The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The Method of achieving the Aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and
attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law, and
guided by adult leadership.
Castle Hall is the main activity base for Scouting in Wellington and caters for over 100 children in the age range 6 to 16. Alongside scouting, the hall hosts regular community groups from Toddlersense, Tasty Tots cooking, and Indian Dancing to Age UK Mobility/exercise classes so we cover all conceivable age ranges and abilities. We also host the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal team, and support regular Farmers markets
and host monthly craft markets. On top of this we have ad hoc fundraisers for local
groups and charities (such as the Halloween party organised by a local pre school,
Majorettes Christmas party etc) and numerous private children's and adults
birthday/anniversary parties etc. The hall is therefore in use almost every day of the week and is so much more than just a generic scout hall - it really is a thriving community centre providing an activity base for a very wide range of the community.
The lighting in and around the hall consists of old fluorescent tubes and halogen bulb spot
lights. All fixtures are deteriorating, with brittle or broken fittings that cannot be easily
replaced. In addition there are several dark areas outside the building that need
additional light to increase safety and wellbeing. The hall lights themselves require a
scaffold tower in order to replace tubes so it can be several weeks before broken tubes
are replaced due to availability of working at height equipment and suitable
volunteers. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, several of the fittings in the main hall are now unserviceable and beyond repair so we have reached the stage where replacing the entire lighting system is the only viable economic option.
Funds raised will be used to cover a large part of the capital expenditure needed to replace the lighting with modern efficient LED lighting to, save costs and benefit the environment. This would dramatically improve lighting throughout the building and surroundings, benefiting all users and improving safety and wellbeing. It will also help reduce our ongoing energy bills, further helping the group and using more energy efficient lights will have a positive impact on the environment. If funding exceeds our expectations we will use any excess for our next capital project which could include solar panels.