White Rose House
Many of you took part in the sponsored walk at Escrick Park to raise money for replacing the playground and parking area at White Rose House. This very successful event was organised by the Friends of White Rose House, so who are they and what is White Rose House ?
White Rose House is our County Home in Wheldrake. It is it used for a wide variety of activities including holidays and residential’s by members of our County and those further afield, training events and meetings, it also houses the County archives and stores equipment and is used by the local community of a variety of events.
It is the old village school and was bought by the County in the 1980’s, gutted and completely refurbished before being reopened for use by Girlguiding by the Hon Mrs Betty Clay, Lady Baden-Powell’s daughter, in 1987. It underwent further refurbishment in the late 2000’s when a further extension was added ensuring we could be fully inclusive with disabled facilities for overnight stays.
We are incredibly lucky to have the use of such a building and anyone who has visited other venues for holidays knows that WRH is maintained to a very high standard and is fully compliant with the necessary safety rules etc.
All of this does come at a cost. The running costs and overheads are covered by the fees charged to the units and groups using the house. The County pays a subsidy to cover various costs but what we do not pay automatically are those capital costs for the replacement and upgrading of the fixtures and fittings. These are funded through the efforts of the Friends of White Rose House.
Over the years the Friends have contributed over £30,000 to the upkeep of WRH. These are funds that have been raised through coffee mornings, stalls at St Crux, raffles, cake stalls, afternoon teas etc. In short, WRH would not look anything like it does now without their efforts.
Let us not be wrong here, WRH is a County asset and we would not see a need go unfulfilled, but funds the County pays to WRH cannot then be used to support Guiding elsewhere so by supporting WRH, the Friends are supporting Guiding throughout the County.
So who are our Fairy Godmothers?
Many are Trefoil Guild members, some are former Commissioners and leaders, all are supporters of Guiding…there is no restriction on membership, you can be a friend at any age and the level of commitment can vary from being very involved to buying a raffle ticket. There is an annual membership fee of £7.50 and for that you can claim to be helping to maintain and improve our County Home. If you just want to support the efforts of others, there are events taking place throughout the year.
The latest Friends newsletter is available to download here:
Friends of White Rose House Newsletter
You an read the latest Friends of White Rose House Newsletter by clicking here