Chatteris guide leader says farewell

Chatteris Guides ANL-140519-161216001
Chatteris Guides ANL-140519-161216001

A much-loved guide leader and leader of the senior section is saying farewell to her girls after 20 years of volunteering.

Avril Squire, from Chatteris, has been with the 1st Chatteris Guides since 2006 and 1st Chatteris Senior Section since the group started in 2013 and has seen more than 150 take part in all the adventurous activities on offer. She has also worked with Brownies, Guides and Senior Section units in other areas of Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire.

The girls from 1st Chatteris Guides and 1st Chatteris Senior Section were joined by the Chatteris District Rainbow unit on a trip to Cadbury World which coincided with Avril’s last day trip with the groups.

With both groups being active they still have camp, a sleepover and a term planned of different activities before Avril will have her final send off.

Avril said: “I have been involved in Guiding for 28 years since joining as a Brownie. It has helped me to develop skills and provided me with a wide range of opportunities I could have never have imagined. I will be very sad to leave both groups but go away with so many memories. In particular I will never forget watching fireworks with 1,400 members of the county at our centenary launch event.”

The group will be taken care of by other leaders in the Guide unit team but more leaders are always welcome. For the Senior Section group to keep running a new leader will have to be found. Anyone interested in volunteering a few hours of their time each week should contact Claire Simms, Chatteris District Commissioner,

For further information contact Girlguiding on 0800 1 69 59 01 or