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Locals join forces at hut

back from left, County Councillor Michael Green, Jackie Lee, group scout leader, Jenny Rowan, scout leader and Kate Bower, scout leader with the scouts and their newly refurbished Leyland St Mary's Scout hut on Fox Lane

back from left, County Councillor Michael Green, Jackie Lee, group scout leader, Jenny Rowan, scout leader and Kate Bower, scout leader with the scouts and their newly refurbished Leyland St Mary's Scout hut on Fox Lane

A run-down scout hut is now ready to receive new members after a £10,000 overhaul.

Members of the community, including local businesses and councillors, rallied round to fund and carry out a refurbishment of the car park area at Leyland St Mary’s Scout Hut in Fox Lane.

Richard Lea, president of South Ribble Rotary Club, which also contributed, said: “The scout hut was a mess.

“It was overgrown with weeds and often waterlogged so wheelchair access was almost impossible, fly tipping was a constant problem and there was nowhere suitable for outdoor activities for the scouts.

“Group scout leader Jackie Lee and secretary Roy Ripley set about seeking help from many groups and individuals in the community and now they have a lovely tarmac area all around the hut with proper drainage.”

Jackie said: “It’s great now for the scouts and has made the whole area so much more pleasant and usable.”

Those who contributed were the South Ribble Partnership, The Harris Charity, County Councillor Michael Green, former County Councillor Mike France, the Community Payback Scheme and the Rotary Club of South Ribble.

The work was supported by South Ribble Council’s Estates Department and was sponsored by Mark Coxhead of JCs Country Farm Produce and Ian Hodge of Complete Tank Solutions, with Matthew Cleece and B Smith and Son doing most of the work.

Roy Ripley added: “We are so proud of our newly refurbished scout hut and we can now welcome more members.”

To join call Jackie on 01772 434118.

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