Time for a rest - after 54 years
GUIDES from throughout the district gathered in Ashford this weekend to say thank you to Janice Barnes for more than half a century of dedicated service.
The 65-year-old is retiring from her role as commissioner for the Ashford Crown division, which covers the whole area, from Kennington to Sellindge and Willesborough to Wye.
Janice joined the Girl Guides in 1953 at the age of 11, and has been involved ever since, running a Ranger unit and helping at Willesborough Brownies,
She subsequently became district commissioner for Willesborough and division commissioner for Ashford South, before starting as district commisioner.
A surprise thank you party was held at St Teresa’s Church Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Stepping into Janice’s role as Ashford Crown division com- missioner is Bridgitte Attwood, who is the guider for First Mersham Guides.
The guides are also looking for someone to help out as treasurer for a few hours a year.
Anyone interested in volunteering or guiding in general should email andrew.at email@example.com, or call 01233 502665.
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Janice Barnes with her friends and fellow Guiders when she retired from the movement after 54 years