Holbeach Girlguiding district commissioner recognised for her 40 years' service
A shining light in Girlguiding – Holbeach district commissioner Mary Lane – has been recognised for her 40 years’ service to the movement.
Mary (70) has moved around the country for much of her life but Girlguiding has been a common thread.
She is in charge of units in Holbeach and has no intention of giving up “as long as I am able to do it”.
Mary said: “I don’t envisage giving up in the next year or so.”
Claire Hemstock, the Lincs South county trainer and Moulton Rainbows leader, presented a bouquet of flowers to Mary to mark her milestone.
Claire said: “Mary’s move to Moulton came in 2013 and she became Lincs South county treasurer.
“Her current roles include Holbeach district commissioner, leader of Holbeach Brownies and Guides, Holbeach Ranger Unit, South Holland Division depot manager and treasurer, assistant county GO coordinator and county badge secretary.”
Her early years in Girlguiding were in Kent and, prior to her move to Moulton, she held the post of Fenland Division Commissioner and division Project 50K coordinator.
Claire said: “This is an outstanding achievement and the dedication she has given to Girlguiding needs to be commended.
“She continues to volunteer her time to the local community and is always willing to help the other units in our district.”
Mary says Girlguiding is just for girls – although girls can join Scouts, boys can’t join the Guides.
And it seems Girlguiding is something of a haven for its members.
Mary said: “They actually do like their girl-only space.
“The options are there. If they want to go to Scouts they can do, but most of them want to come to Guides because it’s their girl-only space.”
Mary says one of the main changes in Girlguiding over the years has been a shift towards more adventure-type activities – such as climbing, abseiling, kayaking, and sailing.
One of her main loves is working as a leader with her units.
“They come out with the most wonderful stories,” said Mary. “They are a joy to work with.”
Mary became a Guide herself 60 years ago and then a Cadet, now known as Ranger.
Following her early guiding in Kent, she moved to London in the 70s and worked with a unit in New Southgate and then ran two units in Palmers Green.
She later moved to Ware, where her roles included being district commissioner.
Mary then returned to Girlguiding in Kent before her moves to Cambridgeshire – where she set up new units – and then Lincolnshire.
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