Bath Voice News: Girl Guides in the city celebrate 50 years since the movement was founded in Somerset

By Harry Mottram: Girlguiding volunteers from across Bath gathered round a campfire for an evening of toasting marshmallows, singing favourite songs and celebrating achievements of 2023.
They celebrated the 50 years service of Ines Laidler, whose time in Girlguiding has included being a Brownie and Ranger leader, a mentor to new leaders and an advisor to other leaders from across the county.
Volunteers received 20 and 10 year service awards, plus county awards recognising the contribution that leaders make every week.
From “campfires burning” to “go well and safely”, there was some great singing, with volunteers enjoying s’mores* hot dogs and hot chocolates to keep them warm. Even the rain didn’t dampen their spirits!
Girlguiding Bath is entirely volunteer run and they welcome new people to help in Bath. Contact via Facebook or register on the Girlguiding website at
Founded in 1910 by the Baden-Powells the UK membership is around half a million – it is an international set of associations giving girls and young women new experiences from public speaking to hiking and above all a sense of achievement, new friends and self confidence.

Photo: Girlguiding volunteers gathered in Bath last November to celebrate the work of those who give their time to empowering girls and young women

A s’more is a confection consisting of toasted marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of cracker.