"Her life was
truly devoted to the Guide movement here in Ayrshire and further afield,"
said Miss Richardson, adding that Frances had been presented with a Good
Service brooch in 1990 and in 1995 she became a County Vice President.
November," she said, "it was to everyone's delight that I was able to
present Frances with the Scottish Chief Commissioner's Award. She was the
first person in Ayrshire South to receive the award which is given for
dedicated service to Guiding, and no one could have been more deserving of
Guider of 1st Whitletts Guides, 1st Tarbolton Guides and finally 1st
Maybole Guides, where she took the company for 18 years. She was also
Maybole's District Commissioner for a spell. Frances also served on the
County Executive committee with four County Commissioners as County Camp
Adviser, County Outdoor Activities Adviser and latterly as Guider in
Charge of the county's campsite and activity centre at Nether Auchendrane
and as chairperson of its management committee.
think of Nether Auchendrane, we can't miss but associate it with her
name," said Miss Richardson. "She worked tirelessly for the centre
throughout her Guiding life - in its old form of a wooden hut and field,
and in its present form of house and campsite. She played a huge part in
raising funds to build the new centre, and in the preparation for its
opening when we welcomed H.R.H. Princess Margaret."
continued, "Frances was so proud of Nether Auchendrane and took great
delight in showing it off to people who visited. Along with Jimmy, she put
in more hours of work out there than any of us will ever know, making sure
everything was just perfect for visitors, or sometimes just pottering
about the place because she loved doing so. No matter what the crisis was
- from flooded basements to blocked toilets she got mucked in about it and
could always see the funny side of any crisis once it had been fixed. As
Guider in Charge at Nether Auchendrane she forged friendships with groups
who revisited the centre including Guiders from Canada, America. Ireland
to mention but a few."
Richardson went on to say, "Frances loved fun and took a keen interest in
everyone she met and was much respected by the youngsters entrusted to her
care. She was a keen camper who enthused many girls to sample the joys of
camping and other outdoor activities. She represented our County at
several Scottish and International events and in the summer before she
fell ill, Frances was Guider in Charge of our sub camp at the World Camp
in Foxlease, Hampshire."
"It was with
a great sense of sadness and disbelief when we learnt that she would not
recover from the cancer which eventually ended her life on Thursday of
last week. The number of Guiders past and present here today demonstrates
the fondness and respect we all had for her."
"I know that
I speak for so many of us who were so privileged to have shared her life
and who feel so much richer for having known her. We will miss her so
1999 Frances was also presented with a
of Appreciation from Maybole
Community Council in recognition of her service to the community with her
work for the Guides.
a Justice of the Peace two years ago her illness delayed her training as a
magistrate but she completed this a few months ago and was due to sit on
the bench at Girvan District Court this winter.
Strachan was a woman of great courage," said Rev Whiteman. "She had great
inner strength, great humility, and great dignity. She was kind hearted
and generous, always having time for other people."
survived by husband Jimmy, sons Stuart and Douglas, daughter Sheena, and
grandchildren Jade and Ciara.