Carrick-on-Suir’s Girl Guides branch has enrolled 36 new members - the unit’s largest intake of recruits since its foundation.
A special ceremony to mark the enrolment of Brigins, Guides and Rangers in the Buion Naomh Nicholas Unit Carrick-on-Suir took place in St. Nicholas Church recently.
The 36 young members, aged from six to teens, sang and led a candlelit procession with their leaders up the aisle and were welcomed and blessed by Fr Richard Geoghegan.
Family and friends watched as each young member came forward to place their hand on the flag with a promise to keep the Guide law and remain a responsible member of the community committed to helping others.
Each new member was presented with a tie pin and neckerchief unique to their unit group by Fr Geoghegan and their guide leaders.
It was the largest enrolment of guide members since the unit was re-established in Carrick-on-Suir in September, 2010 by Audrey O’Toole after an absence of 15 years. Carrick-on-Suir’s previous Girl Guides unit was set up by Marie Cooney and it attracted many young people from the town.
Chief Commissioner Catherine Lenihan from Bray and officers from other dioceses attended the enrolment ceremony in St Nicholas Church on March 24. All enjoyed an evening of games and refreshments afterwards in the Presentation Hall.
Buion Naomh Nicholas Unit, Carrick-on-Suir runs a varied schedule of activities for its members. They include visits by community guest speakers such as the Gardai and Fire Officers, who raise awareness and give advice about safety issues. ICA members also introduce the guides to a selection of crafts.
Outings include visits to theatre productions, ice skating, sponsored hikes and camping trips.
Meetings are on Friday evenings in the Presentation Primary School Hall where teamwork, care of others, the self and the environment are the underlying themes incorporated into all activities and events.
Place are still available in the Rangers group for girls aged 14 and over but there is a waiting list for admission to the Brigins and Guides.
Leaders and helpers are needed. For all information contact Audrey at (085) 7161110.