Warwickshire News

A little girl with a large heart

November 2019

Abbi is just 7 years old, yet she has a compassion for those down on their luck beyond her years. Always encouraged by her family to think of others and how she might be able to help when things are tough for people, she has previously saved up some of her pocket money to buy a sleeping bag for a homeless person. As a Brownie in Welford on Avon, and in her quest for her Charity Challenge badge, she was aware of the homeless on the streets in Stratford and wanted to help them.

DALE STREET BROWNIES CELEBRATE GALA SUCCESS

March 2019

Newbold Leisure Centre saw a host of Brownies, Guides and supporters at their annual Swimming Gala in March. Girlguiding Warwickshire County Commissioner Jane Bennett said she was impressed by the enthusiasm of the swimmers and the wide range of exciting opportunities provided to all girls by their volunteer leaders. At the end of the evening Dale Street Brownies were delighted to become champions after many years of doing well but not quite making that top spot.

Common Wealth Awards

December 2018

During Arburys Annual Carol Service a few presentation where made.  Abigail, Christine, Bethany  where presented with their CommonWealth Awards and Charlotte  and Lisa where given there 10 years and 5 year service awards.

Teddy Bear hospital

November 2018

The Rainbows at St Marks Leamington where invited by students from Warwick University to bring along their 'poorly' teddy bear to visit the Teddy Bear Doctor. The doctor then wrote a paw-scription for love and hugs! The bears were  also given a bandage or plaster-cast, which the rainbows had fun applying at the messy station!  Other stations included exercising with their teddy bear, healthy eating and learning about the bones in the human body.  The Rainbows had a fantastic time and completed the Skills Builder Level 2 !

Leamington Girlguiding Sports events

June 2018

Glorious sunshine fell on Bishops Tachbrook where Whitnash and South Leamington Girlguiding held their Sports Day on Sunday 20th May. Traditional races were popular with Rainbows and Brownies, and Guides and Rangers helped out with the novelty races. The girls showed their skill at working in teams, and in true Girlguiding fashion there was plenty of good sporting support from spectators.

Where a Hat Day !

March 2018

1st Overslade Senior Section ran their annual fundraiser for Brain Tumour Research in the form of a "Wear A Hat" event, we run this on the closest Monday to the actual Wear A Hat Day. 

Youth Worker of the Year Award

March 2018

Former Warwickshire Girlguiding member Matilda Lomas has won Scotland's Youth Worker of the Year Award. Matilda won the Community Based Youth Work Award against tough competition from employed professional Youth Workers across Scotland.  The winners of the 13 categories then received votes during the Gala Awards Ceremony in Glasgow on Thursday 15th March, and Matilda came out on top as the overall Youth Worker of the Year.  What wonderful recognition for all Girlguiding volunteers of the value of what they provide. 

Great support in this venture has been provided by The People's Health Trust for funding towards the Girlguiding Harris programme. 

Celebrating 75 years of Trefoil Guild

February 2018

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF THE TREFOIL GUILD

Members of Leamington’s Trefoil Guilds, for adults in Girlguiding, were invited to a party run by Brownies to celebrate the Guilds 75th Anniversary. Brownies chose the activities and organised the refreshments as part of a teamwork challenge – one of a set making up The Trefoil Guild 75th Birthday Challenge for all Girlguiding sections in the UK in 2018. A good time was had by all with party food and games including pass the parcel with ‘forfeits’ for Trefoil Guild members having to share their favourite songs and memories from their earlier guiding days

Thinking Day Celebrations

February 2018

GIRLGUIDING MEMBERS CELEBRATE WORLD THINKING DAY

Leamington’s Radford Road and Dale Street Brownies joined forces in advance of World Thinking Day on 22nd February to complete the World Association of Girl Guides and rl Scouts (WAGGGS) Thinking Day Challenge for 2018. 

Raising money for Myton Hospice

December 2017

It really was ‘In the bleak midwinter’ when Dale Street Brownies spent two of their meetings carol singing in aid of Myton Hospice. The Girlguiding members, aged 7-10 years, raised a record £200 with their annual effort. They were touched by the wonderful generosity of the residents of Portland Place, Grove Street and Church Hill, Leamington. The girls say thank you to the houses and shop where they were rewarded with goodies for their fund raising efforts. They could not believe their eyes when one resident presented them with a huge box of chocolates as well as the Myton Hospice donation. The girls and volunteers had a fun evening and felt very satisfied to have brought such cheer and raised so much money despite the snow and ice.   

Recuitment at Leamington Priors

January 2018

A super start to the year as Leamington Guiders help with recuritment and getting people interested to join Girlguiding Uk.

Rainbows help the homeless

December 2017

St Mark's Rainbows, who meet at St Mark's Church in Rugby Road, collected items such as hats, gloves, and sweets to help make rough sleepers feel better this Christmas after an appeal by Helping Hands for people to donate filled shoeboxes. And staff from Helping Hands, including manager Lianne Kirkman, gave a talk to the Rainbows about how difficult it can be for homeless people at this time of year. Julie Brown, a leader at St Marks for the past 27 years, said the donation was a way of showing the values Rainbows have. She also said the group often supports Operation Christmas Child, which gives filled shoeboxes to children in war-torn countries. She said: "We were thinking about our Rainbows promise, which is being kind and helpful to everyone. So we wanted to do something to help people within our community. "Lianne was absolutely fantastic. The girls learned an awful lot."

 

Operation Christmas Child

November 2017

Leamington rainbows have been very busy getting shoebox ready and filled up with lovely gifts for operation Christmas Child.

Rainbows at Foundry Wood

November 2017

LeamingtonRainbows  visied Foundry Wood in Leamington Spa.

 

The Rainbows helped build a campfire, toasted Marshmallows with help from the Education Development team and sang camp fire songs.

 

Rainbows help raise funds for Local Hospital

November 2017

St Marks Rainbows help raise over £300 for local hospital with a cake sale.  Staff and patients where very grateful.

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Rainbows have fun at the Dentist

November 2017

Dale Street Leamington Brownies spent a fun meeting as the guests of the incredibly helpful women who work at The Gallery Dentist in Leicester Street. The girls enjoyed donning aprons and masks and each made a dental impression which they took home in a goodie bag with a toothbrush and fun work sheets. The Brownies took particular delight in showing their red teeth after using disclosing tablets. Their teeth were shining again after their tooth brushing session with Dr Rima Hassan and Jacquie Almond.

 “I learned how important it is to look after gums and to brush in circles” said 9 year old Emmie Mai.  And if the planned activities weren't enough fun, blowing up the protective gloves provided even more, as one Rainbow found out.

Remembrance Parade

November 2017

A good crowed of Cubbington Rangers, St Marks Guides, Dale Street Brownies and Leaders from several units did their town proud when they represented Girlguiding at Leamington Town's 2017 Remembrance Parade. The Brownies learned from experience how wise penguins are to huddle when it gets cold, but were straight back in their smart lines without complaint when the service ended.

Brownies have a go at Running the Country

November 2017

It's UK Parliament Week and Brownies find it is hard work running the country

 

The world was put to rights as each Adventure Group at Dale Street Brownies, Leamington Spa, took on the roles of MPs and had their own debates using the excellent resources from Girlguiding Midlands and the kit sent from 'UK Parliament Week.' We remembered the Gunpowder Plot and made delicious 'matches'  by dipping the tips of chocolate fingers into warm water and sprinkles.

BP Adventure in London

October 2017

Guides enjoying their BP Challenge in London staying at Pax Lodge and enjoying being tourist for the weekend.

Sleepover on HMS Belfast

October 2017

Brownies from Keresley District have just returned from an amazing weekend in London.  The girls did lots of sightseeing but the highlight of the weekend was the sleep-over on HMS Belfast.

Pudding Fund Raiser for Macmillian

October 2017

1st Lapworth Guides, Hockley Heath District, Solihull Widney Division raised £142.00 for Macmillan by holding a pudding evening.  Our Baden Powell Challengers organised the evening and made it into a baking competition, which was really well received and we had a lot of support from the girls’ friends and families.

Leamington Dale St Rainbows & Brownies go the extra mile!

September 2017

Over 30 Rainbows and Brownies from Dale Street Leamington are celebrating after successfully collecting together their sponsor money from their Crazy Mile for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

 

The girls aged between 5 and 10 raised £770 and were supported by family and friends as they completed the Mile for Macmillan challenge in Victoria Park Leamington. The Rainbows and Brownies are two of over 4,000 Girlguiding Midlands units to join forces with Macmillan as part of a new charity partnership to raise £72,000 for people affected by cancer this year.

 

Kavi aged 10, a member of the Brownies, said “Everyone had fun choosing how to go a mile in a crazy way.  There was cartwheeling, space hopping, skipping, walking with an egg and spoon and girls in pairs walking 3 legged or as wheelbarrow.  It was tiring but felt good to raise money for other people.”

Rangers enjoy a pamper night!

May 2017

Cubbington Ranger Guides had a fabulously sparkley evening at Leamington Body Shop, also using it as a recruitment night for Guides who are moving up to the Unit over the next year. Mini makeovers,  face packs and gorgeous smells! Great fun for everyone! Even an 18th birthday cake

Arbury District raising Money

May 2017

Arbury district 'Dress up and dance' for Macmillan a super district event raising money for a worthy cause.

May Day Fun

May 2017

Dale Street Brownies, Leamington, had fun celebrating May Day with proper may pole dancing.  No Brownies were harmed in the making of this beautiful maypole plait, but it was a close call at times when some girls seemed intent on ducking when they should have been stretching.  The lovely volunteers who brought the pole along did well to maintain their composure, especially as the session followed an hour with the Rainbows. Highly recommended for culture as well as fun!

Drayton Manor Sleepover

April 2017

Hartshill brownies enjoyed an exciting sleep over at  Drayton Manor Theme park.  The brownies experienced lots fun  games and activities. They all enjoyed the rides around the Theme park the next day and really enjoyed the 4D cinema. 

Successful Senior Section Sleepover

April 2017

A Senior Section Sleepover, which included older Guides who wanting to find out more about Senior Section. We had a variety of new skills including pizza and breadmaking, CPR. They also had a movie night with popcorn, and a lovely walk to Kenilworth Castle and swimming. We also had a Peer Educator session and chatted about international trips. The enjoyed choosing their own activities and being allowed to help with the food. New friends where made and very happy and positive atmosphere. Well done girls and leaders who helped put on the event.

Sausages in the making!

March 2017

Lots of Brownies and a sausage making machine. What could possibly go wrong?! Thanks to experts Martin, Cal and Helen at Aubrey Allen Butchers no fingers were harmed during the making of sausages when Dale Street Brownies spent their meeting at the Leamington shop. The girls agreed it was 'amazing' as well as fun. Thanks Aubrey Allen.

Leamington Mayor encourages Brownies to serve their Community

March 2017

Leamington Mayor Ann Morrison has encouraged Dale Street Brownies to keep their Girlguiding Promise to serve the Queen and their community. The Brownies were very interested to hear about Ann’s role for the year and to complete a fun quiz, provided by the Mayor’s Secretary Jackie Webb, about the Town Hall and items in the Mayor’s Parlour. After their tour, and lots of questions to Ann and Jackie, the Brownies tried out the role of Councillor by making proposals in the Council Chamber.

INTOPS Fund Raiser

March 2017

A Horse Race night fund rasing event was organised for INTOPS.  It was a fun night for all that attended and 440 was raised for the Switzerland and India Team.

Widney Rainbows 30th Celebrations

March 2017

Widney Rainbows Celebrated 30th years of Rainbows with A Circus Skills Party.  A great time was had by all lots of fun, games and face painting.

Stratford District Celebrating Thinking Day

February 2017

Members of Stratford District Girlguiding had a wonderful and truly exciting Thinking Day celebrations thanks to the hard working members of Playbox Theatre on Saturday. They participated in movement, acting and circus skills and finished up with a performance for parents.

Leamington Brownies Celebrate World Thinking Day

February 2017

Radford Road and Dale Street Brownies enjoyed a joint meeting and challenges set by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scout to mark World Thinking Day. Celebrated every 22nd February since 1926, World Thinking Day is a day of international friendship, solidarity on issues that affect girls and young women, and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

Promises and Ice Cream!

February 2017

Cubbington Rangers learning how to make ice cream and promise ceremony at Gallone's Ice Cream Parlour

Cubbington Rangers make the local TV news

February 2017

Whitnash Rangers and Cubbington rangers made it on to the local news whilst at Sparkle & Ice at the weekend. The girls are doing the team building plank and tyre challenge and delightedly telling the BBC about the badge they get.

Guides Receive their Baden Powell Awards

January 2017

Guides from Coventry South, West Orchard United Reformed Church, received their Baden Powell Awards at their church parade service.  Well done girls what an acheivement.

Race night Fund Raising Event

January 2017

 Saturday 4th March 2017

7pm – 10pm

Race Night - Fundraising evening for County International trips.

Highway Club,Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry CV4 9BY

Suitable for all ages – everyone welcome

Rainbows 30th Party

January 2017

Calling all Rainbows & their Leaders!  On Sunday 11th June, Warwickshire County are holding a very special event.

Come and join us for the biggest Rainbow birthday party you've ever been to!  To celebrate  the 30 birthday of Rainbows, we've planned a whole day of exciting birthday-themed activities.  The venue is the wonderful Warwick Arts Centre, where we will have use of several fabulous rooms and even a theatre.  The whole day will be about having fun and trying out new things - we are planning to offer performing arts workshops as well as traditional birthday party activities.  If that's not enough, our real live Olivia mascot will be present to help you celebrate - why don't you have a photo with her?

The event will cost £18 and will include all materials, the cupcake and of course, that very special celebration badge.  This is no ordinary Rainbow event and we'd love to see as many of you there as possible. 

 

Cosmic Camping 2017

January 2017

Dates: Fri 11th Aug to Tues 15th Aug

Location: Beaudesert Scout and Guide Campsite

Cosmic Camp are catering for everyone, £160 cost for Brownies and £70 cost for leaders.   Volunteers from Senior Section to  take part in the service team are also welcome at the cost of £50.  Brownie leaders consider coming along either as a small group to join in others or as a large group on your own.   The booking forms  and more information go to:-

  www.midlands.headoffice@girlguiding.org.uk

Brownies Carol Singing

December 2016

11th Leamington Dale Street Brownies, raised £84 one week, and then a massive £101 the week before Christmas carol singing around the neighbouring streets of central Leamington.  A total of £185 was donated to Myton Hospice and the Brownies agreed that their Christmas Good Turn had been great fun.

Its not all work work work!

December 2016

It isn't just the girls who have fun in Girlguiding, as can be seen at the Dale Street Brownie Leader planning meeting! 

Chief Commissioner Awards

December 2016

A lovely morning was spent at Barton Marina, where the presentation of Midlands Chief Commissioners Awards was held.

 

Congratulations to the Warwickshire ladies

A Guiding Star!

November 2016

A presentation was made to Senior Section member Rosie at Brailles  with the Guiding Star.

 

The Guiding Star is an award for any member of Girlguiding, up to her 26th birthday, who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility during an incident.

Brownies visit the Fire Station

November 2016

Dale Street Leamington Brownies polished off 4 weeks working towards their Fire Safety Badges with a visit to Leamington Fire Station where they learned a lot, including how many Brownies you can fit in a fire engine and that firefighter kit is jolly heavy to wear. 

 

Walking Weekend

November 2016

The next County Social Walking weekend will be at Gelnbrook, near Hope in Derbyshire.  Sunday 7th -9Th April 2017.  Cost £45 and includes an evening meal on Friday and Saturday, two breakfasts, a packed lunch on Saturday and a light lunch on Sunday.  \more information contact Stephanie

Theme Camp

November 2016

Theme Camp preperations are under way!  The camp is at Hardiman Fields and will take place 19th - 21st May 2017.  More details to follow.

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra

November 2016

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are now open. We are taking applications for both the Orchestra and Concert Band. The closing date is midnight on Saturday 10 December.  Last year 115 young people attended - a record year and we hope to take even more in 2017 so please encourage individuals to apply.

 

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are now open. We are taking applications for both the Orchestra and Concert Band. The closing date is midnight on Saturday 10 December.  Last year 115 young people attended - a record year and we hope to take even more in 2017 so please encourage individuals to apply.

The course and concerts are based in Stourbridge, West Midlands and run from Sunday 30 July - Sunday 6 August 2017. The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham. 

and concerts are based in Stourbridge, West Midlands and run from Sunday 30 July - Sunday 6 August 2017. The course is hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham. 

Night Owl Winners!

October 2016

Congratulations to 30th Coventry Guides and Styvechale Rangers on winning Night Owl 2016. The girls were 1 of 23 teams of guides, scouts, rangers and explorers who navigated the 6 mile route across country around Corley Moor & Fillongley completing a series of challenges in the overnight walking competition. The team were delighted to be announced the winners and receive the trophy this morning after managing to get just 4 hours sleep.  Well done !

FARM TO FORK TRAIL AT TESCO

Sept 2016

Dale Street Brownies were some of the latest Girlguiding members to enjoy the Farm to Fork Trail at their local Tesco.  The girls saw behind the scenes at the bakery counter, learned some fascinating facts about fruit and enjoyed a healthy snack from the vegetable aisles.

Senior Section Baton Relay

April 2016

All the Divisions in the County are taking part in the Baton Relay to celebrate their Centenary.

 

County Thanks Badge

April 2016

Kineton Division recently had a fantastic day out at the Think Tank in Birmingham.

Whilst they were there Judith Jackson (District Commissioner for Shipston on Stour) was presented with the County Thanks badge.

Well done Judith and thank you for all your hard work got Girlguiding.

 

Brownies take one step at a time

March 2016

To mark International Women’s Day on 8th March Dale Street Brownies took up the call to consider the different ways boys and girls are treated. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is the world’s largest voluntary movement dedicated to girls and young women, so it was no surprise that they asked for each member to take a small step to try and bring about gender equality sooner than the predicted 2030. 

Napton wins a double at Swimming Gala

February 2016

Napton pulled off an amazing double when both the Brownies and the Guides became Champions at Girlguiding Leamington’s swimming gala at Newbold Comyn pool, Leamington, on Saturday 6th February 2016.  “The Brownies absolutely loved taking part in the Gala and it was made even better by winning the trophy – we had never won silverware before!” said a delighted Rosie Coombe, Napton Brownie Leader.  Their efforts were rewarded by a second trophy as Napton Brownies also won the Brownie Relay Cup.

INTOPS

Tuesday 2nd February 2016

INTOPS weekend 2016.

This recent weekend was attended by 15 girls and we are pleased to say all 15 were selected.

No destinations for the County trips have been finalised yet because a further mini INTOPS is being planned now that more leaders have shown an interest, which will increase the opportunites that can be offered to the girls in the County.

3 of the girls have been nominated for Region Internationals. One for each trip to Kenya, Australia and Denmark.

If you are interested please contact Debbie Warden, the International adviser debbie.warden@ggw.org.uk

Easyfundraising

Sunday 6th September 2015

Girlguiding Warwickshire is in partnership with easyfundraising.org.uk to offer your guiding unit a simple, effective, fundraising system, which costs your unit and your supporters absolutely nothing!

Members Area

Saturday 25th April 2015

The County website has had an update. From now, there is no longer a restricted area. If you need past county new sheets or application forms, please contact the county office. 

countyoffice@ggw.org.uk

There is still really useful information for all leaders on the Warwickshire Members page. Please get in contact if you would like to see anything else. 

Subs 2015

Tuesday 24th February 2015

Official Subscription 2015 invoices are now available to print and pay. Payment is due immediately and cheques should be received and cleared by 31 March 2015. You will need to send your cheque for the full amount on your official invoice along with the Annual Subscription 2015 Payment Slip, to the address on the invoice. 

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