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32. Warren, Mrs. Edith

21 Park Crescent, Emsworth, Hampshire. PO10 7NT.

The World Conference was held in Oxford in 1950, and the Chief Guide was entertaining overseas delegates at her home at Hampton Court Palace, so I, as local District Commissioner, arranged a Guard of honour of Guides to greet them; shortly afterwards, she entertained several of us to tea on her roof-garden, and showed us round her apartment with all the mementoes of the Founder. It was a truly memorable occasion for me, but of course I was one in many thousands she had met!

However, in 1962, we were in Washington, U.S.A., and when the Girl Scouts were celebrating their Golden Jubilee, the Chief Guide attended a big occasion in Constitution Hall. As a member of an "International Patrol" I was invited backstage with others to shake hands with Lady Baden-Powell, and to my surprise she said "I KNOW you! - let me think - it was at Hampton Court wasn't it?" A truly marvellous memory!


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