Newcastle girl guides win oath battle

A Newcastle-based girl guide unit have won their battle to remain as part of the organisation after being threaten with expulsion if they failed to change their oath

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Guide leader pleased with oath battle win

Glynis Mackie, guide leader at the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit, said:

"We just think it's fantastic that we have won our battle, they were trying to force us out with no process and only three weeks' notice, the girls were really upset.

"It has been tough on them, a couple of girls have been fundraising hard for a trip to Ghana and would have had to register with another group if we had been shut down.

"New members have been without a proper uniform for weeks because I've had to honestly tell them that they may have to join another group soon.

"I am so pleased to have pushed and made a fuss over this, I was not going to let them close us down quietly."

– Glynis Mackie, Leader of the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit

Newcastle guide unit wins oath battle

A Newcastle-based girl guide group who were told they would be expelled if they failed to remove God from their oath have won their fight to remain part of the Girl Guides organisation.

The 37th Newcastle Guide Unit at Jesmond Parish Church received a letter from Girl Guiding's chief commissioner in the North East informing them their membership would end if they did not start using a new oath which has no mention of religion.

But the group have now been informed the threat has been lifted.

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