Well Done Janet Hancock!
County Commissioner Heather Clark presenting Janet Hancock from Gillingham Division with her Long Service Award for 50 years Service!
Lordswood and Walderslade's South American Themed Holiday
Lordswood and Walderslade District Brownies and Guides had a fun filled weekend at Paxwood on 24th - 26th June. The theme was a South American Adventure. The girls enjoyed craft and games. Linked to the Olympics in Rio this year on Saturday afternoon we held our own mini Olympic games.
The pictures are of the girls having fun, learning a new skill, peeling carrots, a challenging crab race and we must not forget our dedicated leaders.
Annual Review 2015
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FUN, FUN, FUN at LaSER Funtastic 2014
For 10 brownies from 1st Rainham Brownies it was a chance to experience a pack holiday with a difference as 3000 Brownies took over Butlins at Bognor Regis to kick start the Big Brownie Birthday celebrations. For their leaders it was familiar surroundings having taken part in Funtenary 2010. From getting on the coach to being handed back to their parents the girls didn't stop. There was food, swimming, panto, goody bags, the beach (a surprisingly warm and dry day!), the celebration show, lots and lots of walking, lost property trips (several times), making things, seeing the LEGO birthday cake, playing crazy golf, getting one of their leaders to go on the carousel (yay) and the wave swinger (not so yay), playing games, shopping , meeting Octavia the Octopus, birthday cake and perhaps just a tiny bit of sleep. The girls were thrilled to be staying in the hotel where the room lighting changed colour and there were towels in the shape of elephants! They had an amazing time, taking away so many brilliant memories and the knowledge that they were one of only 3000 brownies who could say they were at Funtastic 2014.
Brown Owl and Tinkerbell (Leaders, 1st Rainham Brownies)
Medway Rangers win Senior Section Challenge
Senior Section Challenge Cup 2013
Congratulations to Medway Rangers who were judged to have submitted the winning entry in the Senior Section Challenge Cup competition for 2013.
Here's the link to their entry if you would like to have a look:
Many thanks to those who entered the competition, it's always difficult to choose a winning entry.
5th Dartford Guides give their time for Marie Curie Cancer Care
On a snowy Sunday morning on the 24th March, 6 members of the 5th Dartford (St. Anselm's) Guides could be found in Prospect Place Retail Park, Dartford. They had volunteered 2 hours of their time to help raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care, Great Daffodil Appeal 2013.
The local fundraising team had provided all the collection materials in advance; the money tubs, boxes of daffodil pin badges, yellow vests and foam hats. They also provided the paperwork required which gave us permission to collect, the forms we needed to bank the money afterwards and a prepaid returns bag to send back the collection materials afterwards.
Despite the chilly weather (which we think actually helped us raise more due to people's empathy for us), we collected an amazing £124.39. Not only that but we heard some amazing and heartfelt stories about people's experiences with cancer and the nurses that helped them in so many ways......and of course we looked gorgeous in those hats!
Remembrance Trip to Normandy
Read a report of a thought provoking trip to Normandy.
First Guide at Greenhithe to receive Baden Powell Award
Congratulations to 1st Greenhithe Guide Lauren Handy, who has been presented with the Baden Powell Challenge Award. This is a very prestigious award and the first time that a Guide from 1st Greenhithe has received the accolade.
This award sees that guides who have gained two challenge badges can take part in this exciting opportunity to work with new people, make new friends and encourage a revolution of girls to become more aware of the community around us.
The challenge includes doing ten clauses from five zones: Healthy Lifestyles, Global Awareness, Discovery, Skills and Relationships and Celebrating Diversity as well as a Baden Powell Adventure. For her adventure, Lauren took part in a residential excursion to the ICANDO centre in London (Girlguiding Headquarters). This involved using public transport, particularly the train, to go to many places on the British Monopoly Board as well as doing colour challenges. This was an extremely fun and creative opportunity to become more independent, social and confident young women.
Lauren received her award from Kent West County Commissioner, Lois Derham, on Monday 24th September 2012.
Lauren now hopes to inspire more guides from the unit to take part in this marvellous opportunity and support them through, what she perceives to be, a fantastic award made to bring people together, which is what it is all about.