Guiding group could be forced to close if new leader can't be found

PUBLISHED: 17:30 19 January 2015

Shipham guides with retiring leader Jenny Hill.

Shipham guides with retiring leader Jenny Hill.


THE future of a guiding unit which currently has 19 members is uncertain as its leader is set for retirement - prompting a hunt for someone to take over the reins as soon as possible.

Jenny Hill has been leading Shipham Guides for the past 15 years but, as her 65th birthday approaches, she’s no longer allowed to lead the group under the guiding rules, meaning a new leader must be found.

Jenny said: “If nobody comes along before July the unit will have to close.

“The big part of it is finding someone who is willing to work with the girls, but most of all they have got to have a sense of humour; the girls these days need it, and their demands are so varied.”

The new leader would need to complete a leadership qualification alongside taking over the group but Jenny, who has travelled the country as a national guide trainer, will be on hand to help until she retires in July.

Before leading the Shipham guides Jenny had been volunteering for the rangers, a similar organisation to the guides, since 1973.

She said: “We do everything, from first aid to street safety. The girls absolutely love lighting fires, they love camping, going swimming, bowling. They love it all.”

The district commissioner for the guides and leader of the Axbridge and Cheddar units Bev Davis said: “Really what we are looking for is someone who can go in as soon as possible and learn what they are doing.

“It’s so hard to get volunteers these days to come and help, so if anyone is interested in helping with any girl guiding, not just the Shipham group, they should get in touch.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Bev on 01934 732168.

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