Volunteers rewarded at tea party

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Volunteers from Eastwood and Kimberley were among those who were honoured at a celebratory tea party by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire. Held at Portland College in Mansfield, the event saw some 60 members and supporters presented with awards to mark their commitment and achievements. These included Beauvale division’s Nicola Dougherty, Mandy Turgoose and Vicky Stanton. See above for more.

Nicola Dougherty and Mandy Turgoose both received Oak Leaf Awards and Vicky Stanton was presented with a 30-year Long Service Award. Four Queen’s Guide Awards were also given special mention at the tea party, while five county brooches and nine ‘thanks’ badges were presented as personal gestures of appreciation. A ‘good service’ brooch was also awarded to outgoing county commissioner Kate Royse and there was a special bouquet for Susan Westwood, who is stepping down after five years of chairing the awards committee.

County commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst said: “I continue to be bowled over by the enthusiasm and commitment of our volunteers – they all deserve awards really! But the people we applauded today have given truly exceptional service to Girlguiding in Nottinghamshire. It was both a pleasure and a privilege to formally recognise their role in ensuring that the opportunities created through Girlguiding membership are kept open for so many local girls and young women.”

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire currently has a membership of around 9,000 girls and young women, including Rainbows (aged five to seven), Brownies (seven to ten), Guides (ten to 14), Rangers, Senior Section and Young Leaders (14 to 25). Adult supporters are essential if units are to remain active and enquiries about volunteering are always welcome. Call the county office on 0115 9877220, e-mail countycommissioner@girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk or visit www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk.