Scout hut in Sleights opens after revamp

Sleights scout hut work in progress
Sleights scout hut work in progress

SLEIGHTS Scouts welcomed over 80 guests to their hut after the meeting place underwent an extensive refurbishment before Christmas.

The newly refurbished scout hut was re-opened by Edna Buckle, widow of the founder of Sleights Scouts and former group leader Ken Buckle.

She was joined by John McEachen, chairman of Whitby Rotary (Endeavour) and James Raistrick.

The re-opening took place in front of over 80 guests, many of whom either had previous or current connections with the uniformed organisations in Sleights or had helped with different parts of the refurbishment.

Afternoon tea and cakes were served and the Sleights put on displays of items collected for the Collectors badges.

Noel Barrett, chairman of trustees, said: “A truly impressive and mammoth amount of work has now created a building which once again can properly serve Sleights Scouts and Cubs, providing a warm, safe and secure environment in which to meet.”

A large list of works has been carried out, including rewiring the hut, a new heating system, refurbished kitchen and toilets.

Much of the exterior boarding had rotted and so was replaced, while there was also interior repainting and recoating of the exterior cladding.

There was also levelling, top-soiling and grass reseeding of the rear garden and the front car park was tidied.

Work which remains to be carried out is the replacement of the main windows and doors, which it is hoped can be installed in the spring with the assistance of further fund-raising, and re-hanging of the main entrance gate.

Once all the works to the hut interior have been completed, it is intended that the hut will be made available for letting to the community and other groups.

At the grand reopening Peter Backhouse, group scout leader, welcomed the guests and spoke of the history of the First Sleights Scouts.

Mr Barrett gave a vote of thanks to Whitby Rotary (Endeavour) who carried out most of the refurbishment works.

He also thanked Eskdale-cum-Ugglebarnby Parish Council who had provided a grant to fund the cost of materials and resources, and Yorkshire Coast Homes who had granted a new lease of the site.

He added: “Without these three key players the refurbishment would simply not have been possible.”

He also thank the other local businesses who helped through the donation of both goods and services.

After the re-opening there as an investiture of new Cubs, which was undertaken by county scout commissioner Ian Barden in the presence of the district scout commissioner Mike Locker.