Borough guides open new outdoor centre

Jeremy Ince and Vivienne Barke.
Jeremy Ince and Vivienne Barke.

A new residential outdoor centre and campsite has officially opened for girlguides in the borough.

Girlguiding North Tyneside’s new facility is called Cheviot View and is located in the Northumberland National Park at Kirknewton, near Wooler.

It has been created thanks to fundraising efforts and a loan from Charity Bank.

Girlguiding North Tyneside – the operating name of the North Tyneside Guide Association – raised £265,000 and got a further £75,000 to complete the internal work, including installing a woodburning stove, from Charity Bank.

Cheviot View is two storeys with five bedrooms, including one with facilities for people with disabilities, a kitchen, sitting room and a large activity room.

The centre will accommodate up to 36 people while the adjacent field will provide camping facilities with a separate shower and toilet block.

Girlguiding North Tyneside’s former site was sold as it was no longer fit for purpose and the proceeds, along with additional funds, were reinvested in the new site at Kirknewton.

Since then, the group has undertaken a fundraising campaign to enable it to replace the old building with a bespoke accommodation centre.

Chairman of Girlguiding North Tyneside Trustees, Vivienne Barke, said: “Cheviot View will provide a fantastic outdoor facility for our guides in a wonderful rural location within the Northumberland National Park.

“We were delighted with how much we were able to raise by fundraising, but I also want to thank Charity Bank for their involvement.”