Thames Ditton Guide Hut Appeal

Guide Hut

There have been Guides in Thames Ditton since 1919. The Hut in Church Walk serves girls from almost a hundred local families. The cumulative benefits to the girls and to society of the values fostered are considerable. The Guide Hut was built in the 1950s after three local ladies, Mrs. Spencer-Whitehead, Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Coates, long associatied with Guiding, made donations towards building a new hut. Through energetic fundraising, the Guides managed to put together the 1,500 to have the hut built in the grounds of the old Church School, giving the Guides and Brownies a safe and secure, permanent meeting place.

The hut is a major factor in continuity and appeal. Users can undertake many activities including longer-term craft projects and the hut can accommodate more messy activities without the need to clear up immediately for some smart meeting! Maintenance of the premises and garden has been entirely by parent volunteers. But the hut is now in need of some major renewal and repair. At least 20,000 in all will be needed to ensure its continued serviceability. RA Councillor Peter Hickman has secured 4,500 from Surrey County Council, which enabled the leaking flat sections of roof to be renewed (before the summer rains - well done, Peter). RA Councillor Ruth Lyon is backing a bid to secure a grant of up to 5000 from BIFFA, the waste management firm who put something back into the community. Other potential benefactors have been approached including B & Q and the Harry Hawkes 8.

The Guides and their Friends have also raised several hundred pounds with stalls at summer fetes. Planned activities later this Autumn include a raffle (please donate suitable prizes if you can, and buy tickets!), a car boot sale, and a tea for former Guides on the afternoon of Saturday 29 September in the Hut.

The Guide Hut could serve the community in broader ways, and other groups have expressed interest in booking time in a refurbished hut, which would help to keep it heated in winter. We urge you to support this Appeal in whatever way you can so that young girls can continue to benefit themselves and the community alike.

To help, please contact:
Bronach Hughes 0208 398 1628
Lesley Evetts 0208 398 7320