• Local volunteers were recognised for their role in empowering hundreds of girls and young women.
  • Bury Divison celebrated the Long Service achievements of four leaders with a total of 130 years service to Girlguiding groups in Bury.

Four Girlguiding volunteers from Bury, with a total of 130 years service, have been honoured for their work supporting girls and young women with a prestigious Long Service Award.

Bernadette Pope-Moore, Janet Taylor, Margaret Contractor and Sandra Perrott were presented with specially-designed brooches in honour of their inspirational efforts, by Division Commissioner Joan Wild at a recent ceremony at The Pack Horse, Affetside.

Bernadette Pope Moore has volunteered as a leader with 39th Bury Brownies, based at St Joseph’s Church for forty years – and continues to provide amazing opportunities for girls and young women!
Bernadette said: “Volunteering for Girlguiding is such a rewarding experience and it’s been wonderful to work with so many young women and girls over the years and see the difference guiding makes to their lives.”

Janet Taylor is currently a Guide Leader with 25th Bury Guides, based at Christ Church, Walmersley – and has held many roles within the Bury Division Team, and on the Lancashire South East County Team – ensuring that an exciting programme of activities is organised and fellow volunteer leaders are supported.

Janet said: “Guiding has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Volunteering has given me so many opportunities, experiences, life chances and countless happy memories! Highlights include being invited to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, escorting the Countess of Wessex when she opened the Adventure House at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe – but there’s just so many to list!”

Former Bury Division Commissioner, Margaret Contractor, received her award for service as a Guide Leader with 12th Bury Guides, based at St Peter’s Church and for her various roles within the Division Team, including Division President in 2004.

Margaret said: “I’m extremely proud to receive this award – I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 40 years, and I look forward to many more!”

Brownie Leader, Sandra Perrott, received the 10-year service award for her role with 6th Bury Brownies, based at Brandlesholme Methodist Church.

Sandra said: “Guiding opens up so many fantastic opportunities for girls to grow in confidence and become a powerful force for good in their communities. I would like to dedicate this award to all of the girls I have had the pleasure of knowing over the last ten years.”

Twenty Leaders, with a total of 475 years volunteering attended the presentation evening – a thank you event for all their hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to the fantastic work they do with girls and young women across Bury!

Joan Wild, Division Commissioner for Bury said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteer leaders within Girlguiding Bury – they have helped hundreds of girls discover the world around them, make new friends and experience things for the first time. They have endless energy and enthusiasm, and are committed to helping each girl find their voice”.

Across Bury there are 124 young people on waiting lists who want to take part in Girlguiding – and the Division needs more volunteers to give time to support their local groups.

By giving just one or two hours a week, volunteers can help local girls and young women enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, as well as acquire new skills and experiences – and have fun at the same time.

The charity welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. For more information about volunteering with Girlguiding, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk