Friday, 20 October 2017

Guides celebrate centenary with river trip

MEMBERS of the 1st Henley Guides celebrated the group’s 100th birthday with an evening boat trip on the River Thames.

MEMBERS of the 1st Henley Guides celebrated the group’s 100th birthday with an evening boat trip on the River Thames.

About 60 people, including current and former members, leaders, parents and Oxfordshire county president Linda Day enjoyed the two-hour journey on The Waterman.

The sang Happy Birthday before a birthday cake made by Lawlors Bakery in Henley was cut by Janet Kingston and Helen Bishop, the oldest former leader and former guide respectively.

Mrs Bishop’s mother Ivy Cullum was a member of the unit and her daughter Jessica is currently a leader.

There was also party food from Chocolate Strawberry and everyone took part in a quiz.



Four girls were presented with their Baden-Powell Challenge certificates.

Olivia Higson and Maddie Brown, both 13, and 14-year-olds Beth Hurley and Tori Taylor completed a series of challenges to achieve the award, including first aid training, running events at unit meetings and sports evenings and attending residential weekends.

Lucy Paice and Olivia Schrier, both 10, made their promises to join the group.

Group leader Gill Chappell said: “It gives me such a buzz leading a unit that’s 100 years old. The unit was formed on December 11, 1914 and it has run continuously since then.

“It’s fabulous that people have put in the time and effort and that girls have enjoyed guiding in Henley for 100 years. Here’s to another 100.”

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