Volunteers from West Bridgford were amongst those from all over Notts who were honoured last Sunday (11 Sept) at a celebratory tea party given by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire.
Held at Portland College in Mansfield, the event gave new County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst the opportunity to present some 60 members and supporters with awards to mark their exceptional commitment and achievements. These included West Bridgford & South Trent Division’s Pat Lovett (50 Year Long Service Award), Christine Weil (30 Year Long Service Award), Helen Marshall (Oak Leaf Award) and Esther Prentice Neilsen (Oak Leaf Award and a special ‘Thanks’ badge).
In addition to presenting Long Service Awards to over 20 women who have devoted a combined total of 700+ years to Guiding – and accepting her own 30-year service brooch – Jackie Brocklehurst gave Oak Leaf Awards to 10 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, whilst 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.
‘I continue to be bowled over by the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers – they all deserve awards really!’ said Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘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 5-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14), Rangers, Senior Section and Young Leaders (14-25). Adult supporters are essential if units are to remain active, and enquiries about volunteering are always welcome: call the county office on 0115 987 7220, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk
Volunteers from the West Bridgford & South Trent Division were amongst those from all over Notts honoured at a celebratory tea party given by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire. Pictured are, left to right, Esther Prentice Neilsen with her Oak Leaf Award and special ‘Thanks’ badge, Assistant County Commissioner Kirstie Pogson, Pat Lovett with her 50 Year Long Service Award, County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Helen Marshall with her Oak Leaf Award and Christine Weil with her 30 Year Long Service Award.