A Scout hut which was ravaged by fire earlier this year is well on its way to reopening, thanks to villagers’ generosity.
The Saughall Scout Hut Committee is hopeful that the building on Fiddlers Lane will be up and running again in September.
The hut – which is also called Uniform Group Headquarters – was destroyed when the blaze started in an electrical cupboard on January 30 as members of the Friday Club were tucking into their lunch.
A 100-year-old man was among those who had to be evacuated.
Committee members decided that refurbishment was the best way to proceed, rather than rebuild from scratch, to enable the 20 or so community groups who were based at the hut to move back in as soon as possible.
Now restoration work is moving fast, with the roof repairs completed last week, and electrical work and the replacement of windows due to be carried out soon.
A number of community-organised events have been held to raise money towards repair costs, including an auction, a pancake race, a live music evening at the Vernon Institute in March which raised £850 and most recently the Saughall Hoedown on Kings Acre Farm on July 4.
A spokesperson for Saughall Scout Hut Committee said: “The fundraising efforts from groups and individuals was magnificent.
“Many diverse activities were arranged and the financial contributions will be a great help as the team get the hut ready to reopen.
“Many people who don’t use the hut but recognise its importance to the village ran or contributed to the fundraising events.
“A very big thank you is extended to everyone who helped with those and with the dirty work of sorting out all of the smoke-damaged effects in the hut.”
More than 20 community groups were based at the hut and have had to seek temporary accommodation over the past six months.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the ongoing fundraising appeal should make cheques payable to Saughall Uniform Groups (SUGs) and post to treasurer Carol Cranny, 27 Maplewood Grove, Saughall.
If you would like to volunteer your time to help with the restoration, call Tony Summers on 01244 881366 or 07707622062.