Queen’s Birthday Honour for inspirational Cheshire Girlguiding volunteer

Local volunteer recognised for her role empowering hundreds of girls and young women. 

A Girlguiding volunteer from Cheshire has been recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her work supporting girls and young women over the last 60 years.

Judy Povey, a unit helper at 1st Alderley Edge Guide Unit, was awarded the British Empire Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in honour of her inspirational efforts.

Judy, 79, first became involved in Girlguiding when she was 7 years old. Years later, she was delighted to receive a postcard from a little brownie from that very same unit, as part of Girlguiding North West England’s Postcard Pals scheme – a World Thinking Day initiative (2018) which saw units across the UK exchange postcards.

In 1955, she became a leader and got her very own unit. Since then, she’s extended her service to Girlguiding in leaps and bounds providing amazing opportunities for more girls and young women.

Judy’s engaged in a variety of roles during her time with Girlguiding North West England as a Division Commissioner, County Vice President, and Division Leadership Qualification Mentor, to name a few.

During this time, she’s racked up some impressive awards including the North West Region Chief Commissioners Award and Community Service Award from the High Sheriff of Cheshire. Judy was also awarded a Guiding Idol award as part of Girlguiding North West England’s volunteer recognition scheme.

Judy said: “From being a little Brownie, the whole idea of being a volunteer has never left me. I love, being involved, helping others to be the best that they can be, encouraging them to learn and challenge themselves, and helping them get out of their comfort zone. It’s great to be recognised for something that gives me great pleasure.

“To be awarded a national honour like this is something way beyond my imagination and expectation. I am only like so many other leaders who work continuously for the good of the girls, but I know my life has been better since being involved with guiding for so many years. To have this acknowledged makes me feel very humble indeed.

Karen Cragg, County Commissioner for Cheshire Border, added: “Judy is an amazing person who never seems to run out of energy. She has held numerous roles in Girlguiding and was recently awarded her 50 years’ service badge. She always has a smile, a notepad and pen and numerous ideas on how to inspire and engage young girls.

“A true superstar who deserves this special recognition. Well done Judy and thank you to all her family for letting her give up time for all our benefit in Cheshire Border County.”