THE GUIDE HUT ROOF PROJECT - WHAT WE NEED TO DO
We have a quote from a local builder for
*stripping the tiles off the roof and putting them back on. It’ll depend on finances whether we can keep the rag slates or will have to use a more modern alternative.
*renewing the trusses where necessary
*putting up a new ceiling which will hold high levels of insulation
*fixing guttering and downpipes to the building as currently there aren’t any
*Rethinking our storage area for the camp equipment and general internal storage
*renewing 2 small windows that have had rotted out.
What we don’t know at this stage is if the building will have to have a reinforcing ring placed around the building before putting the roof back on. This has still to be identified by the Structural Engineer. Another aspiration would be to fit a solar panel to the roof thus enabling us to profit from it and be sustainable.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
We have fundraised for many years to carry out improvements and have been so grateful for the community support for our safari suppers, bake sales, bingo, and the like and have been fortunate to have Barclays £ to £ support as one of the Guide Leaders was a former bank employee. Village organisations have also given their monetary support, the Carnival Committee particularly and the Silver Band, our local Councillor Dominic Fairman, the Parish Councils of villages where girls have benefitted from Girlguiding St Breward as Rainbows, Brownies or Guides and the local Rotary Clubs of Bodmin and Camelford along with the Order of the Buffaloes
To date we have
*installed new upvc windows,
*had a new front door,
*installed a septic tank,
*had the water connected
*installed a wc and washbasin and also a sink unit.
We have obtained Cornwall Foundation Grant funding for a disabled access and egress which was about to start at the beginning of the pandemic and is now about to begin.
AND .... FROM ONE SMALL HUT ON BODMIN MOOR ........
While listing the assets that St Breward Guides and Brownies have the obvious ones are the hut and the camp equipment BUT looking at the units another way their biggest asset is their leaders past and present….
And so our "human assets" are
*Katherine Teague while a young leader at St Breward Guides addressed a national conference of Police chief commissioners on behalf of Guiding.
*Two of our leaders, Lauren Harris and Heather Harper worked for and attained the Queen’s Guide award (an award more prestige and harder to gain than a Gold D of E!). Heather Harper is at present the Queen’s Guides adviser for Southwest England, having held the post in Cornwall for the last five years.
*The present joint County Commissioner for Girlguiding Cornwall is Jill Jeffs who was earlier this year awarded the Southwest England Silver Oak leaf for her services to Guiding (and possibly more importantly been part of the St Breward team since 1985!!)
*Marilyn Pluess who has been a leader for over 20 years and also North Cornwall residential adviser was recently awarded the Southwest England Compass award for all she has done for Guiding in this area and particularly the work towards the hut renovations.
*They are a small part of a great team, including Bex Ivins (our treasurer who has been in Guiding 36 years),
Hannah Spencer, 28 years in Guiding),
with Alison Hoskin and Zara Teague our most recent recruits.