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Carol Bancroft

Carol BancroftI went to  Brownies, Guides and Rangers in South Croydon where I grew up until the age of 18 when I moved away from the area and gave up guiding for about 10 years.

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.

Get in touch with Carol through the Region office.

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