Girl Guides' memories demolished

FORMER Yenda Girl Guides leader Glenda O'Toole was sad to hear the hall that held so many fond memories for her was demolished recently.

The Girl Guides branch folded about eight years ago, due to dwindling numbers, two years after Mrs O'Toole handed over the reins as leader.

"It's very sad," Mrs O'Toole said.

"The Girl Guides in Yenda would have been 50 years old in 2009, they didn't quite make their birthday."

Mrs O'Toole said the branch was once thriving, with a second Brownies unit opened to cater for the high number of girls interested in joining.

"When I was leader we had on average about 20 Brownies and eight to 10 Guides," she said.

"However, the numbers just started to drop off, I think the numbers just dropped off in a lot of places."

Mrs O'Toole said a push for children to become more involved in sport may have had something to do with a lack of interest in Brownies or Girl Guides.

She said she was disappointed as those involved learnt a range of skills.

"It covers a lot of areas you don't just do sport or music, they cover lots of different areas and give the kids a tast of different things."

Griffith City Council's executive services manager Shireen Donaldson said the Guide hall was approved for demolition in March and demolition took palce in the past couple of weeks.

The hall had fallen into a state of disrepair after it sat vacant and was also damaged in the Yenda floods.

Meanwhile, council has called for expressions of interest for the licence of the building formerly know as the Yenda Scout Hall.