Guides’ £20k hole in bud­get for hall

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

A plea has been put out by a group of girl­guides who need fund­ing to help ren­o­vate their age­ing hall.

Dunkeld and Bir­nam Girl­guides want to build an ex­ten­sion on their cur­rent guide hall in Dunkeld, as it is too small and not suit­able for the 21st cen­tury.

Now, de­spite months of fundrais­ing, the builders’es­ti­mates have come back £20,000 over bud­get, leav­ing the guides to make up the dif­fer­ence be­fore work can get un­der­way on the hall.

Res­i­dents are be­ing asked to dig deep to help meet the am­bi­tious fundrais­ing tar­get.

He­len Tay­lor, the trea­surer of Girl­guid­ing Dunkeld District, said: “We are strug­gling a bit. We had enough money, but then the quotes came back from the builders higher than ex­pected, so we now need to find an­other £20,000.

“The hall was built in the 1930s and was sold to the guides by Atholl Es­tates. It is cur­rently run as a cen­tre for the guides, brown­ies and rain­bows once we get a leader, and most re­cently the se­nior sec­tion.

“The young women here have de­vel­oped through the Girl­guides for gen­er­a­tions in this small hall.

“It is only a hall and a very small toi­let and a ba­sic kitchen. There is no stor­age space, so at the mo­ment they have to store all their camp­ing equip­ment in a shed out­side. We need new toi­lets as well be­cause it is so small it is not suit­able for dis­abled chil­dren. Any young per­son in a wheel­chair would be dis­ad­van­taged be­cause the hall is not suit­able.

“My chil­dren have mas­sively ben­e­fit­ted from the guides, so I re­ally want to help and drag the hall into the 21st cen­tury.”

He­len has al­ready worked hard to se­cure fund­ing for the ren­o­va­tion works, in­clud­ing £70,000 from Grif­fin and Cal­li­acher Com­mu­nity Fund, £70,000 from Perth and Kin­ross’Ru­ral LEADER fund, £20,000 from the Gan­nochy Trust, and £15,000 from the Robert­sonTrust.

How­ever, de­spite this mas­sive haul, a fur­ther £20,000 is needed be­fore work can be­gin on the ren­o­va­tions.

He­len con­tin­ued:“We were able to say to the ar­chi­tect‘we have all the money’, and we have got plan­ning per­mis­sion and a build­ing war­rant. Sadly the build­ing es­ti­mates were way over.

“We need to now look at trim­ming down our plans such as re­duc­ing the over­all foot space and not tar­ma­c­ing all the way around the hall.

“It is dis­ap­point­ing and I am feel­ing very up­set be­cause I thought we had the money. This will now de­lay us for sev­eral months, and we are feel­ing quite stressed out about it all and very con­cerned that we once thought we could start this fan­tas­tic ex­ten­sion, and now we can’t.”

He­len is now ask­ing any res­i­dents or bene­fac­tors who want to sup­port their ef­forts to get an ex­ten­sion to visit their Just­Giv­ing page via www.just­giv­ing.com/ girl­guid­ing-dunkeld­dis­trict

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