July started with a bang for members of Lower Landsker Trefoil Guild with both the 4th and 5th being special days. 

On Tuesday, July 4 some members travelled to Tan y Groes to the Welsh Wind Gin Distillery where they joined Trefoil members from Ceredigion for an afternoon of gin tasting. 

The guided tour of the distillery proved fascinating, particularly as members learnt of how, to keep afloat during Covid, both hand sanitizers and vinegars were produced. Now, various gins are available as well as a new venture of whisky, though this will not be available until 2025. There is even a facility for groups to make their own gin using the herbs, and bases provided to produce a bespoke gin with their own, personalised label. 

After the tour, two gins were tasted and members were asked to guess what flavours were used. There were some wild and wacky answers, and a great deal of laughter, but the gins were delicious. Thanks were expressed to Ceredigion Chairman, Judith for a most enjoyable afternoon.

The following day was even more special as members gathered in Penny’s beautiful garden to celebrate not one, but three 80th birthdays. 

Trefoil UK was founded in 1943 as an answer to all those Guide and Brownie leaders who, on retirement, found they missed the fun and friendship found in Guiding. It has gone from strength to strength over the years and there are members from 18 to 100 throughout Britain still enjoying all that Guiding has to offer. 

July 5 was the day Lower Landsker decided to mark this birthday, but, to add to the occasion, two members, Barbara Morris and Pat Davies also become 80 this summer so the celebration became a triple one. Members enjoyed a picnic, delicious cakes, fizz and a very special birthday cake made by Barbara. The sun shone, Pat’s grand-daughter, Bethan joined the throng and was soon pressed into service opening bottles of fizz and cutting cake. Happy Birthday was sung three times and the afternoon ended with a guided tour of the lovely, quirky garden. Thanks go to Penny for hosting and to everyone for making it such a very special day.

As most of the members have had something to do with the local units over the years, they were sad to learn that Tenby Rainbows may have to close due to lack of leaders. If anyone is at all interested get in touch with District Commissioner, Rhian Morgan. The girls and the leaders get such a lot out of the movement, and friends are made for life. Guiding in Tenby has survived for 100 years. It would be such a shame if today’s girls were deprived of membership due to lack of leaders. Trefoil members are proof that Guiding keeps you young – young at heart at least!

The next meeting of Lower Landsker Trefoil Guild is on August 2 when members will meet for coffee at Tenby Fire Station in support of Tenby Firemen’s Carnival.