Guide leader’s rally call for suc­ces­sor or face clo­sure

Chal­font St Peter 1st Guides needs re­place­ment to sur­vive

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A GUIDE leader is call­ing for vol­un­teers to help save a group which is nearly 100 years old.

Philom­ena Lar­man, 61, is plan­ning on re­tir­ing as guide leader for Chal­font St Peter 1st Guides and the unit will close with­out a re­place­ment.

The vil­lage once had five units but will be left with just one – Chal­font St Peter 5th guides – if the 1st unit closes.

Mrs Lar­man of Copthall Lane said: “It will be a ter­ri­ble shame if it closes – I think the vil­lage would lose an aw­ful lot. No one is com­ing for­ward and I’m com­ing up to that time in my life when re­tire­ment is the nat­u­ral progress.

“I have not got the en­ergy for the girls and it’s not fair on them.”

Mrs Lar­man, who was a girl guide her­self, has led the unit for a decade.

The unit was started in 1917 and has 24 girls although that num­ber is ex­pected to grow, with a wait­ing list for brown­ies aged seven to 10 to join.

How­ever, the girls would have to be de­clined if a leader does not come for­ward.

Mrs Lar­man said she will train a new per­son and ‘stay in the back­ground’ when help is needed.

The group meets ev­ery Thurs­day for about an hour and a half at the Guide Hut in Lans­down Road and also takes trips.

“You are more or less al­lowed to write your own pro­gramme,” added Mrs Lar­man.

“I’m an out­door per­son so my girls do a lot of out­door stuff. The girls who joined my unit quickly saw that was what I’m about.

“I just en­joy be­ing with the chil­dren and watch­ing them grow from 10 year olds to self-suf­fi­cient 14-year-olds.

“It is a lot of fun. You get a lot of sat­is­fac­tion out of see­ing them achiev­ing.

“You get young girls from unit go­ing all dif­fer­ent back­grounds and abil­i­ties. A child is ac­cepted re­gard­less.”

Call Mrs Lar­man on 07708 871 250 to vol­un­teer as a guide with the group.

Do you think the girl guides or scouts need a boost in your area? Con­tact us at bucks news@trin­i­ uk.


OUT AND ABOUT: Chal­font St Peter 1st Guides is ap­peal­ing for guide lead­ers to keep the

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