Never been? Great opportunity to visit for free!
Volunteer for a slot;
As a Showmaker: which involves walking for the whole time slot, around a set route, answering questions from visitors to the event (with the help of some information provided). Volunteers will need to be physically mobile for this role
To Staff an Information Point: this is standing in one place for the whole time slot, answering questions from visitors to the event (with the help of some information provided).
Hopefully see you there!
The 2019 Splash Days are:
- 19 May – fully booked
- 09 June
- 23 June – fully booked already
- 15 September
Book early to avoid disappointment.
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.
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
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.
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).
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
Europe and Adventures in Prague 2018 – Cheshire Border County International group
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 email@example.com
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
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)”.