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Blairgowrie and Rattray Community Groups

Trefoil Guild

BLAIRGOWRIE & DISTRICT TREFOIL GUILD meets monthly to share Guiding memories, for fellowship, and to have talks on occupations, lives or travels of local people. Good way to meet new like minded people.

Contact: Moira Somerville

Phone: 01250 875240

Email: eteville@talktalk.net

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TREFOIL GUILD

Following a successful camp in June when the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild hosted members from around the County and Angus, we are looking forward to our new session.

Here is the syllabus:

Wednesday 10th December – Christmas Dinner at the Royal Hotel.

All meetings are held in the St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, commencing at 7.30 pm.

We are always happy to welcome new members, and so information is available from the Secretary, Mrs Moira Somerville on 01250 875240


Monthly Reports

On 5th November, 2014, Chairman of the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild, Sheena McNaughton, welcomed the members to the meeting held in St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.

The speaker, Denise King, who is currently Chief Executive Officer for Girlguiding Scotland, spoke about her life in Guiding. Her involvement with the movement did not start off auspiciously, because in the Brownies, she realised her craftwork skills were not of a high standard, but once she was into the Guides, a camp at Our Chalet in Switzerland, gave her one of the first ‘mountain top moments’. Literally, she was at the top of a mountain with the magnificent scenery unfolded all around her, but the feeling of comradeship with Guides from other parts of the world, with diverse talents, language, and self confidence was a feeling that has often been repeated over the following 25 years. For 5 years, Denise was involved with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, enabling her to appreciate the global influence of Girlguiding which is now over a century old as she attended gatherings in 39 different countries. The shy little girl going to her first camp in Arran metamorphosed into an outgoing confident teenager wanting to support the younger members, just as an Indian Guide who had never swum in her life would dive fully clothed into the swimming pool at Sangam, the Guide Centre in North India, and master the art of swimming, thereby transforming her self image. Denise is now responsible for around 30 staff working in partnership with a team of senior volunteers to support over 10,000 local volunteers across Scotland delivering Guiding to more than 50,000girls and young women.

The vote of thanks was given by Elspeth Campbell.

The business session followed, with names being taken for help with the Rainbows and Brownies parties and visits to the Pantomime. Fund raising for the Seema’s Children’s home was planned, including a Charity Shop in Howe’s Corner shop during the week starting 9th November. 


On 1st. October, 2014, Chairman of the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild, Sheena McNaughton, welcomed the members to the meeting held in St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.

The speaker, Pam Cairns, gave a talk headed “Truth behind the Fiction”

Pam has written two books of fiction based on true experiences she has had while working with the Vine Trust in South America. They highlighted the plight of the families who are made homeless in the Amazonian jungle by deforestation, leading them to the city slums where they live in houses often flooded by the monsoons, with rats scurrying around and preventable diseases killing the children. Their skills as hunter/gatherers are no use because polluted rivers mean no fishing, and the land has been undermined, preventing the growth of crops for food. Mothers sell their 8 year old children to get money to feed the rest of the family, and these children are then exploited physically and sexually.

A third book Pam is now researching continues the theme of exploitation of children, this time in India. She went along with a group of Soroptimists and Guides to Sangam in North India where a Guide Centre was established many years ago. A group from there went in to the Red Light district of Pune where a woman called Seema has been caring for 40 children of prostitutes. The visiting group took the children out for the day to play and be children, but returning them to the two cramped rooms with iron bars on the windows was heart breaking. They decided, on returning to Scotland, that they would raise £40,000 to help Seema build a school and living accommodation outside the city on land owned by her husband so that they could become children again.

Pam gave some startling statistics about slavery today – 27 million people, are slaves, which is more than the number of slaves in Wilbeforce’s day. Of them 70% are female and 50% are children. We have it in this country, as the media occasionally discloses, such as cannabis farms, forced marriages, and the recent Rotheram scandal. Public awareness is vital, and support of the Human Trafficking Bill which is currently going through Holyrood.

The vote of thanks was given by Jean Laburn.

The business session that followed included a report from Helen McCann, Chairman of the Blair in Bloom group, on the successes in the Beautiful Scotland and the Pride in Perthshire competitions. Helen was congratulated and she in turn thanked members of the Trefoil Guild for their support. Fund raising for the Seema’s Children’s home was planned, including a Charity Shop in Howe’s Corner shop during the week starting 9th November.


On 3rd September, 2014, Chairman of the Blairgowrie & District Trefoil Guild, Sheena McNaughton, welcomed the members to the meeting held in St Catharine’s Community Centre, George Street, Blairgowrie.

The speaker, Pat Graham, gave a talk headed “Women at their Best”

She had brought along 2 mannequin models on which were displayed some of her exquisite hand work. Throughout her talk, Pat described her present position in which she advises women how to make the best of themselves. Dress is part of whom we are, but not everything. However, we should find our own style and colour, emphasising our particular shape. Our wardrobes have to be de-cluttered regularly as we discover some of the clothes are out of date and our current occupation. Pat emphasised the importance of ethical purchasing and that washable materials will give us more comfort & freshness.

We must be kind to ourselves by taking time out for ourselves, taking up new hobbies and voluntary work always contributes to general wellbeing for all age groups.

The vote of thanks was given by Isabel MCurdy.

The business session that followed included a report of the three day ‘camp’ at Newbigging which had been well attended and enjoyed. Plans to fund raise for a new home to be built in Pune for the children of women who have been trafficked for the sex trade were outlined. Anxiety over the loss of leaders was shared, because members are aware of the benefits throughout their lives of having been involved in Girlguiding. It is sad that these benefits are restricted within the local area owing to lack of voluntary leaders.