The refurbishment programme for the indoor accommodation at Danemead Scout Campsite took a huge leap forward today with the announcement that the site has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund for Phase 2 to continue the major refurbishment of the 1958 constructed bunk house cabin.
This money as part of the Phase 2 programme will go towards completing the re insulating of the three remaining bunk room walls and ceilings, remove old electric heaters and replace with energy efficient radiators and a full central heating system. Replace the single glazed windows with double glazed windows. Install an indoor toilet room and convert a space into a leader’s room with sleeping accommodation. The bunk beds will also be replaced.
Further grant applications to cover Phase 3 will be ongoing. The programme of works will be announce at a later date.
The goal is to provide an up to date fit for purpose facilities that will allow more people to benefit from the accommodation and activities the camp site can offer and to build their personal qualities and abilities.
Commenting on the award, the Danemead Site Committee Chairman, Chris Harrison said,
"This money will help to secure the future of Danemead Scout Campsite for many more years. It will allow us to continue to offer outdoor fun and adventure in a safe environment to hundreds more young people helping them learn skills for life.”
This news comes shortly after the announcement that adults coming with a group can camp for free, up to a maximum of five adults, part of the site's commitment to ensure that as many young people get the opportunity to use Danemead as possible.
Matt Brett, site manager said,
"This Money is so important to Danemead. It means we can push forward with our refurbishment plans and keeping offering our customers the most comfortable stay possible whilst enjoying our beautiful site"
Phase one improvements can be seen below.