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Blackfen Rainbow Guides celebrate 25 years together

PUBLISHED: 15:36 28 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 28 March 2016

Cutting the celebration cake, left to right Margaret Lay, Hurst Division Commissioner, Louise Matthews an original member of the Unit 25 years ago, 5 year old Ruby Kingwell the newest recruit in the Unit, Lamorbey District Commissioner Alison Hope who is also Leader of the Unit and Nikki Farrell Assistant Leader. PICTURES: Derek Hope / Kent Photonews

Cutting the celebration cake, left to right Margaret Lay, Hurst Division Commissioner, Louise Matthews an original member of the Unit 25 years ago, 5 year old Ruby Kingwell the newest recruit in the Unit, Lamorbey District Commissioner Alison Hope who is also Leader of the Unit and Nikki Farrell Assistant Leader. PICTURES: Derek Hope / Kent Photonews

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The guiding group was founded by Alison Hope

A Blackfen youth group founded by a mother looking to get her daughter into guiding celebrated its 25th anniversary this month.

Blackfen Rainbow Guide Unit start in 1990 when Alison Hope first moved to Sidcup.

Mrs Hope, who has been connected with guiding throughout her life, offered to start up the group as she looking for a unit to take her daughter Louise, who was just turning five years old.

25 years on, Louise went through the ranks and is now a leader with the 4th Lamorbey (Holy Trinity) Brownie Unit.

During a celebration of the Blackfen unit’s silver anniversary, Louise was one of the guests of honour, and spoke to the current Rainbows.

She said: “I enjoyed my time in Rainbows and moved up through all the different age groups to become a leader myself.

“It gives me the opportunity to give back to the guiding community some of the fun and friendship that I have always had.”

The group celebrated the anniversary with an Easter egg hunt and party food.

Mrs Hope was then presented with a souvenir photo album depicting events over the past 25 years.

She said: “It was so lovely to have Louise at the party. Guiding in Lamorbey District, where I am Commissioner is very strong and there are waiting lists at many of our units. If we can find more volunteers, we would be able to bring Girlguiding to even more young ladies in the area”

To find out more about volunteering with Girlguiding, go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested

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