Special service for Guiding

A THANKSGIVING service was held for 90 years of Guiding in Lower Beeding on Sunday May 13.

The 1st Lower Beeding Guides were formed in February 1917 by the Godman sisters, Edith and Eva, and the unit was registered in May 1917.

Around 150 people gathered at Holy Trinity Church for the service which was attended by the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from Lower Beeding, as well as representatives from Sussex Central County, Parkminster Division and Cowfold district.

Past members were also in attendance, along with friends and family.

During the service, ten Lower Beeding Guides dressed in uniforms starting from 1910 to the present day and memories from each decade were read out.

The Guides read prayers they had written and at the end of the service happy birthday was sung.

Over the last 90 years, hundreds of girls have passed through the Lower Beeding Guides and during that time there have only been six Guide Guiders – Edith and Eva Godman started the unit, followed by their cousin Sophie Axford, then Catherine Green, Mary Long and Mandy Wicking, the present Guider.

In October a tea party, at South Lodge in Lower Beeding, will be held which is where Guiding began back in l917.

Lady Baden-Powell called for afternoon tea with the Godman Family and asked for their help with the Guiding movement - Dame Alice Godman became County Commissioner for Sussex and Edith and Eva started the company.

For more information on this celebration, contact Mandy on 01403 891710 or Karen on 01403 731423.