Community support

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Our mission is to transform and completely renovate our youth activity centre at St. Briavels in the Wye Valley AONB. On completion there will be two stand-alone accommodation buildings each with capacity for 38 beds and good camping fields. We are actively raising funds for the final stage of the new accommodation building.

The existing white-painted main building of our Centre has been a prominent landmark,  visible across the Valley from the village of Llandogo, for over 100 years. Any significant enlargement would have affected its character. However, we would not have been able to maintain our accommodation capacity were we solely to bring the existing building's facilities up to modern standards. 

In December 2014 we secured planning permission from the Forest of Dean District Council to
(I) renovate the coach house into warden’s accommodation;
(II) build a brand new, stand-alone 38-bed accommodation block and
(III) renovate the existing building (also 38-bed), bringing this building up to current Health & Safety standards and making it accessible for all users. We have worked closely with our architects and the Forest of Dean District Council to ensure the design of our project will minimise the visual impact it would have on the surroundings. 
In exchange for demolishing a small kitchen building erected on site in the 1970's we proposed a new purpose-built building, with accommodation for 50% of the overall capacity of our Centre.

The new building, which is partially inset into the hillside, is being built to modern building standards and will have efficient insulation and heating and make use of renewable energy sources. Large windows in the upper floor will provide natural light. The cladding materials chosen (cedar boards and local stone masonry) will ensure the building quickly blends into the landscape.  The plans for the new building are based on feedback from current and previous centre-users, including our cubs, brownies, scouts and guides and other educational groups.

We aim to open the new building by summer 2018 for the use of various educational and youth groups in the community. Our aim is to ensure the Centre is self-financing and to secure a legacy for the use of future generations of young people.

Our project has been divided into three phases to ensure that we raise sufficient funds to complete each phase in a timely manner. Phase 1 (warden’s accommodation) was completed on-time and on-budget in January 2016 (£195 000).

We are currently raising funds to complete phase 2 (total = £970 000), aiming to make this building available for use from summer 2018:

- Phase 2A (£220 000): Site preparation, demolition of the small stand-alone kitchen, drainage work, laying foundations and steel frame (funds secured, work completed)

- Phase 2B (£400 000): Building of the weather-tight shell and core of the new building (funds secured, work in progress)

- Phase 2C (£355 000): Internal fixtures, fittings and furnishing of the new building (part of funds secured, actively raising funds, aim to start work beginning 2018 subject to funding).

The location of the site is ideal for community groups who want to benefit from an area of outstanding natural beauty around the River Wye and Forest of Dean with all its beauty and biodiversity. The site offers an excellent educational opportunity, as well as access to multiple walking trails and potential for other outdoor pursuits. The area is also steeped in history with Roman remains found locally and the Offa’s Dyke trail close by.

Polish Scouting Association (UK Region) Ltd

Moment of Pride

The total cost of this three phase project is £1.8M. So far over 50% (£912,000) has been raised by our members and friends. We are passionate about scouting and creative, educational opportunities for all young people and the modern, ecological and user-friendly facilities our Centre will provide.

Location: Saint Briavels