Hut named after daughter who gave 15 years to Scouts

Two years’ hard work was marked with a hog roast as Balcombe Scouts opened their new scout hut, named after a much-loved leader who died last year.

More than 100 people gathered at the new hut in Balcombe to see inside the building and enjoy some campfire singing.

‘Cai’s Cabin’ is dedicated to Cai or Ceinwen, daughter of Balcombe Group Scout Leader, Anthea Bell, who was at the ceremony. Cai sadly passed away last year after giving more than 15 years to the village group.

At the event on Saturday, September 17, Ms Bell thanked the countless organisations and individuals who had been instrumental in completing the project.

Colin Field, West Sussex Scouts county chairman, helped to unveil the memorial plaque and there were other representatives present from scout headquarters and from West Sussex County Council, which provided some of the funding.

The new hut, a recycled portacabin, was a donation from Vinci Construction. It was craned into place in April.

Since then it has undergone a transformation with timber cladding, fantastic bright lighting strips and modern flooring.

One of the explorer leaders said “The new hut is ready for use and will provide us all with a much nicer, warmer, drier meeting point.”