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Guide leaders call on town to help save dedicated hut

Photo: David Hurst
Penwortham 2nd Brownies and 4th Guides with leaders who are hoping the community will support them in helping to keep the Rene Sladen Centre for Guiding open for guiding activities

Photo: David Hurst Penwortham 2nd Brownies and 4th Guides with leaders who are hoping the community will support them in helping to keep the Rene Sladen Centre for Guiding open for guiding activities

A UNIQUE Girlguiding hut in Penwortham faces closure if support is not found from the local community.

That’s the message of a group of Guide and Brownie leaders, who are looking at ways to keep the Rene Sladen Centre For Guiding in Chesmere Drive viable

The 4th Penwortham Guides bought the old wooden army hut for £210 in 1962, and for years it was run by a mother and daughter team. Recently, the management has passed to guide leaders and the rent to the land owners has increased.

Guide leader Emma Bradley said: “We have one of the only designated Brownie and Guide Huts in the area, but it will close if we’re not careful.

“We have lost some of our Guide packs and the we struggle to afford things like insurance, because the premiums are high with it being made from wood.

“It’s a lovely building, and it had a lovely campfire space outside, but we’re worried that it will close, and if that happens it will probably be demolished for housing, and the neighbours will not want that.

“The other problem is that people don’t know it’s here. It’s hidden away down a little track between houses.”

The hut currently serves about 15 Brownies, 15 Guides and a Rainbow pack.

Emma added: “All three Guide leaders work full time, but we’re committed to doing fundraising to complete renovations to the building as well as cover running costs.”

One of the main fundraisers will be a summer gala on the site. The leaders are also keen to hear from local tradespeople who can help with building materials and labour.

Anyone who is able to help, or would like to know more about hiring the hut should email: chesmereguidehut@gmail.com

 

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