A SCOUTS group in Abingdon is replacing its 1970s scout hut after securing a £75,000 grant from Biffa Award.

The 30th Abingdon Scouts secured the grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to ‘build communities and transform lives’ through awarding grants to community and environmental projects.

The existing pre-fabricated hut has been repaired over many years and is no longer fit for purpose.

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The unit was originally a welfare building from Didcot Power Station, relocated to the site by the Abingdon Baptist Church in 1976 as a temporary measure.

More than 40 years on, the hut will be demolished this month to make way for a new 105 square metre modular building that will be both accessible and available to all.

Avril Williams, 30th Abingdon Group scout leader, said: "The current building has reached the end of its useful life and is very cold in the winter and hot in the summer.

“The new facilities would be much more comfortable and practical to use for all groups including Scouts".

Rachel Maidment, Biffa Award Grants Manager, added: "It is so important that we keep investing in community buildings which provide a space for people to meet, socialise and learn new skills.

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“It is great to have been able to fund the purchase and installation of the new modular building to create new facilities that will be accessible to all”.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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