Discover significant events in our history

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 on 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.


2011 - Present Day


- 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


- 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


- 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


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


- 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’


- 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


- Mrs Valerie Le Vaillant steps down as Chief Guide
- Strategy plan for Girlguiding Notts 2017-2020
- Ginormous Choir
- Rainbows celebrate their 30th Birthday
- Nottinghamshire Rainbows celebrate their 30th Birthday at Wheelgate
- Flower Festival at Hanson House draws 400 visitors


Feb - New Chief Guide, Amanda Medler appointed
Mar - Opening of new Downing Hut at Elton
May - Megamoot at Walesby with 4,000 campers, visited by the new Chief Guide
June - 1st Kirkby in Ashfield Guides, the oldest unit in the County, celebrated its 100th birthday
Jul - Launch, both nationally and locally of the new Guiding Programme


Jan - The county teamed with the Institute of Physics to create a brand new challenge ‘I am a physicist’
Jan - 1st Carlton (St Paul’s) Guides held a 90th reunion party
Mar - Gang Show
Jul - the county gained the Lord Lieutenant’s Award for Promoting Voluntary Service. The plaque and certificate are on display at HQ
Aug - Megamix festive style camp held at Beaudesert, Staffs
Sept - Ginormous Choir back by popular demand
Oct - Brownie Blast weekend held at PGL Caythorpe

2000 - 2010


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


- 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


Brownies celebrate 90 years with a trip to Legoland


Elton celebrates 75 years of camping with a fun day


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


Structural alterations at HQ create a new archives room


Anne Allery County President Rainbows celebrate their 21st Birthday


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


- 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

1991 - 2000


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


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


- The Trefoil Guild reaches 50


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


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


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


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


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


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

1980 - 1990


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


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


- Brownies celebrate 70 years


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


Rainbows start
- Anne Allery County Commissioner


- Great Hautbois House in Norfolk opens as a training centre


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


New uniform designed by Jeff Banks is launched

1971 - 1980


- Diamond Jubilee of the GGA Radio Nottingham gives the Scouts and Guides their own programme, Jamboree


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


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


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


- The millionth copy of the Brownie handbook is sold.


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


- Guide depot moves to 163 Hucknall Road


- Jane Allen County Commissioner
- Dulce Hanson County President


- Downing site opens at Elton

1961 - 1970


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


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


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


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


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


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

1951 - 1960


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


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


Dulce Hanson is appointed County Commissioner


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


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


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

1941 - 1950


Death of Robert Baden-Powell in Kenya


Guide International Service (GIS) formed


Trefoil Guild is founded


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.


- 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


Queen’s Guide Award starts


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

1931 - 1940


CHQ on Buckingham Palace Road in London opens.


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.


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


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

1921 - 1930


Foxlease opens as a training centre.


First World Camp is held at Foxlease


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


Waddow Hall opens as a training centre.


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.


- 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

1911 - 1920


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


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


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


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.


Lady Seely County Commissioner.


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


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


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

1907 - 1910


Lord Baden-Powell held an experimental camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island.


Scouting for boys is first published in book form.


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


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