Top award for Wisbech woman

Paula Syred,(mentor) Jessica Tolliday, Mayor David Hodgson, Jean Verney (County Commissioner)
Paula Syred,(mentor) Jessica Tolliday, Mayor David Hodgson, Jean Verney (County Commissioner)

A Fenland woman has been presented with the highest guiding award.

Jessica Tolliday, 20, was presented with the coveted Queens Guide Award by County Commissioner for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East, Jean Verney, at a special ceremony held at Elgood’s Visitor Centre, Wisbech. 

She is only the third Guide to achieve this prestigious award in the Fenland District over the last 32 years.

Jessica said: “I love helping young people develop, and I have made many new friends through Guiding as well as challenging myself, gaining new skills and qualifications along the way”.

Jessica is a former Wisbech Grammar School pupils and is now a third year student studying Engineering Maths at Bristol University.

To be eligible for the award you need to excel in a number of areas including developing a personal skill, working with community action projects, and overseeing outdoor pursuits. 

As part of the award she trained and qualified as a stage technician in Bristol, and has helped out at numerous events at the local theatre.

Jessica organised a camping holiday for Senior Section members, and researched, developed and wrote a book for a Brownie Badge.  She also developed the Bristol West Guiding Website and regularly continues to maintain this.

She is a former leader with Leverington Rainbows but is now a leader with the Westbury on Trym Brownies near Bristol, and is on the Committee of Bristol West Division and South West inspired young guiders. More information on the Queen’s Guide Award and Girlguiding can be found at www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Pic: Paula Syred,(mentor) Jessica Tolliday, Mayor David Hodgson, Jean Verney (County Commissioner)