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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The show runs every night this week; starting at 7:15pm and there is a matinee on Saturday which starts at 2.15pm.
"Brilliant first night at Gloucester Gang show tonight, well done everyone" says Gail
"Everyone performed marvellously. There are so many fantastic voices in Girlguiding and Scouting" according to Val!
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