The Ellesborough Guide Centre is situated in the rural Chilterns just below Coombe Hill in two acres of grounds. The building was originally Ellesborough Village School and is now 100 years old. The centre provides self-catering living accommodation for up to thirty people in the House and offers camping space for up to sixty people in the grounds. The facilities, particularly the outdoor buildings remain little changed from those provided by the Victorian School and are in serious need of updating to provide up-to-date and appropriate facilities in line with the Girlguiding policy for residential accommodation. Furthermore, in accordance with the Equalities Act of 2010, we also need to make further positive steps towards removing barriers faced by people with disabilities. We plan to demolish an existing outbuilding at the rear of the property and modernise the toilet and shower facilities. Ellesborough Guide Centre is a much loved and valuable County facility.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Our plan is top future proof this building which we have owned for 50 years and make it suitable for young people to enjoy adventure and the outdoors for the next 50 years. The Centre provides adventure and outdoor activities for all members of Girlguiding Buckinghamshire and from farther afield. It is also widely used by young people working on the Duke of Edinburgh Award for their expedition training. The location in Ellesborough provides an essential rural experience for young people from urban areas and is valued by many of our users for this reason. The centre is also used by local authority youth groups such as the Foster Care group to give the young people an outdoor experience for their social meetings.
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