Forty members of ‘The County Fellowship’ met for their Spring Meeting at Deer Park, Cowley. The Fellowship started their day with morning tea and coffee welcoming fellow members from around the County of Gloucestershire. A brief business session, during which time Joint County Commissioner Karen McFarlane updated members of the activities and events held across all sections of Girlguiding Gloucestershire throughout the past six months. Members were pleased to see in action the ‘Weather Station’ which was on display, having been purchased by Fellowship for Deer Park giving weather information for the area, allowing planning of activities accordingly within the scope of the weather.
The Speaker for the day was Mr Tim Thorn, formerly head of security at De Beers Diamond Company – Talking on ‘The Millennium Star Diamond’, he outlined the history of the finding of the diamond, how it was cut and polished. Its journey to London and value. De Beers decision to display it in the Millennium Dome, the building of the concrete and steel viewing vault in which it was kept. Tim went on to outline to members of the six aborted attempts by robbers to steal the diamond, and the eventual capture and prosecution of the gang. At all times telling members of his part in ‘The Story’.
Members completed their day with a three-course lunch provided by Regal Cuisine of Cheltenham and singing Taps before their farewell.
Our Annual Review of 2017 took place at The Pavillion in Cheltenham where we tried a new style of event; an afternoon tea! We were joined by Leaders & Commissioners from across the County as well as our Region Chief Commissioner, Carole Pennington, our Region President, Ruth Sara, and a variety of dignitaries and special guests.
Visitors had the opportunity to view a variety of displays from Divisions, County Events, International trips, etc. before we joined together in the main auditorium to celebrate everything that we have done in Gloucestershire in the last year. We were delighted to award Sue Cooper from Cheltenham our Uniformed County Award, Wendy Lewis and Linda Raggett, both from the Forest of Dean, with a Non-Uniformed County Award, as well as a Walking Level 1 and Peer Education Bronze Award. Carole Pennington also presented Belinda Murphy with her Queen's Guide Award.
Below are the presentations we gave at the event, one is a general Annual Review 2017 and the other focuses on the fantastic Rainbows 30th Birthday Celebration Day held at Deer Park last summer. We were also able to take some photos of today's proceedings.
Louise Dembny was presented with the British Empire Medal for her fantastic service to the community, including to Girlguiding in her local area. The award was presented by Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, during the morning service at Christ Church, Nailworth, where Louise is an active member of the congregation.
As Dame Janet read the citation, she made us aware of the huge number of community and international areas that Louise has been involved in including being a supporter at the Christ Church, 30 years of being a Leader for Girlguiding, fundraising for several charities both at home and abroad.She spoke of her work at the Job Centre where Louise has helped to transform the lives of numerous clients with health issues or disabilities to get into or back into work.
Louise showed how she is always thinking of others when she read her own piece to the congregation and the first thing she did was to acknowledge and thank everyone who has helped her along the way to being awarded the BEM.
Congratulation Louise. We think it was definitely well deserved.
A group of Guides and three County leaders had a wonderful weekend on their BP Adventure in Worcester!
The girls completed a murder mystery, tried to escape from CyberQ escape rooms and went bowling! Everyone enjoyed their weekend and the girls all made plenty of new friends!
The Guiding and Scouting community came together again to present the Gloucester Gang Show 2018. And what a show it was. With singing and dancing that could only put a smile on your face, our Guiding members showed that #GirlsCan. Well done to everyone involved.
It was lovely to see some local units also went along to support the show as well as the local and County Commissioners.
If you'd like to get involved next year then why not check out the Facebook Page for the gang show and watch out for auditions later in the year?
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