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.
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