Memories of 2nd Spalding Guide Company in new book

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Many people will remember Mary Waters who became Brown Owl of the 2nd Spalding Brownie Pack in 1947, writes Jane Amess.

She remained with the Brownie Pack for 42 years until she had to retire as a leader but continued to help at Holbeach Brownies. She then became a member of the Trefoil Guild and was the President of Spalding District Guides until her death in 2014.

Mary started her Guiding life when she joined the 2nd Spalding Guide Company in 1937. After her death a series of log books for 2nd Spalding Guides which covered the years 1941 to 1965 were found in Mary’s possession. Mary does not feature too much in the books but District Commissioners Bridget Scase and Jane Amess felt that the lovely stories, drawings and photographs about Guide life in those years should be shared. Therefore, as a tribute to Mary and the company, a book has been produced called, ‘Memories of 2nd Spalding Guide Company 1941-1965’.

The book was officially launched on Sunday, February 5 at Moose Hall, Love Lane, Spalding. As this was the place that Mary held her Brownie meetings, a plaque was also unveiled in her memory by her good friends Julie Mason and Julie’s daughter Lynn Wilkinson.

Jane and Bridget wish to thank Wendy Smith who spent many hours reading through the log books, picking out the more interesting facts and putting them into a book format. Their thanks also go to Janet Hutchinson and Jane Varley for their memories and photos which have also been included in the book. They are also indebted to the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian for giving Spalding District Guides permission to use their articles and photographs.

With the financial support of councillors Sally Slade, Angela Newton, Elizabeth Sneath, James Avery, Harry Drury and Gary Porter, the cost of getting the books printed has almost been covered. Therefore, the books will be sold for £8 and a donation will be given to The Johnson Community Hospital League of Friends (as Mary was on its committee for many years). Any other profit made will be used to take a group of Guides from Spalding District to an International Camp in August. If anyone would like to purchase a book, please contact Bridget (760118) or Jane (769729).

Although the book has taken over two years to produce Jane and Bridget are happy to see it now in print and hope that people will enjoy it and think that it is a fitting tribute to our Guiding friend Mary Waters. They have spent many hours reading log books, (so they almost know them ‘off by heart’), making additions to the book, looking through photos and memorabilia and at meetings with Wendy and the printers.