|Ham Scout Group:
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8 September 2020: Ham Scout Group received a substantial boost for their scout hut renovation fund with the generous donation of £89,640 from the former Ham Institute Charity on its dissoluion.
Ham Scout Group was officially registered in 1946 during the post-war expansion of local housing and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. The scout group's HQ is hidden in the far corner of Grey Court School playing field, near the Ham Common end of the Avenue that leads towards Ham House. It was hand-built in the late 1960s by local parents, their families and tradespeople. Now, over half a century later, the hut needs considerable interior renovation to continue to serve the group and local community. The kitchen and toilets in particular need replacement and, ideally, made accessible for those with reduced mobility.
Chairman of Ham Scout Group, Ken Bailey, said "This donation is a fantastic foundation for our renovation fund and we are hugely grateful for this generous gift. It is a great way of ensuring the former Ham Institute continues to benefit local young people and families for years to come."
He paid tribute to Ham Institute Charity trustees, Keith and Louise Dilloway, for their hard work over many years and for overseeing this final chapter of the Institute's history.
The full refurbishment is expected to be extensive as much of the interior woodwork needs repair or replacement and the building would benefit from insulation and other energy efficiency improvements.