IT doesn’t look like much now – but work has started to transform this humble building into a new base for Girl Guides,
Work is well under way at the new headquarters of the Waterlooville Guide Association, in Walton Close, on the spot where the groups’ former base was.
It became so run-down that it had to be taken down and the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows have to meet at venues across Waterlooville.
The girls spent nine years trying to raise £49,000 for a new building, doing sponsored walks, swims and fairs.
They raised enough to complete the outer shell of the building, and Veolia Environmental Trust stepped in last year to provide £38,000 needed to finish it off.
Guide leader Nicky Bull said: ‘It is really exciting. We really need a venue for activities for children and young people in the area.
‘At the moment children play in the roads with little else to do.
‘Local people are looking forward to this new focal point, which will be fully accessible to the elderly, disabled people and young children.’
Mrs Bull said the area badly needed activities for young people and the Guides receive a stream of requests from parents who want their daughters to join them.
The new hall will also be available to other community groups.
Doors, lighting, power, a fire alarm system and a disabled toilet are being installed. Ceilings will be fitted and walls will be plastered. If all goes well the building should be completed by the middle of May.
McNabb Laurie from the trust said: ‘It is great to hear that this project is starting. The new building will be an important resource for the Guides and the wider community and I look forward to seeing it complete.’
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