Scout group's future secured thanks to Swale Heating

A scout group in Larkfield says they would have been forced to close their hut for the winter without a welcome intervention from Swale Heating

The 1st Larkfield Scout Group’s headquarters in New Hythe Lane faced an uncertain future when its boiler was condemned earlier this year, with a replacement system proving to be far beyond the group’s fundraising capabilities.

Scout leaders wrote to Swale Heating about their plight and, to their delight, Managing Director David Mathieson responded by sending out an engineer almost immediately and then agreeing to provide and install a new heating system at a heavily reduced price.

The replacement system has now been installed, ensuring The 1st Larkfield Scout Group can continue to meet, as well as other community societies which use the hut for weekly meetings.
Group Secretary Susan Palmer said: “Swale Heating has saved the day and we are eternally grateful. Without their help, we would simply not have been able to carry on. It gets very cold in the hut during the winter and it would not have been safe to have the children in here without a functional heating system.”

“The heavily reduced price meant the fundraising target was achievable, and also ensures we can still organise exciting activities in the lead-up to Christmas. The new system is very efficient, meaning we will also be saving money in the long-run too.”

The total was reached thanks to donations from The Cornwallis East Kent Freemason’s Charity and county councillor Trudy Dean, while the scouts also held supermarket bag packing fundraisers and extra camps.

Swale Heating’s David Mathieson said: “We are delighted to have provided and installed a new heating system for the scouts. Swale Heating is committed to helping the community it serves and it’s fantastic to hear that the hut can continue to be a vital local meeting point for a host of groups and clubs.”