2nd Warwick Sea Scouts are proud to announce that the watertight shell for their new HQ has been completed in St Nicholas Park with the roller shutters having been installed.
This completes the second phase of their ‘Building a Future’ project, the first phase being the successful renovation of the jetties and construction of a new boatyard. 2nd Warwick's aim is to increase the number of children who can join the group, but to achieve this they need more leaders, safe waterside facilities and a larger meeting place.
Work will continue throughout January to fit out the inside of the new HQ, but they are still seeking the final funds to complete the project, so that they can open their doors to the community by Summer 2021.
"It is so exciting to see our new HQ rise from the ashes after what has been a challenging year. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had in making this happen, and to now see our HQ building in place and be able to walk inside, brings home the reality of what an amazing resource this will be not only for us, but also for the local community. With a final push for funds, we should be able to open our doors in 2021. Please do get in touch if you can help in any way."
Viv Bosworth, Chair, 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts
The watertight shell has been fully funded by the Sea Scouts after extensive fundraising, which has been challenging in recent times. This has been acheived through the support of Warwick District Council and other major funders including National Grid, King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, 20th May 1961 Trust and the Bernard Sunley Foundation. They have also received amazing support from the local community including Warwick Town Council, Warwick Court Leet, Kenilworth Round Table, Warwick Rotary Club, St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth & Warwick Lions, Alderson House, St Mary's Hall Trust, Edith & Jack Griffiths Trust, The Charity of Thomas Oken and Nicholas Eyffler and many other smaller trusts and private donations.
“Warwick District Council are delighted to see such great progress being made on what will be an amazing new community resource for the local area. We have been incredibly happy to support this project over the last few years and it’s great to see it now becoming a reality. The new facility will enable the group to expand, giving even more of the district’s young people and children the opportunity to join and benefit from the many life-long skills and experiences they offer, whilst also establishing a great new community venue in the heart of Warwick” Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council
2nd Warwick Sea Scouts can now move on to fitting out the inside of their hut due to generous support from the King Henry VIII Foundation, HS2 Community and Environment Fund and Leamington Round Table. They have also received donated goods: IPS Panelling, Vanity Units and
Cubicles from Excelsior and racking for their new storage room from Atkore.
They however they still need to raise the final funds to complete it. If you can help, please email [email protected] or see https://www.2wk.org.uk/get-involved/make-a-donation
‘This is a key milestone for 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts and something we have been working towards for over 10 years! The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how vital outdoor activities are for our local youngsters, and how they are needed now more than ever. We are preparing to expand, with a second Beaver Colony ready to open as soon as the lockdown is over, and we can resume face to face meetings. We hope to move the new Beaver Colony and the established sections into our new HQ later in 2021. As we expand the group, we do need more volunteers and leaders, so would love to hear from any adults who would like to get involved in the future.’
Marc Gadsby. Group Scout Leader, 2nd Warwick Sea Scouts
For more information please contact [email protected] or visit www.2wk.org.uk/new-hq or follow on Facebook www.facebook.com/2wkseascouts