This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary. Over the year we will be adding more materials related to this special year. So, keep coming back.
Shirdley Hill was originally an old Chapel that came up for sale in 1975, and it was decided this would be an ideal place for Guiding Adventures.
The small Porch at the front led into a large room with the altar still in place, a vestry behind and one toilet and wash basin. This was considered a good enough start to creating a Holiday House and so a bid of £8000 was accepted.
In true Guiding tradition plenty of fund-raising had to be done to reach this amount along with donations, particularly from Margaret Pilkington. (Already a benefactor to Scarisbrick Campsite)
Mr Alan Mears took over the master planning of building and redecorating to ensure the centre could accommodate all. It was with thanks to a great team of Guiders, Guides, and Rangers that the decoration was completed and fit for purpose of a Guiding Holiday.
Shirdley Hill was officially opened in 1979 by Lady Patience Baden Powell, Granddaughter in law to the World Chief Guide Lady Baden Powell.
The centre made a big difference to units in the surrounding areas and it was decided that more accommodation space was required. So with the help and guidance once again of Alan Mears the centre has been developed to the 27 bed accommodation it is today.
As the years have passed many people have helped to develop our County “Home” and it serves us in many ways. Shirdley Hill is our own “Dream come true” and with the continuing support of The Friends of Shirdley Hill and many volunteers our dream is kept alive.