Girvan scout hall

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Glendoune Street in Girvan is a brighter place these days, with the refurbishment of the Scout Hall in its final stages.

As it’s not always easy to remember what things used to look like, our “before” and “after” photographs show the enormous improvements that the Girvan Scout Group has achieved.

A spokesperson for the group said: “We promised our neighbours that we’d improve their views, and we’ve certainly done that.

“It’s been a lot of work and we’ve had our ups and downs during the journey, but we are now in the last lap, nearing the home straight, and really looking forward to life in our upgraded hall. We are grateful to our funders for their kind and generous support for this project.”

The Lendal Environmental Trust paid for the outside work. The frontage is the visible part of the improvement, but the group also did structural work at the back of the building and insulated the entire roof space, none of which is obvious from the street.

“Apparently we came close to causing accidents in Glendoune Street when the walls were being painted, as drivers’ attention was caught by the changed appearance,” added the spokesman.

“And now there are no excuses for people not knowing where we are, thanks to our new name board which was kindly provided by Duncan Tait from the Flipside take-away, one of our neighbours whose enjoying that improved view.”

The inside has been completely upgraded too, funded jointly by SAWET (South Ayrshire Waste Environmental Trust) and Ayrshire LEADER.

“We’re not quite ready to throw the doors open for public viewing, but we’ll invite interested people and supporters to an official opening in a few weeks’ time.

“In the meantime, our three sections have started up after a short summer break. We have vacancies for boys and girls in all sections: the Beavers (6-8 years) meet on Fridays, 6.00-7.15pm; Cubs (8-10½) are on Mondays, 6.30-8.00pm; the Scout Troop (10½-14) meets on Tuesdays, 6.45-8.45pm. Just come to the hall with a parent to enrol and give it a try. Your first night will be free, but it’s only £2 a night after that.”