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Susan Southwell and Skye Mclean with their Lily awards
Susan Southwell and Skye Mclean with their Lily awards
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Seven awards were presented to members of Girlguiding Fenland during Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East County’s Annual event held at the King Edward Centre in Chatteris.

Jane Groves, Leader with 1st Doddington Guides and Gerald Syred of March, County Narrowboat Adviser, each received a 20-year Long Service Award.

Four of the ten County Lily awards presented during the evening also went to local members - Skye Mclean, a 10-year old Guide for courage, fortitude and a cheerful outlook that has enriched the lives of the Brownies and Leaders around her; Ray Almond, Chatteris Disctrict Commissioner, for willing participation and help at a wide variety of guiding events, service to guiding in Chatteris and ongoing support of the Jarman Centre, the County’s holiday and camping centre; Susan Southwell of 4th March Brownies for over 40 years’ support and encouragement of Guiding in March, particularly the Brownie section; and Paula Syred for all she has done for March, for Fenland and for the County in a wide variety of roles.

Avril Squire, Leader with 1st Chatteris Guides, had recently completed a five-year term of office as County Guide Adviser and received an appreciative ‘thank you’ gift from the County.

County Commissioner Jean Verney paid tribute to these remarkable women whose volunteering, along with 1200 other adult members and volunteers in the County, provides adventure, fun and a safe space for all our young members.

In total, 26 awards were presented during the event, which was attended by over 90 members of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East. Guests were also treated to a photographic review of County events held during the past year and a musical entertainment by 6th Chatteris Brownies.

Pictured are Susan Southwell and Skye Mclean with their Lily awards