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Special piece of Girlguiding Norfolk history celebrated at Heritage Open Days event

PUBLISHED: 17:48 10 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:48 10 September 2017

Carla Andrews, current leader of 1st Sandringham Guide Unit, with previous captain Alex Polaine, Girlguiding Norfolk county archivist Helen Green, and current members of 1st Sandringham with the old log books.
Photo: supplied by Helen Green

Carla Andrews, current leader of 1st Sandringham Guide Unit, with previous captain Alex Polaine, Girlguiding Norfolk county archivist Helen Green, and current members of 1st Sandringham with the old log books. Photo: supplied by Helen Green

supplied by Helen Green

A special piece of Girlguiding Norfolk history was at the centre of one of this year’s Heritage Open Days events.

Girlguiding Norfolk’s Archive Resource Centre (ARC), at the Patteson Lodge Activity Centre in Coltishall, was open to the public for the first time at the weekend. A highlight of the weekend there was on Saturday when Alex Polaine, a former captain of the 1st Sandringham Guide Company, presented the ARC with two log books from the unit, one dated from 1927 to the 1950s which is signed by the Queen, and a second log book which runs through until the 1990s. The 1st Sandringham Company (Princess Mary’s Own) was started by Queen Mary who attended the first meeting in 1920. Helen Green, Girlguiding Norfolk county archivist, said: “We are very, very privileged to have these log books because they are unique items and it just helps to put Girlguiding in context and for people to see there have been many, many Guides over the last century who have really appreciated being part of Girlguiding.”

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