Scout group search for place to call their home

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'St Mary's Scouts held a car boot sale on St Mary's Church car park, Leyland, to raise money for a new roof and refurbishment of the scout hall
PHOTO : DAVID HURST'St Mary's Scouts held a car boot sale on St Mary's Church car park, Leyland, to raise money for a new roof and refurbishment of the scout hall

A Leyland scout group is looking for a base to call its own.

The Leyland St Mary’s group has experienced a nightmare 12 months after discovering in November the roof of their Fox Lane headquarters was made of asbestos and needed to be taken down.

While they were working on it, the leaders found a problem with the electrics and bad weather meant their floor also got flooded.

It has meant that the 80 children and leaders have been nomadic switching between the parish centre at Leyland St Mary’s Church on Broadfield Drive to the Greek Orthodox Church on Leyland Lane.

The cost of the development is £20,000 and the troop are frantically holding fundraising events to pay for it, including a car boot sale on Saturday, which raised £295.

Jackie Lee, who has been a scout leader for the past 24 years, said: “The children have been brilliant about not having a permanent home and it has been difficult telling them that we are moving to different places.

“You just have to keep smiling or you will end up crying because it just seems to be one thing after another.

“I suppose it could have been a lot worse if they had not fixed everything.

“When our base was first built there were not as many safety precautions that we have today and we have to be careful working with children.

“We are very grateful to the Knights of St Columbas who donated money to us.

“We are going to discuss holding more events but it was a great success.

“There is still a long way to go to raise all the money needed to pay for the work but I know we will do it.”

Anyone interested in donating money to the Scouts should contact Jackie on 01772 434118.