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Saying goodbye and thank you to:

  • Goodbye to Tish Lawson as County Archivist but staying on as support to the Archivist Team
  • Goodbye to Commissioners finishing their terms:
    • Sarah Haigh District Commission (DC) Shipley.
    • Lynn Stow DC Worth Valley.
    • Angela Simpson DC Keighley North.

Our most grateful thanks for their dedication, support, guidance and friendship over the past years.

Hello and welcome to:

  • Kay Bolton who has taken on the role of Leadership Co-ordinator with Mary Smith.
  • Sarah Haigh who has taken on the role of County Outdoor Activities Adviser.
  • Vicki Fitspatrick has taken on the role as County Archives with Carol Whitrick.
  • Kay Bolton who is now serving another 12 months as Keighley Division Commissioner.
  • Wendy Berry who has been appointed as County Water Adviser.
  • Louise Welch who has been appointed as Assistant County Commissioner.

Thank you to:

  • Pam Moulds, who has sorted our Nights Away Badges for many years. Nights Away Badges orders are now ordered via the County Office.

Current Opportunities

Can you help?

Wardens WYNCHES:
WYNCHES house and / or site warden – could you spare some time to warden groups in and out of the house (usually Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons) on weekends you are available.

If you can please contact Anne Vickerman Chair of WYNCHES Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Service Crew WYNCHES:
1st Saturday of the month between 10.30 and 2.30pm – needed men and women to help with jobs around the site and house such as pond clearing, woodpile sorting and chopping wood, tilling the pond area in readiness for planting a wildflower area, repairing grass sledges, painting and decorating.

If you can help (even if it's only one Saturday) please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know which month you can come to so we can confirm it is going ahead.

Friends of WYNCHES:
Help with fund raising for the development and ongoing care of WYNCHES.

Interested then please contact Marion Mawson via the County Office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can be a mentor even if you have just qualified as a leader – let’s face it, you have just done the training and are in a good position to help someone else through.

Interested please contact Mary Smith Leadership Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Response Trainers:
You don’t need to be a trainer to provide 1st Response Training for Guiding

You need to hold a 16 hour First Response training qualification, attend a 1 day “training 1st response” training and then a mandatory training refresher as required according to Guiding Policy.

We do not have anyone in county who can provide this training and would really like a team of 1st Response trainers.

If you think you would like to do this or just want to know more about it please get in touch with Julie Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Advisers and Commissioners:
Do you know you can be a commissioner or adviser, you don’t need loads of years of experience – you need good people skills, vision and enthusiasm – want to chat about it and find out a bit more contact Julie who would love to meet with you over a coffee and slice of cake!

If you think you would like to do this or just want to know more about it please get in touch with Julie Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Opportunities for Leaders

Walking Qualifications:
For any adult with a passion for walking.

You can work your way through the Walking qualifications to take your unit out or help with promoting walking in your District or Division.

For more details contact the County Walking Adviser Heidi Beardsmore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boating Qualification:
Opportunities to gain a Bell Boating Qualification

2nd Sept plus 2 half days. Cost £60 includes taking upto 12 guides or brownies on the 2 half days.

For those of us who have no idea what a Bell Boat is – it looks like 2 x 6 seater canoes bolted together.

Good place to start for learning boating skills.

Interested contact County Water Adviser Wendy Berry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Your Support Needed with Student Questionnaire

North East England has sent us this questionaire designed to get some ideas of how they can support counties with retaining their own student population who move out of county to Uni or students who move into our county with an interest in guiding. Also how we can ensure our students do get welcomed into other counties as well as our own.

This is not just for Senior Section units its for Young Leader, Queens Guides, DofE etc.

All questionnaires are to be returned direct to NEE (it says how on the form).

Click on here for the questionarie -> form

Thank you,

Julie Smith
County Commissioner
Girl Guiding West Yorkshire North

Action for Change - Opportunity for Senior Section Members aged 14 - 20

Dear Senior Section member - please take a few minutes to read this

The Action for Change Project is aimed specifically at Senior Section members aged 14 - 20 years old 

The aim is to get 50 senior section members from across NEE to take part in individual projects where they can promote, voice or make a
change to their community e.g. set up a food bank collection point, petition a subject close to their hearts, fundraise (something a bit
more than just for unit funds) run a play day in their community etc..

You will be invited to attend a weekend in 7th - 9th April at York University where you will get enough skills to help you develop and manage your project and you will get a mentor to help you through your project.

The project must be completed in 12 months and it can be done as an individual or in two's or three's

All travel expenses will be covered 
We have attached the guidance and information  - if you are interested please do apply and let  Julie Smith County Commissioner know as well so she can offer any support needed. 

Thank you,

WAGGGS World Thinking Day 2018

WAGGGS have release this years World thinking day World Thinking Day 2018 COMMUNICATIONS PACK click here for the full document.

For the past two years, World Thinking Day (WTD) celebrations have focused on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) triennium strategic theme: Connect – Grow – Impact.

Together we celebrated the meaningful connections that our Movement generates and shared them so more girls could experience what it means to be part of international Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.

When we asked you what ‘impact in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting means for you’, you told us:

  • make effort change positive strong powerful
  • achievement
  • result lives
  • life mindscreation
  • motivation
  • difference
  • power
  • effect
  • innovation
  • creating
  • making influence doservice affect development outcome outcome people mark

This change is happening in two ways:

  • Personal Impact: By using the unique Girl Guide and Girl Scout method, we can bring change to the individual’s development.
  • Wider Impact: By positively impacting on many young people, our national Associations can bring about bigger positive change in wider society.

West Yorkshire North - Nights Away Badges

Every time you spend one or more nights away on a recognised Guiding event, complete the record table.

The following badges are available:

  • 1 Night
  • 5 Nights
  • 10 Nights
  • 15 Nights
  • 20 Nights
  • 30 Nights
  • 40 Nights
  • 50 Nights
  • 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200 Nights

For the nights away order form please Click Here.

Nights Away badge

My Camp CEO Experience

I still can't believe that I was lucky enough to be accepted onto Camp CEO, it’s such an amazing opportunity and with only 20 places I was sure I wouldn't get accepted. When I got the email to say I'd been accepted my mum was screaming and congratulated me.

So I got on the first train on Sunday to Leeds, then transferred to Peterborough and finally arrived at St. Neots where I got a taxi to the Wyboston Lakes Training Centre. Leigh and Katie for Girl Guiding met me at the entrance and showed me to my room (which was LUSH). At 6pm, we all met to go for dinner, it was a bit awkward because none of us new each other but we just started to talk and ended up making lot of new friends. We then headed to the conference room where some previous Guides came to talk to us about their experience and help us to get to know each other.

On Monday morning we took part in some really interesting workshops on networking and social media which helped us to think about the way we present ourselves both online and in person. In the afternoon we headed down to the activity centre to take part in hover crafting, bungee runs and banana boating (all which were great fun!) Then we headed back to restaurant for dinner and free time, which meant we could really get to know each other better. We spent Tuesday in lots of different sessions, including stress management and public speaking. Some of the CEO's had begun to arrive! It was really exciting! We also met the Chief Guide and she gave a speech about her life which was really interesting.

I was a little bit nervous on Wednesday morning because I knew we were going to meet our CEOs, but then we saw them at breakfast I instantly relaxed because I realised that they were all lovely, normal women. We then all headed over to the conference room where we spend 40 minutes speed networking, which was really fun as it allowed us to gain a little bit of information on every CEO that then allowed us to see who we would come back and speak to during the free networking. We then paired back up with our own CEO and spent quite a lot of time speaking about what they do and our own ambitions. I was paired up with Sue Robinson, the CEO of Ernst and Young, a major finance company. She asked me lots of questions about my life and what I wanted to do in the future and helped me to look at different opportunities open to me (it was really useful as I'm applying for universities in September.) We then had a speech on leadership which was really inspiring, after which some of the CEO's had to leave. It felt strange that they'd made such a big impact on us in such a short space of time and then had to leave. But we said our goodbyes and then the rest of the CEO's came down to the activity centre to take part in Hover crafting and last man (or woman) standing with us (it was really nice to see that they just wanted to have fun and take part too) In the evening the rest of the CEO's left and we went back to our hotel to watch a film.

Finally, on Thursday morning we had a badge ceremony and reviewed our hopes and fears of the week (we realised we had nothing to fear!) It was an absolutely amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone, it helped me to think about what I can achieve if I put my mind to it and really inspired me to follow my dreams. Also it was a pleasure not only to meet inspiring women, but to make such good friends with the future CEO's of our generation.


Hannah Bussingham

The Senior Section Spectacular 2016

To help you keep up to date with everything going on for the Senior Section Centenary there is a wonderful website packed full of useful information.

The website contains, the following:

  •    Blog
  •    Events & Activities
  •    Team Spectacular
  •    Mission Spectacular
  •    Shop

Is your unit planning on completing Mission Spectacular? Yes, then why not sends us your progress and we will share it with the county.

Let’s make this year Spectacular!!

The Sheila Marks Laurel Award

A special presentation took place in Christchurch on Thursday 18th February 2016. Julie Smith, County Commissioner for West Yorkshire North came to award Elaine Hiley a prestigious trophy for her exceptional services to Guiding.

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There is a bit of history to this award and presenting it in Christchurch had particular relevance.

The correct name for the trophy is 'The Sheila Marks Laurel Award'. Many people in Ilkley will remember Sheila who among her many community based activities was a Guide Leader in Christchurch, became Division Commissioner, County Commissioner and later County President. For these services to Guiding Sheila was awarded one of the highest accolades, namely The Laurel Award. When she died some years ago, her relatives gave this award to the County and it was incorporated in the trophy to be awarded annually to a deserving person.

This year Elaine Hiley is the recipient to the delight of all of us in Rombalds District. Elaine has been Leader with 1st Ilkley Guides for more than 20 years, she was County Commissioner and became a Centenary Champion for GirlGuiding in 2010 when a hundred years of Guiding was celebrated.

World Wide. Still very active, she mentors much need new Leaders.

Congratulations Elaine.

Walking Forum


At the Training weekend last weekend a small group of leaders and advisers met to discuss how best to go forward with the D of E scheme and associated support to increase the number of walking level 2 qualifications within the county.

As a result we have a DofE team:

  •    Chris Simpson - County DofE Adviser
  •    Alison Cockburn - Assistant / Route planning
  •    Heidi Beardsmore - Walking Adviser

There will be some information and guidance coming out shortly to support anyone thinking of undertaking the DofE scheme. In the meantime there is to be a walking forum meeting to be held:

  •   Wednesday 2nd December at 7.30pm at Baildon Moravian Church

Please email or ring Heidi Beardsmore to let her know you are attending (for Heidi's information please contact the county office).



The Sheila Marks Trophy was awarded to Elaine Hiley, a guider in Wharfedale in recognition for her over and above work in guiding for the County and Division.

County Commissioner Update


First of all thank you to everyone who attended the Presentation evening. 58 attended and it was a lovely relaxed evening. The Sheila Marks Trophy was awarded to Elaine Hiley, a guider in Wharfedale in recognition for her over and above work in guiding for the County and Division.

Swiftly on its heels was the training weekend which was successful seeing good attendance for first response (34) safe space (30) rainbows, brownies, guides, senior section between 5 and 14 in each session, accounts and gift aid (3) join us and go (10) teamwork games etc (6)

There was a healthy buzz about the place with a café with delicious home baking by our trefoil guilds, a fantastic display of archives and uniforms by Vicki Fitspatrick and Carol Whitrick and shop by Bradford West.

Please encourage leaders to sign up now for the April training weekend.

Thank you

5th Ilkley Brownies

5th Ilkley Brownies donated Christmas care-packages to Bradford homeless this year.

The seven to ten year old girls had been collecting useful items since September to put together more than sixty gift bags for The Bradford Soup Run as part of learning about their community.

Leaders supplied the Brownies with toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and hand warmers whilst the girls collected wet wipes, tissues, sweets, chocolate, cereal bars and socks - one of the most needed, but least donated items to homeless people.

The items were then put into a small bag with a Christmas card wishing the recipient a Merry Christmas.

The Bradford Soup Run serves a meal to homeless people on the streets of Bradford every Friday night and gives them a pack-up to take with them.

At Christmas the charity gives every homeless person who visits them a Christmas dinner as well as a present of warm clothing. The Brownies wanted to add to the Christmas present.

John Tempest, director of The Bradford Soup Run, said in his annual Christmas card:

“[5th Ilkley Brownies] supported us with many and varied items, all bagged up and ready to give out to those we meet on our Soup Runs."

“But what really impressed was the understanding of our work as well as the perceptive and probing questions asked by these seven year old girls."

“I rather suspect there’ll be more than a few rising stars in the future emanating from this unit. And a credit to not just their parents, but also the Brownie Unit leaders.”

The leaders of 5th Ilkley Brownies said:

“The girls really enjoyed putting together the care packages, one of the girls even said “helping the homeless is so fun” but without the continued support of parents and adult helpers our unit wouldn’t be as successful as it is.”

York Minster Advent Service - Saturday 5th Dec 2015


WANTED - Choir Members!


Adults/members of the Senior Section from each of the following counties:

  • Sheffield
  • South Yorkshire
  • West Yorkshire North
  • West Yorkshire South
  • West Yorkshire West

Choir members must be available for both rehearsals in November and the rehearsal on the morning of the service. There is NO REQUIREMENT for members to be able to read music, just to enjoy singing!

For more information please click here.

Senior Section Centenary


Next year is the Senior Section Centenary. As a way to celebrate we are hoping to do a Great British Bake Off Camp. From your votes we think the best time to have it is:

  • July

We want to get as many Senior Section members as possible to attend so spread the word.

Group bookings at Snozone Castleford


Looking for a fun day out for you and your guides, look no more!

Snozone Castleford is a outstanding venue for skiing and snowboarding indoors on real snow slopes in the UK.

At Castleford we pride ourselves on providing first-class indoor snow facilities for skiing and snowboarding, as well as providing snow experiences such as tubing, sledging, and family snow play sessions. Our experienced and enthusiastic team are here to make your indoor snow time fun and safe, using real snow to give an authentic slope experience.


Winter Opening Hours (from October - April):
  • Monday-Friday 9am-11pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 8am-11pm


Summer Opening Hours (from May - September):
  • Monday-Wednesday 10am-10pm
  • Thursday & Friday 10am-11pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 9am-10pm


The main slope will be closed 6-7pm on Thursday's and Friday's to allow for grooming to maintain slope conditions.

The call centre will be open 9am-8pm for telephone bookings and queries, calls are charged at the national rate.

Snozone has an additional telephone number available for all customer service queries relating to existing bookings.  Please dial 0333 0030 520 – this number is charged at standard rate. For all new enquiries, the easiest way to book is online or call 0871 222 5673.

Please note there is a £1.99 booking fee for bookings made over the telephone.  

If you would like to give us feedback on our real snow slopes please email the General Manager - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

County Newsletter


Please see the January addition of the county newsletter.

Please click here to view.

What is World Thinking Day


World Thinking Day is a day of friendship, advocacy and fundraising for 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world.

On 22 February each year, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world celebrate World Thinking Day by:

Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926 and it has been an important fundraising day since 1932.