In June 2011 the Poppy Centre Trust received a significant grant from an anonymous donor. It meant that finally the brickwork could begin. Lots and lots of red bricks were delivered and the brickwork commenced
And slowly the building began to grow.
In November 2008, we were finally able to have the old scout hut removed. It had been hoped to keep it open and operational for use, with the steel structure put up over the top, but annual safety checks in May had highlighted remedial work, the costs of which were uneconomic due to the proposals for the new building and a decision had been taken by the Scout group to close it permanently.
Further to a significant grant of £20,000 received from the Norfolk Youth Fund, we were able to call in pledges of funding from the 1st Stalham Sea Scout Group, Stalham Town Council, and Stalham Skate Park which together with the fund raising events which had been organised meant there was sufficient funds to order the steel work frame and have it erected.
After more than 10 years trying on their own, the Scouts agreed to the formation of The Poppy Centre Trust as it seemed a group representing several youth organisations from the community would have more success in raising funds for a replacement building than one that was just raising funds for Scouting.