Guides’ closure fear over run down clubhouse

Ishbel Boulton, Guide Leader Lorna Gilmour, Division Commissioner Vickie Brooks, Cara Taylor & Eilidh Boulton. Photo: Walter Neilson.
Ishbel Boulton, Guide Leader Lorna Gilmour, Division Commissioner Vickie Brooks, Cara Taylor & Eilidh Boulton. Photo: Walter Neilson.
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A decades old community group could be forced to fold unless it can raise up to £10,000 to carry out repairs to its meeting hall.

Girls Guides aged from 5-16 from the Wemyss villages have been based in Terras Hall, at the Haugh, East Wemyss since 1956 but division commissioner Vickie Brooks (31) is worried the current generation could be the last.

East Wemyss Guide Scout Hall, Terras Hall

East Wemyss Guide Scout Hall, Terras Hall

“The hall right now is in a really, really bad state of repair,” she said. “It’s probably not going to be safe for the girls for much longer if we don’t get some work done on it.

“We want to replace fire doors, one of the toilets has a hole in the floor and can’t be used, we need a new front door, there is a wee leak in the entrance hall and the garden needs to be completely gutted and landscaped.

“By the time we’ve paid rent, insurance and gas and electricity there is nothing left for us to do any of the maintenance at all so it’s just got worse over time as the funds have just never been there.

“We really don’t want to lose the hall because there is no where else in the Wemyss area that is financially viable for us to rent. If we lose the hall we lose guiding in the Wemyss area which would be terrible to be honest as some of the girls don’t have transport so they wouldn’t be able to go along to Methil or Methilhill to go to another unit.”

Vickie estimates a minimum of £5000 needs to be spent but said that figure could easily creep up to £10,000.

To combat the cost she, other Guide leaders and the 20 or so Guides and Rainbows based at the hall all want to pitch in and help.

If you have any fundraising ideas, or are a business or trade willing to offer your help contact Vickie at bernhyndv@hotmail.com.

For information about joining Girl Guiding visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Every penny helps to reach target

To fundraise so far the group has held a sponsored swim, a sports day and quizzes, they have also filled Smarties tubes full of money, done bag-packing and plan to decorate the hall at their own expense this summer.

They have also received £200 from Asda Kirkcaldy and the South East Division Girl Guides, which includes the Wemyss group, has been selected as Sainsbury’s Leven’s charity of the year so will benefit from fundraising and various staff initiatives.