The first Topsham sea scouts are appealing for help to replace their 50-year-old hut.
The hut, on Ferry Road in Topsham, has been flooded three times in one week and now £70,000 is needed to replace it.
The Sea Scout Group, which currently has about 70 members ranging from Beavers age 6 up to Scouts age 15, has been running for more than 100 years.
In order to run for another 100 years the hut needs to be replaced with another wooden structure which will be built at a higher level to protect it from being flooded in the future.
Vickie Tapp, Fundraising Secretary, said: “We have been fundraising for several years and are working towards replacing it, as it is over 50 years old and past it’s best –but this has really been a disaster. Being of old, wooden construction it has soaked into it all and will take a long time to dry.
“The water came underneath and has lifted the floor in places and the whole hut is contaminated by muddy river water. Luckily a local organisation has let us take our tents there to get them dry –so they have been saved. We are awaiting a structural survey to find out if we are able to use the hut ever again.”
“As we are a Sea Scout Group (One of only 2 in Exeter) it is vital we are near the water – to allow us to use the kayaks at short notice- when the tide is right. We have looked into using other halls ,rooms ,etc within the town, but these would not have the storage for our equipment ,or allow us the flexibility of use – when we need it. Although this may have to be a temporary arrangement we need to sort our own hut as soon as possible.”
The next fundraising event is a concert in St Margaret’s Church Topsham on March 15th 7.30pm by the Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir who are donating proceeds to the cause. Tickets are available from The Topsham bookshop and Westaways, Topsham at £6 each.
If you can help in any way please contact Topshamseascouts@gmail.com.