Plaque unveiled in tribute to Guide guru

Derbyshire County Coucil leader Coun Andrew Lewer and Chesterfield Ist Holme Hall brownie 9 years old Hallie Baron unveiling of a Blue plaque on the site of the home of the World Chief Guide Lady Olave Baden-Powell  in Shentall Memorial Gardens, Chesterfield
Derbyshire County Coucil leader Coun Andrew Lewer and Chesterfield Ist Holme Hall brownie 9 years old Hallie Baron unveiling of a Blue plaque on the site of the home of the World Chief Guide Lady Olave Baden-Powell in Shentall Memorial Gardens, Chesterfield
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A BLUE plaque has been unveiled to mark the childhood home of Lady Olave Baden-Powell, a leading light of the early Girl Guide movement.

The plaque was unveiled in Chesterfield’s Shentall Memorial Gardens by council leader Andrew Lewer and nine-year-old Brownie Hallie Baron.

The spot marks the place where Lady Baden-Powell’s home Stubbing Court once stood and the ceremony took place on her birthday.

She was the wife of Lord Robert Baden-Powell who founded the Scouts in 1907, and helped pioneer the Guiding movement for girls.

The plaque is the latest to be installed by Derbyshire County Council and was approved after Lady Baden-Powell polled more votes than any of the other nominees.

Guests of honour at the event included representatives from Girlguiding England and Lady Baden-Powell’s grandson Robin Clay.

Coun Lewer said: “She was a pioneer in her time and ensured the Guiding movement is what it is today, with millions of members worldwide.”

Lady Baden-Powell outlived her husband by 35 years and died in June 1977 in Surrey, aged 88.