I run a small Guide Unit with one other leader and currently we have our meetings in a local Community Centre, as do some of the other local Rainbow, Brownie and another Guide unit. We don't pay for the use of this facility and until recently have enjoyed: free use of the kitchen, occasional use of the other hall, free use of the photocopier, outside space in the school grounds (on request) and a small amount of storage (shared with another unit!) We've recently been informed that our storage space has been reduced further (eeek!) and we now no longer have any access to the kitchen! We can however gain access to one of the high schools Home Ec rooms for cooking/baking etc but have to give at least a week's notice. There is a local to us Guide Hall which we use frequently for sleepovers etc which sits in it's own grounds, has a BBQ and fire pit, storage and good kitchen facilities. I enquired about using this hall for our meetings and it shouldn't be a problem. It DOES cost though but only £2 per hour, which would equate to about £12-15 per month (£120 pa) It's not really any further away, and closer for some, so travel wouldn't be an issue. So, I'm having a dilemma about which to choose! I really like the idea of using the local Guide Hall for our unit meetings (no other unit uses it at all which seems a shame!) and not having to ask for kitchen space or doing any outside cooking/play etc would be an advantage, especially if we change plans at the last minute. BUT would we be foolish to give up a FREE space for one we have to pay for (albeit a small charge!)? Current storage is such an issue and I already have a ton of Guide stuff in my house and shed, and reducing it further would be a major pain! We wouldn't have massive storage in the Guide Hall, but certainly more than we do now! Photocopying shouldn't be a problem either, as I have facilities at home/work I can use and anyway, I'm trying to go all email anyway!! Any advice would be gratefully received thanks!