Canadine, Sybil (Part 3 of 7). National Life Stories
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Coaching and teaching sports; Swimming
Canadine, Sybil, 1897- (speaker, female)
Abrams, Rebecca (speaker, female)
Part 3: Formation of the Girl Guides in 1910, and involvement with the Guides from then on; as a Guide and later as a Guider. Enrolled on first Saturday of January 1910. Continued as before, but called the First London. Assigned an adult leader, Cookie Moore, in July, 1910, and moved from the bedroom in the vicarage to a room in a school. Group grew from l2 to 20 girls. 1914: World War I broke out, Cookie Moore signed up, and Sybil Canadine became group leader until 1917, even when she was at college in Dartford at the Physical Training College. Describes the Sunday Parades, marching up and down the church hall, and taking the special seat in church. Importance of the Guides to her. Head of P.E. at Derby College; starting cadets and Captain of the Tenth Derby; pioneering proper activity for girls. Impact of war. 25th July, 1918: married Rev. Ronald Douglas Canadine (married by Winnington Ingram, Bishop of London), a parson in the navy. Had met when he was curate at her church, and came back to the Vicarage after the Harvest Festival Service one day, when she was l7. Douglas Canadine was abroad with army at Ypres during the War, and then transferred to the navy. Married life: early years of marriage led separate lives, he was abroad, she was teaching P.E. in Nottingham, and running Girl Guide groups, as Division Commissioner. No settled home life, but stability came from her activities and involvement in the community. Difficulties of being a Forces wife, "husbands were like vagrants." Also on staff of University of Nottingham, teaching P.E., and introducing the ideas of Cecil Sharpe (folk dancing). Her commitment to physical education. Living in Albert Road, Nottingham. Move to Portsmouth, c. 192l; ontinued to run Girl Guide groups and found new ones. Asked to go to USA as America's Camp chief, setting up a Guide Camp, with 100,000 dollars donated by a Senator, to cover all the States. Husband had just got a posting to with Allenby to Jerusalem, and so she accepted the American offer. Sailed on the Berengaria to USA at the age of 24. Describes the first class trip to America, and the six months setting up the Girl Guide Camp: the responsibilities, living conditions, daily schedule, range of activities.
Interview with Sybil Canadine