Council support makes new Girlguide centre possible

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Mayor Des Scott with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows at the opening

A fantastic new £270,000 centre for Girlguiding in Chandler’s Ford for Guides, Brownies and Rainbows has been built thanks to financial support from Eastleigh Borough Council.

The Council provided £140,000 towards the cost of the building that has modern, purpose-built fully-accessible facilities. These include a main hall, toilets, separate meeting rooms, a kitchen and direct access to a garden. The Girlguiding Shop will also be relocating onto the site from its existing premises on Hursley Road.

The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Des Scott was on hand to open the new building on Saturday 25 February and also enjoyed a tour of the fantastic new facilities on the Ramalley Lane site that was also the location of the old building that was built in 1976. The new Girlguiding Centre will be used every weeknight evening for Guide, Brownie and Rainbow meetings and events – a total of over 300 girls use it in any given week. The building is also available for community groups and organisations to hire for events and activities.

Chair of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury Local Area Committee Cllr Pamela Holden-Brown, said:

‘We are delighted to have provided financial support to help make this great new facility possible.

‘It’s a superb centre that will provide the Guides with a fantastic new home and also provide the wider community with a venue for a range of activities and events.’

The Division Treasurer, Karen Everett: says,

‘The new centre has many benefits for the Guides and community groups. It is a warm, welcoming and accessible venue for activities and events. We are so happy with our new home and would like to say a big ‘thank you” to everyone who helped with its creation.’