Glynis Mackie, guide leader at the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit, said:
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.
A Guide troop has been given more time to decide whether to adopt the new Girlguiding promise or be thrown out of the organisation
The 37th Newcastle group in Jesmond is refusing to use the new promise because it no longer mentions God. Girlguiding says the new words welcome girls of all faiths and none. Watch Julia Barthram's full reports.
If the 37th Newcastle Guide Unit refuse to adopt the new Girlguiding promise by 19 January they will have to leave the organisation.
The group says it wants to be allowed to choose whether to adopt the new promise which has no mention of God or continue using the former promise to 'love God'.
The guide leaders say they have around 100 girls in their group and the vast majority are choosing to stay with them even if they have to become an independent group.
For generations Girl Guides have promised to 'love God' but in September Girlguiding changed the promise to drop the reference to God.
The 37th Newcastle Guide Group has refused to adopt the new promise and asked to be allowed to choose which version to use. Girlguiding refused and gave the group till yesterday to change their minds.
Last night the group met as usual and are standing firm. Girlguiding has now given them until 19 January to adopt the new promise or leave the organisation.
Twelve people in Newcastle have been treated in hospital after taking illegal drugs.
Police and paramedics were called to a house at Osborne Terrace in Jesmond, where the 12 people - nine men aged between 17 and 23, and three women aged between 19 and 24, were taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Eight people have now been discharged.
A 22-year-old man has been arrested.
Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on a street in Newcastle.
It happened at 6.20pm on Friday when a woman was walking along Springbank Road in the Jesmond area.
She was approached by a man who grabbed her and touched her inappropriately.
The woman screamed and her attacker ran off in the direction of the Blue Bell pub. He is described as being around 5ft 9ins tall and was wearing a black top and lighter bottoms, possibly skinny jeans.
Extra police officers have been in the area speaking to local residents and carrying out enquiries. Anyone with any information into the incident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.