Guiding in Juniper Green
by Judy Hill

The Girl Guide movement came to Juniper Green in the 1920s.

The 74th Guides (1950s)

The 74th Guides (1950s)


The 74th Guides at a camp at Lundin Links (1950s)

Pictured in the photographs above are guides from the 1950s. Older guides in the early 1950s joined with the scouts to enter a dancing competition. The full group can be seen in the photograph below.

74th Edinburgh Girl Guides and 31st Midlothian Scouts on their way to a dance competition in the early 1950s:
Back row, left to right: Ian Donaldson, Robert Fordyce, Mary Cheyne, Derek Wilkie, Ernest Woodburn;
Front row, left to right: Helen Walker, Patricia Scott, Doreen Marshall.

The group had been trained by a well-known village character Captain Jimmy Bain MBE, MM. Jimmy had been a founder member of the Juniper Green and Clermiston Country Dance Club (1950 1972). Captain Bain inspired generations of young Juniper Green country dancers to travel to competitions in the UK and beyond.

Guiding received a boost in the early 1970s when Mrs Jane Lines led the guide section and later started the ranger group. Jane was interested in the outdoors and camping became a major part of the activities.

74th Guide Camp at New Abbey in 1983.
From the left Catriona Hill, Lesley Buchanan, Gillian Bain, Ailsa Woodrow, Susan Webber

Annual week long camps were held all over southern Scotland. On at least one day of each camp there would be a short walk though this could last all day. This activity certainly stretched young legs! Many girls will remember camping by the sea at New Abbey when there was a water shortage, or Inverkip where there was a ford into the camp-site, or Strathyre were we had to dig a large lat-pit. To prepare for the week camp we had many weekend camps at House of Cockburn at Balerno. One ex-guide once thanked me for all the camps as she said it had made backpacking round Australia much easier! Jane excelled at making up wide games that involved map-reading, making dens, perhaps even cooking lunch and solving a cryptic clue or two. We also had all the traditional guiding activities such as first aid, games, cooking, acting and singing.

Catriona Hill's Guide Camp at Tweedsmuir 1986.
From left Ailsa Woodrow, Caroline Murray, Lesley Buchanan, Karen Williamson, Teri Stead

Guide Camp Inverkip in 1990.
Sheena Buchanan tests the rope bridge while Jan Beevers looks on

In the early 1980s there were so many young girls that there were 3 guide companies, 4 brownie packs and a ranger unit in Juniper Green. Then, when Rainbows started in 1987 Anne George and Dot Espin set up a unit soon to be followed by a second unit as so many wanted to join in the fun.