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Fundraising campaign for new scout hut on target

Fundraising campaign for new scout hut on target

Francis Batt

Fundraising campaign for new scout hut on target

An ambitious £105,000 project to rebuild the hut at Bears Rail scout campsite is well on the way to success.

Yesterday the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Colin Rayner welcomed scouts from across the Windsor and Eton district to the Guildhall, to hear the progress of the Dyson Hut project at the campsite in Old Windsor.

Eunice Stone, who has led the fundraising efforts revealed that £70,000 had already been raised. Some contributions were made during the evening by the BP Masonry Lodge, Shanly Homes, Radian Housing and the Bears Rail Supporters Club.

But Mrs Stone's own contribution was recognised by the mayor who said: "Eunice Stone has worked so hard on this project and without her it just would not have got off the ground. With a bit of luck her dream will come true by the end of the year."

The original Dyson Hut was completed in 1939 after a donation of 25 guineas in memory of the late Frederick Dyson.

During the evening five scouts from Central Windsor scout group were also awarded their gold awards by district commissioner David Smith. They were Emma Broad, Bob Denham,  Ella Blake,  Isabel McClenn and Fiona Hearn.

A brick fireplace was a prominent feature of the old Dyson Hut and the new Dyson Hut will continue this tradition. Bricks can be purchased and engraved with the contributor's name. They will be used to build the fireplace and the surrounding wall.

This can be done through the Windsor and Eton Scout website or through David Smith at david_smith09@btinternet.com  or  01753 542098 for details.

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