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Burton woman praised for 50 years of girlguiding

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Guiders in Burton.The photograph shows (l-r) Fran Strange, Barbara Oram, Joan Redfern, County Commissioner Norma Oldham, Division President Iris Washington and Beryl Brain.

Guiders in Burton.The photograph shows (l-r) Fran Strange, Barbara Oram, Joan Redfern, County Commissioner Norma Oldham, Division President Iris Washington and Beryl Brain.

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A WOMAN has been honoured for her efforts in support girlguiding in the town for the past 50 years.

Joan Redfern was handed a special award for 'dedication' to supporting various groups in the area for the past five decades.

Mrs Redfern revealed that she was 'overwhelmed' after learning that she had been singled out for praise by chiefs.

She said: "I was quite overwhelmed at receiving my award.

"The time has gone so quickly and many changes have been made in girl guiding over the years."

The awards ceremony, the first of its kind designed to recognise girl guiding adult volunteers, was held at the Sandon Hall which is near Stafford.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Staffordshire's county commissioner Maureen Recine said: "We regularly award our younger members with badges and certificates and we felt that we should honour and recognise our adults for the work they do and the time they give.

"Our volunteers make girl guiding Staffordshire an exciting, creative and adventurous organisation to be a part of.

"Thanks to them our girls and young women have a unique space to grow in confidence and self-esteem.

"Some of our recipients received awards for long service and others for the outstanding commitment they have shown the organisation."

Awards were also presented to Burton guiders for long service and outstanding service to guiding.

More information about girl guiding Staffordshire and how people can become a volunteer go to www.girlguidingstaffordshire.org.uk.

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