Praise for five Girl Guides who all achieve top award

From left: Brina Johnson, Mhara Geelan, Lynn Pratt, Ffion Dixon, Emma Crabtree, Celine Bone

From left: Brina Johnson, Mhara Geelan, Lynn Pratt, Ffion Dixon, Emma Crabtree, Celine Bone

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A Girl Guide leader has praised five girls’ commitment after they were presented with the highest possible award.

Brina Johnson, 15, and Mhara Geelan, 15, both from Tingewick, along with Ffion Dixon, 15, Emma Crabtree, 16, and Celine Bone, 16, all from Bicester, received the Baden Powell Award for their work over the last four years.

Skills have been honed through working in the community and confidence built through activities such as zip-wiring and camping.

The girls from the 3rd Bicester Guides, who all joined aged 10, were presented with their awards by Bicester town mayor Lynn Pratt at a specially arranged presentation evening in Nando’s last night (Monday).

Group leader Michelle Johnson, who has more than 30 years of Guiding experience, said: “Not many girls stick with it.

“Schoolwork takes over or boyfriends take over so to stick with it is quite a commitment.

“The commitment and courage they have shown, which included giving a five-minute speech last night, is a big achievement.”

Mrs Johnson said staff from the peri-peri restaurant in Pioneer Square were ‘absolutely fantastic’ and thanked them for hosting the event.

The 3rd Bicester Guides reassemble on September 8, after which they will meet in Shakespeare Drive every Monday evening from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Mrs Johnson said: “Just come along for a taster. There’s no pressure to join but you’ll see all the fun things that we do.

“It’s the things they don’t get to do at school, like learning to iron, but we learn about the Royal Family for example, so things outside of the normal curriculum.

“And as a girl-only group, the girls can learn skills without the embarrassment of boys.”

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