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Sidcup Scout group celebrates 75th anniversary as 83-year-old scout returns to club

PUBLISHED: 14:45 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 18 July 2017

Mavis Forder (74) and Roger Chase (83) tell Brownie Holly Highmore (7) and six year old Beaver James Smith about Guiding and Scouting when they first joined. Pictures: Derek Hope.

Mavis Forder (74) and Roger Chase (83) tell Brownie Holly Highmore (7) and six year old Beaver James Smith about Guiding and Scouting when they first joined. Pictures: Derek Hope.

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A church service to celebrate the anniversary was held on Saturday

Anita Munns county commissioner for Greater London Kent presents Guide leader Deb Bettesworth with her 30 year long service award and county badge for outstanding service to the county. Pictures: Derek HopeAnita Munns county commissioner for Greater London Kent presents Guide leader Deb Bettesworth with her 30 year long service award and county badge for outstanding service to the county. Pictures: Derek Hope

Two pensioners shared stories of their time in the Scouts and Brownies as two Sidcup groups marked their 75th anniversary on Saturday.

The 4th Sidcup Scout Group and 4th Lamorbey (Holy Trinity) Brownies and Guides came together at the weekend to mark the anniversary, celebrating three quarters of a century since youngsters were able to join the group.

Roger Chase attended the church service at Holy Trinity Lamorbey, which was followed by a cake cutting ceremony and picnic in the church grounds.

The 83-year-old celebrated his birthday by bringing along old pictures from his time at the Scouts more than 70 years ago in 1945.

Former Brownie Mavis Forder joined 4th Lamorbey 66 years ago and took pictures of her own to the event.

Louise Matthews, a leader with the 4th Lamorbey Brownie Unit said: “It was a lovely occasion and it is wonderful to realise that after 75 years, Scouting and Guiding are still going strong at Holy Trinity.

“It was so good to see old members and Leaders taking time to mingle with our younger members and Leaders and we all had an interesting afternoon swapping Guiding and Scouting memories and stories”.

Guide leader Deb Bettesworth was also presented with her long service award and a badge for outstanding service to the county after 30 years with the group.

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