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New £150,000 scout hut unveiled in Old Windsor

New £150,000 scout hut unveiled in Old Windsor

Francis Batt

New £150,000 scout hut unveiled in Old Windsor
Campsite warden Paul Allum, scout district commissioner David Smith, fundraiser Eunice Stone and deputy park ranger Paul Sedgewick.
A triumphant £150,000 fund raising campaign has ended with the unveiling of a smart new hut at Bears Rails scout camp.

The Deputy Ranger of Windsor Crown Estate Paul Sedgewick cut the ribbon to formally open the new scout hut on Saturday.

As many as 250 enthusiastic onlookers - supporters and donors - had gathered at the Old Windsor camp which leads off Crimp Hill Road.

It took two years to raise the money for the new hut.

District commissioner for Windsor and Eton scout district David Smith said: "The support and help we have had from our current scouts and ex-scouts has been incredible.  

"This new building, professionally built, is a building that we can all be proud of. It keeps much of its old character with the centrepiece fireplace and will serve many generations of scouts to come."

The original Dyson Hut was completed in 1939 for 25 guineas.

Contributors to the new hut have included Windsor and Eton Rotary Club, BAA Heathrow Communities for Tomorrow, plus several Freemason lodges who came up with £15,000. 

Mr Smith expressed his particular gratitude to Eunice Stone who led the fundraising.

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