LETTER: In memory of a remarkable lady

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I was interested to read Brenda Burgess’ letter (Fond farewell to the Guides camp, Crawley Observer September 23).

It is Mrs Winifred Little who we have to thank for bringing Guiding to Crawley when it was a very new town, and they named the camp site Little Trees in her memory. Her house was along the Copthorne Road and it was called Little Trees.

I think the name has been changed but it is still there, distinguishable by a Victorian lamppost, which has been taken down.

I joined the Brownies at St Barnabas Church in Pound Hill in 1955, having just moved down from London. My Brown Owl was Miss Olive Lott and Mrs Little was our commissioner, she was the hub of guiding in our part of Crawley right up until her death in the late 60s, she held all the badges etc.

She was a wonderful lady, the kind of person you never forget, she was very patient, kind and caring - we all wanted to be a friend of Mrs Little, and she made sure she knew us all.

Her house had an enormous back garden and every summer she used to invite all the Brownies and Guides to join her for Brownie Revels, we would play games, build camps and make fires, she would supply all the drinks and cakes, and we would have wonderful camp fire singing - it was a magical experience.

I remember one year it was a bit muddy and one girl lost her shoe at the end of Mrs Little’s garden, everyone was searching and digging but it was never found and so Mrs. Little bought her a new pair of shoes.

I too hope they name the new cemetery Little Trees in memory of a remarkable lady who bought so much joy to many, many children – including me.

Mollie Bourton (nee Randall), Three Bridges


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