10:58 Friday 24 January 2014

Dedicated girlguide volunteers shine bright at awards ceremony

Written byJORDAN DAY

Some of the local girlguide volunteers with their awards. Some of the local girlguide volunteers with their awards.

Women who dedicate their time to supporting girlguiding in the region have been rewarded for their efforts.

A total of 470 years of volunteering was recognised when members of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East came together for an awards ceremony at Witchford Village Hall.

A 40-year brooch was awarded to Mary Sanders (Cambridge) who is a county vice president and former county commissioner.

30-year brooches went to Sarah Carter (Linton) and Paula Syred (Fenland), and 20-year brooches were awarded to Bernadette Dennis (Haddenham), Maureen Dye (Bottisham), Sheila Forster (Ely) and Jenny Lloyd (Bar Hill).

A total of eleven 10-year and sixteen five-year brooches and certificates were also awarded.

Val Watts (Soham) also scooped an award for her services to Brownies in The Lodes Division, especially for being the pack holiday adviser for more than 15 years.

Andrea Bignell (Newmarket) was recognised for her work with three different sections and as district and division commissioner in two different divisions.

Speaking about the ceremony, Jean Verney, county commissioner for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East, said: “It is important to say thank you to those who volunteer and enable our girls to develop their skills in a girl only space.”

More volunteers are always needed.

For more information, call 0800 169 5901 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

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