New beginning for Guides

THE Girl Guides of the Gatton district will gather to celebrate the opening of their new Guide Meeting Hut this Saturday.

After losing their original Guide Meeting Hut to an arson attack in July 2006, the Guides chose July 23 as the day they officially open their new hut in Littleton Park.

It is also an auspicious occasion because the 60th anniversary of Girl Guiding in the Gatton district is being celebrated.

Girl Guiding in Gatton has always been a strong organisation for our girls aged between 5 and 18.

The current membership of 23 meets on Tuesday nights from 5.30pm to 7.30pm under the leadership of Vikki Carsburg.

“Our original hut burnt down in July 2006 and insurance paid some money, but we had to do a lot of fundraising to get enough money to rebuild,” she said.

“Heritage Building Society donated $10,000 and we had lots of music days and other fundraisers as well as IGA who gave us money from the Community Chest.

“There are still things we need to do but we will do it slowly as we can afford it.

“Most of the girls that were there when the hut burnt have left and the girls that are here now don't remember the old one, so this will be their hut.”

Vikki said the celebration this weekend was the start of a new era.

“It is open to the public and anyone who had anything to do with the rebuild is welcome to come,” she said.

“We will have some photo albums and we have the Mayor and Regent Leader coming as well as past and present Guides.”

Former Guides and their families are welcome to attend the hut opening and anniversary celebration from 2-4pm.

As all membership records were lost in the fire, the Guides have been unable to contact many of the previous Guides in the district.

The Gatton Guides also extend an invitation to anyone who has assisted them in the re-building of their hut.

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