Celebrating busy year at Girlguiding Sussex West county review

The Sussex West Guide Choir performing in Arundel Castle for the county annual review
The Sussex West Guide Choir performing in Arundel Castle for the county annual review

COMMUNITY projects at home and abroad, activities and performances were celebrated at the Girlguiding Sussex West annual review.

Adult leaders from seven divisions and the Trefoil Guild gathered at Arundel Castle last Wednesday to reflect on the previous year and see awards presented.

Guests included High Sheriff Denise Patterson, mayors and council chairmen, as well as Girlguiding chief commissioner Pip McKerrow.

County commissioner Annabel Gray said it had been an action-packed year, which had included the Big Brownie Birthday celebrations for the 100th anniversary.

The Sussex West Guide Choir, which entertained guests as they arrived for the annual review, had been busy, including a joint concert with Girlguiding Kent East Choir.

An insight into the county’s international trips was given by Caroline Etchells, who had been to Uganda, and Joanna Erkiert, who visited Serbia, Romania and Budapest.

Queen’s Guide Awards, the highest level girls can achieve, were presented to Lauren Phillips, Jessica Baker and Hannah Cordery. Lauren, who helps at 6th Chichester Brownies, spoke about a sleepover she organised and other projects that helped her to earn the award.

Leaders also received long-service awards, for 20, 30, 40 and 50 years’ in Girlguiding.

County Awards, special prizes for achievement, were presented by the chief commissioner. Pat Ware and Amanda Teasel received the County Silver Oakleaf, the highest award for leaders. Award winners also included the Big Brownie event organisers, who received certificates of thanks.

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