New leader needed for 1st Buckingham Rangers

Buckingham 1st Rangers. L-R Lesley Try, district commissioner, three girls from the Rangers, and Vicki Heath, ranger leader.
Buckingham 1st Rangers. L-R Lesley Try, district commissioner, three girls from the Rangers, and Vicki Heath, ranger leader.
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A RANGER unit in Buckingham may have to close in September if a new leader is not found.

Current leader of the 1st Buckingham Rangers, Vicki Heath, is stepping down later this year to take a job in Liverpool and the hunt is on to find a replacement.

As Miss Heath is the only leader, the unit could have to close, leaving the group of 14 to 25-year-old girls with nowhere to go on a Tuesday night.

Speaking to the Advertiser, Miss Heath, 23, said: “There are a couple of leaders who might be able to look after it in name, but they run other units as well.

“It could close, which would be a shame. At the moment, we have seven girls, but come September, that will go up to 12.

“This is the only senior section in the area.”

She added the leader did not have to have been a guide before and there were plenty of people willing to help them through their leadership qualification.

“The group meets every other week and because they are aged around 16 to 17, they can do some of the organising themselves,” Miss Heath said. “There is a lot of satisfaction in being a leader particularly when there are teenagers in the group. You get to see them grow up to become the women they are going to be.”

She added being in the Rangers gave the girls in the group some great opportunities including visiting Speaker’s House, in Westminster where they presented an airbrushing campaign proposal to MP John Bercow.

The group meets every other Tuesday during term time, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Anyone interested in becoming a leader should contact Miss Heath on 07732 710526 or contact district commissioner, Lesley Try, at lesley@tryus.org.