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10/28/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/28/2019 07:36

Savills and Reside Developments DIY challenge to restore damaged Lewes Scout hut

The 6th Lewes Scout Hut sustained serious damage in 2018 and since then, the Scout group has been unable to use it, as the WCs were damaged, the floor had collapsed and the walls were hacked.

Savills and Reside Developments wanted to help the Scouts, so joined forces to bring the valuable space back to life and into the heart of the Lewes community again.

Brett Hamblin, MD, Reside Developments, led the project, which took place over two days on October 9 and 10, and saw the group of volunteers cut back extensive overgrown areas, build a huge fire pit and mock amphitheatre to give the Scouts greater use of their outdoor space, fit a new kitchen and appliances, build and fit out new WCs, install fences and a gate, re-build the access and steps, create a sensory room, fit low voltage lights and decorate all the new areas.

The hut was ready to be handed back with just minutes to spare. In the company of Maria Caulfield, Conservative MP for Lewes, eager Cubs, Beavers, Scouts, leaders and parents congregated for celebratory refreshments.

Guest of honour, Maria Caulfield MP, unveiled the commemorative plaque that had been designed and made by Vicky Gunn from Savills, and commented: 'I can see the project has made big demands on both skills and time, and what has been achieved is commendable, heartening and an incredible and a very generous display of kindness. This hut is such a special hut and your monumental DIY effort will have such a positive and far-reaching impact on the lives of so many who now have a safe, polished and inclusive meeting place back again.'

Brett Hamblin said: 'I am very impressed that so many of you - most with little or no DIY experience - have taken so keenly to the tasks. I applaud your enthusiasm and tireless efforts to complete the challenge and your humour along the way.'

Ian Fowler, director, Savills south east development team, added: 'We have never attempted anything like this before and the vast majority of us have been out of our comfort zone, but what this challenge has proved beyond any doubt is that working as a team is vitally important. I'm so very proud and also very grateful to everyone, particularly the Reside team and the trades who have generously given up their time, as well as those who have made financial donations and given materials and equipment to help us.'

Heartfelt and grateful thanks were also delivered by young Scout, Tom Perry, who said: 'On behalf of everyone in the 6th Lewes Scout Group, we are so grateful and happy to have our hut back again. We have fun here, we meet with friends and we also learn and take the opportunity to be part of the community and achieve things - thank you to everyone.'

A JustGiving page has been set up, with proceeds going towards some of the costs for the recent work and any surplus will be used by the Scout group to enable them to continue maintenance and add to the hut. To donate, visit