Party Marks Guides' Milestone

Party Marks Guides' Milestone

A garden party celebrating 100 years of guiding was hosted by Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty.

- 25/06/2010

A garden party celebrating 100 years of guiding was hosted by Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty.

Almost a hundred Guiders, Trefoil Guild members and ambassadors to the movement attended the event at her Strathpeffer home.

Mrs Bowen,, on behalf of Her majesty The Queen, thanked the assembled company for their dedicated work over many years in the leadership of the Guides in Ross-Shire, and noted that a lot of the load fell on supportive husbands and families, without whom the movement would not be able to achieve half as much.

Mrs Bowen said, "This was a party where I sent out the invitation and the Guiders with their normal can-do attitude not only provided the tents and put them up, but also did all the baking as well, and then tidied up afterwards! It was a great example of self help with a bit of assistance from the Army Cadet Corps, who were brilliant as well."

Some of those attending had been with the movement for over 60 years.

"It's just so good to be able to thank those who run the extra miles in our communities, some of them over long periods" said Mrs Bowen. "There's too many unsung heroes and heroines in Ross and Cromarty and Skye and Lochalsh and I want to help us all recognise and thank them".

The Guide movement started 100 years ago in 1909 when some girls asked Sir Robert Baden Powell at the Boy Scouts Rally at Crystal Palace for "something for the girls".

Since then the Guide movement has grown to a worldwide membership of 10 million, with 500,000 in the UK.

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