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A Northamptonshire Scout group was losing members due to the poor state of its headquarters.

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  • However, the 1st Burton Latimer Scouts is now able to expand thanks to a helping hand from Taylor Wimpey.

    The group's hut in High Street had fallen into disrepair and the cancellation of meetings was becoming a common occurrence due to a leaking roof and low temperatures in the winter.

    The group contacted Taylor Wimpey, which is currently building new homes at The Wheatfields in Burton Latimer.

    Group chairman John Lowery said: "We actually had some parents keeping their children at home because of the state and temperature of the building, which was a real shame, but with a leaking roof and no insulation it was easy to understand.

    "Luckily for us, Craig Vincent, the production manager for Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, spared us some of his valuable time and came down to inspect the building and made some suggestions as to how we could bring the hut up to scratch.

    "He advised us that the roof could be overclad for the fraction of the price of replacing it, which is something we just hadn't considered - Craig's expertise was invaluable.

    "He organised for two excellent contractors who work for Taylor Wimpey to work on the building, and we now have a watertight roof and insulation.

    "We're just decorating the inside of the hut and are looking forward to welcoming the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers back in September and putting on a full programme of activities for them without the worry of having to cancel anything. The hut feels like a new building and puts us in the position where we can now recruit more children."

    Vincent added: "When John contacted us we were only too happy to help out. The Scout group does tremendous work in the town. It not only provides a varied programme of activities, but it also instils positive values in the young people, providing them with a great foundation for later life."

    The group, which currently has 120 Scouts, Cubs and Beavers on its books, received grants from the district Scout group and a local windfarm to pay for the work, which was carried out by roofing firm Trideck Contracts and Knauf Insulation.

    There's a selection of three, four and five bedroom houses currently available to reserve from as little as £189,995 at The Wheatfields.

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