Historic guiding light set to go on the market

Girl Guides HQ Hartfield Lane SUS-150217-093855001
Girl Guides HQ Hartfield Lane SUS-150217-093855001

Looking Back takes a trip down Memory Lane this week at the history of the Girl Guiding Headquarters in Eastbourne which has closed and will go up for sale soon.

Guiding officials say the building, the former church hall of St Anne’s Church which was bombed during the Second World War, is no longer fit for purpose and is uneconomic.

The hall was often used by visiting Brownie and Guide groups and there was also a shop for people to buy Guiding merchandise which was manned by volunteers from the Trefoil Guild.

The hall had been used by the Guiding movement since the mid 1950s.

Before that the Guides and Brownies used premises in Grove Road, which was bombed during the war.

Number 2a South Street was then rented until 1956.

The St Anne’s Church rooms came up for sale for £2,500.00 and after a major fund-raising effort, the Divisional Headquarters was opened by the then County Commissioner, Dame Alice Godman in 1958.

Rosemary Dines from the Eastbourne Guiding Division said, “Headquarters has obviously been an enormous asset to Girlguiding in Eastbourne over many years and as such will always be an important part of the history of the Division.”