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Dorset Ammonite Heroes 2020

Clair Eaton – Branksome

Clair runs rainbows, brownies and rangers at St Aldhelm’s and was awarded the Dorset Ammonite Award for her outstanding work in offering fun, adventurous and flexible guiding. Clair is described by her fellow leaders, parents and the Vicar of St Aldhelm’s as ‘inspiring’ and a ‘role model’ and an ‘amazingly good ambassador for the Guiding tradition’.








Verity Anderson – Parkstone

Verity is a rainbow and brownies leader who was awarded the Dorset Ammonite Award for support of girls and leaders alike.  She has been described as being ‘inspirational’ in her ability to help coax shy girls out of their shells and make each girl feel special. Verity is a brilliant example of how to be an innovative and creative leader who can make challenges and activities out of anything.







Clare Walker – Wareham and Wool

As both a Brownie and Guide leader in addition to taking on the role of District Commissioner Clare received a Dorset Ammonite Award for her outstanding contribution to developing Girlguiding in Wareham and Wool. Her work supporting adults to become leaders to enable her District to grow and become resilient has led to girls being offered a Girlguiding experience that would not otherwise have been available to them.







Su Buckler – Colehill

Su was award the Dorset Ammonite Award for the wide-ranging skills and enthusiasm by undertaking roles including District  and Division Commissioner, District Secretary, Division Treasurer and Assistant Leader.  Su has supported Colehill’s Guide camps over the years, always been ready to pass on her knowledge and skills of “back to basic” camping and crafts to the girls.







Celia Stout -Colehill

Celia is a brownie leader and supporting local Girlguiding with a very high level of commitment as both leader and District Commissioner.  Her fellow leaders recognise her for being always reliable, quietly efficient and willing to help out wherever needed especially for camps and unit holidays. One leader summed up Celia … ‘never underestimate the value of  knowing her unquestioning support is there for you  without even having to ask for it’.

Celia is a perfect example of a person who has truly kept her guiding promise to help other people and do her best.





Jess Moors – Branksome

Jess is a Brownie leader received a Dorset Ammonite Award for her outstanding guiding during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Parents and girls recognised her contribution saying ‘Jess is always there, encouraging the girls and being a great role model’, ‘the help and dedication Jess has given the girls goes above and beyond the call of  duty”, ‘a fantastic role model’, ‘a great ambassador’ and ‘she makes us giggle’.

Jess is a leader who has truly kept her guiding promise and has proved herself to be an inspiring role model to the girls.





Lynda Hurrell – Poole East Division

Lynda received the Dorset Ammonite ward for her outstanding work running the Poole East and Poole West Boathouse for 25 years ensuring that Guides and Rangers within the Poole area are given the opportunity to try watersports in a safe and supportive environment.  She has encouraged others to complete boating qualifications to ensure the future of the boathouse.

She manages the running of the facilities, fundraising and accounts as well as supporting applications for grants and organising work parties to maintain the facility.  She liaises with local canoe clubs and has organised canoe expeditions down the River Wye.




Kathleen Butler – Ferndown

Kathleen is a brownie leader and District Commissioner who has encouraged her brownies and those in her district to attend a huge variety of opportunities from the Longleat Festival of Light and Little Giggle to County watersports days and PGL trips.  She has encouraged transition between units and, in her role as Growth and Retention lead, has promoted Girlguiding Dorset both within guiding and into the wider community






Chris Humphries – Shaftesbury

Chris is recognised for her incredible commitment to provide a permanent Girlguiding hall in which all the local units can meet.  She made applications for permission, coordinated architects, worked with builders and volunteers, managed finance and applied for grants over two years to make the idea become a reality.








Liz Jolliffe – Portland

Liz is a brownie leader awarded the Dorset Ammonite Award for embracing virtual meetings during the 2020 lockdown period.  One brownie said “Snowy Owl …  makes me feel safe and able to tackle things I would never have tried before”. She was also commended for the outstanding emotional support of other leaders and always being there to listen and support.








Ingrid Cooney – Bournemouth South

Ingrid is a guide and ranger leader who was awarded the Dorset Ammonite Award for stepping up during the Covid-19 lockdown to organise and lead weekly virtual meetings for rainbows brownie, guide and ranger units.  She was commended for ‘bringing some level of normality  into the lives of our girls’ and another stating that ‘Ingrid’s commitment is remarkable’.



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