Four Uckfield Guides make their promise on top of a map of the world at the National Maritime Museum during a country-wide Guiding event.

Uckfield Guides prepare to celebrate 100th anniversary

Uckfield Guides celebrate their 100th anniversary in town next year and appealing for help in gathering information about their history.

Have you got images from the past of local girls in their uniform, newspaper clippings, old uniforms, or anything else that can help today’s Guides add to their knowledge?

The 1st Uckfield Guides were established in early 1919 following a visit in September 1918 by Lady Baden-Powell, wife of Lord Baden-Powell who founded the Scouting movement. She came to say that Uckfield was the only town in Sussex that didn’t have a company of Guides.


Uckfield Guides preparing to camp at the National Maritime Museum during a country-wide Guiding event.

By May 1919 there was so much interest in the movement that a second Uckfield Guide unit had been formed.

Today there is one active Guide unit, numbered the 4th, with a full complement of 36 Guides, plus a waiting list. There are also three Brownie units, a Senior Section unit and a Rainbow unit, so they are still going strong.

4th Uckfield Guides leader Beth Power says they would like to put together a display to show the history of Uckfield Guides and celebrate the 100th year and would be very grateful to anyone who can help build a picture of what the early Guides got up to within the community.

Beth can be contacted by email at

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