There was a celebration at Barton School last Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of the 1st Barton Guide Unit. The 34 Guides were joined by parents, former members and guiding friends from the local area. During the evening the girls dressed in historic Guide uniforms from the 1930s onwards, members of The Senior Section performed as a Ukulele Band and of course there was a celebration cake made by the mother of one of the current Guides, Sian Shaw. The cake was cut by Ann Mitchell MBE, County Vice President, who had been a leader with the Barton group for 32 years. It was also Ann’s 60th anniversary of making her own promise as a Guide. Also present at the event was current County Commissioner for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East, Jean Verney, herself a former Barton Guide.
Former Guide, Ellen Fallows, who couldn’t make the party contacted the group and said “I loved my time as part of the group and benefitted enormously from the opportunities they gave me. I travelled to Switzerland, Norway, Japan and Korea all through the Barton Guides and the amazing support from my leader Ann Mitchell. She was a great mentor in my life and I feel she and the Guide group at the time taught me skills which have enabled me to face with confidence many of the challenges I’ve faced as a doctor.”