DISTRAUGHT children and parents fear for the future of their scout group after the church evicted them from their base of more than 70 years.
The Diocese of Willesden changed the locks to the hut, in Eskdale Avenue, Northolt, on Monday, saying the 4th Northolt St Mary's Scouts had taken too long to arrange a new lease.
The scouts say they tried to come to an agreement but the church would not accept their offer, saying it was not enough money.
Families caught in the middle say they do not care who is to blame, they just want to make sure their beloved group, attended by about 50 children, does not lose its home.
Margaret O'Malley, 45, of Gonville Crescent, Northolt, has a 10-year-old son at the group and a 15-year-old who has recently left.
She said: "It's a big part of their social life and it teaches them to be responsible and help their community.
"If we can't find somewhere else we can use permanently the group might have to fold.
"I can't see how the Church of England can do this, it's one of the richest landowners in Britain."
Another mother, Kathryn McCord, 47, of Alderney Gardens, Northolt, said: "We're really disappointed. It has been the scout hut for so long.
"When we came to the area 10 years ago, the group enabled our family to join in and become part of the community.
"My nine-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son love going and the children are encouraged to care about others."
The church have now signed the lease over to a nursery for five years.
The Bishop of Willesden, Pete Broadbent, said the church had been trying to come to an agreement with the scouts since 2006 after the 20-year lease expired. He said that during negotiations, the scouts had been using the site rent-free and sub-letting it to the nursery.
He added that, as a charity, the diocese is obliged to find a competitive rent for the site.
"Under the Charity Act 2006, we have to look to get a fair commercial rent. We try to be sympathetic to what people can afford to pay but we have tried to deal with the scouts and they have not responded."
The scouts deny they are using the hut rent-free. They say have put aside all the necessary money in a bank account as the church would not accept payment until the negotiations had been resolved.
Ealing North MP Steve Pound is helping to mediate the dispute and said St Mary's Church in Ealing Road, Northolt, had offered emergency accommodation.
He said: "We can't afford to see the 4th Northolt Scouts evicted, they're a vital part of the community."