Energetic children and parents raced with frying pans to flip start a bid to raise a community hub from the ashes.
More than two weeks have passed since flames tore through Saughall Scout Hut devastating the much loved building as elderly villagers ate lunch inside.
Now, as pancake fever sweeps the nation and we celebrate Shrove Tuesday (February 17) villagers kick-started their mission to build a new hub to house the community groups left without a permanent home.
This morning around 50 children and parents took part in a pancake race to raise money for the village’s new community pavilion, which will cost around £350,000.
Armed with frying pans and mixture the energetic competitors raced around the multi-use playing area, known as the MUGA, close to the burnt-out hut on Fiddlers Lane, being careful not to drop their pancakes during the excitement.
Parish Councillor Jeanne Storrar – who runs the Friday Club for elderly villagers who were meeting when the fire ripped through the building on 2pm on Friday January 30 – said the turn out for the Pancake Day race was ‘great’.
“It was great, it went well,” said Cllr Storrar, who showed The Chronicle the full devastation of the blaze just days after the fire last month.
Cllr Storrar said the Friday Club, who were evacuated from the building as the fire spread, were now meeting at the Methodist Church but needed a permanent home to keep the group going.
The Parish Council is still waiting to hear from the surveyors about the future of the Scout Hut, where at least 23 regular groups have been meeting since it was built as their temporary home in 1998.
“We can only meet there for a short time, as they don’t have the special chairs to sit in,” she said, thanking the Church for their support alongside the company who provided the trophies for the race.
“But we are able to give them a meal. It’s better than missing it all together,” said Cllr Storrar who helped evacuate the elderly people, including a 100 year old man from the blaze.
The Saughall Community and Sports Pavilion Committee have already raised around £40,000 and are currently applying for grants.
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