Members of Guiding and Scouting in Coggeshall are marking the beginning of construction for their new headquarters building and a new future for youth organisations in the area.

The project, being jointly funded and run with the Honywood Community Science School is the culmination of over four years work by many people to ensure that young people in Coggeshall have a first class facility to use for many years to come.

There are currently over 200 youngsters involved and all sections have joining lists, but lack of available space has restricted growth. The new HQ will have two halls instead of the one at the existing HQ and total floor area is more than twice that available now. The building is designed to the latest standards including accommodating disabled access and will have a fully fitted kitchen as well as a small meeting room.

Funding for the building has come from the Scouts and Guides, Honywood School, individual donations and grants from Braintree District Council and Essex County Council.

Commenting on the new building, Tim Styles, Group Chairman said