With eight new Guides to enrol, plus three Baden-Powell Awards and a special Chief Commissioner’s Award to present, the last meeting of the term for 3rd Southwell Guides turned into quite a busy night!
Guider Diane Beardsall was presented with the Midlands Chief Commissioner’s Award in recognition of her outstanding service to Girlguiding at a local level. Making the presentation on behalf of Midlands Chief Commissioner Abi Salter was Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, who said ‘All our adult volunteers do so much to support Girlguiding across Nottinghamshire, but Diane has really gone the extra mile over the last year and I’m delighted that this has been formally recognised.’
County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst wasn’t the only special guest for the evening: the Guides also welcomed back Helen Willis (formerly Helen Cooling), who, in 1986, was the first member of 3rd Southwell Guides to be presented with the Baden-Powell (BP) Challenge Award.
Helen brought her certificate and badge to show the girls and was clearly delighted to have been invited to present the unit’s latest BP awards to Guides Elizabeth, Imogen and Grace. The Baden-Powell Challenge Award is the highest award a Guide can achieve and calls for sustained effort over a period of time, with girls required to complete ten specific challenges and take part in a residential event.
After the formal presentations, the assembled Guides, Leaders and their guests then watched on as eight new members of the unit made their Promise.
Guide Leader Sandy Wilson thanked everyone for coming, adding: ‘What a great way to end the term – we’re looking forward to sharing all our activities and projects with our new members after Christmas!’
Enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire are always welcome: full details can be accessed via www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk