Elizabeth celebrates 40 glorious years guiding the young girls of Coldstream to live a happy life

A Colstream mother-of-three has received recognition for her 40 years of guiding girls to a better start in life.

By Paul Kelly
Tuesday, 29th December 2020, 8:23 am
Elizabeth Reid (PHOTO: Bill McBurnie)
Elizabeth Reid (PHOTO: Bill McBurnie)

Generations of townsfolk have reason to be thankful for the skills they gleaned and the memories they made with the 2nd Coldstream Guides.

Now leader Elizabeth Reid has received a Girls Guides long service award in recognition of her hard-work and dedication over four decades.

Elizabeth, 59, said: “I joined as a Brownie when I was seven and I have never really left. I’ve never had a break from volunteering in all the years since. I’ve had three children but they have just had to come with me and I’ve had a very understanding husband.

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“I was a Brownie and then a Guide, a Ranger and then a Young Leader - we didn’t have Rainbows in those days. I took over the Coldstream Guides as a Young Leader and have been here the whole time since.

“It’s always a lot of fun really and you make a lot of good friends through guiding. It’s just seeing the girls having somewhere to go and have fun and be themselves with no pressure on them.

“There are no boys here and they don’t have to keep up with anything. They learn and develop and do lots of trips and camps. Just an ordinary Tuesday night is as good as anything. They learn lots of skills, things they sometimes don’t realise they are learning.

“Now I have children whose mothers were guides with me which makes you think that I must have been doing something right.

“Whenever you see someone who has been a guide they always say hello in the street, they never forget.”

After 40 years of sterling service, Elizabeth, a former county and district commissioner, says she has no intention of calling time on her volunteering, but hopes a new generation will follow her.

She added: “I wouldn’t like to give it up completely but would like to see some younger leaders coming in now, especially for the Guides, the Rainbows and the Brownies have younger leaders and I think we are probably ready to hand it on to someone younger.”