Project HQ – the story so far…
1st Fetcham Scout Group is a thriving Scout Group that sits at the heart of our community. We have over 140 boys a nd girls aged 5 – 18 years along with countless adult volunteers who all enjoy the challenge and adventure that Scouting offers.
We are now facing our biggest challenge yet – building a new Scout HQ and we’ve had quite a journey already…
What’s the latest?
We are back to the drawing board and a new HQ3 project team is being put together. We plan to replace the current HQ with a new one within a realistic budget. We still need to continue to fundraise through events and grant applications, but we are determined to do our best and achieve our goal. If you would like to get involved with the project team, fundraising, media, financially or any other way we would love to hear from you.
What happened to plans for The Greenhouse?
In 2017 we were granted planning permission to build a brand new HQ located behind our current building which would have enabled us to offer Scouting to greater numbers of young people. The plan was that the new building would also be used by the wider community, but we still needed to raise £600,000!
In 2019 we welcomed the invitation by a Community Interest Company to join with us to help fund and build our dream HQ. The Greenhouse was redesigned with wider community in mind and new planning permission was granted in 2020. Unfortunately this project has now been terminated and further information about that can be found on The Greenhouse website : https://greenhousefetcham.org/
Why do we need a new HQ?
Our current Scout Hut was built in 1956, for £1500, by the Scouts and their parents and has come to the end of its useable life. While efforts are made to keep the building safe, inevitably the structure is beyond long term repair and the new HQ will not only give a save environment for our members to grow but will invest in future generations of the young
people of Fetcham.
A massive “Thank you” to everyone who has donated either time or money to our project so far.
A selection of individuals, Surrey County Council, BP, St Mary’s Church Council, Europa Point Lodge, Business Lunch, Mole Valley WI, Mole Valley Probus, WHIPS, Waitrose, Boots, Squires Garden Centre Cobham, Landway Construction, Fetcham Childminders and others.
2 London Marathons runners (C. Beeton & A. Davidson), 1 Brighton Marathon runner (E Brown), Sponsored walk of South West Coast Path (D White), Fetcham Fun Run (M Burgess & others), Various Scouts, Cubs and Beavers have undertaken sponsored challenges.
1st Fetcham Fundraising events:
1st Fetcham Gang Show, Fetcham Fun Runs, Barn Dance, Fetcham Festivals, Dorking trail, Disco, Curry Night, Pantomime, Quiz Nights, Jumble sales, Sip and Shop event, Crafternoon tea sessions, Old pound coin collection, Charity boxes in local businesses, Christmas Pudding sales, Village day, Tea towels, The Big Wheelbarrow Push, Spooktacular, Shooting competition and Raffle.
Planned Future Fundraising:
Tesco Blue Token – Please vote for us using the blue tokens in Tesco through its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000 and £500 awarded to local community projects July, Aug and Sept 2021. You can vote in Leatherhead, Ashtead, Epsom, Ewell and Banstead.
Mole Valley Lottery – We are registered with this fundraising incentive and we’d be very grateful if you could buy a ticket : https://www.molevalleylottery.co.uk/support/1st-fetcham-scout-group . Each £1 ticket bought gives us 50p and 10p for to other causes in Mole Valley.
SmileAmazon – If you shop on Amazon this is an easy way to support our 1st Fetcham Scout HQ and easy we get a % of sales. Just following this link: http://www.smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/305773-0.
Easy Fundraising – Another way to support us by going through this portal for your online shopping. Register here https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/1stfetchamscoutgroup/ and again we earn money from sales.
Virgin Giving – Donations can be made on our fundraising page at Virgin Giving
Please feel free to share with friends and family. It all adds up! We will be holding other fundraising events in the future. Please keep in touch with us by joining our 1st Fetcham Scouts Project HQ group on Facebook to see what’s going on, or check back here.