Diamond champ’s own time to shine

Picture by Edward Moss www.edwardmoss.co.uk'All rights reserved. 'WRVS awards Birmingham
Picture by Edward Moss www.edwardmoss.co.uk'All rights reserved. 'WRVS awards Birmingham

A WEEDON woman who dedicated 34 years of service to her local Brownies group, even stepping in to prevent it from closure, was honoured for her voluntary work last week.

Marilyn Childs, 63, who lives in Newcroft, was named a Diamond Champion by the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service at a ceremony in Birmingham on Wednesday (October 17).

She joined 60 other over-60s from the Midlands who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in their communities.

Mrs Childs has dedicated many years to being a Brownie Guider with responsibility for taking Brownies aged seven to 10 away on trips, leading community action projects, running camps and organising arts and crafts days.

She said: “I got involved in 1977 when my daughter and a friend of mine were going to Brownies. At the time the lady who was assisting was leaving so I had the choice to either go into uniform or let the unit close.

“I have been volunteering on my own now for a few years and I am currently training two other ladies up to take over when I eventually leave, although I have no immediate plans to as I enjoy it very much.”

As well as being a guider Mrs Childs also gives a lot of her time to other causes in the village. A member of the Weedon Bec fete committee and the senior citizen’s Christmas parties committee, she says she gets a lot of pleasure out of volunteering.

She said: “I get a lot of fun and laughter out of being a Guider because all my children have grown up and moved away from home so I don’t see them that often. I suppose being a Guider gives me a purpose.

“It is a good thing for the community too as it brings people both young and old together, and it’s good to see that.”