Double centenary celebration for guiding light

4th December 2010

From L to R:
Dr Catherine Welch presents the Centenary Promise badge to Miss Chris Dyson.
Susan Willoughby, Chief Executive of Care South, presents flowers to Miss Chris Dyson on her 100th birthday.


The 100th birthday of Chris Dyson, a distinguished former Girlguiding Commissioner, was marked with a unique celebration during the centenary year of Girlguiding UK.

Miss Dyson, a resident of Maiden Castle House in Dorchester, was visited by the current Dorchester mid-Divisional Commissioner Dr Catherine Welch and Senior Section Guider Lisa Upward, together with a group of Rangers, who presented her with a special Centenary Promise badge to mark her long association with Guiding. They then renewed their Promise together.

The Dorchester mid-Division had also researched Miss Dyson’s Guiding achievements since she joined the Guides in Wimbledon in 1925 at the age of 15. “Guiding was her life. She was a former Commissioner in the Devon district, and achieved the Silver Fish medal, Girlguiding UK’s highest award and given for outstanding service,” said Lisa, who also presented Miss Dyson with a collage of extracts of her achievements taken from the official records.

Miss Dyson was also visited on her birthday by members of the Dorchester Morning Women’s Institute which she founded 22 years ago, and was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Susan Willoughby, the Chief Executive of Care South which operates Maiden Castle House. Later in the day she was due to be visited by the Mayor of Dorchester, her younger sister Ena, and family members from Devon.

During her early career Miss Dyson was a primary school teacher in London and also taught office and typewriting skills. She is a gifted landscape artist and a well known maker of the traditional Dorset buttons, having passed on the art to many over the years.