Brownies and girl guides looked on in astonishment as demolition work started on their club headquarters.
Girlguiding Kidlington have used the same building located in an alleyway between Green Road and Oxford Road in Kidlington since 1973.
Now, after years of fundraising to rebuild the venue, bulldozers have moved in.
Sarah Eyles, brownie leader at Girlguiding Kidlington, said: “We want to be able to offer our girls an inspirational and safe space that will allow each one of them to grow in confidence and become the very best version of themselves.”
The building acts as ‘home’ to around 250 girls, young women and leaders, who meet on a weekly basis.
Over time, the wooden doors and windows at the facility have begun rotting and the asbestos cement roofing panels have been sagging under their accumulation of 35 years worth of moss. In 2004, squirrels also got into the roof, further damaging the building.
The group took it upon themselves to deal with it and have spent hours planning and raising £100,000 over the last 10 years to help fund the project.
Cherwell District Council has also loaned the club £100,000 to help reach its goal.
Plans for the building include replacing the single-storey building with a new centre featuring a balcony-style floor for overnight stays.
There will also be improvements made to disabled access.
To donate to the project text GGKI12 £2/£5/£10 to 70070.