Ely guides leader Ann praised for 40 years of service

PUBLISHED: 11:29 23 February 2018

Ann Harris cutting her cake commending 40 years' service with the 3rd Ely Guides and, left, Helen Gossage, who has just finished her training, being presented with her leadership qualification by 3rd Ely Guides district commissioner Sue Carpenter.

Ann Harris cutting her cake commending 40 years' service with the 3rd Ely Guides and, left, Helen Gossage, who has just finished her training, being presented with her leadership qualification by 3rd Ely Guides district commissioner Sue Carpenter.

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The leader of the Ely Guides for the last 40 years was presented with an award for her long service.

Ann Harris, who started her guiding life with the 3rd Wisbech Guides, received the award from Sheila Otter, who was Ann’s guide leader four decades ago.

Chris Turnbull, of 3rd Ely Guides, said: “Ann has been a guide leader since before many of the current guides’ parents were born.”

“We linked up via FaceTime with Ann’s guiding friends in Wales where she spent 20 years as a leader.

“She was so surprised and delighted to see and speak to them all.

“Ann is not retiring yet though. She is still having fun, but we do need to keep recruiting younger women to lead the next generation.”

As well as the 28 current guides in 3rd Ely unit, some ex-guides who are now in their 20s also attended the presentation.

There was also a cake, flowers and badges given out.

Helen Gossage, who has just finished her training, was also presented with her leadership qualification.

Chris added: “The presentation was held on World Thinking Day, the joint birthdays of Lord and Lady Baden Powell when all guiding members think of their sisters around the world.

“There are 10 million guides in 156 countries. The guides’ statement this year is IMPACT, celebrating how girl guiding has changed our lives and those of our communities and beyond.

“Anyone who would like to find out more about the opportunities available to members and supporters of girl guiding should visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.”

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