Review 2016-17: Scout & Guide HQ

Sue Rodger

The Joint Management Committee is the body responsible for the development, maintenance and management of our Headquarters, jointly owned and occupied by Girlguiding Hinchley Wood and 1st Hinchley Wood Scout Group. It includes Leader representation but the main executive roles should be taken by Scout & Guide parents – at the moment we are well below strength and several more committee members are needed to share the workload.

We derive income from the Guides and Scouts quarterly contributions, the pre-school rental and occasional donations. In addition a levy of £5 per member per ‘term’ is made, paid through members subscriptions. Everyday expenses are utility bills, building insurance and maintenance, as our ongoing schedule and as required, for example the main hall floor will soon need to be specialist power cleaning and resealing.

As always a lot of work is needed to maintain and improve the Scout and Guide HQ for the benefit of all users. Parental help is always appreciated, such as at our periodic Clean-Up Days.

Our plans to improve the leased open space area continue, the campfire circle outdoor meeting space being the most recent addition. Such improvements together with HQ works such as the planned renewal of the electrical wiring, toilet refurbishment and new car park tarmac are in general dependent on successful grant aid applications or other funding being made available as regular income will not cover this expenditure.

If you can maintain buildings or coordinate others who do, we need your skills to carry out work or manage contractors or volunteers to do jobs at the HQ. Please contact your parent rep if you can help.

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