York Girl Guides reopening celebrated by more than 200 guides from around WA

Girl Guides WA state commissioner Linda Elezovich, Regional Development parliamentary secretary Darren West enjoying afternoon tea after the ribbon cutting.
Girl Guides WA state commissioner Linda Elezovich, Regional Development parliamentary secretary Darren West enjoying afternoon tea after the ribbon cutting.

THE reopening of a Girl Guides property in York this month was celebrated with more than 200 members from around the state.

Girl Guides WA committed to raising $100,000 to help gut and refurbish the bathroom at Our Barn to mark the organisation’s centenary in 2015.

Lotterywest also contributed funding to the project.

Our Barn was once the barn and stables of the old Monger family home, Faversham House.

Girl Guides WA bought the site in the early 1970s and transformed it into a venue where guides groups could stay for holidays, specialised activity camps and weekends away.

It is also where Girl Guide leaders attend training weekends and conferences.

Other groups use the facility if unoccupied including university fieldtrips, patchwork circles, music groups, school class camps and yoga retreats.

Property volunteer manager Kate Walker, of Brookton, said they were delighted the project had been completed after a lot of fundraising and hard work.

Mrs Walker said they had celebrated the grand reopening in style.

“Over 200 members old and young from around the State headed to York to participate,” she said.

The event included an open house at Our Barn and a ribbon cutting by Girl Guides WA state commissioner Linda Elezovich, Regional Development parliamentary secretary Darren West and Shire of York deputy president Denese Smythe.

Architect Rosalie Pech Eva and representatives from the CWA, Soroptimists and Scouts WA also attended.

Northam Girl Guides back after hiatus

NORTHAM Girl Guides is back on track after a three-year hiatus, thanks to the support of two volunteers.

Local women Kath Cullen and June Tilley stepped forward to lead the group, which will meet at the Guide Hall on Burnside Avenue from July 18.

State Commissioner Linda Elezovich said growing evidence showed girls involved in guiding have more confidence, resilience and better mental health.

Girl Guides is an inclusive organisation and the Northam group welcomes girls aged from seven to 17 years of age.

For more details, contact Inger on membersupport@girlguideswa.org.au or 9479 9800.

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