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Big thanks as new Wadebridge Guide HQ opens

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 22, 2013

  • TEAM EFFORT: At the newly built guide headquarters are, Heather Champion; Jo Bushen; Sue Moore; Ceri Goodfellow, project manager; Tracy Stokes, Divisional Commissioner Girl Guides; Sarah Bennett; Emma Taylor and Karen Thompson.

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WADEBRIDGE District Guides' 'Dream Project' became a reality on Saturday when their new headquarters was officially opened.

The project had taken ten years to come to fruition and Saturday saw the result of the group's fundraising efforts and the tremendous help and support from the community.

More than £32,000 was raised locally, with the SITA Cornwall Trust providing £30,000 to complete the funding and enable the new building to be constructed.

It has replaced an old wooden building which was in such a poor state the girls were forced to use other venues in the town for their activities.

Guiding in Wadebridge involves 120 girls and 30 adults.

Ceri Goodfellow, who was in charge of the fundraising drive and who cut the ribbon with mayor Tony Rush, thanked everyone who had made the dream come true.

"Many local clubs and groups have donated money to the project, as well as firms and businesses who have donated their skills, expertise and goods," said Mrs Goodfellow.

"The opening ceremony was a means for the Guides to show their gratitude to all these people."

She said there had also been donations to equip the kitchen area of the building.

"The excellent kitchen has been given by Howdens of Bodmin who stepped in when the firm originally supplying the kitchen backed out.

"The range cooker was donated by Wadebridge Rotary Club. Plumbase, Travis Perkins, Gynn Construction, Fitzgerald Lighting and Quinn Radiators, and many others, have supplied goods and they have been freely fitted by plumbers B Gregson and Son and Davey Electrics.

"The building itself has been constructed by Gary Bushen, of Bushen Builders, who, with his wife Jo, has been instrumental in persuading firms to help with the build," she said.

The new facility will be available for use by the community when not being used by the Guides.

This Saturday, the headquarters will be open for the public to view from 10am to 4pm and the girls are looking forward to showing the community what they have achieved.

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