I ended up in Chippenham, Wiltshire with a husband and family. When my daughter was 4 years old my friend asked me to help her run the Rainbow unit. I started as an Assistant Leader and very soon become the Unit Leader when my friend gave up! The rest as the saying goes is history! I moved to Brownies because the unit ran at a more suitable time to fit in with my family life. I took on the role of District Commissioner and then fell into the role of Senior Section Leader when there were Guides needed to move on and no unit available. I then was appointed County Ranger Adviser. A stint as Division Commissioner followed when I finished at District level.
I gave up my guiding reluctantly for a couple of years due to personal reasons between 2007 and 2009. I moved to Sheffield in 2009 and was by this time getting withdrawal symptoms! Having been so involved in Wiltshire North my idea was to just pop along and help at a Brownie unit and no more. It hasn’t quite worked like that – surprise surprise! I just love my guiding and now am as involved as ever!
My latest challenge was to complete my Training Qualification. I am very pleased to say it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and just goes to prove it’s never too late to try something new.
I have a part time job as a Production Administrator for a manufacturing company – the family joke is that I don’t have time to work full time! When I am not working, or guiding, I spend time with my family, including 4 grandchildren. My husband and I get away in our campervan with our 2 dogs during the warmer months when I am free at the weekends. I also do Pilates once a week and love snuggling down for a good read.