Royal hon­our for vet­eran guider

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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