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Prisoners renovate boat for Sea Scouts

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FOLLOWING a plea for help from the Sea Scouts about a vessel that was in need of renovation, the prison has come to their rescue to make it seaworthy again.

Guernsey Prison inmates have restored a boat for the Sea Scouts. Left to right are Sarah Creasey, general manager of the Guernsey Sailing Trust, Scout leader at 1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scouts Julie Hutchins, acting prison governor John de Carteret, community projects manager Dolly Gray, group Scout leader 1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scouts Rosalyne Le Huray and 1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scouts executive committee member Robin Bailey. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 25750135)

The 35-year-old Len Veron, named after a former Scout leader, fell out of use more than 12 years ago and had been left to rot in a field at Rue Maingy. But after a local Scout group decided work should be done to get it back in the sea, the prison stepped in, helping to renovate it.

Acting governor of the prison John de Carteret said the summer project had been enjoyed by all the prisoners involved.

‘It was a team effort, but we had one prisoner especially who really enjoyed working on it,’ he said.

‘They all spent an awful lot of time on renovations and it was really good for them, because this kind of environment gives the prisoners skills, sometimes skills that they don’t know they have, and it’s something for the community – we all have a responsibility to do what we can.

‘I’d like to see it float first, though – normally we just put plants in our boats, not Sea Scouts.’

The boat will now be used by the 1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scout Group for numerous adventures, taking advantage of its multi-use as a sailing, rowing and motor boat.

Julie Hutchins, 1st Guernsey (Victoria) Sea Scout group leader, said the renovation was a big achievement by the prison.

She added that the Scouts would be ‘extremely excited to get out and use it next summer when the weather is better’.

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The Scout group’s executive committee member Robin Bailey said it was great to see the boat restored.

‘We had to pull it out of the mud and hedges initially to get it here,’ he said. ‘Now we’re grateful to the prison and the prisoners for their community spirit in getting it back in working order for us and to the Sailing Trust for lending us the trailer to get it here.

‘To see it fully restored is fantastic.’

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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