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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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Our Mission

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In line with our commitment to expanding openings for youth social action the redevelopment of the Polish Scout and Activity Centre at St. Briavels will offer a diverse range of outdoor activity opportunities for youth organisations. For over 50 years the centre has served the scouting and Polish community preserving the heritage and traditions of […]

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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Our History

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The generation of Poles and their descendants, who came to the UK after the Second World War, has been bolstered by a surge of new migrants who started arriving in the UK in the 80’s and 90’s, and again more recently, after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. Over the past few years Polish […]

Our Vision

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Our vision is to modernise what was in fact a residential house and create a centre which offers facilities fit for the 21st century and complies with current health & safety, fire, environmental and hygiene regulations. We aim to deliver a self-funding, modern facility which will benefit future generations not only of Polish scouts and […]

Our Plans

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Our plans cover both the renovation of the existing main house as well as the construction of a second, standalone building, which is now nearing completion. Together these will provide us with two independently functioning facilities with accommodation for a total of 76 people. In the iconic white house, with its sweeping views over the Wye Valley, we propose to create flexible space […]

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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