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Senior Section Activity and Training Weekend 2018

Cheshire Border Senior Section Activity and Training Weekend 

We were delighted to welcome 18 members from across the county to our Senior Section training weekend at Glenbrook in early November 2018.

The weekend was packed with activities and training opportunities.  Everything from learning a few new games to teach to your own Rainbow, Brownie or Guide groups to what’s happening with the new programme, via Safe Space training and a thorough session on working as a leader or young leader and the chance to sign off several modules for a qualification.

There was crafting and adventure included too with a scrap book session (heaven for stationery fans) and a chance to either abseil from a bridge, over a river or scramble over, under and through some of the amazing Peak District scenery with the weaselling group.

report from SS weekend

 

Date for Next Year

We’ll be re-naming the weekend for 2019, in line with the change in name for the 14 – 19 age group, so please look out for more information about the Rangers Activity and Training Weekend 2019.

In the meantime, please put the dates in your diary: 01 – 03 November 2019


County Christmas lunch 2018

Cheshire Border Trefoil Guild annual Christmas lunch was held at St Mary’s Church, Sandbach on Tuesday 20 November. Outside caterers produced a really excellent meal. Unfortunately the heating decided to play up that morning and most people had to keep their coats on all the time – good job we are hardy! However, as usual it gave us all a chance to catch up with friends from across the county. This year our raffle was in aid of Lower Moss Wood.

Trefoil Awards

This autumn three trefoil members have been presented with awards thanking them for their service:

Glenys Smith the current chair of Sandbach Trefoil Guild presented Judy Wilson and Jan Lundlam with a Thanks and Recognition Award for their services to Sandbach Trefoil Guild. Louise, our county chairman, presented Dorothy Robinson with the same award for her services to Congleton Trefoil Guild.
The certificates were signed by both  our Region Chairman (Aileen Higgs) and the National Chairman (Pat Downer).


Wilmslow District Celebrate Parliament Week with Esther McVey

Will she or won’t she?

After a turbulent week in London, culminating in her resignation from the Cabinet as Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Wilmslow’s Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders weren’t sure if their local MP Esther McVey would still be able to attend the prearranged presentation and question and answer session held at Alderley Edge School for Girls on Friday night.
As things turned out, she didn’t disappoint, perhaps thinking that the event would be some light relief? However, the girls proved to be a challenging crowd, as no topic was seen as ‘out of bounds’.

The evening started with each section representing themselves: Rainbows sang their ‘Welcome’ Song; Brownies dressed up in uniforms ‘Through the Ages’; Guides spoke about their various Community Actions and participation in the Vote 100 Challenge; and Rangers highlighted their work producing comfort bags, an initiative which started in the wake of the Manchester bombings last year.

Then it was Esther’s turn, and she spoke of life in Parliament, and how and why laws are passed. The highlight of the evening, however, was the Q&A session, with Esther answering various questions from the girls such as : “What do you do at work?”; “Have you ever felt disadvantaged being a woman?”; “What do you want from Brexit”; and the searching “Do you ever disagree with the Prime Minister?” To which Esther replied ‘sometimes’!
Esther proved to be an engaging and informative speaker, and at least three girls in the audience ended the evening saying that they were now interested in going into a career in politics!
A huge thank you to Esther for answering all the girls’ questions with insight and humour, and also to the County Archive team for providing a wonderful display and the old uniforms.
A display from the evening will be in Wilmslow Library (upstairs) until New Year. Girlguiding is desperately short of volunteers in Wilmslow.

 

 

Stevie Jepson and Trudi Stephenson 
Wilmslow District



Connecting Cheshire – Brownies

First ‘Connecting Chelford’ outing – tea and singing with Chelford Brownies

Visitors from Connecting Chelford were entertained with tea, home-made cakes and singing by Chelford Brownies on 25 September 2018.

Six Brownies took the opportunity to gain their Hostess Badge during the evening, and all the girls persuaded their visitors to join in a sing-song with actions.

This was a first outing for Connecting Chelford participants and their supporters, who volunteer their time to help local residents in need of social company or help with practical tasks. The scheme, supported by Chelford Surgery and St John’s Church, is aimed at creating a robust and resilient community in Chelford to tackle loneliness.

Barbara Wilson, Connecting Chelford Coordinator said: “We were all extremely proud of Chelford Brownies this week, making us most welcome, serving delicious home-made cakes and cups of tea for their hostess badges. Such events bring significant benefits across the generations.”

Brown Owl Alison Richardson said: “I was really proud of all the Brownies and their enthusiasm for hosting a visit by Connecting Chelford.

Part of the Brownie Promise talks about supporting their local community, so this was an ideal opportunity to invite some elderly Chelford residents and their supporters in for tea and singing. The young girls mingled with the visitors and enjoyed chatting about their Brownie activities. The Hostess Badge girls, and some of the other Brownies, baked cakes and biscuits to share with their guests, and we hope to see them all again on a future occasion.”

If anyone would like more information on the support that Connecting Chelford offers, or you would like to offer your services as a volunteer, please email connectingchelford@gmail.com

 


BEE in the city

BEE in the city

On Friday 14 September 2018, 24 girls from 1st and 2nd Wilmslow Brownies took the train into Manchester. We walked to the Girlguiding bee, stopping at other bees on the way. When we got to the Girlguiding bee we had a little snack and could not believe how great the Girlguiding bee was.

Some of the bees we saw were: the coronation street bee, the Piccadilly station bee, the pride bee, a rose gold bee, a giant honeycomb egg and some little bees. At every bee we saw we took pictures.

Everyone had fun looking round at the different bees and enjoyed all the sights and sounds of Manchester. By Edie Robertson


Wilmslow District Event – Cadbury World Trip

Cadbury World Trip

Very early morning (too early for some!) on Saturday 21st April, four coaches full of extremely excited members of Wilmslow District Girlguiding (consisting of 15 Rainbows, 85 Brownies, 65 Guides, 12 Young Leaders/Senior Section and 34 Leaders/lucky parents) set off for a choc-filled day of fun at Cadbury World.

They explored the chocolate Aztec jungle, populated by the Mayan people that some of the Brownies had learnt about in school. Then they travelled back in time to Bull Street, set in Victorian times, where John Cadbury introduced the history of Cadbury’s.  They saw a special effects film of how chocolate is made and felt their benches shake whilst watching the chocolate beans being processed. In the Demonstration room, they wrote their names in liquid chocolate, and saw how chocolate is poured into moulds. The Chocolate Making room was a special treat, where they were given a cup of liquid chocolate and added toppings such as marshmallows and fudge before devouring it.

Beanmobiles carried them on a relaxing Cadabra ride, where it was fun to spot Cadbury cocoa bean characters, before planting, growing, and harvesting their own virtual cocoa tree in the interactive Purple Planet.

In the afternoon, they enjoyed an amazing 4D Chocolate Cinema Adventure which had everyone squealing and ducking for cover as virtual mini eggs flew at them and the Crunchie rollercoaster left everybody feeling exhilarated! Some Guides enjoyed it so much they went twice.

Before leaving there was even time to take on the 3 storey heights of the African Adventure Play Area with its tube slides, climbing zones and rope bridges.

Edie, a Brownie, said her favourite part of the day was “eating chocolate!!” and described the day as a “Great Yummy Experience!!!”

When one of the Guides, Eleanor, was asked to sum up the day in three words, she chose, “captivating, sociable, delicious” and said her favourite part of the day was the “4D cinema, because I felt like I actually was on a roller-coaster.”

Amy, one of the Young Leaders commented “It was very interesting to see how Cadbury’s chocolate is made and the girls really enjoyed themselves (especially the parts where they got to eat the chocolate)”.


Commonwealth Service 2018

Commonwealth Service 2018

On Monday 12 March, members from 4th Poynton Brownies and 3rd Elworth Guides made the exciting journey to London to join 700 children and young people from across the UK in celebration of Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey. It was a very early start for us all as we travelled by train to London.

The Guides then travelled on the underground with Claire to Green Park and stopped off for photos at Buckingham Palace. Next stop was Portcullis House where they had to go through security checks and then had a private tour of the Palace of Westminster. The weather was not very kind so after a quick vote it was off to Macdonald’s for lunch before walking to Westminster Abbey.

4th Poynton Brownies had special part to play. They went from Euston straight to Westminster Abbey with Nicky. When they arrived they had a tour of the Abbey and then had to take part in rehearsals as they had the honour of escorting the Commonwealth flag as part of the procession service. Alyssia, a member of 4th Poynton Brownies, said: “It was one of the most exciting days of my life. I really enjoyed being part of the special service and seeing the royal family.”

The Commonwealth Service celebrated the 2018 Commonwealth theme of ‘Towards a Common Future,’ looking forward to The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London this Spring. The aim of the Service was to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth’s achievements and role. The event is the largest annual multi-faith Service in the UK and was attended by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle and other senior members of The Royal Family.

Highlights of the Service included a special performance by UK artist Liam Payne and a reflection by Dr Andrew Bastawrous, an eye surgeon who turned a smartphone into an examination tool that works to combat avoidable blindness in developing counties. The event also featured performances by Jaspreet Kaur, an award-winning spoken word artist, the London-based collective of Ghanaian musicians and dancers, One-Drum, the Portsmouth Gospel Choir, finalists in BBC One’s Pitch Battle television show, and the Ngāti Rānana London Maori Club. Guests of honour among the 2,000 strong congregation included the UK Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon Theresa May MP, the Prime Minister of Malta, The Hon Dr Joseph Muscat MP, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC, alongside senior politicians, dignitaries and diplomatic representatives from across the UK and Commonwealth, faith leaders and over 800 schoolchildren and young people.

Jenny from 3rd Elworth Guides said: “The thing I enjoyed the most was the private tour round the Houses of Parliament. I liked it because we saw all the rooms where they debate and make decisions and we saw where one of the suffragettes hid. I thought the tour was amazing and we learnt so much. The actual ceremony in Westminster Abbey was incredible! All the choirs were amazing and the fact that the royal family and The Queen were right in front of me is unimaginable. I loved the whole trip and it was a once in a lifetime experience.”

After the service we also met up with Rainbows and Guides from Stockport County who had also attended the Service.

We were both honoured and proud to represent Girlguiding at the Commonwealth Service, and to take our Brownies and Guides was one of those mountain top moments in guiding. The girls were definitely on a high as we met back at Euston, no chance of sleeping on the train home and are still talking about the day now. What incredible memories for all of us to treasure.

Claire & Nicky