Falkirk guides and Brownies win awards

The Falkirk award winners from last month's event
The Falkirk award winners from last month's event

Long-service, dedication and achievement were celebrated at the annual Forth Valley Girl Guides award ceremony in Dunblane last month.

Margaret Cameron (67), from Stenhousemuir, an assistant leader with 3rd Stenhouse Brownies and county archives coordinator, picked up a long-service award after being a volunteer with the Guides for the past 50 years.

Margaret has taken on various roles over the years, from assistant leader to district commissioner, and her commitment was recognisied at the event at the end of May 27.

Mari-Jane Paterson, from Bainsford, also won an award,

the Queen’s Guide Award - the highest award in Guiding which takes three years to do.

Mari-Jane (22) was a leader of the 3rd Falkirk Guides, but is now a leader with 6th Stirling Brownies.

The student teacher said: “Guiding is a huge part of my life and working on my Queen’s Guide award gave me the confidence to pursue my career in teaching by giving me the skills I needed to work with children of all ages.”

Two young Brownies also clocked up an amazing achievement, earning every single Brownie interest badge.

Charlotte D’Alby and Emma Miller, both 10, are members of the 5th/6th Stenhouse Brownies, and each completed 57 interest badges, along with other special badges.

Dozens of people were honoured at the Forth Valley annual event, including 50 Guides who received their Baden Powell awards and various long-service awards and good service awards.

Margaret Kerr, Forth Valley County Commissioner said: “There are many opportunities for leaders and girls, from gaining awards to attending international trips.

“These opportunities would not be possible without our wonderful volunteers.”