Middleton St George Parish Council confers on Lorraine Bulloch the title of Honorary Freewoman of the Parish

At a Special Meeting held on 15th April 2019, Middleton St. George Parish Council voted unanimously that the title of Honorary Freewoman of the Parish be conferred on Mrs Lorraine Bulloch in recognition and appreciation for her long service with the Guide Movement and her service with other groups in the village.

All local councils (Town and Parish Councils) may exercise their powers to confer honorary freeman or honorary freewoman to persons of distinction and those who, in the council’s opinion, have rendered eminent services to the council’s area (section 249(5) and (6) of the 1972 Local Government Act).

It is with great pleasure therefore, that at a special Brownie and Guide event held at MSG Community Centre on 17th September 2019, members of the Parish Council were able to present Mrs Bulloch with a scroll and accompanying citation on the occasion of the granting of this title.

Although Lorraine is stepping down as Brown Owl, and will be spending more time with family, she will still be helping the new Brown Owl, Sarah Pearcey, on occasion.

There was a wonderful atmosphere at the event, with older girls who had been brownies and guides, as well as other leaders and people whom Lorraine has inspired, all coming to thank her and wish her well.

Lorraine has worked tirelessly with the Brownies and Guides, and the young people and organisations in the village, over many years.

She is recognised for:-

• Organising, leading and running the MSG Brownie pack for over 20 years.

• Through this; developing a group where girls in the village can socialise and broaden their abilities through a variety of activities within the community and individually.

• Encouraging the children and their families to become involved in local events such as: attending and taking part in Remembrance Day services in church and at the War Memorial, leading stalls at Community Fun Days, regular litter picking, raising funds in support of local groups and charities etc. etc.

• Liaising with the Guides and their leader, Beth Miller, in order to develop a smooth transition from Brownies to Guides thus maintaining their interest in the local uniformed organisation.

• In addition, Lorraine has used her position on ‘Darlington Cares’ to arrange volunteer working groups to help local organisations such as the school, the Parish Council and the Community Centre to carry out renovation, repair and decorating of neglected parts of the village.

There was a lovely article in the Northern Echo. Click on the link below to see the article on the Northern Echo website

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/darlington/17919954.freewoman-borough-status-long-serving-middleton-st-george-brown-owl/

Congratulations, Lorraine! You are a real community champion!

The accompanying photo shows (left to right): Hazel Bullock (Parish Councillor) Alan McNab (Parish Clerk) Catherine Gilsenan (Parish Council Chair) Lorraine Bulloch (Brownie Leader) Louise Seniscal (Vice Chair of MSGCA – Middleton St George Community Association).