Girl Guide meetings – 1936-42

At Market Lavington Museum, we a fortunate to have a lot of local Girl Guide ephemera saved by their one time captain, Bessie Gye. We have already featured named photographs of members from long ago and will add links to those blogs at the end of this one. We also have one of Bessie’s notebooks, with details of what went on at the meetings between 1936 and 1942, held in a hut in West Lavington.

It would appear that activities were planned a week in advance at a meeting involving the adult leaders.

So, on 12th November, Guide Captain Bessie Gye and her lieutenant and 2nd lieutenant were planning the meeting for 19th November. This meeting was also attended by six others. We imagine these were three patrol leaders (PL) and their patrol seconders (PS).

This is what they arranged for the following week.

The gramophone was probably needed to accompany the folk or maypole dancing. At the museum we have such a player for 78 rpm records. ‘Ours’ was also used in West Lavington, at the school, but belonged to a teacher who lived in Market Lavington.

The Warren is a wooded area in West Lavington, so maybe the guides were also planning an outside walk to look for rabbits there.

We will look at some more of the guide meeting activities next time.

Links to previous blogs about the guides of long ago –The Guides of 1926, The Guides of 1924, The guides of 1942/43, The Girl Guides of 1938, Guides at Beer and Six Girl Guides.

3 Responses to “Girl Guide meetings – 1936-42”

  1. John Young Says:

    A shot in the dark. Would the gramophone in the museum be Mrs Holman’s? She lived in Market Lavington and taught us at West Lavington School in the 1950’s. Her son Roger was in my class.

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    Thanks for the comment, John. We have it as being brought in by Miss Ross. See our blog about it on

    • John Young Says:

      Aah. In that case it’s almost certainly the one that Florence Ross got out for country and maypole dancing when I was at Dauntseys Elementary School from 1954 to 1959. Amazing to see it after a gap of over sixty years.

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