This year marks 100 years since Girlguiding began in Uckfield, having been scolded in September 1918 by Lady Agnes Baden-Powell for being the only town in Sussex to not have a company of Girlguides and, this weekend, today’s members celebrated in style with an exhibition and grand opening at Bridge Cottage.
Announced on Saturday morning by the Uckfield Town Crier, the official ribbon was cut by one of the longest serving members of Uckfield Guiding, Pauline Burchett (with 40+ years under her belt), and one of the newest members of our Uckfield Rainbows, Harriet Warren (age 5).
Special guests of the event included Uckfield Mayor Spike Mayhew, Father John of Holy Cross Church, Linda Dupret, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Sussex East, Coral Carpenter, Division Commissioner for Girlguiding Weald, David Skinner of Uckfield Lions, members of the Uckfield Rotary Club and other members of Girlguiding.
All were welcome to attend and enjoyed a full day of craft activities run by Uckfield Leaders and Trefoil Guild, including origami cups, pom -pom making, friendship bracelets and button bouquets. Cooking was done over gas stoves and there were many happy customers full of s’mores and camp doughnuts. Inside, an exhibition showing local photographs of Uckfield Guides from the 1930s, as well as historical books and other artefacts was a great hit, especially the many uniforms of Brownies and Guides from the 1920s onwards which are available to be tried on.
A raffle was held with fantastic prizes donated by local residents and businesses, as well as a cake sale, with proceeds and donations all going back into Uckfield District Guiding to be put towards more events and activities for their members to enjoy.
The exhibition continued until 4pm on Sunday 23rd June.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)