FAQ’s

History of the Polish Scout House

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In 1952 Polish scouts from the “Szczecin” Region (South-West, England) first camped in the fields of the Wye Valley. Just 3 years later the first cub camp for 11 cubs and brownies took place in Prospect Cottage – now a bed & breakfast. The following year a larger building was needed to accommodate the cubs and brownies and […]

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Reasons for the fundraising initiative?

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The fundraising appeal is driven by the need to improve and modernise the Polish Scout House site. It does not meet current legislation regarding health & safety, fire, hygiene and environmental issues. To serve its purpose as a ‘scout house’ for another 50 years these changes are essential. The Polish Scouting Association is turning to the […]

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Why has the Polish Scout House been closed since 2013?

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The Polish Scouting Association has a duty of care to ensure that the Polish Scout House – St. Briavels complies with current health & safety, fire, hygiene and environmental regulations. On the advice of registered professionals, in whose collective opinion the current state of the building is unfit for use, the Polish Scouting Association authorities closed the […]

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Who has designed and costed the plans for the Polish Scout House site?

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In the first instance members of the Polish Scouting Association in the UK were widely consulted as to their wishes and needs with regard to the redevelopment of the centre. The consultation included engaging with a broad range of users: cubs and brownies, scouts and guides, leaders and volunteers. The users had a number of […]

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What is the overall plan for the Polish Scout House ?

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In 2012 we celebrated 50 years of scouting activities in the Polish Scout House – St. Briavels. We now face the challenge of securing safe facilities for the next generations of cubs, brownies, scouts and guides. This plan includes the modernisation of the facilities on the whole site. Our proposed plans will allow for 74 beds on the site. […]

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What happens if we cannot raise enough money to complete the project?

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We are confident that over an extended period we will be able to raise the necessary funds to complete the project. We have deliberately divided the project into a number of phases that give us the opportunity to deliver the works over a number of years. Phase 1 – Cost £207,000 – Of this amount £56,000 fees relates […]

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If I give money, who will be responsible for it’s use ?

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Any money donated to the St Briavels Fund will be placed in a separate St. Briavels Fund account and will be ring fenced; under Charity Law, it can only be spent on The Polish Scout House – St Briavels site. Any expenditure will be agreed and authorised by the Steering Committee. All income & expenditure will be independently audited and […]

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How will the facilities be managed in the future?

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A new volunteer management committee is being assembled to run the facility. The committee will consist of a general manager, a treasurer, people responsible for H&S, marketing and bookings. In March 2016 we employed an on onsite warden, who lives in the refurbished Coach House. The warden is a key person in the running of […]

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How can I keep in touch with the progress of the project?

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We are making it a priority to keep in touch with all those who are interested in the Polish Scout House – St. Briavels. This will primarily be facilitated by this website and through social media. We have a team of helpers who are investing a lot of time and effort to keep everyone informed […]

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How do I get involved?

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We are constantly seeking people who can help us develop and implement the fundraising campaign or help in other ways. If you would like to help please Contact Us.