LAURENCEKIRK Scout Hut is now prepared for the winter after receiving its new roof this week.
Work took place throughout the early part of the nweek to replace the roof, which was paid for through fundraising.
Originally estimated to cost £20,000, the cost rose after it was discovered that asbestos in the roof would have to be dealt with. An application to the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee’s top-up budget to cover the excess was successful, and the planned roof repairs were carried out on schedule.
The new roof is the latest in the list of refurbishments that the hut is undergoing in the hope that it will extend the life of the building by 20 to 25 years.
Laurencekirk is host to thriving groups of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who come from the town and surrounding villages. Over 60 boys (and occasionally girls!) use the Scout Hut every week.
The next phase in the refurbishment work is the electrics, heating and insulation. The group’s electrifying project to rewire and install new heating and insulation in the hut is in line for a £6,000 grant from the RBS CommunityForce Project, but only if it gets more votes than other entrants. Voting runs until October 23, and voters must be under 16. to register your vote, visit http://communityforce.rbs.co.uk/project/266.