Awards tea party for ‘amazing’ Girlguiding volunteers

ASHFIELD WINNERS -- Elaine Britnell (second left) and Jan Wells (right) with county commissioner Kate Royse (second right) and her assistant, Claire Sharman. (PHOTO BY: Tracey Whitefoot).

ASHFIELD WINNERS -- Elaine Britnell (second left) and Jan Wells (right) with county commissioner Kate Royse (second right) and her assistant, Claire Sharman. (PHOTO BY: Tracey Whitefoot).

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Two volunteers from Ashfield were among the award winners when Girlguiding Nottinghamshire held a celebratory tea party to mark the achievements of members and supporters.

Jan Wells received a 30-year long-service award, while Elaine Britnell was presented with a county brooch for her commitment and service to the organisation.

Both are pictured receving their honours from the county commissioner Kate Royse and the assistant county commissioner, Claire Sharman.

During the party, which was held at Portland College, Mansfield, Kate presented long-service awards to 19 women from across the county who have devoted a combined total of almost 700 years to Guiding. These inclouded 30-year long-service accolades to Mansfield trio, Patricia Holmes, Patricia Shipley and Kathy Straw.

She also handed over oak leaf awards to 13 leaders and the Nottinghamshire Star to six non-uniformed volunteers. Five Queen’s Guide Awards were given special mention, while seven county brooches and six ‘thanks’ badges were presented by Kate as a personal gesture of appreciation. The first five recipients of the county’s new peer education awaard were also announced.

“All our volunteers are amazing people,” said Kate. “I continue to marvel at their enthusiasm, energy and commitment.

“But those celebrated this afternoon have given what I can only describe as exceptional service, and it was a privliege to present them with these tokens of our esteem.

“I believe it is vital to maintain girl-only spaces in which our young women can develop their potential, and yet it’s only through the support of volunteers like these that we can offer such opportunities to so many girls.”

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire currently has a membership of about 9,000 girls and young women, including Rainbows, Brownies, Rangers and Young Leaders, as well as Guides.