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Work begins at Collier Row scout hall after flood damage

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 August 2016

Worthington Hall was flooded earlier this year.

Worthington Hall was flooded earlier this year.

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Work on a scout hall which was damaged by flooding, leaving nearly 100 scouts, beavers and cubs without a base, has started this week.

Damage to Worthington Hall, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, had been estimated in excess of £100,000 after the building was left in a pool of water in June when the River Rom burst its banks.

But as work gets under way, chairman of the Collier Row Scout group Colin Shepherd says the future is looking a lot brighter.

“It’s good to see we’re making progress and on our way to getting things back to normal.

“The children have been meeting at different locations for the past few weeks so they’re really excited to get back to the hall.”

The heavy overnight downpour caused queues of traffic and thousands of pounds worth of damage to homes in several parts of the borough.

The wooden floor, walls, and electrics at Worthington Hall, home to the 2nd Collier Row Scout Group and Buddies pre-school nursery, was affected.

Camping equipment was destroyed and many toys and blankets from the nursery had to be thrown out after being contaminated by the water.

The scout group’s 75th anniversary garden party also had to be cancelled.

Andy Mann, scout district commissioner, said: “The flood came completely out of the blue so we couldn’t have done anything to prepare for it.

“One minute the hall was there and then next thing we know it was deep in water.”

Parents and volunteers appealed for donations and more than £2,000 was made. The money will go towards replacing camping equipment and redecorating the hall.

Andy said: “We are extremely grateful, it shows there is great community spirit.”

Work is due to be completed later this year.

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