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The Fernhurst Society

Memories of Fernhurst: Girl Guides

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In Fernhurst the girls are well provided for by a very successful Girl Guide troop and the Brownies, which goes back to 1916 for the Guides and 1920 for the Brownie Pack. Except for a period of a few months both have been running ever since. For some years meetings were held in the Village Hall (each organisation paid 10/- (50p) per annum. Later the meetings were in the vicarage barn, which the Guides distempered themselves. What a wonderful time the girls would have. Since the last war the Guides have met at Highbuilding and the Brownies at the Scout Hut. A Ranger Company was started by Miss Watson in 1922 but did not last long. It was restarted by Miss Shaw and kept going for a few years. Fernhurst Guides have camped almost every year, except during the war. Much of the equipment bought in 1936 is still in use at the present time. What a wonderful achievement on the part of the girls and their leaders. Baden-Powell Centenary was celebrated with a ‘Thinking Day’ and a gathering of over 70 past and present members of the company, an inspiration to all.

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The Fernhurst Oral History Project was supported by the Local Heritage Initiative. The Local Heritage Initiative was developed by the Countryside Agency and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Nationwide Building Society.