Girlguiding: 40 years service award for former Spalding High School teacher
A Spalding grandmother has been recognised for 40 years service to Girlguiding.
Lyn Kite (80) will also be known to many as former head of 6th form at Spalding High School, where she taught chemistry, economics and sociology.
She was a founding member, along with Margaret Head, of the first Girlguiding group at Broad Street Methodist Church, in Spalding, in 1979.
And having been a Guide herself, Mrs Kite says she feels ‘very lucky’ to have been involved with the organisation for so long.
She has held roles at county and regional level and was leader of the Spalding Rangers for five years. The Rangers is for girls aged 14-18.
One of her many memories include leading the very first group of girls to a jamboree in Nepal.
“I was asked to lead a group of eight girls from the UK,” she said. “I am still involved today in the Guides and I have been very lucky to go on trips.
“Guiding has opened up to me the possibility of worldwide travel and we have four world centres - one in Mexico City, one in Switzerland, one in India and one in London. I have also been to New Zealand and Australia, so Guiding is truly international and offers just so much opportunity for girls.”
Mrs Kite has been Duke of Edinburgh Award adviser, Lightweight Camp adviser and, today, is the district treasurer.
But she is a little modest of her role, saying: “There have been people who have been involved in it longer than me.
"I think this is a marvellous achievement, that somebody could devote their time to Girlguiding for that length of time," - Former district commissioner for Spalding Jane Amess.
"I have seen a lot of change, in the uniform, and there is more emphasis now on the girls choosing their own programme; the girls developing leadership qualifications and skills. They have the self-confidence to forge careers for themselves.
"It is a great opportunity for them to learn team work and develop individual skills.”
The district’s Guides have links with a Guiding group in Belarus and our guides have had the chance to visit their friends there.
One of the biggest challenges of Guiding, said Mrs Kite, is finding leaders to run groups.
"There is often a waiting list of people wanting to join the Guides and leaders are needed. But everybody is so busy these days."
Mrs Kite was presented with her award for 40 years service by Tracy Foster, Anglia Chief Commissioner, at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.
"It has been 40 enjoyable years," she added.
Former district commissioner for Spalding and now Pinchbeck Guide leader, Jane Amess, said: "I think this is a marvellous achievement, that somebody could devote their time to Girlguiding for that length of time."