Girlguiding West Yorkshire West’s annual review was extra special with a surprise for one Guider at the Sowerby division meeting.
At the event held in St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge, Angela Trowell was presented with the Laurel Award.
The title of this year’s annual review became Sowerby Surprise, which Angela certainly was on receiving the award.
The Laurel Award is one of Girlguiding’s highest awards, presented to adult members of Girlguiding in recognition for outstanding service to the organisation. It is represented by a wreath of silver laurel set as a brooch.
This was presented to Angela by Jenny Leach, former Chief Guide of Girlguiding UK and Sylvia Lofthouse, a county vice-president.
Sylvia said how delighted and honoured she was to present Angela with this award as she stepped forward amongst an overwhelming cheer and much applause from the many friends in both Guiding and Scouting who had come to this surprise evening.
Angela was nominated for the time she has spent in Guiding: for many years she has been Brown Owl of the 2nd Mytholmroyd Brownie Unit; she has been chairman of the county programme and training committee; she was Division Commissioner of the Calder Valley, and most recently has been heavily involved in Todmorden Gang Show.
She was appointed as county commissioner of West Yorkshire West in 2009, a role to which she has brought a tireless enthusiasm and sparkle.
Angela said: “I thought I was attending a normal annual meeting so it was such a shock and huge surprise to see so many people in both Guiding and Scouting as well as friends there on the night.
“I am honoured to receive the Laurel Award and feel humbled that so many of my fellow Guiders had nice things to say about me.
“Guiding is a wonderful organisation for all girls and young women, whatever their background and circumstances and gives each and every one of us opportunity and challenges in today’s world.”
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