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County Booklet

We have created this booklet to give you all information for the year.

 

It contains:

  1. County calendar at a glance (continued on back page)
  2. Welcome and introduction
  3. Code of Conduct
  4. Directory
  5. How you as a leader can find other contact details
  6. Flyers for events and Trainings during 2017
  7. Booking forms
  8. Information flyers
  9. Nights Away Badges
  10. WYNCHES

Please click here for the full booklet.

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.

By

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).

Congratulations

 

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
Julie

Senior Section Centenary Camp - Bake Off!

Places are now available to book for the Senior Section Centenary Camp - Bake Off!

The camp is happening on the 8th - 10th July 2016 at WYNCHES.

Here is a list of some of the activities on offer.

  • Activities on the Friday night to include:
    • Fairy Light Night Scene with outside DJ
    • Mocktail Bar
    • Sweetie Shop
    • possibly a midnight campfire.
  • Activities on Saturday to include the competition:
    • bouncy castle
    • water slide
    • workshops for cake decorating
    • pancakes making
    • sweet making
    • candy floss and popcorn making
    • crafts for teenagers and young women
    • face painting
    • henna
    • the beauty parlour
    • other activities not yet decided upon or confirmed and will depend on how many apply to attend.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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.”

County Review Evening

 

  • Midland Hotel, Bradford.
  • Friday 13th November 2015
  • 7pm - ready to be seated at 7.20pm
  • Cost £25 - Non Uniform

Leaders and adult volunteers are invited to come along to this special event.

3 course meal and coffee there will also be a bar.

The evening will include Presentation of the Annual Review, long service awards and the Sheila Marks County Shield.

This is a lovely opportunity for our adult volunteers to get together and celebrate the achievements of the last 12 months and look forward to the next 12 months.

I do hope you will come and look forward to seeing you.

Thank you

Alison Cockburn County President & Julie Smith County Commissioner

Booking Form for County Review 2015

Please forward booking form and full amount for the number of places you wish to book to the County Administrator, Sue Matthews email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to Girlguiding West Yorkshire North, C/O Rainbow International Unit A Briar Rhydding House Otley Road Baildon BD17 7JB

Suggested closing date 1st October 2015 (For information tables seat 10 please advise if you wish to sit together)

Name Role or unit   attached to Your email   address so we can confirm we have booked a place for you Telephone   no. in case we need to contact you other than by email Booking fee   of £25 enclosed payable to Girl Guiding West Yorkshire North
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

Menu

Starter: Tomato and Basil Soup

Main: Pan fried Chicken Breast filled with smoked salmon, asparagus and tarragon cream

Dessert: Profiteroles

Please let us know when you book if you prefer a vegetarian option or have any other dietary needs.

Thank you

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.