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A Girl Guide unit leader in Bury St Edmunds is asking for help from past members to help restore a part of the group’s history after a theft last week.

Louisa Beattie is appealing for old Girl Guide badges after around 300 of them, dating back 110 years, were taken from the Suffolk Girlguiding archives in Mid Suffolk.

A 1960s Guide Promise badge, which a Guide received when she was enrolled into her group and made her Promise. (6746794)
A 1960s Guide Promise badge, which a Guide received when she was enrolled into her group and made her Promise. (6746794)

She said: “Each badge had special memories attached to it and was treasured by the person who earned it.”

“Together, the collection represented the rich history of a charitable organisation that is dedicated to giving girls opportunities to develop skills, help others and have fun in a safe environment.”

The badges that were in the collection had been donated and put together over several decades and were enjoyed by Guiding members past and present, who came together at special events to celebrate their guiding heritage.

They included Promise Badges, which were given to guides who made their promise to join the group and became either a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Ranger or Leader and Queen’s Guide Awards, the highest accolade in guiding.

The national Girlguiding organisation was founded in 1910, with the first guide group in Suffolk opening the same year.

So with Guides across the county set to celebrate the organisation’s 110th anniversary next year, Louisa hoped that past and present members of the organisation could help again.

She said: “If you have ever been involved in guiding and have any badges tucked away, please consider sending them to our archive.

“Girlguiding means so much to so many people, and your donations would help us continue to share that story of fun, friendship and achievement with future generations.”

There has been no news or update about the whereabouts of the stolen badges, each one is described as being metal with some having enamel detailing on them.

If you have any badges you wish to donate to the Suffolk Girlguiding Archive, email archivist@girlguidingsuffolk.org.uk