Cowboy builders steal scouts' fence

Gazette: Harriet Greystrong , six, a Beaver with the 34 Colchester Scouts, with Paul Greystrong , Beaver leader, and Spencer Greystrong, chairman. Harriet Greystrong , six, a Beaver with the 34 Colchester Scouts, with Paul Greystrong , Beaver leader, and Spencer Greystrong, chairman.

SCOUTS have suffered a set back to their bid for a new hut.

Members of 34 Colchester Scouts arrived at their headquarters to find their new fence panels laid out and the foundations stolen.

Chairman Spencer Greystrong said it was going to cost them £400 to replace.

It means the group have had to put their fundraising for a new scout hut on hold.

Mr Greystrong said: “They have carefully lifted all the fence panels out, broken the concrete posts and stolen the gravel board as well.

“Someone clearly had a job to put a fence up somewhere and rather than buying one they stole ours instead.

“We are saving for a new scout hut. It's another £400 we won't be able to use.”

The group are  no longer able to play outdoors because the fence separated them from the busy road.

Mr Greystrong said: “I am intensely annoyed.

“The materials would only have cost them £100. We now have to get a contractor to put a new one up for us.

“It was clearly some cowboy who was doing a job for cash.

“I have never heard of someone nicking a fence that had already been put up before.”

The fence was stolen from Shrub End Road, Colchester, some time between Sunday January 27 and Monday January 28.

If you have any information call Essex Police on 101.

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1:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

jammin says...

the scum strike again.

Lets get some donations going... ill chip in £5...where can I send it?
the scum strike again. Lets get some donations going... ill chip in £5...where can I send it? jammin

2:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Greatchef says...

Well said Jammin i will make it a £10.
Well said Jammin i will make it a £10. Greatchef

3:15pm Tue 12 Feb 13

PikeyCaravan says...

I make that three members from the same family - are we sure this isn't their garden fence?
I make that three members from the same family - are we sure this isn't their garden fence? PikeyCaravan

9:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Cllr Dave Harris says...

count me in

Happy to donate £10 let me know where to sent it please
count me in Happy to donate £10 let me know where to sent it please Cllr Dave Harris

8:16am Wed 13 Feb 13

34thChairman says...

Thank you everyone for comments and offer of donations.

Yes we are all in the same family - I couldn't get my dad and Harriet's not old enough for children! Her two brothers are also in the Scout group but they wouldn't come and pose for the picture.

Rather than putting my personal address for donations can I suggest you send them c/o the Editor.

Once again, thanks for your thoughts. If any of you have got the odd £200,000 laying around, that would be handy because that's what we need for new HQ building!
Thank you everyone for comments and offer of donations. Yes we are all in the same family - I couldn't get my dad and Harriet's not old enough for children! Her two brothers are also in the Scout group but they wouldn't come and pose for the picture. Rather than putting my personal address for donations can I suggest you send them c/o the Editor. Once again, thanks for your thoughts. If any of you have got the odd £200,000 laying around, that would be handy because that's what we need for new HQ building! 34thChairman

11:04am Wed 13 Feb 13

Red Tape 2 says...

Set up a Justgiving or Virgin Giving page?
Set up a Justgiving or Virgin Giving page? Red Tape 2

1:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

wellnow says...

As soon as you set up the donation site I'm in for a tenner.
As soon as you set up the donation site I'm in for a tenner. wellnow

1:28pm Wed 13 Feb 13

jammin says...

As said set up a just giving page! Its very easy, just follow the instructions on from the home page.

I will happily promote that page with my work colleagues and social media friends.
As said set up a just giving page! Its very easy, just follow the instructions on from the home page. I will happily promote that page with my work colleagues and social media friends. jammin

2:17pm Wed 13 Feb 13

hughie-s says...

As a registered charity a Just Giving page will allow you to claim gift aid on donations, so every £1 donated will give you £1.28.
As a registered charity a Just Giving page will allow you to claim gift aid on donations, so every £1 donated will give you £1.28. hughie-s

4:59pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Im_Like_HELLO says...

May I suggest discouraging further thefts by painting, somewhere out of sight unless they are taken up (such as the bottom edge of the gravel boards) a message like "I STOLE THIS FROM THE SCOUTS". If being stolen for a job, it will be obvious when the thieves try to instal them elsewhere.
May I suggest discouraging further thefts by painting, somewhere out of sight unless they are taken up (such as the bottom edge of the gravel boards) a message like "I STOLE THIS FROM THE SCOUTS". If being stolen for a job, it will be obvious when the thieves try to instal them elsewhere. Im_Like_HELLO

6:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

34thChairman says...

Thanks again to everyone for their offers and ideas.

I've looked at both Just Giving and Virgin Money with the aim of registering our charity. JustGiving want £15 a month for the privilege and Virgin Money want £100 up front! I haven't abandoned the idea yet but will need to look deeper. I'll keep you posted if I can find a cheaper way of doing it.

In the meantime, if you want to use the old-fashioned methods, a cheque payable to 34th Colchester Scout Group" and sent to the Editor will find its way to us.

As a result of the Gazette article I've had two local charities contact me to offer money towards the cost. I've also spoken to our insurance company who will consider a claim but we have a £250 excess on the policy and, of course, the premiums may go up next year if I claim this year!

Taking the point about painting the new gravel boards, I intend to buy some of that anti-climbing paint that people use on their walls. Apparently it never dries out and would-be thieves get covered in it. Clearly I can only use it on the road side of the fence - I don't think parents would be too happy if we sent their Beavers, Cubs and Scouts home covered in paint!
Thanks again to everyone for their offers and ideas. I've looked at both Just Giving and Virgin Money with the aim of registering our charity. JustGiving want £15 a month for the privilege and Virgin Money want £100 up front! I haven't abandoned the idea yet but will need to look deeper. I'll keep you posted if I can find a cheaper way of doing it. In the meantime, if you want to use the old-fashioned methods, a cheque payable to 34th Colchester Scout Group" and sent to the Editor will find its way to us. As a result of the Gazette article I've had two local charities contact me to offer money towards the cost. I've also spoken to our insurance company who will consider a claim but we have a £250 excess on the policy and, of course, the premiums may go up next year if I claim this year! Taking the point about painting the new gravel boards, I intend to buy some of that anti-climbing paint that people use on their walls. Apparently it never dries out and would-be thieves get covered in it. Clearly I can only use it on the road side of the fence - I don't think parents would be too happy if we sent their Beavers, Cubs and Scouts home covered in paint! 34thChairman

12:14am Thu 14 Feb 13

Boris says...

Just Giving's £15 for a month is cheap at the price, for you only need to keep the appeal going for one month. Donations will fall off to zero after a few weeks.
My grandson (a former Beaver, Cub and Scout) recently raised £750 for a charity via Just Giving, and well over £100 of that was gift aid, which the site processes for you. So the fee is well spent.
Just Giving's £15 for a month is cheap at the price, for you only need to keep the appeal going for one month. Donations will fall off to zero after a few weeks. My grandson (a former Beaver, Cub and Scout) recently raised £750 for a charity via Just Giving, and well over £100 of that was gift aid, which the site processes for you. So the fee is well spent. Boris

10:07am Thu 14 Feb 13

34thChairman says...

I would agree with you that £15 a month is money well spent if it generates, say, £750 in that month. Because my immediate objective is to cover the cost of the fence I think I'll hang on for a while until we start our major appeal to build the new HQ.

However I can now report some really good news. As a result of the Gazette article I've had an offer from Colchester Round Table to cover the entire cost of the new fence! At the same time I've had confirmation from our insurance company that they will pay for repairs minus the £250 excess on the policy. So rather than take all the money from the Round Table we have decided just to accept the £250 to cover the excess.

Because we are using a 60 year old army hut as our HQ, the maintenance costs are getting worse year by year and I have just been told we now need a new front door which will cost us £250. The Round Table have undertaken to cover that cost as well.

The Round Table is a Colchester charity raising money for deserving causes in Colchester. Next time you see them collecting money, please give generously - you never know when you might need them to help you.
I would agree with you that £15 a month is money well spent if it generates, say, £750 in that month. Because my immediate objective is to cover the cost of the fence I think I'll hang on for a while until we start our major appeal to build the new HQ. However I can now report some really good news. As a result of the Gazette article I've had an offer from Colchester Round Table to cover the entire cost of the new fence! At the same time I've had confirmation from our insurance company that they will pay for repairs minus the £250 excess on the policy. So rather than take all the money from the Round Table we have decided just to accept the £250 to cover the excess. Because we are using a 60 year old army hut as our HQ, the maintenance costs are getting worse year by year and I have just been told we now need a new front door which will cost us £250. The Round Table have undertaken to cover that cost as well. The Round Table is a Colchester charity raising money for deserving causes in Colchester. Next time you see them collecting money, please give generously - you never know when you might need them to help you. 34thChairman

10:21am Thu 14 Feb 13

jammin says...

A fantastic offer from the Colchester Round Table! Seems there are nice people & organisations out there.

I would advise getting advice before applying anti climbing, if it gets on peoples clothes who are simply walking past you might have an issue from the council (I believe the intention is for it to be out of reach or within the site boundary as such)
A fantastic offer from the Colchester Round Table! Seems there are nice people & organisations out there. I would advise getting advice before applying anti climbing, if it gets on peoples clothes who are simply walking past you might have an issue from the council (I believe the intention is for it to be out of reach or within the site boundary as such) jammin

10:33am Thu 14 Feb 13

34thChairman says...

Yes, the use of anti-climb paint is problematical. The law says that the property owner has a duty of care to passers by so he must erect warning signs about the use of such paint so they do not get accidentally covered in it. The next part is clearly a problem - most legal advice says that it should only be applied at least two metres above ground level.

Looks like I might have to go back to painting them with normal paint in garish colours to deter thieves. Perhaps our Scout necker colours might be the answer.
Yes, the use of anti-climb paint is problematical. The law says that the property owner has a duty of care to passers by so he must erect warning signs about the use of such paint so they do not get accidentally covered in it. The next part is clearly a problem - most legal advice says that it should only be applied at least two metres above ground level. Looks like I might have to go back to painting them with normal paint in garish colours to deter thieves. Perhaps our Scout necker colours might be the answer. 34thChairman

1:44pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Colchester District Scouts says...

Dear all

Thank you very much for all the support that your have shown the 34th Colchester group over this matter it is most appreciated.

If anybody would like to help the 34th or any other of the 35 groups in the Colchester area, either as a leader or in a support role, then please have a look at our website scouts.org.uk.

Once again thank you very much

Stu Gibson
District Commissioner,
Colchester Estuary Scout District
Dear all Thank you very much for all the support that your have shown the 34th Colchester group over this matter it is most appreciated. If anybody would like to help the 34th or any other of the 35 groups in the Colchester area, either as a leader or in a support role, then please have a look at our website scouts.org.uk. Once again thank you very much Stu Gibson District Commissioner, Colchester Estuary Scout District Colchester District Scouts

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