Goring Scout group needs help to fund new home and storage facility

The Goring Scout Hut which is set to be demolished in Wavertree Avenue, Goring. W52024p10
The Goring Scout Hut which is set to be demolished in Wavertree Avenue, Goring. W52024p10

A LONG-ESTABLISHED Scout group is appealing for kind-hearted residents to help store its club items.

The plea by 2nd Goring Scouts follows a lengthy 10-year battle as the group attempts to fund a new scout headquarters.

The group did meet in the Scout hut in Wavertree Road, Goring, until recently when they were forced to leave due to the state of the hut.

Now, with the hut set to be demolished in September, Scout leaders are desperately searching for somewhere to store all their gear.

The group has even warned if no money is found for a new headquarters it may have to close permanently, denying its 55 members a club.

Treasurer and trustee Alan Greenyer said: “We have been trying for 10 years and we are no nearer.

“One of the reasons we can’t get funding is we are not considered a statutory youth organisation but we are the biggest youth organisation in the country.

“It is very frustrating.”

The group, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, has been fighting hard to get £100,000 to fund a new building on the site it leases from Worthing Council.

However, fund-raising only produce enough money to keep the Beavers, cubs and Scout groups running and numerous attempts to secure grants have failed.

Now, the Scouts have to meet in St Richard’s Parish Church hall, in Collingwood Road, rather than in a dedicated Scout hall – something that is both expensive and inconvenient for the group.

Alan said: “There is no room at the church hall we rent.

“We pay £7.75 an hour and we are there for eight hours a week and we still have to pay if we have an outdoor activity.”

To help with storage or funding, call 01903 502843.