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Janice bidding a fond farewell

A MUCH-loved volunteer, who was a founder member of the Solihull Guide Shop, has retired.

A MUCH-loved volunteer, who was a founder member of the Solihull Guide Shop, has retired.

Janice Addison, aged 70, has been an adult member of the guides for half a century.

The shop, which Janice set up 30 years ago, along with Joan Thompson and Muriel Gravely, was one of the first of its kind.

It has done a roaring trade since 1981, with the idea being taken up by other guiding branches nationwide.

“We decided to open up somewhere in Solihull, to save people trekking all the way to the official shop in Birmingham,” said the mum-of-two.

“It’s now got to the stage that people who bought their uniforms there are coming back with their children.”

Based in Catherine-de-Barnes, the branch has had customers from as far afield as Australia, Poland and Abu Dhabi.

It started life at a premises near Solihull Hospital, before moving-out to its current home in Henwood Lane.

Though she has stopped volunteering at the shop, Janice, from Olton, said that she would keep involved with the guides.

“I’m someone who joined as a brownie and never left, I’ve been an adult member for 50 years,” she said.

Alison Jones, division commissioner of Solihull Widney, will be taking over as shop manager.

* The premises are open on Saturdays (9.15am-12.30pm) and Mondays (3.15-6pm).

 

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