Ambitious plan for new Senlac scouts building

The largest project in Senlac Scouting is under way - the creation of a new hall at Kiteye campsite and training ground in Freezeland Lane.

There are currently 620 scouts and 120 adult volunteers which make this Rother’s largest youth organisation.

The Kiteye campsite has nine acres of woodland with a central clearing which enables children to have fun and be educated while experiencing the outdoors. Each of the local scout groups has their own dedicated area.

The new building will have room for training and tuition and provide for younger children to camp overnight. The intention is to open the facility and campsite up to schools and other youth organisations in Rother and surrounding areas to benefit from the facility.

So far over £22,000 has been raised with two large £10,000 donations being received. In addition, events are planned to raise funds and the overall target is £35,000. The balance of funding is hoped to come from local and national funding organisations, and Senlac scouts now have a confirmed offer of £30,000 froom Rother District Council’s Community Grant Fund. It’s estimated the project will cost £130,000.

The development has been chosen by Bexhill Town Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield as charity of the year and he is urging the community to donate via Buy A Brick.

Cllr Kenfield said: “We need to raise £100,000 to make the dream of a new camp site hall become a reality and provide a legacy for hundreds of young people across Bexhill for many years come and your donation can help that come true.

“Those young people who will benefit from Kiteye come from all backgrounds. We have a duty to assist them equally allowing them the opportunity to achieve and become better citizens, so that one day as adults and, as parents themselves, they will pass on those skills. Benefitting from Kiteye, and a new hall, they will have developed a respect for their environment, linked with an ambition to be the best they can be.” To donate call Harry Saunders on 01424 211465.