Ribble Valley Girlguiding Leaders praised

Girlguiding Leaders honoured in the Ribble Valley
Girlguiding Leaders honoured in the Ribble Valley
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Long service awards have been presented to 16 volunteers for their lengthy dedication to Girlguiding's Ribble Valley division.

The awards were presented by Lancashire East County Commissioner, Barbara Bryan, at a recent meeting of all Girlguiding units in the Ribble Valley.

In total six 10 year service awards and ten 5 year service awards were handed over.

One of the recipients, Jenny Ashton, Leader of Langho St. Mary’s Guides, said: “I joined Girlguiding as a Brownie and then a Guide. I loved Girlguiding so much that when I had my own

daughter I helped establish two Rainbow groups, then Brownies, then Guides. Being awarded my 10 year service badge as a volunteer is a mountain top moment.

"I am so privileged to have had a positive impact on so many girl’s lives, watching them grow and develop in confidence. Some of my Guides have travelled the 10 year journey with me and are approaching their 16 th birthdays!”

This meeting was the first meeting under a District new structure. Ribble Valley Division Commissioner, Harriet Smith, thanked members of the outgoing District teams with spring flower arrangements made by Emily the Florist of Chatburn.

Harriet also presented the incoming District teams with their Commissioner badges and unbreakable mugs labelled with their new roles to take to events.

Harriet said, “Our Leaders provide wonderful experiences and it’s a pleasure to give them public recognition. Over 700 under 18 year olds currently benefit directly from the support of our lovely Leaders in the Ribble Valley. Long service awards show that our Leaders enjoy Guiding too! They make brilliant opportunities happen. If they are having half as much fun as me they must be having a fabulous time. Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time for the benefit of our young members.”