'Looking to the future'

The New Scout HQ

Our Scout hut is over 55 years old and has done us proud. The hut was originally build by the Scouter, Scouts and Voluntary Helpers and was officially opened by Colonel Sir John Ruggles-Brise on 1st November 1958.  Colonel Sir John Ruggles-Brise was Lord Lieutenant of Essex and CountyPresident, Essex Boy Scouts Association.

The problem with the Hut is that it is getting increasingly difficult to maintain, more expensive to run and lacks some facilities completely such as disabled toilets and access.

We have received detailed estimates for both repair and rebuild and a decision was made to go ahead with the latter for a variety of economic and practical reasons.

We aim to build a state-of-the-art Scout headquarters with new camping store, an indoor climbing wall and facilities to allow all members of the local community to enjoy the new facility.

The appeal to raise the funds to build this new HQ was launched on 20th September 2008. The Fund itself is named "Looking to the Future" which is exactly what we are all doing.

Special guests the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford and Lady Baden-Powell helped us launch the fund because they believe this project is important and want us to have the best facilities possible for now and for the future!

If you would like to get involved with helping our vision to fruition, I will be pleased to discuss many individual options such as making a donation or sponsoring anything from a brick to an entire room.

Steve Hugh, Chairman, 8th Chelmsford Scout Group

Launch Day Report September 2007

Groups and Societies who make use of the 8thChelmsford Scout Hut located in the heart of the Melbourne Estate came together to launch an appeal to raise the money for new premises. The present hut was built by volunteers 60 years ago and needs replacing with modern, accessible facilities. Plans include off-road parking, kitchens, stores, a hall and an indoor climbing wall.


The 8th Chelmsford hut is used by numerous local groups which benefit the community, including Retired Persons group, Homework club, Cubs, Explorers, Baton Twirlers, Church Groups, Parent and Toddler Group, Beavers, Belly Dancers, Scouts and Tai Chi. Many of the groups who use the hut were represented on the day, demonstrating what they do or providing displays.

Lady Baden Powell, the wife of the grandson of the founder of Scouting, Lord Baden Powell, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford were the distinguished guests, along with Sue Powell, District Commisioner for Chelmsford and District Scouts.


Lady Baden Powell, officially opening the fund said she was "impressed with the central position of the hut in the estate and the many volunteers supporting children and the community."


Steve Hugh, 8th Chelmsford Chairman said "Different groups have different impacts on the community, but jointly we encourage people to get out and get involved in something, take up a new interest learn a new skill make friends and have fun. Perhaps only in some small way making life a little richer. The facilities are offered where people need them as not everyone has transport. Someone might ask why rebuild, well the existing hut has done very well but was mostly  made by amateurs using what materials were available. It doesn't meet modern standards and is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain. The fund has the tag line 'looking to the future' as we know it could be a long and difficult road ahead getting the money together, but now is an excellent time to start."


Donations on the launch day totalled almost £3000.


by Stephan Nicholls,

ADC Media & Communications 

A selection of photos from the launch day.