Time for a rest - af­ter 54 years

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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 twood@tesco.net, or call 01233 502665.

More Scout­ing news on page 14.

Pic­ture Dave Downey pd1161151

Jan­ice Barnes with her friends and fel­low Guiders when she re­tired from the move­ment af­ter 54 years

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