TV Historian Lucy Worsley Recalls her Guiding Days in Notts.
Did you know TV historian Lucy Worsley used to be a Guide in West Bridgford? Girlguiding Nottinghamshire certainly didn’t, until she was heard on Radio 4’s ‘My Teenage Diary’ talking about her time camping with Notts Guides.
Chief Curator at the Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley has most recently been seen on-screen presenting programmes on Tudor history designed to tie in with the 500th birthday of Hampton Court Palace. When interviewed by comedian Rufus Hound for ‘My Teenage Diary’, she read excerpts from her 1987 diary, which covered a weekend spent doing her patrol camp permit at Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s campsite near Elton. She spoke of doing a muddy night walk, laying a trail of chalk and grass across the fields to Whatton and leaving a tin of sardines under a bench for a cat to eat.
Her diary also recorded how she was ‘… up at midnight reading degenerate magazines (Jackie!) under a blanket so the biddy bashers wouldn’t see the light!’
Lucy made it clear that she regrets her choice of words for the Guiders. ‘I’m sorry I called them that. They were the nice ladies who came to test us on our camping skills. They were giving up their own time to do that, so I apologise to them.’
Asked if she had enjoyed Girlguiding, Lucy said she did it enthusiastically and considered the other Guides her true friends.
Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s Elton campsite committee – not a biddy basher between them – are now considering inviting Lucy for a visit to see how things have changed since she was 14.