Farewell to Guide leader after 30 years

PUBLISHED: 01:01 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:50 10 June 2010

THREE decades of service have come to a reluctant end for an Exmouth girl-guiding heroine. County rules have forced Guides stalwart Gill Brown into mandatory retirement at the age of 65, after 30 years leading groups in Warwick, then Exmouth. Not a single

THREE decades of service have come to a reluctant end for an Exmouth girl-guiding heroine.County rules have forced Guides stalwart Gill Brown into mandatory retirement at the age of 65, after 30 years leading groups in Warwick, then Exmouth.Not a single group in Exmouth - amongst Rainbows, Brownies and Guides - has missed out on Mrs Brown's efforts to offer a positive role model and fun activities.Former special needs school classroom assistant Mrs Brown, of Foxholes Hill, said: "I've got so much fun and friendship from guiding. It's great to see the girls grow up. One Guide leader joined me as a Brownie ten years ago."I feel I could carry on for longer but there are rules. The main pleasure for me is that we have got two new people taking over from me."Mrs Brown will continue to help when needed.Guides group Rolle district commissioner Jacky Wilton said: "Gill would always listen and support whatever we did. It is a shame she has had to retire, and we always need new volunteers."Anyone interested in helping to run Guides, Brownies or Rainbows can contact Mrs Wilton on (01395) 271958.

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