A group of Guide UK leaders from Ripley celebrated a combined double century of service to the movement at a celebratory bash .
The women pictured right, of the Ripley divisions of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides received certificates for varying milestones of voluntary service to the movement ranging from five years to 50.
Carol Evans, who was presented her award for 20 years service by the Guides county commissioner for Derbyshire Edwina Edward, said the reason Ripley has had such a loyal group of leaders is because of a shared love of the movement.
She said; “I think we have just got an absolutely great team at the 1st Ripley Guides, we are all really good friends and we have been doing it for so long it’s like a hobby that ticks all the right boxes.”
Topping the years of service tally was Ripley woman Maureen Salt, who has been with the Guiding movement for 50 years - and even taught some of her fellow leaders when they were young.
Six of the Guide leaders have been together for more than 25 years.
Carol, who is the head of infection prevention control at the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said she still gets as much enjoyment from Guides today as she ever has.
”We all like doing artistic things like crafting - but we also enjoy all the outdoor activities like climbing and taking the kids abseiling.
“We all spur each other on to do these things.”
The awards ceremony took place on the same day the of the Ripley Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section Christmas Fair, which raised £1,400 for the upkeep of their premises.
The yearly event saw a host of tombolas and raffles with prizes donated by local shops and crafts made by the Guiding girls sold.