Exterior view of Allison Cargill House
Allison Cargill House

“Friends of Allison Cargill House” is the name given to a group of people who wish to have or retain links with and generally support the work of Allison Cargill House.

Their aim and purpose is to provide opportunities for those who have been associated with Guiding or for those who have had no links previously but who would now like to give support, to meet in friendship, to be kept aware of developments at Allison Cargill House, to give financial help and generally assist Girlguiding East Lothian in promoting Allison Cargill House as its training and activities centre. The group is entirely self-financing.

The friends meet up to four times each year. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to be associated with the aims of Allison Cargill House and has paid either the current annual subscription or the ten year membership.

For further information please contact:
Jean Torrance – foach.secretary@yahoo.com

Become a Member

Support us and become a member of Friends of Allison Cargill House.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Friends of ACH please download and complete the Membership form.


Smartie Tubes

If you would like to take part, it would only mean buying a tube, eating, or giving away the smarties and filling the tube with 20p pieces will make £12/13 and £ 1 coins will make about £35.

Please contact Jean if you have any questions and how to return your tube – foach.secretary@yahoo.com

Used printer inks/cartridges

Friends of ACH are now raising money by recycling used printer inks.

If you have any used printer cartridges ready to recycle please contact foach.secretary@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off your printer inks.

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Friends of ACH - FAQ

The Friends were set up in 1991 to support Allison Cargill House and to promote its use by Guide Groups. We meet 3 – 4 times a year and, since the Friends started up we have given about £20,000 to Allison Cargill House.

We have done a mixture of things; lunches, afternoon teas, quizzes and recently filling Smartie tubes with coins. The subscriptions also go to the funds and we have been lucky to receive generous donations. Also, Allison Cargill House has received generous legacies direct from Friends who are no longer with us.

We and the two Trefoil Guilds take turns to organise the annual outing in June. In 2016 we organised a trip on the Union Canal followed by lunch at the Ratho Inn. In 2019 we organised a trip to Dirleton Castle followed by lunch at the Open Arms. We help with Guiding events in the County – if requested and have been invited to County celebrations of Guiding Anniversaries.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to support Allison Cargill House. You don’t have to be a member of the Girlguiding Association.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Friends of ACH please download and complete the Membership form above.

Friends of ACH - Constitution

You can download a copy of the Friends of ACH Constitution for all members below.