Lancashire West County Newsletter
December 2007 A message from your County Commissioner
Hello Everyone, Welcome to the 1 edition of our County Newsletter. For those of you who don’t know me yet, I’m Joanne Wells and I’m your new County Commissioner as of July 2007 and I’m also a Brownie Guider. I aim to meet all of you before too long so do please invite me to events and I will try and come to as many as possible. Since July I have been gathering a new County Team and having done that we have been busy planning for the future. We are aiming towards ‘Reaching New Horizons’ in Guiding. We are proud of our past but we must look forward to our future. Working towards that end we have kicked off with the new styled County Day – a long morning to get you re-energised and recharged. For those of you who were there I hope you’ve been refreshed and inspired to put the ‘wow’ back into Guiding! For those of you who have missed it don’t worry, there are plenty of training opportunities to help and inspire you too. The County Calendar posted to you in September has a whole list of subjects that may interest you. Come along and meet other Guiders, share views, ideas and experiences and make new friends. I look forward to meeting you at one of these evenings. If you are planning on coming to any of these trainings please book so the trainers can be prepared for the number attending. Don’t forget to check our County web site out. www.girlguidinglancswest.org.uk has update of all events in the County. I know you are all busy preparing for Christmas. I send my very best wishes for a Joyous Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone in Girl Guiding Lancs. West and I would like to take this opportunity
to say THANK YOU for everything you do to make Guiding such a success in our County. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Joanne County Day Over a hundred people attended County Day this year at St Georges School. Our County Commissioner Joanne started the day by welcoming everybody and presenting Audrey MacNaughton with her Trainers License. The first session of the day was about perception, the fact that room used for the presentation had windows on 3 sides made it difficult to see the PowerPoint presentation but everyone appeared to enjoy playing the guiding version of Blockbusters and working in their Divisions. We were encourage to write an achievement we had made in the last 12 months on a cloud which was pinned onto the sky and we were told what amazing people we are. Later people went to their chosen session and guiders were seen leaving at lunchtime wearing tiaras and clutching smartie tube made into animals amongst other things. Trefoil Guild Trefoil Guild on the Move. Due to an increase in membership, we have had to look for larger premises, and are fortunate enough to have been offered the use of Aysgarth Day Centre, off Highfield Road. Our first meeting there will be on 26th February 2008. Our thanks go to Joanne & David Wells for the use of their chalet over the last few years and we are very grateful to them. However we may take up their offer and return in the summer for a B.B.Q or similar activity. Everyone is welcome to join us, I will keep you up to date with our activities and the full programme will be available in the New Year
Fylde South Division Fylde South Division had a social gathering, to say au reviour to Sue Allen the retiring Division Commissioner and welcome to Jean Priestley their new Division Commissioner. Sue is taking on the new challenger of organising the county’s centenary celebrations. Young Leaders, Guiders, Commissioners’ and the Trefoil Guild all joined together in wishing Sue & Jean all the best in their new positions. [picture removed] Jacky Ramsden presenting Sue Allen with a bouquet from Fylde South St Annes Rangers From Jacky Ramsden Congratulations to Chloe Werner who has gained her Queen's Guide Award. Chloe is now studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire. Sarah Allen and Chloe played in the National Guide and Scout Symphony Orchestra in the o2 Arena in November; this was part of the Scout Centenary celebration. Sarah is also undertaking some very unusual service as part of her DofE Gold and Community Action for her Queens Guide. She is working on the footplate for the Ribble Steam Railway. Sarah and Helen Rowe-Willcocks went with North West England to an International Camp in Denmark in the summer. St Annes Rangers organised Fylde South Division’s shoebox appeal for International Aid Trust. They packed 230 shoeboxes and are already planning next years appeal. Thank you to everyone who helped. Fylde South Scout & Guide Senior Section are holding a dinner dance at the Lindum o th Friday 11 January at a cost of £20. Tickets and further information are available from: Philipa Duerden. Wrea Green
Members of the 1st Wrea Green Brownies were featured in the Blackpool Gazette when they had a visit from the St John Ambulance Brigade for their first aid badge. 1st Wrea Green Guides. On a (nother) cold Sunday morning on the 17th June st 2007, 1 Wrea Green Guides wash numerous cars at the Institute, Wrea Green. And in the afternoon the Guides manned their usual water station for the Freckleton Half Marathon by which time the sun had appeared. The monies raised at the Car Wash (£233.16) was presented to Friends of Chernobyl Children (FOCC) who were entertained by the Guides the following Thursday 21st June 2007. [picture removed]
Thornton Cleveleys East District From Lynn Clare Thornton Cleveleys East District did a fundraising ‘bag pack ‘at Morrison’s. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Leaders all took part and we raised £903.23 for District Funds. We also had a recruitment stall in the foyer and managed to get new leaders, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Young leaders. This was a very good result. A very big thank-you to everyone who participated.
Guide Day Guides from around the county met to do Christmas crafts these included making a very special Christmas cards, making crackers with mini rolls and icing & learning about reflexology.
Thank you Several people from the county helped with this years’ Poppy Appeal, thank you to you all.
4 Thornton Pack Holiday The 4 Thornton Brownies held their pack th holiday at Guys Farm on weekend of 13 October their theme was Christmas and Saturday was Christmas Eve. They spent their Christmas Eve go-carting, making Christmas decorations and later that evening they were having a Christmas Party and decorating the Christmas tree. Some how the leaders had arranged for Father Christmas to take time out of his busy schedule to deliver presents to them on the Saturday Night on the strict understanding that the obligatory Mince Pies, a drink and plenty of carrots were left out. Marton District Marton district held a bag pack at Asda for district funds. 14 Marton Guides 14 Marton Guides held a fundraising event th on 14 November. They spent the evening being pampered with the proceeds being divided between unit funds and Carleton Baby Cemetery.
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The Friends of Guys Farm Activity Centre Invite You to Become a Friend Guy’s Farm belongs equally to Lancashire West and Lancashire North West Counties and it needs continual support to provide the necessary facilities for many events held there by members of the counties in all sections. The A.G.M. is to be held at Guy’s Farm on th the 12 March 2008 and will commence at 7.30pm. Future ‘Friends’ events will be announced in the next Newsletter and via your District Commissioner. PLEASE GIVE YOUR SUPPORT AS A FRIEND. Our Lancashire West Group of Friends will be pleased to welcome new members and appreciate their ideas and help for future events to be held in the County.
The Guys Farm Shop Let me introduce myself. I am the Guys Farm Activity Centre Shop. I am situated next door to the Reception Office opposite the Barn. Although I’m not very large in size, I have an interesting range of fun items and Guiding goods for sale. You can and visit me every Saturday, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. To help me run this service I have helpers who serve in the shop. They enjoy helping the girls choose their gifts and enable Guiders to see many of the goods from the Trading Catalogue. I also stock metal, fun and most of the popular Interest Badges. New helpers are always welcome and I would particularly like members of the Senior Section and Guiders working on the Leadership Qualification to come and join the team. If you would like to take up this challenge and help maintain my role in supporting our Activity Centre, please telephone my manager, Pat Hawkins on 01253 402929.
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