Celebrating special occasions


Several groups have had special occasions to celebrate recently. Congratulations to all involved, we hope there was cake!

4th Lincoln celebrated the group’s 60th birthday with 60 boxes of afternoon tea, and were also fundraising for Kicks Count. There were ex-members, current members, ex-volunteers, church members, family members and friends all supporting the January event.

Leader Hayley says ‘This was a great event where our volunteers pulled together their skill set to celebrate our birthday! Alison and I baked fresh scones in the morning, ensuring all dietary requirements had a scone they could enjoy. Katie and Sally made masses of sandwiches and organised the components of the afternoon tea. Sue and her husband John set up all of the tables and ensured everyone had a tea or coffee during the afternoon tea. It’s easy to forget the hard work in the background before an event!’

With a fantastic attendance of over 55 people, who all said they’d had a brilliant time celebrating, the group were able to raise £510 for Kicks Count.

1st St Mary Cray are celebrating their 75th birthday in 2023. The group joined together for an evening of fun. It began with crafts, games, speeches and cake. The group then moved on to a silent disco, with lots of dancing and singing to the girls’ favourite tunes. After the evening’s activities, everyone settled down for a sleepover. The girls enjoyed hot chocolate with marshmallows, face masks and a film to help them relax before bed.

In the morning, the girls took part in a church service and taught the congregation how to use silent disco headphones.

1st Newport Pagnell also celebrated an anniversary last year, with an event at the church attended by GB members and their families as well as four previous Captains who told stories of their time in GB. The young people and their families took part in games and activities too.

Maureen Sallis from 1st Kidderminster was recognised for her  40 years of service in the group recently.

Team Leader Charlotte Baker says ‘Maureen joined as an auxiliary in 1982 and has been committed since then, she became a helper when the changes came in but her loyalty has never changed, a much-valued member. Without these ladies that are volunteering to help, many groups would struggle so she was chuffed to be recognised for her achievement.’


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