A Senior Section member from Bishop's Cleeve organisaed a Christmas Celebration afternoon for the Leaders and Trefoil Guild members in the area. They really enjoyed themselves having tea, cake and sandwiches while watching 2nd Bishops Cleeve Rainbows and 1st Bishops Cleeve Brownies entertain them.
The girls had been hard working on a range of entertainment to go towards their entertainers badge (for brownies) and festivals badge (for rainbows). There were musical instruments such as violin, guitar and piano plus there were poems, dancing, gymnastics and acting. There was also some group songs that both the rainbows and Brownies sang together- 'Jingle bells' and a '12 Days of Christmas' Brownie Version, finishing off with 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas'. They also sang The Rain song which is where you use sounds like rubbing hands together, clicking, patting your legs and jumping, to make it sound like a rain and thunder storm - it sounded really good. The Leaders and Trefoil guild enjoyed the performances and were pleased with how well the Rainbows and Brownies behaved.
Later we also had a short Christmas quiz and a raffle.
Michelle says "The event was for my phase 3 Service in Guiding element for my Queens Guide Award. I had to take an active part in planning an event which involves at least 2 units. I did this by taking lead role for the event. I had help planning it with 1st Bishops Cleeve Brownie Leaders, Shirley & Dawn, and Bishops Cleeve District Trefoil member, Mary. They helped me with the catering, setting up the hall and the preparation leading up to the event. Also helping me on the day was Katherine (Bishops Cleeve District Rangers) and Jess (2nd Bishops Cleeve Guides) who helped serve tea and coffee and hand out raffle tickets while I ran the event. They also baked cakes too! And thanks to Dawn (one of Bishops Cleeve District commissioners) who also helped a lot with the catering for my event; baking cakes and helping make sandwiches. Please could you say a special Thank You to these people."
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from across the country took part in Blue Peter's record breaking longest ever super hero cape. Members from over 100 units took part, including units in Gloucestershire.
Well done to 1st Yorkley Brownies and 11th Cheltenham Brownies for being invited to take part.
The cape celebrates the community action spirit of Guiding and measures over 44 metres!
To view the unveiling of the cape on Blue Peter (about 21 minutes into the show), click here.
To view the backstage footage of the cape, including a glimpse of each individual spot, click here.
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.
Beryl was born in the Forest of Dean and lived there throughout her life.
She was a Forest Guide, Guider, District Commissioner, then appointed County Commissioner - a first for Gloucestershire. She later became a Trefoil Guild member and then County President of Gloucestershire Trefoil and Chairman of County Fellowship.
But in more detail, especially as County Commissioner.
She was ready to take risks for the good of Guiding:
Beryl was good with people and had great ability to see potential in people and to appoint them to key positions - and to place her trust in them. This, linked with great powers of persuasion! I went one afternoon to see her concerning a problem in our Division. I came away as County Chairman of Training. When I asked her what the job entailed, she said ‘Not a lot,’ - I found out! There are many of you who found yourselves in the same situation and because of her confidence in you, rose to the occasion.
She was a good listener and confidante and I know that many personal as well as Guiding problems were shared with her. She was caring and concerned, a supporter of people and upheld the right and was generous with her time. She valued the time we all gave to Guiding, and when the County Youth Service was threatened with cuts because of finances, she calculated the number of hours given and what it would have cost if we were paid as youth service workers and not volunteers. It helped to save the day for the Youth Service.
As a driver she was notorious!-and there were many escapades. Returning from a County Executive meeting one night, after dropping off her passenger, she made her way home, except that she found herself off the road and rather deep in the forest. Eventually she was found by travellers, and rescued by them and husband, Colin. The travellers were invited to stay the night, but had gone next morning, leaving money for their hospitality. This happened about the time, following the resignation of Betty Jones, that she invited me to be her Assistant, or was it to be her chauffeur? We certainly travelled many miles together.
Above all, there was Beryl’s irrepressible humour, used to help us see things more clearly or to ‘prick the bubble,’ or simply to entertain. Some of you may recall the launch of the Guiding Manual to replace POR, a rule book for Guiding. It was the World Chief Guide who said we needed to free guiding from the Red Tape and replace it with Green Elastic. Beryl always tried to bend the rules if it was more helpful. To demonstrate this we had a symbolic burning of a copy of POR before handing out the Manuals -with some Green Elastic.
At a county event in the Forest, our speaker was Lady Juliet Townsend, the then Chief Commissioner. There was a degree of tension in the hall as Beryl stood on the stage, so we thought, to begin the proceedings. However, she began by saying, ‘If any of you heard that I was locked in the girls’ loos with the Caretaker last night, it is perfectly true!’ She then proceeded to open the meeting.
We had a county Weekend at Foxlease and as part of the Saturday evening entertainment there was an international element. Guiders created costumes representing various parts of the world. Beryl appeared some moments after everyone had assembled, dressed in her son’s Welsh Rugby kit and complete with cap. Everyone was helpless with laughter.
Just a little of the Humour and Fun she brought to Guiding.
However, what showed through all that she did was her steadfast Christian faith.
The Guide Association recognised work Beryl had bone in many areas of Guiding, both at home and overseas, by presenting her with the Beaver Award. This was richly deserved.
Beryl remained true to the Guide Promise made when she became a Guide, promising ‘on her honour to do her best’ and to be trusted to keep this promise. I do not believe that she ever betrayed that trust and this she expected of us all.
As Guides we learnt a rhyme which helped us remember the ten Guide laws:
A Guide is - Trustworthy. Loyal Helpful,
Sisterly, Courteous, Kind.
Obedient, Smiling, Thrifty,
Pure in Heart and Mind.
This I believe was Beryl -a true Guide and an example to us all.
We will all miss her.
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!
17th Gloucester (SA) Girlguiding have created a messy challenge badge, guaranteed to bring extra giggles into your meetings or holidays. The challenge is suitable for all ages, with lots of messy activities, including craft, games, food and mud!
You can download the challenge pack below.
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!)
A big thank you to staff from Zurich in Bishops Cleeve who spent the day up at Deer Park today, volunteering their time to give all the benches a new lease of life. Their help is hugely appreciated and the benches look fantastic!
1st Randwick Brownies were invited to attend a special Waitrose Community Matters evening a few days ago to receive a cheque for £292 from the collection of green tokens during May 2015.
Brown Owl Julie Burns and Fluffy Owl Maygan Jones, a Young Leader with the group, took five Brownies along to the event at Waitrose in Stroud after being nominated anonymously for the Community Matters Award in May. Waitrose donate £1000 to be split between three charities each month, and the Brownies were very fortunate and came second.
The girls and leaders arrived at the Waitrose Community Matters evening to be greeted by juice in champagne glasses and lots of tasty finger foods! Each charity had a chance to give a talk about their work, receive their cheque and have photographs taken (which might appear in the Waitrose magazine too!).
The group are hoping to spend the money on a special trip and the Brownies are currently coming up with lots of ideas..!
Stroud News & Journal Article
Gloucestershire Singing Circle, together with friends from other Circles in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, joined together for a concert in Highbury Congregational Church, Cheltenham on Saturday 26th September with proceeds in aid of the MS Society. This was in memory of Diana Adams who had been a Guide Guider at Highbury Church, a Rainbow Guider at Emmanuel Church, secretary of the County Trefoil Guild, producer of the County Newsletter and also a long time member of Highbury Church where she was a Deacon and where she also produced their monthly Church Magazine. As well as all of this she sang in the church choir and was a member of our singing circle. A very busy lady.
We are pleased to tell you that we raised the sum of £1860 to present to the MS Society. A fantastic result. Thank you to everyone from the County who came and supported us.
If anyone is interested in joining the Gloucestershire Singing circle, our next meetings are Friday 13th November and Tuesday 15th December (this last one follows the Peacelight Service) and they are all at St Mary's Congregational Church, Gloucester starting at 7.30pm.
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!!
What are you doing this weekend? Is it as fun as holding a Senior Section only camp at Deer Park, Cowley? Maybe not...but if you're aged 14-25 you can work for your Senior Section Camp Permit that enables you to take your group away without adults! How exciting! Hannah and friends spent last weekend sleeping in the bird hide (it sleeps 7!) trying out archery, low ropes, making tie dye neckers and having a great campfire. Adult leaders are involved in the planning and training process and check in on the girls periodically during the camp. What a wonderful way to gain independence in a safe environment. Well done, Hannah!
On the 12th of September 2015 our County Commissioners accompanied six of our amazing Leaders to the Region's Compass Award celebrations. These Leaders were nominated by their peers for the award because of the great Guiding they are delivering to girls and the support they offer to other Leaders in many, many ways.
Claire has been a Leader since 2001. During that time she has been a Rainbow Leader, a District Secretary and District Commissioner for Stroud Town District. Currently Claire is a Brownie Leader, Division Section Adviser, ID Verifier and District Administrator. Claire is also a Mentor for new Leaders.
Claire runs a popular Brownie Unit which enjoys a wide range of fun and meaningful activities. In 2014 Claire organised the Division Big Brownie Birthday trip; this was a hugely enjoyable event for all the Brownies and Leaders in the Division. Claire is also supporting a Rainbow Unit that was at risk of closing.
Claire is an excellent role model for Guiding. Her mentoring skills that she uses with Leaders going through both the Leadership Qualification and the Going Away Licence are so supportive and encouraging. She is a huge asset to both the District and Division. Claire is certainly deserving of this award to recognise her commitment and dedication to Guiding.
Kate has been a Leader for 18 years. Kate was a Brownie Leader and is currently a District Commissioner and Rainbow Leader in Gloucestershire County. Kate is also responsible at Division level for the allocation of new Leaders and is a Mentor.
Kate has always provided solid and helpful advice when faced with unit level challenges. Kate knows exactly what is needed in each unit to ensure that there is good Guiding practice in place. She regularly supports the Leaders to achieve what is necessary to ensure quality Guiding is provided for all the girls. Kate willingly takes on new initiatives and somehow manages to get all the Leaders on board, even the most reticent.
Kate inspires Leaders in the District to move forward with Guiding, She always finds the time to help and support others. Kate has the girl’s best interests at heart and brings the District together by putting on District events and encouraging newer Leaders to help organise these events. She was strongly recommended for this award.
Susan has been a Leader in Gloucestershire for over 35 years. During that time she has always worked with the Brownie Section but currently holds the additional roles of Division Outdoor Activities Adviser and County Adviser. Susan has also been a District Commissioner.
Susan works with Brownies in one of the more deprived areas of the County and works extremely hard to ensure the girls have a varied and enriching Brownie Programme. Susan sees each girl as an individual and provides them all with experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Susan works tirelessly in Inclusion and ensures that all girls and adults are included in all activities from holidays to roller skating. In her role as an Inclusion Adviser Susan works hard on educating all Leaders to ensure all girls are included.
Susan is a very committed Leader, she has dedicated years to ensuring the girls that she has in her Brownie Unit gain an excellent Guiding experience. Alongside this Susan works hard to support both local and County Guiding in any way she can and is definitely deserving of this award.
Margaret (Ann) Bailey
Ann has been a Leader for nearly 40 years. During that time she has been a Senior Section Leader, Brownie Leader, District Administrator and Division ID Verifier. Currently Ann is also a District Commissioner for Pitville District in Cheltenham Division.
Ann runs a very successful Brownie unit where her programme is varied and excellent in quality. Ann supports all her Brownies in a very caring way and was involved in planning events for the Brownie Birthday in the Division, which were extremely successful.
Ann’s unique contribution to Guiding is however demonstrated in her role of organising the placement of students into local units. Ann liaises with all the Division units to find out who needs help. She attends the Fresher’s Fayre to advertise Guiding and speak to students that may be interested in helping with Guiding whilst at University and co-ordinates the placement into units.
Ann is very keen to support the Growing Guiding initiative and her work with the students is one way of showing this. Ann’s tireless commitment to Guiding across the whole Division and producing Leaders for the future has resulted in many units getting the additional help they need to enable them to flourish.
Louise has been a Leader in Nailsworth Valley District for 20 years. During that time Louise has been a District Commissioner and worked with all sections of Guiding. Louise is currently a Leader of Rainbows, Guides and Senior Section as well as being a District Assistant.
Louise works tirelessly for Guiding. She was running a successful and full Guide unit when the need arose for a Rainbow unit; Louise stepped in and opened a Rainbow unit and a few years later a Senior Section Unit as well.
Louise’s units are always near capacity and the girls enjoy weekly meetings, trips out, residential experiences, fundraising activities as well as supporting District events.
Louise is an active member of the Church as well as working full time, coping with a family, and helping elderly neighbours.
Louise is inspiring with the tireless energy and time that she gives to Guiding and others in her life. She is unflappable whether it comes to coping with a wood fire in the woods to doing teas at the local church. Louise offers huge support for others and has kept in contact with a local Leader who has been in hospital long term, with regular visits to take her out for a change of scenery. Louise is passionate about the ethos of Guiding which runs through everything she does and she is thoroughly deserving of this award.
Lorraine has been a Leader for 20 years in Girlguiding Gloucestershire and has always run a Brownie Unit. Lorraine has also run a Rainbow unit for the past 9 years and is a Division Mentor.
Lorraine runs both Brownies and Rainbows every week with a full programme of activities for the girls. Lorraine organises regular trips, residential experiences and visits. The girls come from an area where fundraising is often needed, so this is also part of Lorraine’s many talents ensuring that girls do not miss out on the opportunities offered. Her caring manner and individual attention to each girl ensures they have the opportunities they need for personal growth. During a period of health problems she continued to support the other Leaders in the unit and even attended a residential with bandaged feet!
Lorraine is a selfless and caring person and puts the needs of others before her own. Lorraine mentors and supports new Leaders encouraging them to take on roles that they are comfortable with. Lorraine has an unwavering commitment to Girlguiding and richly deserves this award.
For more information on who may be eligible and how to nominate someone for a Compass Award, visit the South West Region website.
A little piece of history for 1st Hempsted Guide Company has been included in an online blog. The WW1 Home Front blog site is run by the local school and has included an article about Guiding in that era.
Cheltenham Girlguiding FESTIVAL-GOERS give it some welly!
A group of Guides from Cheltenham have returned from four days of high-adrenaline activities, expert football training and entertainment from top pop quartet Only the Young. They attended Wellies and Wristbands, a fantastic girl-only festival exclusively for Girlguiding members over the bank holiday weekend (28-31 August).
14 members of 17th Cheltenham (Bethesda) Guides travelled to Foxlease in Hampshire to join more than 2,000 Girlguiding festivalgoers for the action-packed extravaganza.
This year’s festival included a unique opportunity for girls to develop their football
skills with some of England’s top female players – at special FA coaching sessions held over the weekend.
Thrill-seekers had their pick of the adventurous activities on offer at Foxlease.
In the evening they were entertained by former X Factor band Only the Young on the main stage, as well as a host of local bands.
Among the activities the Cheltenham group, chose to try out were such as football goalkeeper skills, whizzing through the trees on a zip wire, being a monkey climbing trees, making a leap of faith on a trapeze and lazing in the hot tub.
Erin, 11 said: “I enjoyed getting stuck in the mud, being with my friends in the hot tubs and having a go at the zip wire.”
Annie, 13 said: “I have really liked the activities and watching the concerts, especially meeting the performers and getting things signed.”
Millie, 11 said: “I really enjoyed pretending to be a monkey by climbing a tree and making karate poses on the top of a pole but the biggest thing was falling over in the mud when I got stuck, there was mud everywhere."
Following the success of Dursley District's 'Time For Tea' challenge the same team have put together 'The Far Away Challenge' which is based on a set of books by Enid Blyton. It is set to send you on magical adventures above the clouds and the possibilities of lands you could visit are endless. It is perfect for a residential or for your regular unit meetings. You can download the challenge pack and badge order form from their website.
Thanks to everyone in the county who supported us with Time For Tea and we look forward to seeing your photos of 'The Far Away Challenge'.
To download the resource and for details of how to order badges please visit the District's website
This weekend older Guides had a CSI themed Baden Powell Award Adventure at Deer Park with Guides from Glos, Wilts, Berks, Oxon & Cardiff. They solved a Murder Mystery, took part in a low ropes challenge and helped out with some wood collecting and splitting - to name just a few of their challenges! Well done, Guides! You're well on your way to earning the highest award a Guide can reach! Keep going!
On Saturday 22nd August a group of 12 members of Girlguiding Gloucestershire departed for a fantastic week in Switzerland.
After a flight from London to Zurich we traversed Switzerland by train, arriving in the pretty town of Interlaken. We spent 3 nights in the Youth Hostel, with beautiful views of the mountains, river and trains, and explored the local area.
The following morning we ventured up the mountain – taking 3 different trains to reach the top of the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe, at 3571 metres. We managed to see the view for a few minutes, before the clouds came down, and then the icy hail/snow fell, stinging our faces, with a temperature of -1degrees. Forced inside we explored the sculptures in the Ice cave, and the tunnels through the mountain before returning back down to Interlaken.
That evening we met up with the Interlaken Scout group and had dinner with them in their Scout Hut. They were so welcoming, providing us with a fantastic Raclette dinner followed by games outside, laughter and swopping of gifts. The older adults amongst us were stunned to find that the Swiss Scout Association starts training the scouts as leaders from the age of 12, with leaders only being allowed to volunteer until they turn 25.
The following day was shared between a trip to the Grand Cafe Schuh and a visit to the Trummelbachfalle. The Head Chef/Chocolatier in the Grand Cafe Schuh showed us how the chocolates were made by hand, before we sampled them and spent our money on gifts to take home. We then took a train and a bus to visit the Trummelbach waterfalls. The falls collect the glacial water from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, where it flows in cave systems inside the mountain, at 20,000 litres per second – a deafening and amazing spectacle.
We finished Monday by taking the cable car up the opposite mountain towards Murren – a first experience for some of the group – but not one everyone enjoyed!
On Tuesday we left Interlaken and took more trains and buses across to Adelboden, to spend the following 4 nights at our World Centre ‘Our Chalet’. On the way we called in to see Mr Trummer the woodcarver, and purchased our trefoil badges and ate lemon cake in the sunshine. We found the outside toilet with the best view across the valley, taking turns to stand on tiptoe in the toilet and take photos through the heart shaped window!
During the next few days we experienced the beautiful surroundings, exhausting hills and Guiding friendship that make Our Chalet the special place it is. We stayed in the Spycher House, with all the girls in the attic, with beds in rows like the 8 Dwarfs! We shared meals and activities with the International staff, groups from America, Canada, and Wales, and had a fantastic time. Our onsite day included a welcome flag ceremony, where we all received our pewter ‘Our Chalet’ pins, campfire cooking, orienteering, recycling awareness and getting to know our surroundings. The International night saw us dressed up in our winter and wet weather gear, reciting a poem about the rainy British weather – much appreciated by the American group!
We visited the Rehari adventure park, where we traversed the river 12 times each, attached to a zip wire, and watched some of the girls jump off a bridge over the river, attached to the pendulum swing – which Mirren decided to do in the most unusual upside down position (heart in mouth time for the leaders!). This was followed by climbing up the rock face, before huffing and puffing back up the very long and steep hill to Our Chalet.
Fritz came up from the village with his Alpine horn to help us celebrate ‘Swiss night’. He played it beautifully and we all joined in singing songs including Amazing Grace and the Bernese Oberland anthem of ‘Vogellisi’ before competing in a quiz about ‘all things Swiss’, and winning the prize of Chocolate Fondue.
Our last day at Our Chalet found us taking the Funicular railway to the top of the Niesen Mountain, at 2336m. We climbed right to the top and ate ice cream whilst admiring the view. We then took the steamer boat across Lake Thun, to visit the beautiful fairytale castle at Oberhofen. The sun was hot, the sky was blue, and more ice cream followed!
That evening we hiked in the twilight to visit the Bonder waterfalls. We were joined by the Canadian Ranger group, and listening to the girls chatting, swapping stories and experiences whilst walking in the dark was fantastic. This was followed by a badge swopping session – and lots more chatting.
Saturday saw us waving goodbye to Our Chalet and walking down the hill to the bus stop, where one bus and 2 trains took us back to the airport to fly home. Just before boarding the bus we were delighted to see the farmers bringing the cows down off the mountains, walking the herd along the main roads, with their cow bells clanging loudly. The girls chatted together like they had known each other for a lifetime, and we were all sad to say goodbye when we reached home.
We would like to thank everyone who helped us with the fundraising / donations for this trip. We had an amazing time and experienced Guiding at its best – and it couldn’t have been better.
Here are some lovely photos from our Senior Section campout at Deer Park, our county HQ and activity centre. The group had a brilliant time trying out our fantastic new tented village, complete with beautiful bunting made by County Commissioner Helen!
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