Mollie Bourne has received the specially-designed Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East’s County Brooch “The Lily” in honour of her years of service. Ann Mitchell, Chair of Awards for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East, presented her with the award at a party held in her honour in Chesterton.
Mollie first became involved in guiding leadership in the 1960’s. In 1966 she became District Commissioner for City of Cambridge West and went on to become Commissioner for City of Cambridge North, a position she held for 14 years.
After she retired from uniformed guiding, she went to Histon where she supported guiding until she was 83. She wrote and produced a version of A Christmas Carol with the Guides in Histon. She was also an enormous support to Histon Rangers whose service to the community was to run the Kids’ Camp and the Kids’ Club, run monthly for extra support to the deprived kids. This required lots of fund-raising, programme planning and commitment. Every child aged between 5 and 10, for the most part recommended by Social Services, needed special care from his or her Ranger. Before the camp Mollie insisted that every family received a visit.
Ann says, “Mollie’s commitment to Guiding has been incredible. This brooch is just a small way to say thank you for the care and support she’s given girls and young women in this county.”