Girlguiding duo honoured with long-service awards

Aline Fryer (right) and Margaret Garrard (left)
Aline Fryer (right) and Margaret Garrard (left)
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TWO women who have devoted more than 100 years of service to the Girlguiding movement between them have been awarded with long-service medals.

Aline Fryer, of Oaklea Close, St Leonards, and Margaret Garrard, of St Helens Park Road, were presented with brooches last week.

Mrs Fryer has spent 55 years in the movement and received the 50 years brooch for long service for her different roles as a member of Girlguiding UK. She started as a Brownie, moving onto Guides and later Rangers.

By 1955 Mrs Fryer was a Guide leader at St Mary’s, Lambeth. She later moved to Kent where she became Air Ranger Guider for North Kent Air Ranger Flight, and gained her pilot’s licence in 1965. She moved to Hastings that same year, continuing her role in the Guide Association, including being district commissioner for Hollington, Hastings and St Leonards Division camp adviser, and division secretary.

Mrs Fryer currently holds two posts as international adviser for Sussex East County Trefoil Guild and treasurer for Hastings and St Leonards Trefoil Guild.

Mrs Garrard, who got the Good Service brooch, first became a Guider in 1963. She is currently the Sussex East County Queen’s Guide adviser and vice-chairman for County Trefoil Guild. Mrs Garrard has held many other posts in her 47 years of service, such as Hastings and St Leonards Division Commissioner.