It’s party time at Guides’ getaway

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GIRL Guides turned out in force to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their country getaway.

Three coaches took 139 Guides to Egton House and Cottage, in North Yorkshire, to mark the importance of the much-loved location.

The North Yorkshire Moors hideaway is owned by Girlguiding Cleveland and has been used for residential trips since 1971.

The weekend trip saw the girls take part in crafts such as making badges and bookmarks, adding a flag to the building’s bunting, decorating biscuits, following a treasure trail, making a collage and “doing their best” at limbo, hula-hoop and hook-a-duck.The day ended with the cutting of a birthday cake and a traditional campfire singalong.

Divisional Commissioner Val Cullen said: “Guiding is very much alive in Hartlepool, as well as around the county, and the success of a day like Egton’s 40th birthday just proves the enjoyment that girls and leaders alike get from being part of the Guiding family.

“Numerous units in Hartlepool use Egton for their annual residential events and it’s almost like a second home to some of us.

“Of the girls who visited, those that have not yet stayed at Egton are now likely to come along when their units hold their annual holiday there. Those who have been before cannot wait to visit again.

Egton House has been undergoing a transformation after winning £1,000 of painting equipment in a Dulux competition.

Over the past few months, leaders and their families from Hartlepool and around the county have volunteered to give the interior a makeover.

There are 18 Girlguiding units in Hartlepool, which meet on weekday evenings and cater for girls from the age of five and up: Rainbows for under-sevens, Brownies for under-10s, Guides for 10 and over and Senior Section members for 14 and over.

Anyone interested in joining the units can contact Val on (01429) 862850.