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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 theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current Opportunities

Come and join usand help ensure that Girlguiding in West Yorkshire North continues to flourish. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. re any of the opportunities below.

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.

Service Crew WYNCHES:
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.

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

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.

First Response Trainers:
Did you know 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 will need to undertake training refreshers as necessary. Could you join the team?

Advisers and Commissioners:
Could YOU be a commissioner or adviser? You don’t need years of experience – you need good people skills, vision and enthusiasm! Want to find out a bit more? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who would love to meet you for a chat (over a coffee and slice of cake!).

Walking Qualification:
Enjoy walking? Why not take a look at the Walking Qualification? Learn to make an adventure out of walking, take your unit out and about or help with promoting walking in your District or Division.

Boating Qualification:
A chance to gain a Bell Boating Qualification. 

2 Sept plus 2 half days.
Cost £60 - includes taking up to 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.


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

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.