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Balderton guides aims to create a year of golden memories to celebrate the group's 50th anniversary


By Connor Thompson


Members of Balderton 2nd Guides have launched a year of celebrations to mark the group’s 50th anniversary.

The group, which was officially registered as an organisation on January 7, 1969, is planning a year of celebrations.

The golden anniversary kicked-off with a party including former and current members.

The five girls, all 14, are pictured cutting the 50th birthday celebration cake, left to right:-Gracie Beadling, Charlotte White, Holly Webb, Emma Ford and Charlotte Rushton. (6736807)
The five girls, all 14, are pictured cutting the 50th birthday celebration cake, left to right:-Gracie Beadling, Charlotte White, Holly Webb, Emma Ford and Charlotte Rushton. (6736807)

At the party, current leader Mrs Sue Wilkinson gave a speech outlining the history of the unit.

She said: “The unit’s archives were on display and everyone enjoyed looking back at old photographs and also the records of Queen’s Guides and Baden Powell Award holders.

“The first member of second Balderton Guides to gain the top award of the Baden Powell Award was Sarah Condon in 1986, and she is now a leader with 2nd Balderton Brownies.”

During the evening, five Guides ­— Gracie Beadling, Charlotte White, Holly Webb, Emma Ford and Charlotte Rushton ­— were presented with the Baden Powell Award, the highest award a Guide can achieve.

Current Leaders from left to right:- Claire Collier- Assistant Leader, Liz Souter-Unit Helper, Jess Marshall- Young Leader, Georgia Travers-Assistant Leader, Sue Wilkinson-Leader, Sophie Hurst-Assistant Leader, Elise Souter-Young Leader. (6736813)
Current Leaders from left to right:- Claire Collier- Assistant Leader, Liz Souter-Unit Helper, Jess Marshall- Young Leader, Georgia Travers-Assistant Leader, Sue Wilkinson-Leader, Sophie Hurst-Assistant Leader, Elise Souter-Young Leader. (6736813)

To achieve the honour, girls have had to completed voluntary work, ranked badges, organised activities, and attend a residential adventure.

The quintet received their awards from Sue Wilkinson and the Newark division commissioner, Mrs Joyce Woods.

Sue was also recognised for her 40-year contribution to Guides when she was presented with flowers and gifts from those in attendance.

Everyone wrote down their favourite memories, which will feature on a memory board.

From left to right – Mrs Lorraine Broughton, Mrs Tracy Lloyd, Mrs Sue Wilkinson (current Leader), Mrs Emma Foxcroft and Mrs Helen Aldridge. (6736804)
From left to right – Mrs Lorraine Broughton, Mrs Tracy Lloyd, Mrs Sue Wilkinson (current Leader), Mrs Emma Foxcroft and Mrs Helen Aldridge. (6736804)

There was also activities such as jewellery making and biscuit icing, scrapbooking and crafting.

Sue said the celebrations and fundraising would continue through the year.

The Guides have started fundraising for trips to Cadbury World, SeaLife Centre, Disneyland Paris, a trip to London, and a camping holiday.



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