Scouts hope to fix ‘deteriorating’ floor with Go Kids Go! funding

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 July 2016

The 1st Uphill Scouts.

The 1st Uphill Scouts.

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A village scout group near Weston-super-Mare is hoping a Go Kids Go! grant can help it to give its hub a much-needed makeover.

The 1st Uphill Scouts want to replace their Windwhistle Lane base’s ‘rapidly deteriorating’ floor so young people and community groups have a safe space to use every week.

The group, which benefitted from a Go Kids Go! grant last year, says the current floor is more than 20 years old and is in desperate need of replacement. It hopes to add a second Go Kids Go! grant to additional money it has raised to fix the floor.

Group leader Mark Matthews said: “The scout hall is the hub and not only provides a safe and secure place for weekly meetings to start and finish, but provides storage for our equipment, tents, dining shelters and stoves.

“The current timber floor is deteriorating rapidly, with localised timber planks splintering, and we are desperate to resurface it and retain a safe environment.”

Go Kids Go! offers community groups which promote activity in young people the chance to receive a share of a £12,000 prize pot, which is funded by the Mercury, the Weston Lions Club and local businesses. If your group is based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24, BS25 or BS29, and is a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for a grant.

The winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 28 and grants will be presented on the final day of the Lions’ ale festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, Weston, from July 29-31.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! download an application form by clicking this link or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, The Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, email it to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk or hand it in at our office by 9am on July 20.

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