Guide volunteers honoured at event

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Volunteers from Mansfield and Ashfield were among those from across the county who were honoured at a special awards afternoon.

The celebratory tea party was held by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire at Portland College in Mansfield and county commissioner Kate Royse presented awards marking the exceptional achievements of 60 members and supporters.

Thirty-year long-service awards were announced for Mansfield’s Patricia Holmes, Patricia Shipley and Kathy Straw, together with Jan Wells from Ashfield, whilst Elaine Britnell was presented with the county brooch.

Local Queen’s Guide Lisa King was also congratulated.

Kate said: “All our volunteers are amazing people and 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 privilege to present them with these tokens of our esteem.”

During the afternoon, Kate presented long-service awards to 19 Notts women who have devoted a combined total of almost 700 years to Guiding, together with 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’ award were also announced.

Kate added: “I believe it’s 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 here in Nottinghamshire.”

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire currently has a membership of around 9,000 girls and young women across the county, Adult supporters are essential if units are to keep open Call county headquarters on 0115 987 7220, e-mail Kate Royse via countycommissioner@girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk if you would like to volunteer.