ALWAYS A GUIDING LIGHT
If the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their helpers in the village are looking a little glum this month, it’s because they are about to say goodbye to a Very Important Person. At the end of July, after nearly fifty years with the Guide movement - as a Guide then a Guider – Marjorie Brooks is stepping down from leading the Ickenham groups.
Marjorie was born in Consett in County Durham. She became a guide in 1962 and was made a Brownie leader six years later. After moving to Ickenham she was invited to become a Brownie Guider for the 1st Ickenham Brownies in 1986. Since then she has undertaken many guiding jobs, and taken responsibility for hundreds of Brownies and Guides. Apart from the usual routine of recruiting, training and development, she has taken her charges on holidays, camps, gigs, activities and trips to places of interest – such as ice-skating at Slough. At the same time she has raised a family, held a senior post in the NHS and helped numerous other voluntary organisations within Ickenham.
“Guiding has helped to keep me young”, she says. “I love to see children come to us, initially shy and withdrawn, and then build up their confidence as they work with others. We aim to give them love of their surroundings and other people so that they come to care for their environment and derive pleasure in helping other children, adults and animals.”
Marjorie married Peter in 1972 in the stunning Ministeracres church near Consett. They have four daughters, all of whom went to Breakspear School and Vyners. They also now have three grandchildren who are obviously devoted to their caring grandparents.
As Senior Radiographer at Hillingdon Hospital, Marjorie specialised in Mammography and Nuclear Medicine, including Sentinel Node Scanning. She retired from this role only a few months ago. Before that, many residents will have received her reassuring manner in the course of her duties. “I firmly believe that you should treat people as you’d like to be treated,” she remarked.
Marjorie and Peter are well known for their willingness to support the Ickenham community in various ways. They are long-standing friends of the Ickenham Festival and assist with many other local activities. For these, they were publicly recognised in 2001 by the award of the coveted Swakeleys House Shield.
Speaking of Marjorie, Guide County Commissioner Helen Hutchings said, “She has long been the Guides’ focal point in Ickenham and has always kept up with the times. She never ceases to encourage the Young Leaders and younger Guiders as well as the children themselves; she is someone who always puts others first.” Truly one of Ickenham’s Guiding Lights!
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 18th July (then Monday 15th August). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.