Fun-filled 100th anniversary for Guides

Kirsty Ellison, Valerie #, Florence Maher and Josie Taylor
Kirsty Ellison, Valerie #, Florence Maher and Josie Taylor

AFTER a fantastic funfilled year for Guding’s 100th birthday, the girls of Berwickshire are still getting together to have great times.

The recent Thinking Day was celebrated by the county in Coldstream Community Centre with an afternoon of games, crafts, singing, lots of silly things and best of all meeting old friends and making new ones.

The Annual Gathering at Duns Golf Club was held in March, after it was originally cancelled in March due to the bad weather.

Guiders from all over the Borders met up for an evening of jollity. County Commissioner Elizabeth Reid welcomed everyone and there was a wonderful display of photographs and a CD shown by Eileen McLean of all the activities that had been part of the Centenary Year.

County President, June Worters, presented awards to Laura Stevenson, Duns Rainbows; Karen Beattie, Earlston Guides; Haylis McKay, Lauder Brownies and Donna McKenzie, Earlston Rainbows who all gained their Adult Leadership Qualification and Felicity Sweeney who has added Module 4 to her qualification.

Jakki Stewart from Lauder Guides gained her five year Long Service Award and Carol Wood from Coldstream Guides gained her 20 year Long Service Award.

Congratulations to all of these ladies and to the 21 others who gained awards during the year.

Berwickshire is very proud of your achievements.

Entertainment was supplied by Josie Taylor and her friends Kirsty Eliison, Valerie Marchans and Florence Maher who sang some lovely folk songs and Katy Telford (mum of Lucy, a previous District commissioner) who kept her audience in sitches with her humorous and sometimes a little risque stories.

Another highlight of the evening was the excellent buffet supplied the Golf Club. Guides of all ages appreciate the feast part of their events!

Jakki Stewart gave a talk on the Caledonia Camp that she and six of her girls attended at Netherurd where they participated in lots of adventurous activities and had a truly unforgettable week.

Another memorable camp at Acorn Village in Northern Italy, was organised for girls from several counties by County Guiding Development Advisor, Jenny Scott who told the Gathering all about it.

The girls were able to take part in many fantastic activities including canoeing, climbing, abseiling, whitewater rafting, swimming, campfire songs and believe it or not there was still time for shopping! Jenny is planning a camp in Ardeche in France in 2012 so start saving girls!