Guiding volunteers honoured at celebration

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Volunteers from the Chad district were among those from all over Nottinghamshire who were honoured at a celebratory tea party to recognise those who are the lifeblood of the Girlguiding movement.

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire put on the event at Portland College in Mansfield.

It gave the new county commissioner, Jackie Brocklehurst, the opportunity to present awards to 60 members and supporters to mark their exceptional commitment and achievements.

Local women honoured included:

Blidworth Brownie leader Laila Elson, who was given an Oak Leaf Award, Mansfield Brownie leader Donna Bennett and Guide leader Rosemary Chapman who were both handed 30-year long service awards.

Rosemary was also given a special ‘thank you badge’.

Lynn Allsop, of 1st Huthwaite Brownies, also received her 30-year long service award.

In addition to presenting long-service awards to more than 20 women who have devoted a combined total of 700-plus years to Guiding – and accepting her own 30-year service brooch - Jackie Brocklehurst gave Oak Leaf Awards to ten leaders and the Nottinghamshire Star to three non-uniformed volunteers in recognition of outstanding commitment to local Guiding.

Four Queen’s Guide Awards were given special mention, while five county brooches and nine ‘thanks’ badges were presented as personal gestures of appreciation.

A good-service brooch was also awarded to outgoing county commissioner Kate Royse and there was a special bouquet for Susan Westwood, who is stepping down after five years of chairing the awards committee.

Jackie Brocklehurst said: “I continue to be bowled over by the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers – they all deserve awards really.

“But the people we applauded today have given truly exceptional service to Girlguiding in Nottinghamshire.

“It was both a pleasure and a privilege to formally recognise their role in ensuring that the opportunities created through Girlguiding membership are kept open for so many local girls and young women.”

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire currently has a membership of around 9,000 girls and young women, including Rainbows (aged five-to-seven), Brownies (seven-to-ten), Guides (ten-to-14), Rangers, senior section and Young Leaders (14-to-25).

Adult supporters are essential if units are to remain active. Call the county office on 0115 987 7220, e-mail or visit to find out more about volunteering or joining.