Written by Shiona Gilmour, Assistant County Commissioner

On Saturday 9th April, I had the great pleasure of attending the Annual Ayrshire North and Ayrshire South Trefoil Lunch hosted by Upper Irvine Valley Trefoil Guild. Some 70 Trefoil members, Vice-Presidents and representatives of Girlguiding from both counties joined together in the setting of Darvel Town Hall for a delicious lunch.

Edith Shedden, Trefoil Chair of Ayrshire North, hosted the proceedings, and treated us to a taste of Trefoil activities in the county over the last year. We then heard reports from Betty Findlater, President of Trefoil Scotland, Helen Shedden, County Commissioner of Girlguiding Ayrshire North, and Liz Seath, Trefoil Chair of Ayrshire South. We also heard from another Ayrshire North member, Elizabeth Higton, on her journey over the last 5 years in her role as Chair of Trefoil Scotland and the adventure she is about to set off on TOPAZ (Trefoil Overseas Partnership Adventure with Zest) to work with the Russian Association of Girl Scouts.

No guiding event is complete without a badge, and it was the turn of Elizabeth Howie of Kilwinning Trefoil to be presented with her Silver Voyage Award by Elizabeth Higton.

Our final guest speaker was Mr Ian Pollock who spoke passionately about the lace industry in Darvel and the Irvine Valley. The samples of work which he brought along to demonstrate the craftmanship were much admired by the audience.

The vote of thanks was delivered by Kim Main, County President of Girlguiding Ayrshire North, and the afternoon was completed by a tour of a recently opened museum within the Town Hall dedicated to local man, Sir Alexander Fleming.

Judging by the laughter around the room, I think it safe to say that a most enjoyable afternoon was had by all, with friendships made and renewed between the counties.

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