Guiding through the Decades 1970 -1989
1970 The Guide Association celebrated its Diamond Jubilee Year.
1971 Singing along with the Girl Guides, the first long-playing record of songs and music made by Guides in conjunction with the BBC.
1972 Harry Wheatcroft named a new scarlet rose Olave Baden-Powell.
1973 LINK International Fellowship established by the Trefoil Guild for former Rangers and Venture Scouts aged 18 to 30 years.
Window on my Heart, the autobiography of Olave, Lady B-P published.
1974 Lady B-P received the Ceres Medal from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.
1975 Sheila Walker JP (later CBE) appointed Chief Commissioner.
22nd World Conference held at Sussex University.
Lady B-P made her final visit to Guide Commonwealth Headquarters.
1976 The first National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra Course held.
Lady B-P made her last television recording which was broadcast in 1977.
1977 Lady B-P died on 25th June aged eighty-eight.
1979 The first Olave Baden-Powell Bursaries awarded to help individual Guides ‘make a dream come true’ using the interest from the United Kingdom Chief Guide’s Memorial Fund.
1980 The Guide Association launched its pilot schemes for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Projects.
Junior Council formed to give members aged 16 to 26 years a voice.
Lady Patience Baden-Powell (later CBE) appointed Chief Commissioner.
1981 Joint memorial for B-P and Lady B-P dedicated in Westminster Abbey.
The Guide Association adopt the slogan Enabled though Disabled for the International Year of Disabled People.
1st Wigan West, St Luke’s Orrell Company proclaimed the first winners of the Olave Award. The award was instituted by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) for outstanding community service.
1982 The Royal Mail issued their first Girl Guide postage stamp.
The first WAGGGS Week held in aid of the proposed Olave Baden-Powell Centre.
1983 The Queen’s Guide Brooch introduced for Rangers and the Baden-Powell Trefoil started for Guides.
1984 Brownies’ 70th Birthday. Hautbois given to Girlguiding Anglia by the Patteson sisters.
The Olave Baden-Powell Society established.
1985 Guiding celebrated its 75th Birthday.
Dr June Patterson-Brown, Chief Commissioner, visited Waddecar Scout Camp for Pointer 85.
Phase 1 of the Olave Baden-Powell Centre in Hampstead, London completed.
1986 Guides participated in the Doomsday Project which commemorated the 900th Anniversary of the completion of the original Doomsday document.
1987 Rainbow Guides, a new Section for younger members aged 5 to 7, introduced.
1988 Olave House closed on 17th September.
1989 HM The Queen attended the presentation for the centenary of Lady B-P’s birth.