The wonderful team from Gloucestershire Roads/Amey spent a day at Deer Park today and worked their socks off clearing and painting the stables and putting in a all-seater new campfire circle on Bubbs Hill. That block now looks great and would be super for a group evening meeting, basic sleepover or to support a camp up on the hill. We are also keen to get schools using it as an outdoor classroom for eco-education. If you know of someone in a school we could take round to show them the space and activities, please let us know. We are always happy to host volunteer teams from businesses in the area as there are always more jobs to do. A special thanks to Ann, Sue and Jean for the non-stop tea and cakes which helped keep everyone going strong throughout the day.
July saw our County President, Anne Cadbury, celebrating her 90th birthday and in true Guiding fashion we had to make a fuss of her at the County Executive Meeting. She was presented with flowers and it wouldn't be a birthday without cake!
Anne warmly thanks all members of Girlguiding Gloucestershire for their cards and good wishes for her birthday. She particularly appreciated and enjoyed all the handmade cards which were full of imagination and individuality.
A huge congratulations are in order for Jen Wallace and Kate Fleming who are 2 of the first Leaders to receive the SW Region's new Young Guiders' Award. Well done to them both. Looks like the Brownies agree that Kate deserves it!!
For more information on who may be eligible and how to nominate someone for a SWIYG Award, visit the South West Region website.
Kate is a leader with two Brownie units and also stepped up and trained as a Guide leader when a Guide unit also needed her. She has ensured the programme fully meets the needs of today’s girl. She is also a Division Adviser AND a peer educator in our county. Kate has been instrumental in growing Guiding by working to encourage Holiday Brownies (who are girls on waiting lists) to switch their choice of unit so that they could find a space in a regular unit. She re-opened a previously closed unit with six girls and it’s now thriving with 24 Brownies, an additional Leader in training and a student helper. Equally, her involvement in organisation of the Big Brownie Birthday Centenary celebrations in 2014 has enabled even more girls to experience all that Guiding has to offer.
Kate is always willing to try something new for the girls and experiment to ensure all girls have access to Guiding. She has made a real difference to the lives of lots of girls in Cheltenham.
Kate, 24, said: “I love volunteering for Girlguiding because it gives girls their own space and a voice to try new things and have fun. When you spend months organising events and activities it is worth every second to see the girls excited and having fun!I am extremely lucky to be have such fantastic and supportive Unit Leaders.”
Jen is a Senior Section Leader in Gloucestershire and is also the County Marketing and Communications Adviser. Jen has helped lead the 1st Gloucestershire Holiday Brownies and has mentored the Student Leaders to help them gain their Adult Leadership Qualification.
Jen in her County role has bought Media and Communications in Gloucestershire into the 21st Century. Jen has only been in the role since September 2013 and in that time Jen has done so much to support Guiding in the County.
Jen has set up an internal private Facebook page for adult volunteers to promote opportunities, share ideas and discuss the challenges that we face. Jen has set up an external Facebook page which acts as a shop window for Guiding in the County. Jen created a twitter account sharing news of what is going on in County and has developed a Social Media plan for major events so that if you cannot attend you can follow it almost live.
Alongside this there is now a new County website which was overseen by Jen, she has supported the newsletter editor and developed an excellent rapport with the local newspapers and local radio stations, ensuring Guiding is visible in Gloucestershire
Jen is also a terrific Senior Section Leader. A truly remarkable Leader
These Rainbows from Dursley District had a fantastic day at Deer Park at the weekend, trying some outdoor cooking, having a go at grass sledging and exploring the tunnels! The girls had an amazing time trying out these new activities and particularly enjoyed the gooey fruit & chocolate wraps cooked on the open fire.
It's Volunteers Week and we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers in Gloucestershire who support us in a variety of ways every week. Have a pat on the back, you lovely people!
Here are a very small selection who chose to tell the world via social media why they volunteer with Girlguiding.
This weekend, leaders have been training other leaders in all the skills they will need to take girls away overnight in the outdoors. Providing a safe space to enjoy the delights of pitching tents and outdoor cooking is just one way our volunteers enrich the lives of girls. Well done to all of those who gained modules for their qualifications over the weekend.
Some smart Brownies from Fairford were lucky enough to meet Prince Charles this weekend as he visited the town for St Mary's Church fundraiser.
Over 160 Guides from across Gloucestershire came together for an action-packed camping adventure at the Girlguiding headquarters at Cowley.
Groups of four worked in teams to earn points on 22 different challenges to be the winner of the first ever Bubbs Hill Bash. Challenges included a tunnel maze, archery, code breaking, blindfold sandwich making, pistol shooting and low ropes walks, as well as more traditional guiding activities such as knotting and map reading.
The girls camped overnight, some for the first time ever, and enjoyed a campfire with singing before heading for their tents on Saturday night. The winners were announced on Sunday morning with 1st Chipping Campden Guides earning second place.
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