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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Cheshire East Council gives local Guides a helping hand to buy much-needed kit


Cheshire East Council has given a boost to a local Guides’ group so they can buy much-needed camping gear.

Cheshire East Council Cabinet member for localism and enforcement Les Gilbert visited one of the weekly sessions at 1st Holmes Chapel Guides to present them with a cheque for £510 from the Council’s community grants scheme.

Cllr Gilbert, who is ward member for Dane Valley, said: “The Guide movement has been going for over 100 years and is still going strong.

“I’m pleased to see that we have a particularly lively and active group here in Holmes Chapel and Cheshire East is pleased to be able to support them with this community grant for £510, which will help them to buy some much-needed equipment.”

Guides leader Rachael Dingle, who accepted the cheque on behalf of the unit, said: “We are very pleased to have this support from Cheshire East.

“We applied for a grant from the Cheshire East community grants scheme, to allow us to buy some tents, as we currently don’t have any of our own. Previously we’ve borrowed tents but this grant, along with some funding from our unit, will allow us to buy five tents for our outdoor expeditions.

“There is a brilliant opportunity in a few weeks’ time for a camping trip to Alton Towers, where the unit will be able to actually camp in the grounds of the park and we’ll use the new tents for this trip.

“We currently have 24 girls in this unit, which covers ages 10 to 14. As these girls get older and progress to the senior section, more girls will join us – so the money spent here will have a positive use for many girls over years to come.”

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