25th anniversary for a ‘leading light’

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A woman described as ‘one of the great ambassadors of Girlguiding in Nottinghamshire’ has marked her 25th anniversary as guider in charge at Nuthall.

Vicky Stanton – who has been a Guide for a whopping 38 years – was re-united with her former brown owl Sue Sylvester and her former division commissioner and young leader guider, Margaret Chapman, at a special get-together at Nuthall Parish Hall.

Vicky, of Harcourt Crescent, joined the Guides with the 1st Nuthall Brownies as a young girl aged seven, and has gone on to become a leading light in the organisation.

During her long involvement, 45-year-old Vicky, who runs her own consultancy business, has scaled the movement’s ladder holding several positions of responsibility.

She has also led trips to the USA, Switzerland, and Iceland, and has been instrumental in forging links with Guide units at home and abroad.

In September 2005, Vicky was appointed the county’s international advisor for Guiding and in 2009 she was installed as the district commissioner for Girlguiding in Kimberley.

She said: “My life revolves around Girlguiding and I am proud to be associated with it.

“I have made many friends, learned many things and have been given untold opportunities which have enriched my life,” she added.

Guiding friends described her as ‘a wonderful leader’, ‘a great role model’ and ‘a champion of young people’.

Vicky is the daughter of the late Aileen Stanton, who was the former chairman of Nuthall Parish Council and a tower of strength in the local community,