To help with the marking of the Senior Section Centenary, a display was held at St Mary’s Church in Newent during the Onion Fair. A large selection of old and current uniforms were on display, along with memorabilia, badges, books and flags. The oldest uniform was a Ranger uniform formerly worn by a Ranger from 10th Cheltenham Rangers. We had three flags on loan for the display, one of the flags was 1st East Gloucestershire Air Ranger Flight Flag that was kindly loaned from Jeannette McGhee.
We had a lot of visitors viewing the display, including the town Mayor, many visitors reminiscing there time as a Ranger, and we also attracted more young girls and potential leaders wanting to join either here in Gloucestershire or out of county. Two other special guests were Thelma and Tony Newell co-authors of The Consolidated Catalogue and List of U.K. and British Empire Girl Guide Badges who travelled from Devon. Their book was invaluable in helping to identify Ranger/Senior Section badges for the display.
A very big thankyou to Ricola and Carenza who helped during the display and talking to our many visitors. Without their help the display would not have been such a success. Another big thankyou is to Carole Pennington, S W England Regional Commissioner, Helen Welsh, Helen Murphy and last but by no means least a huge big thank you to Jeannette for allowing me to raid her Guiding archive and loan us many wonderful items for the display.
Jane Atkins PRA Tewkesbury Division and Pat Fazey Newent District President
Unit's from the County had an amazing time at Wellies and Wristbands at Foxlease over the bank holiday weekend.
This festival style event saw over 2500 Guides and Senior Section members from across the Country enjoy a weekend of exciting and adventurous activities in the day time and live music in the evenings.
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This year’s county Intops trip spent a whirlwind eight days touring France and Belgium. Three Leaders, nine Guides and one gnome named Bernard walked a total of 88.8 miles. Here is a run-down of the holiday:
Day one began by each member of the team getting themselves to Gloucester bus station for 4:20am. This was a heavy day for travelling, which included travelling by car, coach, foot, tube and Eurostar to Brussels. We managed to get soaked in rain when just about two minutes from our hostel, which was entertaining. That evening we simply explored the local area and found some dinner.
On day two we started looking for the famous comic strip murals, one of the key things that the Guides wanted to do whilst in Brussels. Another activity that they chose was visiting Mini Europe. As it happens, on Saturdays during August there is “Mini Europe by Night.” This meant that we could go and enjoy the Atomium, Mini Europe’s miniature iconic buildings and then stay until midnight. We stayed until after the firework display, which was well worth the late night.
To be kind to ourselves, we had a slightly lazy morning on day three. We split into three groups and asked the Guides to decide on where we should visit. One group visited Elisabeth Park, one group visited the palace and gardens and one group visited a beguine church and had a lovely time talking to locals. That evening some of the Guides chose to sample the local funfair, while others stayed in the hostel to avoid spending money on rides!
Day four was another incredibly busy day. We began by making our way to the EU Parliament for a talk and tour. It was really interesting to find out more about the EU, and wonderful to see the rooms where meetings take place. There was also some lovely artwork in the building. We then ate our picnic lunch in the park before bumping into a group of Scout Leaders from Germany, France and Belgium. They were in Brussels for the day and were working on a project about what Europe means to young people so asked us if we had time to stop and chat. Of course we did! From there, we then collected our belongings from our hostel and made our way to the station ready for our train to Bruges.
We had one full day in Bruges, day five. Again we asked the Guides to lead the sightseeing. This trip has certainly developed their map-reading skills. However, there are only so many chocolate shops you can visit before becoming numb to it all. The Guides might feel differently about this though!
Day six was our third big travel day. We got up nice and early, to get ready for our first train. Next stop Paris! We left our main bags at the left luggage and found a nice park for lunch. We then embarked on a two-hour walk across the city to get a good view of the Eiffel Tower. Many a selfie was taken! From there, we caught the metro back, collected our bags and headed off to our Disney hotel. The looks on the Guides’ faces when we arrived at the Explorers’ Hotel, having spent five nights in hostels, was priceless. There were squeals of “we have a bath mat!” and “we have a bath!” to be heard.
The morning brought with it the fun of Disney. All in all, we spent 14 hours at the park and studio. The park seemed fairly quiet, so the Guides were able to go on most of the rides that they wanted to: Rocking’ Roller Coaster, Armageddon, Tower of Terror, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Pirates of the Carribean to name just a few. There were even a few nice, tame rides for me! The group was able to take in some shows while we were there too, including the Cinemagique show which travelled through time using clips from films such as Mary Poppins, Highlander, Titanic and many more…
Our final day came far too quickly. From the hotel, we travelled back to the left luggage facilities and then caught the metro so that we could have lunch at the Arc du Triomphe. We then took the metro back to Gare du Nord station ready to check in for our Eurostar train back to the UK. Our return journey passed with many a giggle, snore and memory shared. The Guides went home happy and tired, excited to tell their families and fellow Guides about their experiences.
If you would like to know more about future county Intops trips, either as a Leader, Assistant Leader or for information about putting forward participants, please contact Gloucestershire Guiding’s International Advisor, Alison Frusher.
Written by Susan Higgs, Intops Leader 2016
It’s still sinking in that I have achieved the highest award in Guiding and I’m a Queen’s Guide! The award is split into five sections: service in Guiding, outdoor challenge, personal skill development, community action and a residential. By making a realistic plan in the beginning and pushing myself to achieve the goals I set out, I accomplished more than I ever thought I would. Here is a sample of what I got up to:
I planted trees in Pittville Park
I joined Cheltenham Tree Group which involved weeding and spreading mulch on Leckhampton Hill and planting saplings in Pittville Park at weekends. It’s been really enjoyable walking past the saplings knowing I planted them and seeing them grow. After this, I created a presentation of my experience and also how it reflects internationally with deforestation to my Guide group who then, in turn created mini felt trees.
I explored Brixham, Paignton & Dartmouth
I went down to Devon for 4 days with 3 of my friends where we explored the area by doing activities beginning with every letter of the alphabet! For example, we went to the Beach, played Monopoly, visited the Zoo, walked around a Nature trail, stayed in a Caravan and much more!
The Queen’s Guide Award has been an incredible journey. I’ve grown and developed so much as a person and would recommend anyone even considering the award to go for it. You won’t regret it!
Wotton Senior Section had an amazing adventure Interrailing through Europe! They visited Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris. Activities included a segway tour, visits to iconic landmarks and museums and lots of food!
32 Guides and 9 leaders from 11th Cheltenham, 3rd Quedgley, 6th Gloucester and 12th Gloucester Guides went on an amazing trip together to PGL Chateau de Grande Romaine and Disneyland Paris! As well as Disneyland, highlights included Paris sightseeing, the trapeze, zip wire and low ropes!
Kate Fleming, Leader with 11th Cheltenham Guides said "The highlight for our Guides was seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkling and Paris in general. They also loved the Ratatouille and Rock N Rollercoaster at Disney."
Senior Section members from across the county had a brilliant camp at Deer Park last week as part of their Senior Section Spectacular celebrations! Highlights included an obstacle course, low ropes, campfire and a silent disco. They also helped put new bark down in the adventure playground as part of their service challenge.
650 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section members and leaders from Gloucestershire, and nearby counties, went along to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford!
They had an absolutely brilliant time spotting members of the royal family, having fun in the innovation and engineering areas, learning about some amazing careers, getting a closer look at the planes on display and meeting the Red Arrows!
Quotes from attendees:
Ruby, aged 5 from 3rd Cirencester Rainbows - "My favourite part was the the planes making a pink heart shape."
Caroline Dickinson, Leader with 1st Lydney Senior Section - "Best guiding day I've had so far! The girl's faces were a picture!"
Liberty, age 7 from 36th Cheltenham (St Nicolas) Brownies - "This is the 'Best Day Ever' can we come again next week like we do to Brownies?"
Zoe, age 8 from 36th Cheltenham (St Nicolas) Brownies - "It was fun and noisy and can we go again please."
Bonnie, age 8 from 36th Cheltenham (St Nicolas) Brownies - "I saw the Royal Family, Woohoo! It was amazing!"
Tayla-Jayne aged 5 from 3rd Cirencester Rainbows - "It was awesome we saw planes, and a real Prince!"
Berkeley Brownies and Rainbows today unveiled their new sign which was commissioned in memory of Myra Eccles.
Exactly 100 years ago today, 1st Nailsworth Guides were founded. To celebrate we had an indoor summer fete with past, present and future members. Some had travelled from around the country to celebrate this milestone with us. We were also surprised with a letter from the Queen, had a tea party and enjoyed some singing.
Since 1966, Sangam World Centre has partnered with a variety of non-governmental organizations striving to better the lives of people in Pune. Today, Sangam is affiliated with more than twenty such NGOs, which work in a number of fields: medicine, education, environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment, and more.
During events, participants visit Sangam’s Community Partners, and are given the chance to witness community leadership and advocacy in action, while participating in dialogue with the partner organizations and the children, women, and men they assist. These connections often result in partnerships between event participants and Community Partners, helping to build the capacity of these organizations. Our group is supporting Tara Mobile Crèche, you can help by buying our badge. Cost £1.50 per badge. Contact Judith James for details.
Tara Mobile Crèche
The construction industry is the second largest employer in the country, but the workers who toil ceaselessly to build modern India are virtually invisible.
They work long hours and have no access to proper housing, sanitation, electricity or even water. While the parents change the skyline of the cities, the children are left to fend for themselves amidst piles of rubble and construction material. By the time they are five or six, they are burdened with a whole range of demanding chores including looking after their younger siblings. They have no access to schooling, health care and above all to a childhood. It is this invisible child of invisible parents whom Mobile Crèches reaches out to with these goals:
• To provide a safe environment on the hazardous construction sites, for children between the ages of 0 to 15
• To provide preventive and curative health care and nutrition
• To encourage the children’s creative skills
• To initiate the children into the mainstream of education and give them joyful learning opportunities
• To prevent child labour.
Mobile Crèches came into being on a crowded construction site in Delhi in 1969. Growing from that one original location, the organization today covers 5,000 children in 60 centres in Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune. At each site, a day care centre is built adjacent to the construction site amidst the tin shacks that house the workers and their families. The education curriculum is aimed not only at literacy but also on orienting the child towards basic health habits. Language and concepts are developed through various monthly projects, storytelling, dramatics and games. The childcare workers are health care workers, teachers, animators, friends and substitutes for mothers all rolled into one.
Congratulations to joint County Commissioner Anne Anderson on being awarded the "Lesley D. Gale Award 2016 for Outstanding Service to the Community of Dursley"! As well has her voluntary work with Girlguiding, she's also involved with the Cam & Dursley Community Cinema and Treetops Children's Centre - Dursley. A busy lady indeed!
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