Girlguiding celebrates another successful year

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Girlguiding Kincardine and Deeside celebrated another successful year at their annual review held at South Church, Stonehave,n on October 25.

After the excitement and activities of last year’s centenary it was great to hear how opportunities were being given to over 1,000 girls to meet regularly and have fun at such varied events as archery, bubble blowing and crafts to zorbing (walking on water in giant inflatable balls).

New county commissioner, Hazel McCartney said: “Giving girls the chance to take up experiences like this is what’s so great about guiding.”

Three young members, Eilidh Johnston, Emily Esson and Faye Jones, gave very informative talks, with lots of funny photos, about their summer trips to International Guiding and Scouting events in Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. They all went through a comprehensive, but fun, selection process, first at county level and then at Scottish level to be able to represent Girlguiding Scotland at these events.

Emily, 16, said of travelling to the 22nd World Scout Jamboree: “It was amazing and so great to have been given the opportunity to so something so memorable with so many fantastic young people.”

They then listened to a motivational talk by Allan Thomas, who had climbed Everest via the North Ridge in 2009 to raise money for, and awareness of, the Aberdeen charity CLAN, which provides cancer support for all who may need it.

Allan said that although the challenges and opportunities girls meet in their Guiding lives were not as perilous or dramatic as his ascent of Everest, they should tackle them in a similar manner, with planning, positivity and enthusiasm.

Emily Kerr, a Stonehaven young Lleader presented Allan with a £100 cheque for CLAN.

They were delighted that Dinah Faulds, the Scottish Chief Commissioner, was able to attend and she presented Tracey Fraser, of Laurencekirk, with her adult leadership certificate and Helen MacDonald, known to many past and present Rainbows in Stonehaven as Mrs Panda, with her 10 year service award.

Dinah said: “Girlguiding is dependent on volunteers like Tracey and Helen, who are willing to give so freely their time and expertise.

“Many people who volunteer only do it for a few months but I am delighted to recognise Helen’s continued devotion to the support of girls and young women in Stonehaven by presenting her with her 10 year service brooch.”

Girlguiding Kincardine & Deeside stretches from Portlethen in the north, to Johnshaven in the South and Braemar in the west, and all areas in between. It is part of Girlguiding UK which is the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around 530,000 members and recognised volunteers.

They run Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and senior section (14-25 years), enabling girls and young women to develop their potential whatever their ability or background.

To get involved with Girlguiding within Kincardine & Deeside please log onto the website and look for the link to ‘get involved’.