Girls not prepared to lose guide troop

Sarah Richardson at Holbeach Guide Hut with (back, from left) Charlotte Cole, Emily Walker, Maisie Tingle, Saskia Stewart; front - Saffron Pooley, Lauren Lockwood and Charlotte Bingham.  Photo (TIM WILSON):  SG170812-336TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Sarah Richardson at Holbeach Guide Hut with (back, from left) Charlotte Cole, Emily Walker, Maisie Tingle, Saskia Stewart; front - Saffron Pooley, Lauren Lockwood and Charlotte Bingham. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG170812-336TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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FIRST Holbeach Guides are keen as mustard to carry on guiding – but the 25 girls risk losing the weekly meetings they enjoy so much.

Regulations forbid their guide leader Sarah Richardson to manage on her own so unless another adult comes forward to help her on Monday nights, she’ll have to cancel.

That’s the last thing Sarah wants so she is appealing for a helper and points out that they don’t have to have any guiding qualifications or a CRB check before they apply - that can all be sorted out once they join up.

The first meeting of the new term is scheduled for September 10.

Sarah (31) said: “They’re a great crowd of girls who enjoy meetings because it’s a chance to socialise and plan their own activities with other girls out of school and to have fun.

“It’s not my role even as leader to boss them around.

“The two adults are there to support the girls who are working towards badges on the Go For It list of things to do, like cooking, craft, camping, theatre and so on.

“I was a brownie and a guide here in Holbeach and qualified as a guide leader to work with them eight years ago.

“Since then there were two other guide leaders one after the other and latterly Theresa Guler who wasn’t a leader was my unit helper before she left.

“Other people have stepped in as the additional adult but no-one has been able to commit to helping every week.

“The guides will organise and pay for any helper to be CRB checked and I’ll be with whoever joins at all times so they could start without.

“I really hope someone comes forward because we can’t go on without them.”

Sarah is training to be a teacher while working as a teaching assistant at the Holbeach St Marks/Gedney Drove End/Westmere group of primary schools.

She’s taken the Guides, all aged between ten and 15, on hikes in good weather, to camp and to the national Guides’ Big Gig.

l Contact her on 01406 258372 for more details .