Local businesses are being urged to join specialist building firm, Emmerson Critchley Ltd and provide much needed support to achieve the long-awaited completion of the 1st Horringer Scout Group’s new eco-friendly meeting venue.
The new 16m x 10m hut is located beside the old decaying one on a field next to St Leonard’s Church in Horringer. Sadly, despite the fundraising starting in 2010 and construction commencing two years ago, the new hut is still currently only partially complete.
So far, the project team, Build Coordinator Nick Berry (also on the Committee Board of the 1st Horringer Scout Group) and Fundraiser Mark Hill – both of whom have worked tirelessly on an entirely voluntary basis – have raised an impressive £70K towards the new hut’s construction. They have also consulted with conservation officers from St Edmundsbury Council for building advice as well as Planning Approval and gained permissions from the National Trust, which is the owner of the field in which the hut is located.
The new hut, which is of a timber-framed construction with a cedar shingle roof and utilising low impact materials in keeping with its surroundings including straw bale insulation and lime rendered external walls, will serve local scout, brownie and guide groups as a meeting venue. Owing to the fact that, once completed, it will also provide a WC, shower room and kitchenette, it will also enable the field in which it is situated to be used for camping activities – a function that is not currently possible owing to lack of facilities.
Once completed, the project team is also keen that the hut serves as a wider community meeting venue resource for the local community for events and clubs. To this end, Mark and Nick have been working in collaboration with the Parish Council and Community Council of Horringer.
Despite funds (£70K in total so far) being raised from parish councils, fundraising activities, donations, locality budget allocations from the Suffolk County Council as well as support from the Suffolk Green Foundation, the Suffolk Foundation and a Working Together Grant, a final £15K is required to get the project finished and the building open for use.
Mark has just submitted funding applications to Tesco and Asda but he is also hoping to attract support from private businesses too. He says: “Support – in the form of donating time, resources, materials or funds – would be most welcome. In particular, we are very keen to enlist the support of local electrical contractors as we particularly need help on that front to complete the hut.”
Emmerson Critchley Ltd, which specialises in building projects for Listed and period properties and timber framed buildings, is providing support, both in terms of manpower and also materials. While the hut’s roof is complete, it currently has no windows, flooring or insulation. Owing to the firm’s expertise in traditional skills and use of low impact materials, it is perfectly placed to support with the provision of the building’s lime render and straw bale insulation. This also perfectly matches the project team’s commitment to the creation of a sustainable building.
About the project, Build Coordinator, Nick Berry explains: “It would be so great to see the hut finally completed and it will make such a wonderful resource for the scout group and community at large.”
Emmerson Critchley, owner of Emmerson Critchley Ltd, says: “We’re delighted to be able to lend support to such a worthwhile and community-spirited initiative that also exemplifies sustainability and champions traditional building techniques – my team and I wholeheartedly believe in this project and feel privileged to be part of it. We would encourage other local businesses to lend a hand too.”
To find out more or get involved, please contact Mark Hill on 07966 381758 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org