To help with the marking of the Senior Section Centenary, a display was held at St Mary’s Church in Newent during the Onion Fair. A large selection of old and current uniforms were on display, along with memorabilia, badges, books and flags. The oldest uniform was a Ranger uniform formerly worn by a Ranger from 10th Cheltenham Rangers. We had three flags on loan for the display, one of the flags was 1st East Gloucestershire Air Ranger Flight Flag that was kindly loaned from Jeannette McGhee.
We had a lot of visitors viewing the display, including the town Mayor, many visitors reminiscing there time as a Ranger, and we also attracted more young girls and potential leaders wanting to join either here in Gloucestershire or out of county. Two other special guests were Thelma and Tony Newell co-authors of The Consolidated Catalogue and List of U.K. and British Empire Girl Guide Badges who travelled from Devon. Their book was invaluable in helping to identify Ranger/Senior Section badges for the display.
A very big thankyou to Ricola and Carenza who helped during the display and talking to our many visitors. Without their help the display would not have been such a success. Another big thankyou is to Carole Pennington, S W England Regional Commissioner, Helen Welsh, Helen Murphy and last but by no means least a huge big thank you to Jeannette for allowing me to raid her Guiding archive and loan us many wonderful items for the display.
Jane Atkins PRA Tewkesbury Division and Pat Fazey Newent District President
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