Rob the Scout Leader'Pictures by Paul Currie 'www.paulcurriephotos.com'07796146931
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A crumbling Fylde coast scout hut has been brought back to life – thanks to a generous donation.

Building materials have been donated by housing developer Jones Homes to refurbish and re-render the 1st Staining Scout Group, on Staining Road in the village.

The 70-year-old hut, which was in need of renovation, has now been restored to its former glory and group scout leader Rob Williams says the improvements have been vast – and should secure the future of scouting in the village.

He added: “It’s added years of life to the hut so it’s in effect kept scouting in the village for years.

“The scouts think it’s absolutely fantastic.”

Blackpool District Scouts relies totally on fund-raising and donations, providing access to training activities for children living all across Blackpool.

The Staining group provides facilities for 25 cub scouts, 22 beavers and 19 scouts.

John Roocroft, regional director for Jones Homes Fylde, said the company was impressed with the work the scout group does for the community.

He added: “Investing in local communities is very important to Jones Homes, which is why we’re delighted to have helped restore Staining Scout Headquarters on Staining Road.

“John and the many volunteers do a wonderful job providing for many local children, so it was with great pleasure Jones Homes was able to help.

“We very much hope all scouts and volunteers continue to enjoy this long established institution on Staining Road.”

John Singleton, Staining Scout Group chairman, said the gesture from the firm has helped many in the village accept further development there.

Earlier this year some villagers told of their opposition to plans by the company to develop on land off Chain Lane, in the village.

But Mr Singleton said: “On behalf of all Blackpool Scouts, I would like to thank Jones Homes for its generosity.

“I am against any further development in Staining and was reluctant to welcome Jones Homes to our local community. However, the lovely support we have received has helped us preserve this popular facility in the community and I hope we may call on them again.”