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Group of Zambian girl guides put up by Oakham Guides at their hall in the Rutland town after the Leicestershire Charnwood International Camp for Scouts and Guides 2019 was cancelled due to poor weather




A group of Zambian girl guides were put up in Oakham a nearby international camp was cancelled.

About 21 guides and their leaders from the southern African country were hosted by Oakham Guides at their hall in Grampian Way after the Leicestershire Charnwood International Camp for Scouts and Guides was cancelled early on Thursday August 1 because of poor weather.

Pam Gilbert, from Rutland Guides, said: “The camp was abandoned halfway through the week after very heavy rain and most of the site was was engulfed in deep mud.

The guides outside Oakham's Guide Hall
The guides outside Oakham's Guide Hall

“This was a very sad ending after two and a half years of planning for 4,000 youngsters from all over the country and nearly 1,000 international visitors.

“This resulted in Oakham Guides hosting 21 Zambian Guides and their Leaders in Oakham Guide Hall for two days.

“This was a bit of a challenge for the leaders who were already tired after a very hard few days at camp.”

The Zambian contingent were already being looked after by the Oakham Guides who provided them with food and tentage at the camp that was supposed to run from Monday July 29 to Saturday August 3.

Pam added: “We would like to say a big thank you to Lands End who hosted the visitors for breakfast and helped them out with some clothing.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to a couple who stopped by the Guide Hall to enquire what had happened when they were walking by.

“They returned a few minutes later and handed over a £100 donation to help.

“This couple would not tell us who they were apart from they are Sue and Pete but we were really touched by their generosity and our Zambian guests were all bought chips and milk shakes on their day out in Leicester.

“Thank you again Sue and Pete.”

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