The exceptional achievements and commitment of local volunteers were honoured at a tea party given by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire.
From the Attenborough & Toton Division, Irene Whitehead and Jean Reid were each presented with the Nottinghamshire Star in recognition of their longstanding local support, whilst an a Oak Leaf Award was given to Brownie leader Carolyn Huckerby.
One of her Brownies was quoted as saying that “Carolyn is kind through and through – she keeps us interested and guides us on to new adventures”.
Oak Leaf Awards were also given to Beeston Brownie leader Louise Lee and to Hayley Buchanan, who has continued to help Rainbows, Guides and young leaders in Beeston and Chilwell whilst studying for her degree.
There was another presentation to Louise in the form of her 30-year service award, with the Beeston and Chilwell’s Jill Barnes collecting one of the first 60-year service awards to be presented in the county.
Held at Mansfield’s Portland College, the tea party gave county commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst the opportunity to present awards to over 50 members and friends of Girlguiding across Nottinghamshire.
Jackie said: “I’m proud to say that the Long Service Awards conferred recognise a grand total of over 860 years of service to Girlguiding and it was a privilege to publicly celebrate such exceptional commitment.
“Helping young people get the most out of life is rewarding in so many ways.
“Our volunteers not only benefit from training, mentoring and invaluable experience but, as shown by this tea party, we also have a lot of fun along the way.”