Girlguiding Scotland celebrates 70 years of guiding at Netherurd

Girlguiding Scotland celebrated 70 years of fun and adventure at their national training and activity centre, Netherurd, with a big bash yesterday (Sunday 19 April 2015).

200 guiding members and friends celebrated the special day in the Borders with a flying owl display, face painting, geo caching, a scavenger hunt and an exhibition of 70 years of guiding including pictures, uniforms and memorabilia.

Netherurd has, since 1945, given thousands of girls from across Scotland the chance to camp, have fun and challenge themselves by trying out new and adventurous activities like climbing, archery and kayaking.

Janice Lowe, Netherurd Manager, said: “We had an amazing time celebrating 70 years of guiding at Netherurd.

“The special event was attended by all ages from Trefoil Guild members and other guests, to Rainbows, Brownies and Guides who all have great memories from their own adventures at Netherurd.

“We have major investments planned in the next year or so to take Netherurd forward and to be prepared for the next 70 years of guiding at Netherurd.”

Set amongst 30 acres of land, Netherurd consist of the main house, a Georgian manor, four campsites and the Garden House and offers bespoke conference, event and training facilities for both guiding and external groups, along with a range of fun and exciting outdoors activities.

Through the generosity of Netherurd’s former owners, the late Major E G Thomson, M.C., Girlguiding Scotland have been privileged to use Netherurd as the national Training and Outdoor Centre since 1945 when it was leased for seven years. In 1952 the estate was kindly gifted to Girlguiding Scotland.


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