“The cub hut is next to the village hall. The cub hut is large long and wide and its built of bricks. Its a qiuet place. Cub skouts go thir to enjoy them selfs. Its got a long garden. Its a nice place to go to. We play exsiting games of doge-ball and heads and tails. We go on trips and camps.” Matt - My Favourite Place - part of a geography project at Eynsham Primary School in summer 2007.
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The building was opened by David Cameron MP on 2 April 2005. Read on for full story.
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There is also an enclosed garden to the rear.
Scouts call on MP's help
EYNSHAM Scouts have enlisted the help of Witney MP David Cameron in their bid to get funding for a new hut.
The group is made up of 74 Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Explorers, and are based in a hut in Back Lane. which is more than 40 years old.
The group's chairman Steve Walker said: "The old hut is passed its sell-by date. We have planning permission to build a new one and have already raised about £4[???] towards the £100,000 we need."
Mr Walker is pictured right showing plans to Mr Cameron. Two attempts to receive Lottery funds through the community grant scheme been turned down.
Mr Walker said: "We invited Mr Cameron to visit us and help us secure funding".
Extract from Oxford Mail / Times
IT TOOK two years of dedicated fundraising, donations, hard work, and goodwill, but the new Scout hut in Eynsham is finally finished.
Witney MP David Cameron officially opened the Eynsham Scout Group's new headquarters, in Back Lane, on Saturday, 2 April 2005.
Ian Keeley, group Scout leader, said: "The difference between our headquarters now and what we had before is incredible. The Scouts are absolutely thrilled. They have more space than before, and it is much warmer."
The campaign to replace the Eynsham Scout Group's dilapidated, 60-year-old, prefabricated building, and build a new, £120,000-home started in 2003.
The existing hut was bulldozed to make way for a purpose-built headquarters, which now serves 100 Scouts, Beavers, Cubs, Explorers, and leaders - as well as the local community.
It was all hands on deck. The Scout group set about hosting a range of fundraising events, including a masked ball, bingo sessions, and carol singing. Their efforts paid off, and they managed to raise a massive £75,000 towards the project. Eynsham parish council and West Oxfordshire District Council jointly contributed £25,000 and the balance came from community donations.
Free materials or discounts from businesses and traders also went towards the new building.
Mr Keeley thanked the community for supporting the project, and said: "We have achieved what a lot of people thought was impossible. We've had great fun along the way, and made a lot of new friends."
But the Scout group still needs £10,000 to cover costs for the building, and is appealing for donations. To help fund-raise for the Scout hut, call Mr Keeley, on 07855 912407.
Mandy Biddulph - West Oxfordshire Gazettte