March woman attends Westminister Abbey for special service

LtoR Gill Slocombe Chief Guide, Tracey Baxter, Susan Southwell, Gladys Harwin seated. ANL-140611-130216001
LtoR Gill Slocombe Chief Guide, Tracey Baxter, Susan Southwell, Gladys Harwin seated. ANL-140611-130216001
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Gladys Harwin, from March, a county vice president of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East and a member of the March Trefoil Guild, travelled to London for the National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey earlier this month.

Gladys was accompanied by two guests, local brownie leaders Susan Southwell and Tracey Baxter.

It was a special day for Gladys who had the opportunity to meet the Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe. Gladys has been involved in guiding since she was a brownie, aged seven, and on Sunday she celebrated her 90th birthday.

Gladys’ leadership roles have included guide leader, residential adviser and public relations adviser.

On the group’s arrival at the abbey, Gladys was welcomed by Girlguiding Anglia’s Chief Commissioner, Mary Putt.

Gladys said: “It was nice meeting the Chief Guide and it was a great honour to attend this event for service when I have enjoyed every minute of what I have done. Through guiding I have so many friends.”

The National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving is an annual event that focuses on thanking the adult volunteer leaders and supporters for their service and dedication.