Over 400 years of volunteering were recognised at our Summer Awards Presentation last week when Leaders from across Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East were rewarded for long service. Presenting the awards, County Commissioner Jean Verney thanked all the volunteers for their contribution to guiding in the county.
A range of other awards were also presented that evening, including an Anglia Brooch to Pauline Newman for her unstinting support and care for girls of all ages, and for patience and understanding of adults who rely on her expertise. In addition to her 27 years at 1st Horseheath Brownies, 12 years at 1st Brinkley Guides and 12 years at 1st Brinkley Senior Section, Pauline has also undertaken volunteer roles in her District, Division and County.
County Brooches were presented to:
- Maria Burrows for outstanding service to guiding in Histon, particularly for the Rainbows.
- Karen Coningsby for reliable and long-term service to guiding in Orwell
- Louise Cross for her courage, fortitude and cheerful attitude whilst undergoing a heart transplant.
- Kathy Jacklin for service over a long period in Whittlesford, Bar Hill and to the County
- Lin Joyner for her achievements and commitment to supporting our adult volunteers in Cambridgeshire East
- Jane Woodstock for outstanding service to guiding in Sawston
And a new award, the County Certificate of Merit, was presented to two of our young members:
- Chelsea for remaining cheerful and smiling in public throughout the time her Mother was far away having a heart transplant
- Esmé for recognising the need, when visiting her Grandma at Hinchingbrooke Hospital for more equipment and doing something about it by completing a sponsored bike ride which raised over £2000
Cara Cooper was presented with her Commonwealth Award and shared with us some of the activities that she’d undertaken, including the Mandazi (East African Doughnuts) that she’d made.
And finally, Ellen Tack was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award – the highest award that young members can work towards in guiding.