There is a building as you go into the grounds of the Littleport Leisure complex on Camel Road just behind the beacon.
Its doors face the field and its own car park area, so you may not even really notice it – unless of course you are part of the thriving Littleport scout and guiding activities that take place there!
As the autumn drew to a close, the Hut – that’s what it’s fondly called, was broken into and vandalised not once but twice in a short space of time.
Although there is nothing of material resale value in there and as Committee member Dan Seaman remarked “perhaps they needed the crayons and glitter” steps were immediately taken to secure the Hut against any further ingress!
First off the building was made secure with the help of Paul from Bargate Locksmiths, assisted by Stuart Palmer of Fenland Spirit Services and some of the scouting and guiding community with parts for the jobs supplied by Gordon Harrison and Port Plumbing.
There were new wheelchair accessible security doors measured to be fitted by Paul aided by the ever-willing Stuart, and the insurance mostly covered it bar the excess.
Shunted unceremoniously into the vandal-ridden needful of surveillance 21st century, CCTV has also been set up!
The company called Fenland Fire checked on the fire extinguishers too.
The Hut’s coffers have been swelled by generous donations from the Littleport Parish Council and the Ely Cricket Club!
And the Hut Committee are looking to replace the flooring.
All in all the Hut committee have been even busier than usual in advance of this winter.