Welcome to the Awards Celebration Evening 2018


Guides celebrate top awards

On July 9th over 200 people gathered at the Norfolk Pavilion in Ardingly to celebrate the achievements of both guides and leaders.  County Commissioner Lisa Barden, with assistance from the County President, Mrs Judy Fuller, and the Vice Presidents,  presented girls from the Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex areas with certificates to recognise the awards they had gained within Girlguiding.

35 girls celebrated completing the Baden-Powell Challenge, the highest award a girl can gain whilst a Guide, whilst further awards included the Young Leaders Qualification, Commonwealth Award and Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

500 years of volunteering were recognised, as leaders were presented with awards for 30, 40 and 50 years Long Service. Five leaders also received various Good Service awards, which are given for excellent service within the County.

Guest speaker, Sally Kettle, Adventurer and Girlguiding Ambassador, described some of her adventures  Sally has rowed the Atlantic twice as well as taking on many other challenges. Her message to the audience, especially the girls, was to have adventures, take on challenges and to live life to the full.

A very special award was made to Willow, a Guide from Horsham, who was presented with the Guiding Star by Sally Christmas, the Region Chief Commissioner. This is a national award recognising a young member of Girlguiding who has made a significant contribution and impact in their unit whilst showing exceptional courage. Willow has complex medical issues but despite this whenever possible joins in all the Guiding activities and always shows concern for others.

Everyone present enjoyed sharing in the achievements of both girls and adults and celebrating all the girls had done over the past year.

County Commissioner Lisa Barden concluded “While we congratulate our young people for all they have achieved, we also thank all our volunteers for all the time, talent and enthusiasm they give to Girlguiding Sussex Central County. Without them the girls could not enjoy the fun, challenges and opportunities and adventures that Guiding continues to offer them”.

At the end of Awards Night on July 9 th, County Commissioner Lisa Barden turned the tables on the Chair of the Awards Committee, Clare Brittain, with a surprise item. Presenting Clare with the prestigious County Silver Butterfly, given to members in recognition of long and outstanding service within the County, Lisa thanked Clare for her dedication and hard work over many years in her several roles past and present. Well done, Clare!"


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