RUNCORN Guides have a new home, thanks to the generous legacy of an inspirational guide leader.

Runcorn solicitor Margaret Goodier, who devoted her life to guiding, left money in her will to fund a new HQ.

A celebration was held on Saturday to mark the opening of the new building in Moughland Lane.

Divisional Commissioner Rosemary Jones, of Trafford Crescent, said: “Margaret worked tirelessly for guiding and made a great contribution.

“She was a lover of camping and knew only too well the value of the outdoors and the guiding movement to young people.

“She gave so much of her time, skills, and efforts into providing the wonderful county camp site at Pettypool, which we have today.”

Margaret’s career in guiding began in 1942.

During the war, her Government job as a secretary with the Ministry of Food took her to Canada. She then helped to rebuild a wartorn Europe, working with the Martial Aid programme.

After her father’s death, Margaret studied as a solicitor and became a partner in the law firm, Burton & Goodier in High Street.

She became district commissioner for Runcorn from 1965-1976, and then served as assistant county commissioner for nine years.

Rosemary said: “We are all indebted to Margaret to have such a lovely new building as our HQ.

“Guiding is such a wonderful organisation. It helps girls build their self-esteem and confidence and encourages them to work as a team.”

Rainbows, brownies, guides and seniors, welcomed Halton MP Derek Twigg and Halton Mayor and Mayoress, Clrs Tom and Angela McInerney to their HQ for a musical launch event.

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