National service invitation for Guides stalwart

Lucinda Porter with friend Janet Walker outside Westminster Abbey.
Lucinda Porter with friend Janet Walker outside Westminster Abbey.

A Ponteland woman has been recognised for her long service with an organisation that helps girls to develop their skills and abilities, writes Muriel Sobo.

Lucinda Porter has for more than 40 years looked after the 4th Ponteland Guides with enthusiasm and good humour.

Her title these days is simply Guider, but many people of a certain age used to call leaders Captain.

The National Scout and Guide movement acknowledges this stalwart leadership and commitment by inviting those who have given 40 years or more working with Guides to a service in Westminster Abbey.

Lucinda and friend Janet Walker took off for a few days, including the day in London. In the Abbey is a plaque to give thanks for the lives of Robert Baden-Powell and Lady Baden-Powell, the first world leaders of the Scout and Guide movements.

Therefore, it was a special day for Lucinda as she attended the National Scout and Guide Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving.

Lucinda is a familiar presence as she manoeuvres her wheelchair for her early morning swim at the Leisure Centre and goes to her job with the HMRC three days a week, as well as running the Guides group.