We have nearly completed the Mess Hut – thank you so much for your help!

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We now have a clear idea about the total cost of the work. To include the conversion of the old toilet block (Adam and Eve) into a laundry and drying room as well as the end of project landscaping, the final cost was anticipated to be £826,000. However, the Trustees have recently taken the decision to add a fully accessible lift at the main entrance so that wheelchair users will have multiple entry points to the Mess Hut. This has added an additional £10,000 to the total; raising it to £836,000. With the recent, generous donations of £32,000, the total that has now been raised is £819,000 – this leaves £17,000 still to raise. [Figures correct as of 1.iii.18] Can you help us close the gap?

The Mess Hut is the beating heart of Great Wood. It is the building which people gravitate to on arriving at camp; it houses the kitchen and the dining room and the dining room doubles as a multi-purpose meeting room. It benefits from an open fire place and dual aspect windows giving wonderful views across the site and beyond.

Our partners at Kilve, the main users of Great Wood Camp in term time, are as happy and excited as anyone about the prospect of a new facility.

Why replace the building?

The old structure worked well for many decades and was well-loved, however it was over 50 years old, and there were major structural issues with the roof. When the survey for the new roof was undertaken, it was woefully obvious that the fabric of the building had degenerated substantially and that the existing frame would be unable to support a new roof. After a great deal of thought and prayer, the decision was taken to build a new Mess Hut.

The Great Wood family was consulted, architects and other professionals were briefed and appointed and a plan for this major project has developed and taken shape.


The modern replacement will embody much of the feel of the old Mess Hut while offering excellent facilities for decades to come.

See more drawings and plans…

Be part of making this a reality

Please help us to bring this plan to fruition!

One off donations are also extremely welcome and remember if you are a UK tax payer, any donation will be eligible for GiftAid which will increase the size of your donation by 25%.

Download a leaflet for more details and how to give (PDF)

A new building

The proposed modern replacement will embody much of the feel of the old Mess Hut…

From the Bishop

Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell, writes: “Great Wood is a very special place. “It has…