History

A brief history of Guiding in Nottinghamshire

Below you will discover some significant events in Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s history. Click on a decade to discover more …

We have a large, well organised archive at Nottinghamshire Guides’ HQ. The county archivist, Sue Davies, is always willing to help people find out more about our history. Please contact her through the guide office with any queries you might have, or any items you would like to donate to the Archives collection.

Old uniforms and other artefacts may be borrowed, please give as much notice as possible.

 

Our Timeline

1907 - 1910

1907

  • The first Boy Scout camp is held on Brownsea Island.

1908

  • Scouting for boys is first published in book form.

 

1909

  • First appearance of “Girl Scouts” at the Crystal Palace Rally

1910

  • The Guide Association was formed with Agnes Baden-Powell as President
  • 1st Nottingham (YWCA) Guides starts on Long Row, under the  leadership  of Miss Maude Andrews

1911 - 1920

1912   

  • Robert Baden-Powell marries Olave Soames
  • How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire – the first Guide handbook is published

1914

  • Rosebuds – later Brownies – formed
  • First issue of The Girl Guides’ Gazette is published

1915

  • Rosebuds renamed Brownies
  • Lady Baden-Powell attends a rally at Ollerton

1916

  • Lady Baden-Powell appointed Chief Commissioner.
  • Senior groups, later Rangers , formed.
  • Cadets formed to train older girls as Guiders.
  • Lady Sybil Pierrepont is appointed as County Commissioner.
  • Winifred, Duchess of Portland is appointed as first County President.
  • Offical census figures for Nottinghamshire list 262 Guides.

1917

  • Lady Seely County Commissioner

1918

  • Lady Baden-Powell appointed Chief Guide.
  • Nottinghamshire’s County Badge adopted

1919

Guides act as messengers at Versailles for the signing of the Peace Treaty

1920

  • First World Conference is held in England
  • ‘Taps’ is adopted.
  • Baden-Powell proclaimed Chief Scout
  • First Brownie Handbook written
  • Hermione Harcourt Vernon is County Commissioner

1921 - 1930

1922

  • Foxlease opens as a training centre.

1924

  • First World Camp is held at Foxlease

1926

  • Thinking Day is inaugurated
  • Audrey Readett-Bayley becomes County Commissioner

1927

  • Waddow Hall opens as a training centre

1928

  • WAGGGS is set up
  • First Nottinghamshire County Annual Report produced.
  • First County Standard presented to Nottinghamshire by Lady Readett-Bayley
  • Lady Baden-Powell attends a County Rally at Ruddington

1930

  • World Flag adopted
  • Lady Baden-Powell is aclaimed World Chief Guide
  • Death of Mrs. Ella Gem, known as ‘Guide Mother’ to Nottinghamshire’s guides.
  • Elton campsite presented to Nottinghamshire Girl Guides Association by Col. G.N. Pearson

1931 - 1940

1931

  • CHQ on Buckingham Palace Road in London opens.

1932

  • Our Chalet, the first World Guide Centre, opens in Switzerland
  • City and County guides hold a big parade at Southwell to celebrate Guiding’s 21st anniversary.

1937

  • Princess Elizbeth becomes a Guide, Princess Margaret a Brownie and the Queen Mother becomes patron of the Girl Guide Association.

1939

  • Nottinghamshire Headquarters moves from 41 Park Row to North Church Street, to a building shared with the Scouts.

1941 - 1950

1941

  • Death of Robert Baden-Powell in Kenya

1942

  • Guide International Service (GIS) formed

1943

  • Trefoil Guild is founded

1944

  • Lady Baden-Powell spends three days in Notts. in July, visiting Headquarters, Mansfield, Worksop and Retford, attending a reception at the Council House and a rally at Manning School.

1945

  • Myrtle Starkey is appointed County Commissioner
  • The first Notts. Trefoil Guild starts in Worksop, closely followed in 1949 by three Forest Districts and Mellors and Robin Hood Districts, both in Plains Division

1946

  • Queen’s Guide Award starts

1947

  • Broneiron opens as a training centre.
  • Lois Gardener probably the first Queen’s Guide in Notts

1951 - 1960

1951

  • Dedication of the present County standard at Halam in June.
  • Three day visit of Lady Baden-Powell to Nottinghamshire visiting Headquarters., Mansfield, Newark, Retford, and Southwell among other places

1954

  • Death of Winifred, Duchess of Portland, aged 91. She is succeeded as County President by her daughter-in-law, Ivy

1956

  • Dulce Hanson is appointed County Commissioner

1957

  • Our Cabana opens in Mexico
  • Baden-Powell centenary celebrations in Nottinghamshire include a pagent at Nottingham Empire Theatre, a County Rally and a pagent at Mansfield.
  • 26 Guides, Cadets and Rangers represent Nottinghamshire at the 2nd World Camp at Windsor

1958

  • Nottinghamshire has two of only four Canadian Brownie packs outside Canada. The other two are in Germany

1960

  • 50 years of Guiding celebrated with a Jubilee camp held in Wollaton Park, visited by Lady Baden-Powell and her daughter
  • Opening of the County Sea Ranger Hut

1961 - 1970

 

1962

  • First issue of The Brownie
  • Roughbreck campsite opens on land generously provided by The Duke of Portland

1963

  • Lady Baden-Powell officially opens Brownsea Island
  • Lady Patience Baden-Powell, wife of the grandson of the founder, starts her guiding career in Nottinghamshire.

1964

  • Brownie Golden Jubilee
  • Guiders on official business in the county are now entitled to claim 2d per mile!

1966

  • Sangam opens in India
  • Cadets reach 50
  • Sheila Walker County Commissioner. She later became the first Midlands Region Commissioner and then Chief Commissioner.
  • Lady Baden-Powell visits Notts

1968

  • Launch of the new Eight Point Programme and handbooks.
  • Glenbrook In Derbyshire opens as an outdoor activity centre

1970

  • Diamond Jubilee of the GGA
  • Radio Nottingham gives the Scouts and Guides their own programme – Jamboree

1971- 1980

1971

  • Rachel Morley County Commissioner

1972

  • Harry Wheatcroft, local rose grower, names a red tea rose ‘Olave Baden-Powell’

1974

  • The millionth copy of the Brownie Handbook is sold
  • Brownie Diamond Jubilee

1975

  • Guide Depot starts at Porchester Guide Headquarters
  • Brownie pack holiday house, Hanson House, opens

1976

  • The millionth copy of the Brownie handbook is sold.

1977

  • Death of Lady Baden-Powell
  • Ranger Diamond Jubilee
  • Death of Lady Readett-Bayley, aged 94

1978

  • Guide depot moves to 163 Hucknall Road

1979

  •  Jane Allen County Commissioner
  • Dulce Hanson County President

1980

  • Downing site opens at Elton

1981 - 1990

1982

  • The first Girl Guide postage stamp is issued
  •  Death of Ivy, Duchess of Portland, former County President, aged 95

1983

  • Queen’s Guide award in transferred to Ranger section
  • The Baden-Powell Trefoil starts for Guides

1984

  • Brownies celebrate 70 years

1985

  • Guiding celebrates 75 years with a ‘Guides Alive’ pageant at Notts County football ground

1987

  • Rainbows start
  • Anne Allery County Commissioner

1988

  • Great Hautbois House in Norfolk opens as a training centre

1989

  • Centenary of Lady Baden-Powell’s birth
  • Brownies celebrate 75 years, Nottinghamshire Brownies celebrate at Kelham Hall and other places

1990

  • New uniform designed by Jeff Banks is launched

1991 - 2000

1991

  • Senior Section celebrates 75 years
  • GOLD (Guiding Overseas linked with Development) project starts
  • Brownie pilot camp held at Elton

1992

  • Brownie ‘Go’ challenge is launched
  • Jean Ramsden County Commissioner
  • Lady Belinda Buchanan County President

1993

  • The Trefoil Guild reaches 50

1994

  • New promise, new promise badge for each section and new name – The Guide Association
  • Nottinghamshire moves its Headquarters to Cromwell Street, Carlton

1995

  • Link ’95 Camp held at Hodsock Priory, visited by our national President HRH Princess Margaret

1996

  • Mrs Margaret Wright finishes her term of office as Chief Commissioner and is replaced by Miss Bridget Towle as Chief Guide
  • Extension opens at the Magpies Nest at Elton
  • Death of Dulce Hanson, former County Commissioner and County President

1997

  • Rainbows celebrate their 10th birthday
  • Catherine Beardsley County Commissioner
  • New County HQ and shop opens at Burton Road, Carlton

1999

  • 3rd World camp held at Foxlease
  • Eurofun camp held at Portland Training College

2000

  • Future 2000 camp held at Walesby
  • Hanson House celebrates 25 years

2001 - 2010

2001

  • Mrs Jenny Leach replaces Miss Bridget Towle as Chief Guide
  • Jane Allen County President

2002

  • Guide Association takes over running the ‘Take our Daughters to Work’ scheme
  • Angela Green County Commissioner
  • Nottinghamshire celebrates the Queen’s Golden Jubilee with ‘Guiding Goes Gold’ at Newark Showground

2004

  • Brownies celebrate 90 years with a trip to Legoland

2005

  • Elton celebrates 75 years of camping with a fun day

2006

  • Mrs. Liz. Burnley replaces Mrs Jenny Leach as Chief Guide
  • Dee Miles appointed County Commissioner following the death of Angela Green in 2005

2007

  • Structural alterations at HQ create a new archives room

2008

  • Anne Allery County President
  • Rainbows celebrate their 21st Birthday

2009

  • The Guide Centenary gets off to a flying start with 6000 Notts. members having fun at Countdown 100 at Newark Showground

2010

  • Centenary seat at Rufford Abbey unveiled in April
  • 1600 members of Girlguiding Notts enjoy camping at Knotts 2010 at Walesby in August
  • Elton celebrates its 80th anniversary in September
  • Centenary closing ceremony on 20th October 2010 at 20:10 (20:10 20/10/2010) is celebrated in Nottingham’s Old Market Square and other places throughout the County and Country

2011 - Present Day

2011

  • Mrs. Gill Slocombe replaces Mrs. Liz Burnley as Chief Guide
  • Kate Royse County Commissioner
  • Annual Review with a meal and dancing at Newark Showground as a ‘Thank You’ to Guiders

2012

  • Foxlease celebrates its 50th Birthday and Rainbows their 25th.
  • Julie Bentley replaces Denise King as Girlguiding’s Chief Executive
  • 5 year plan for Girlguiding Nottinghamshire launched in March
  • The Queen’s Jubilee is celebrated over a weekend in May when the County Commissioner and her team visit 8 events throughout the County and meet over 4600 members.
  • 800 members of Girlguiding Notts raise over £20,000 for ‘Framework’ by spending a night in a box
  • Improvements are made to the Magpies Nest at Elton thanks to a grant from the Masons

2013

  • A new promise is revealed in June to be used from September
  • In June, Roughbreck celebrates 50 years
  • In July the Ginormous Choir, comprising some 450 singers, performs at the Albert Hall
  • A new extension for the HQ starts
  • Midland and Notts Rainbows celebrate 25 years with a Winter Magic Event

2014

  • A new uniform for Guides is revealed.
  • Brownies celebrate their Centenary with a Big Brownie Birthday at Wheelgate
  • A former Notts Guider, Nicola Grinstead becomes Chair of WAGGGS

2015

  • CHQ in London reopens after a two year refit
  • A special guiding badge is produced celebrating the Queen becoming the UK’s longest reigning monarch
  • 600 members, aged from 5 to 25 joined 2000 at Newark Showground for dance, drama and music for Midlands ‘Go Global’
  • Trefoil Guild members spend 2 days at Elton, several of them camping over night
  • Eve Griffith County President
  • Septemberfest held at Newark Showground
  • Launch of partnership with ‘Operation Orphan’

2016

  • The Senior Section celebrates its Centenary
  • Mrs Valerie Le Vaillant replaces Mrs Gill Slocombe as Chief Guide
  • First meeting of Notts County Friendship Circle is held at Elton 
  • Final event for Kate Royse held at the Albert Hall
  • Mega Mayfest at Newark Showground
  • Jackie Brocklehurst County Commissoner 

2017

  • Mrs Valerie Le Vaillant steps down as Chief Guide
  • Strategy plan for Girlguiding Notts 2017-2020
  • Ginormous Choir