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Blog / February 1st, 2024

BEM awarded to Cambridgeshire East volunteer

We are delighted to share that Sheila Betts of Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East was awarded a BEM in the January New Year’s Honours.

A Brownie and Guide herself in her youth, Sheila led 3rd Trumpington Brownie unit from 1992 until 2012. She then stepped back as a unit leader, remaining involved as unit treasurer. Whilst you might think that 20 years of being a Brown Owl was reason enough to be awarded a BEM, Sheila doesn’t limit her volunteering to Trumpington Brownies. Sheila held various roles within Girlguiding, including assistant county commissioner and district commissioner. This is as well as communications and PR adviser for Cambridgeshire East.

Circa 2005, Sheila was involved in the refurbishment of Hautbois Activity Centre. The project improved the accessibility, environmental footprint and energy-efficiency of the centre. Hot on the heels of this, Sheila was asked to chair a management committee meeting of the Jarman centre, Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East’s residential and activity centre at Newmarket. This is a role she still holds some 16 years later.

This is just a snapshot of what Sheila has done, and there is much more.

We are all very proud of her and delighted that all her efforts have been recognised. Very well deserved.