New £130,000 hut named after family

Members of the Ise Valley Scout Group outside the new hut in Grantown Close, Kettering
Members of the Ise Valley Scout Group outside the new hut in Grantown Close, Kettering

A grateful Scout group has named its new £130,000 hut after the family who helped raise the money and carried out much of the work.

The Ise Valley Scout Group has named its new brick building in Grantown Close, Kettering, which was officially opened on Sunday, ‘Hawkes Hut’ after the Hawkes family.

Group scout leader Susan Perry said: “For us it was a fitting tribute and the only tribute we could think of to say thank you. We couldn’t buy them a thank-you present to express how we felt. We wanted something there that would always be an acknowledgement of the work they have put in.”

Lindsey Hawkes led a team of six parents and former parents of group members who raised the total. Her husband Phil, his parents and his nephew carried out a lot of the work to build the hut, which replaced a 30-year-old wooden building.

Mrs Perry, 48, of Kingsley Avenue, Kettering, said: “It was 30-years-old and falling apart. The kitchen was unusable and the floor – every time they jumped up and down – we thought they would go through.”

The group’s 50 or so members can now work towards cooking badges as the hut has a new kitchen. The secure site also has space for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to camp and have camp fires.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone was due to open the hut, but offered the honour to Mr Hawkes instead.

He untied, rather than cut, the knotted ribbon, in keeping with Scouts’ expertise in knots.

Mr Hawkes said: “We were overwhelmed. It was brilliant.”

District commissioner Bob Peden attended the opening and invested about a dozen new Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. About £75,000 of the funding came from the Maude Elkington, Margaret Giffen and Edith Winifred Hall charitable trusts.

For more details about the group, call 07876 163510.