Girls need guiding light for old photos

Herald Series: The 1st Wallingford Guides and, below, some of their predecessors on camp The 1st Wallingford Guides and, below, some of their predecessors on camp

DO you know any of these happy campers?

If so, the 1st Wallingford Guides would like to hear from you.

The group will mark its centenary this month, and ahead of the celebrations Guide leaders want help to identify the women and girls in the photograph held by Louisa Moreton, centre above.

Leader Wendy Yeates said the photograph, believed to be from around the 1950s, were part of a bundle bequeathed to the group by a former Guide after she died.

Louisa said: “I am interested to find out whether the Guides in the picture liked doing the same things we do as Guides.”

Another shows Girl Guides from around the First World War period helping to unload a van in the town centre.

Ms Yeates: “We don’t really know too much about them but it would be great to find out ahead of the centenary.

“It would be really nice if someone were to get in touch and say, if not ‘that’s me’ then maybe ‘Oh I recognise the person in the third row’ and we were able to track down the people in these pictures.”

It was a group of girls who first planted the idea of Girl Guiding in the mind of founder Robert Baden-Powell in 1909, when they demanded a place for girls at the Crystal Palace Boy Scout Rally.

He decided if they wanted to join in, they should have their own name and movement.

The Wallingford Guides, who meet at Fir Tree Junior School, officially registered on June 4, 1912, making them one of the oldest continuously running groups in the country. To mark the centenary, the unit will go on holiday to Switzerland later this year – their first international trip – and they hope a silent auction at their official celebration in Wallingford Town Hall next Saturday will help them boost the coffers for their special journey.

Ms Yeates said: “We have had lots of generous donations including a meal for two from The Old Post Office, in Wallingford, and wine tasting and a winery tour from Brightwell Vineyard.

“We are inviting back anyone previously connected with Wallingford Guides.

“It will be a lovely chance to hear stories of Guiding in the past, and for everyone who supported us then to see how well we are doing now.”

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11:13am Sun 3 Jun 12

Montybasset says...

The uniform and badge issue will give a year span, then a trawl of the local populous with the birth years that match should throw up a list of girls, or ask your Gran! But we need better pictures to help.
The uniform and badge issue will give a year span, then a trawl of the local populous with the birth years that match should throw up a list of girls, or ask your Gran! But we need better pictures to help. Montybasset
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