Guides, Senior Section and their Leaders from across the County attended the Big Gig, a pop concert solely for Girlguiding members. 20,000 girls from across the Country watched a mix of musical talent at the SSE Arena at Wembley, London.
Senior Section members from Gloucestershire took part in a fantastic weekend trip to Alton Towers with Girlguiding South West England region! They had the chance to make new friends with other members from across our Region and celebrated the Senior Section Spectacularin style! They arrived on Saturday and pitched their tents, before taking over the water park in the evening. Sunday was then spent in the theme park, having an amazing time on all the rides. The first members of Coopers Hill Senior Section has an extra memorable day, making their Promise on Oblivion! Gloucestershire's Senior Section Spectacular mascot, Suki, also had an exciting day exploring the park and managed to get her photo taken in lots of interesting places! A big thank you to Girlguiding SWE and the brilliant team at Youth Fundays for organising such a great weekend for us.
Watch the official Girlguiding SWE video here:
160 Guides from across Gloucestershire came together once again for an action-packed camping adventure at the Girlguiding headquarters at Deer Park, Cowley.
A group of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Leaders had an early start on Sunday 12th June setting off from Forest South Division at 6am to head down to London for The Queen's Patron's Lunch. Ten of the lucky members had been selected to attend the Patron's Lunch on behalf of Girlguiding South West England. All those invited to The Mall received an individual lunch hamper to keep and a shopping bag of goodies. The rest of the group went to St James' Park to watch the event on the big screens. The wet weather certainly didn't dampen any spirits and a fantastic time was had by all.
On 21st May The Friends of Deer Park held an Open Day and Barn Dance to raise money for our County HQ. Despite the heavy rain during the day, many Leaders, friends, family and supporters of Girlguiding came ad danced the night away to the live band. Thank you to those who organised these events and everyone who came to support them.
Girls from the Newent District Girlguiding have returned home from an exhilarating weekend trip to TRAC in Malswick. They took part in a host of exciting adventures during their trip including aiming to complete 100 of many tasks such as learning 100 words in other languages, completing 100 burpees and 100 star jumps. The weekend also included pedalos, zip wire, go karts, yoga, zumba, crafts and the more traditional guiding events such as campfire and a wide game. Nearly 100 members of Newent District Guiding joined together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Senior Section last weekend. From the youngest section of Guiding, Rainbows (aged 5-7), through Brownies and Guides to Senior Section (ages 15-26) and their leaders (ages 26 to 71). When asked what her favourite part had been, Celete, a Rainbow from Newent, aged 6, replied that the best thing was meeting all the different people. The group’s leader, Sian Green, said: “The trip to TRAC was a great chance for the girls to get away and make new friends, and enjoy each other’s company in a safe, girl-only space. “All the girls told me how much they enjoyed themselves.” The group of 5 who learnt the most languages could say 129 words! 14 different languages were learnt by another group. "In total 2557 star jumps, 247 push ups, 121 ski jumps, 181 tricep dips, 254 burpees, 751 superman stretches, 207 shuttle runs and 524 forward rolls were completed, so they certainly succeeded in the aim to complete the centenary!" said District Commissioner, Sian Green.
A very noisy coach load of Guides and their Leaders from Dursley District headed to London to watch the musical Wicked. They had a quick walk to see Buckingham Palace and Trafalger Square, before heading to the Victoria Apollo Theatre for a magical show.
Five Brownies and their parents (including one of our Leaders!) from 36th Cheltenham (St Nicholas) Brownies went to the South West England Region Roadshow today. It took place at the Bristol Athletics Academy and the girls had great fun with lots of sporty activities.
Meet Suki (left) and Sian (right). They, along with more than 20 Senior Section members from across the County, have headed off on the Celtic Cities Challenge. Watch the blog post unfold over the next few days as some head to Edinburgh, the others head to Cardiff and they all meet up once again at our County Headquarters, Deer Park, near Cheltenham for the final part of their adventure.
Day one #TeamSuki: The great train ride
Team Suki are heading to Edinburgh by train. They met up at Cheltenham Station and boarded for the long four and a half hour journey ahead. They have puzzle packs to keep them entertained plus a camera and a mascot, what else would you need?! Friendship bracelet making proves a great distraction from the long journey and Suki gets up to all sorts of shenanigans!
They arrive safely at Edinburgh station, posing long enough for a photo before heading for the youth yostel that is to be home for the next couple of nights. Suki hunts down fish and chips for everyone for tea before leading the way to The Edinburgh Ceilidh Club. There the girls soak up the atmosphere and dance the night away to some fantastic music.
Day two #TeamSuki: Edinburgh
Team Suki are up and leaving the Youth Hostel. They off to explore Edinburgh - the challenge has begun! They spend the day completing the various challenges, including squeezing into a phone box, hugging a tree and seeking out a Van Gogh. Sightseeing is also on the agenda and the team manage to spot Edinburgh Cathedral, Edinburgh Castle and Edniburgh's Jenners department store. They also manage to follow in Her Majesty The Queen's footsteps and jump on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. Belinda Bear, who had also come along for the ride, popped into the Girlguiding Scotland Scottish Headquarter's and Shop and bought the girls all a souvenir of their adventures - a badge of course! Dinner tonight consisted of the trandition haggis with neeps
Day three #TeamSuki: Heading to Cowley
This morning the team have a bit of a lie in but are still up, beds stripped, breakfasted and out to see a little bit more of this amazing city before boarding the train for the long ride back to Cheltenham. Suki is looking forward to meeting Sian.
Day one #TeamSian: A drive to the seaside
Team Sian are heading to Cardiff by car. Someone accidentally packs Sian in the boot, she is not amused!! However they have made it to the great Barry Island near Cardiff and are sunning themselves on the beach! They enjoy a bit of crazy golf and building sand art before have a fish and chip supper on the beach in the sun.
Back at Caeglas, the group enjoy a quiz night with the Soup Dragons claiming victory. Before long though, they have their first casualty of the adventure. Sian lost her welly, leg and all!
Day two #TeamSian: Cardiff
Team Sian are up and ready for the day! Today they head into Cardiff itself. They are catching the bus and keep the locals amused whilst keeping themselves warm at the bus stop by making the word Cardiff using only their bodies. Once in Cardiff, they start n the challenge. They visit Techniquest, the local science museum, where some of the tasks prove a litte complex, but much fun was had with the light box and the thermal imaging camera. They also took a ride on a boat around the harbour which everyone enjoyed.
Day three #TeamSian: Sightseeing before heading to Cowley
Team Sian have had a more leisurely start this morning, cleaning up the holiday home before they can set out for the day's fun. A quick selfie in the car before the head to St Fagan's National History Museum, a wonderful museum feature the history of Welsh life through the ages. Before leaving Cardiff behind the team take a tour of the Principality Stadium, the iconic venue for sports, concerts, exhibitions and conferences. They then start the journey back to Gloucestershire, eager to find out what Team Suki have been up to.
Day three #TeamSuki & #TeamSian reunited at Deer Park
Team Suki have returned on the train and team Sian via car and everyone taking part in the Celtic Capitals Challenge have been reunited at our County Headquarters at Deer Park, near Cheltenham. They finish the evening with a good old fashioned campfire around the wood burning stove. Thanks to Christine for leading the singing.
Day four #TeamSuki & #TeamSian A final fling!
It's the last day of our adventures together but there's still time to queeze in a little more fun! We make memory frames to remind us of our time together and get messy with finger painting to create a Senior Section Spectacular logo. But soon the times comes for us to disperse back to the corners of the County from whence we came. Thank you to the organising team for helping us create these amazing memories.
We will continue to update this post sharing the goings on of the Senior Section throughout their trip.
Photos from events around the county, celebrating World Thinking Day 2016 and helping connect all 10 million guiding members worldwide!
Girls from the Senior Section in the County headed to Alexandra Palace in London for Spark, the spectacular national event to mark the 100th anniversary of the Senior Section. Here are a few photos of what they got up to.
Yorkley Brownies celebrating Chinese New Year in style by cooking a feast and eating together. Dim Sum, sweet and sour chicken, stir fry noodles and vegetables in plum sauce.
Members from all sections and all corners of the county came together today for a day of fun, all in the name of "Performing Arts."
From scarf juggling to unicycle riding, from drumming to singing, our members enjoyed a wide range of activities, building their musical skills, communication skills and confidence.
Guides from across the County embarked on a day out to London's SSE Wembley Arena for the Big Gig, Girlguiding's very own pop concert. Girls from Amberley, Quedgeley, Dursley, Salem, Hatherley, Mersey Hampton and Battledown travelled by the coach loads to join 20,000 members of Girlguiding including Guides, Senior Section and Leaders.
Ella Henderson took headline spot with other acts including Gabriella Aplin, Aston from JLS and Gloucester ex-The Wanted band member Nathan Sykes. Each act brought their own style and personality to the event and the girls spent 2 hours bopping to the fantastic music.
"Ella Henderson was the best because she interacted with the crowd" says Emily, 13
"Jagmac was the best because they were a family and the dancing brought great vibes to the arena" says Lauren, 12
"It was a really joyful experience because you got to see loads of different singers at one concert" says Heather, 10
The day was made extra special for some girls as they made their Guide or Senior Section promise and one Leader was even presented with her Adult Leadership during the event.
Dursley District Guides & Senior Section make it into the Gazette
35th Cheltenham (Salem) and 18th Cheltenham Guides make it into the Gloucestershire Echo
Yorkley Brownies were out and about busily finishing off some good deeds in the community this weekend.
They delivered 25 bags of books, clothes and toys to the British Red Cross to help them in their work supporting people in crisis at home and abroad.
They also visited Forest Pulse, a fabulous local group for children with additional needs, who they are forging links with. On this occasion they handed over a cheque for £118 from their sponsored walk. The Brownies have been keen to spend time together with the Forest Pulse children, not just send money, so they joined them at an activity play session and swimming, as well as having them join the Brownies for a Making Pizza night at their meeting last week.
Both groups seem to be really enjoying and benefiting from being together from time to time.
Leader Emma says "I am really shouting out for our girls! They have been ace and their parents very supportive for our activities."
Well done to you all!
Bright and early on a Saturday morning 38 girls and leaders from around Gloucestershire embarked on a mission in the capital. Tasked with getting photographed with as many different methods of transport as possible, we roamed around London for the day, with bonus challenges to complete.
The eight different teams came up with some imaginative ideas including handstands, gravity, sedan chairs and a racing mono-ski, as well as the more conventional buses, trains and Boris bikes! For the bonus challenges teams took photographs outside tourist attractions such as Downing Street and Trafalgar square as well as guiding locations like Baden-Powell House, Pax Lodge and Girlguiding CHQ.
It was lovely to see the wide variety of ages and roles taking part; from rangers to young leaders and a couple of adult leaders too! Some teams met on the day and had the extra fun of meeting new Senior Section members to complete the challenge together. The winning team managed to get photographs of a whopping 78 different forms of transport and completed six of the eight bonus challenges! It was a fabulous event to prepare Gloucestershire for the Senior Section Spectacular and we hope to see many more of you there next time! A massive thank you goes to Sarah Jones (Youth Participation Team Leader) for organising the event!!
Check out the Senior Section Facebook group for the highlights of the trip from the teams
themselves and to keep up to date with our future events!!
Charlotte Moore and Belinda Murphy (Senior Section Exec and 2nd place team members!)
It was a cold Friday evening in mid-September but that didn't stop 10 Guides, 1 Brownie and the County's outdoor team from coming together to camp for the weekend at our County's Deer Park, near Cheltenham. The girls, many of whom did not know another sole at the camp, soon made friends and worked hard to earn either their Camper or their Camper Advanced badges. They had fun playing getting-to-know-you games and a wide game as well as taking part in the Low Ropes and Archery activities available on site.
It is safe to say that a fantastic weekend was had by all the girls and Leaders alike and everyone went away learning something new. Even two of our experienced Leaders learnt that you can scour a grotty pan with the aid of some grass!!
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