Val gains her Laurel Award

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Congratulations Val

Guiding friends and family members all met at Paxmead to celebrate the amazing contribution to Girlguiding that Val Hewitt has made. Following the submission of 10 letters of recommendation Girlguiding’s national awards committee felt that she richly deserved to be presented with a Laurel Award. This national award recognises the contribution a volunteer has made at different levels of Girlguiding, their personal attributes and impact.

Val has certainly contributed a great deal during her 50 (or so) years as a volunteer. Alison Sargeant, the previous County Commissioner for Girlguiding Surrey West, gave a lovely speech that covered the many things Val has done. These include:

  • Brownie leader

  • Chair of county Trefoil Guild

  • Minutes secretary and huge support at Herons Wey

  • Instrumental in Paxmead being purchased by Surrey West and in its everyday running

  • Division Commissioner of River Ash

  • Assistant County Commissioner with Muriel Simpson

  • Pack Holiday adviser for county and LaSER

  • County trustee and member of the management committee

  • County Chair of Programme

  • And much much more

Alison finished off with a selection of comments that people have made about Val in their letters of recommendation:


• Dependable
• Enabler
• Facilitator
• Intelligent
• Efficient
• Personable
• Open to change
• Committed
• Talented
• Flexible
• Knowledgeable
• Supportively
• But not importantly GREAT FUN

Following Alison’s speech, Val was presented with her brooch and certificate from Sally Christmas (Region Chief Commissioner) and a few words said by Hannah Roberts (County Commissioner). Then we all tucked into a lovely afternoon tea organised by local leaders, with guides and rangers from the surrounding units serving the food and drink. Thank you to these fab ladies who put on such a great event.

Congratulations Val!

Hannah Roberts