Stone Girl Guides HQ oficially opened

The new headquarters for girl guides in Stone was officially opened on Thursday 29th November.

The single-storey building has an entrance lobby, meeting room, large hall, kitchen and toilets, including facilities for the disabled.

It replaces the previous outdated hut on the town’s Westbridge Park – which has been their home for around 50 years.

Stafford Borough Council supported the guides in the new HQ project.

 On Thursday the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Barron, was joined by Leader of the Borough Council Patrick Farrington and Girl Guiding, Stone and Eccleshall Divisional Commissioner, Sheila Slaney, to officially open the building.

 Sheila said:

“It makes a tremendous difference to our Division to have a purpose built building in which to hold our Unit meetings, trainings and events. The new building provides a solid foundation on which we can build the future development and long term plans for the Division. An added bonus will be that the new building will be more economical to run enabling us to save on our current overheads.”

 She added:

“Westbridge Park allows our girls an open space to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities and most importantly to have fun so we are very grateful that this opportunity has presented itself which also enables us to stay on the park which has been the home of our headquarters for the past fifty years.”

 Councillor Farrington said:

“I am pleased we are able to support the guides with a new HQ on Westbridge Park. This is a very worthy community investment for Stone and sits alongside some significant investment for Westbridge Park in retail, with the popular M&S, and in leisure – with the soon to open multi million pound centre.

 “We hope this new facility will encourage more girls to join such a fantastic organisation and continue its popularity in Stone and Eccleshall for many years to come.”