Royal honour for veteran guider
AGUIDE leader who has been named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list says ‘you can’t put a price on time when you are having fun’.
Patricia Wilson, who lives in Macclesfield with her husband Graham, is to be awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to young people through the Girlguiding movement in Macclesfield.
The grandmother of three has been named in the Queen’s honours list, which recognises high achieving and dedicated members of the community.
Patricia, who has been volunteering with the Guide movement in Macclesfield for more than 40 years, found out about her award six weeks ago but had been sworn to secrecy until the list was announced by the Queen.
She said: “I’m absolutely and utterly thrilled, it was a complete surprise.
“I’ve been guiding all my life, it’s great fun and I’ve made lovely friendships, but you don’t do this sort of thing for medals, you do it for fun.
“I don’t think I deserve this any more than other guiding volunteers so I take this on behalf of many of us.
“We all put in a lot of time and preparation, but you can’t put a price on time when you’re having fun.”
Patricia, originally from Newcastle, moved to Macclesfield in 1965 when her husband Graham began teaching at The King’s School.
She became a leader at 1st Bollinbrook Brownies at Abbey Road in 1978 and is now a member of the Trefoil Guild, a guiding group for veteran guiders.
She also volunteers her time with guiding groups across Macclesfield, particularly running craft activities and leading campfire songs.
She said: “I love to see the girls’ faces when they learn or do something new. There’s no peer pressure in guiding, it’s not like in school where it’s a bit competitive. All they have to do is come along, walk through the door and have fun.
“The girls look out for each other and show kindness towards one another. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of.”
Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said: “I’m thrilled that Patricia Anne Wilson has received such wonderful recognition for her involvement in Girlguiding.
“Thanks to the dedication and support of amazing volunteers like Tricia, guiding continues to create amazing opportunities for thousands of girls.
“On behalf of all of us in guiding I offer Tricia our huge congratulations.”
‘I’m absolutely and utterly thrilled’
●● Charlotte and Daniel Taylor with their mum Julie and firefighter Michael Behan during Little Stars Group’s visit from Delta Watch at Macclesfield Fire Station
●● Patricia Wilson (right) presents Emma Lipscombe with her leadership qualification. Inset: As a young guide (second left) at Guide Camp in Melrose in 1956