Oban’s guides say goodbye to two leaders with 60 years of experience

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It’s a new era for Girl Guiding in Oban with the Guide Hall receiving a face-lift and the organisation saying farewell to two stalwarts.

After receiving a £4,000 donation from Tesco, the Oban Guide Hall is being refurbished, with games being added to the exterior of the building.

However, the organisation needs new leaders as two leading lights, with a combined 60 years’ service, have left.

Alison MacKenzie and Shiralene Cave have both left Girl Guiding after each  spending 30 years with the organisation.

Alison was involved with Guides, specialising in camping, while Shiralene was a Rainbow leader.

Girl Guiding covers a wide range of ages, with Rainbows catering for 5-7 year-olds, Brownies from 7-10 and Guides 10-14.

Stella MacIver, who has been a leader in Oban for 20 years, said: ‘I would like to thank Alison and Shiralene for their years of service to the organisation.’

The organisation is currently looking for around six leaders covering Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

‘We have got quite a big intake now. We have 22 girls, but we need more leaders. We have just had the guide hall refurbished.’

Tesco customers were invited to vote for one out of three organisations to receive funding, with cash going to first, second and third.

‘At the front of the hall we have games, such as chess,’ Stella added. ‘That came about from the people of Oban voting for us in Tesco.’

Stella added: ‘It’s very difficult to recruit new leaders, however, I think with the college here now, there’s more chance of people staying in the town.’

If you’re interested in becoming a leader, or to find out more, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk