Fire 27th March 1982
The first fire Hall fire occurred on the evening of Friday 27th March 1982 which was caused by an electrical fault in the scout van parked alongside the premises. The fire was investigated by the police and it was confirmed to have been an accidental fire. Considerable damage was caused to the fabric of the building but it was not beyond repair.
Transcript of E G Courier 01 Apr 1982
BLAZE AT SCOUT H.Q.
Appeal launched to restore Building
AN APPEAL has been launched by the 1st East Grinstead Scout Group to restore its Moat Road headquarters, East Grinstead, following a serious fire there on Friday night.
The building was extensively damaged but the fire was quickly brought under
control and there were no injuries. Four appliances attended. The fire is believed to
have been caused by an electrical fault in the Scout van which was parked at the side of the headquarters.
It was then thought to have spread to the adjoining H.Q., which is a timber and brick building. The vehicle was burnt out. Group Scout Leader Tony Wilkins said this week:
' We need cash donation urgently to assist in rebuilding the H.Q. for future use. We are appealing to East Grinstead area residents support for the oldest group in the district, please give generously for the Cubs and Scouts need your help."
Donations should be sent to: 1st East Grinstead Appeal Fund, Deposit a/c 11180818, Barclays Bank High Street East Grinstead.