The Jarman Centre, Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East’s residential centre in Newmarket, held a celebration campfire on Monday 27 October to mark the opening of the extension of the House campfire circle. Seven new benches have been installed thanks to donations by Friends of the Jarman Centre that included a legacy from the late Freda Harwin. Freda had been a Friend since the Centre’s opened in the 1980s.
On a warm and sunny October lunchtime a group of Friends of the Jarman Centre, some Brownies from Girlguiding March District and members of the Jarman Centre Management Committee welcomed Freda’s sister, Gladys Harwin, to the campfire circle. The singing was led by Girlguiding Anglia Arts Adviser Sue Carpenter after which guests toasted marshmallows and enjoyed some specially commissioned cupcakes. Susan Southwell, a March Brownie Leader who attended the event, said “The feedback from the Brownies was amazing: ‘We loved it all – the singing, cooking marshmallows and running around in the woods and sensory garden.’ Every time I looked at Gladys she just had a big smile on her face.”
Freda Harwin had been a Brownie Leader at 1st March Brownies for 37 years and was also Fenland Division residential adviser. Latterly she was President of Girlguiding March District and a member of March Trefoil Guild until she passed away last year.