Summer message from the County Commissioner

Emma Nalson

As the academic year comes to a close, many units and districts will be saying farewell to girls and leaders, the nature of our County being that many families move regularly and new members arrive in the Autumn. In my opinion our ability to embrace change and be so welcoming is one of the best things about Guiding in our area.

It may not feel like summer yet in many parts of our County, but it has not stopped us holding lots of events for our members. As a result, I have been busy visiting this term. SHAPE district invited me to their Royal Tea Party to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday where they also undertook a sponsored walk around the base and I welcomed their new DC Louise.

June also saw the County Brownie Holiday, a well organised weekend for our Brownie members across the county to get together and have fun. It was great to be able to join in and assist the Brownies in making a Brazilian flag pin with beads, which proved to be very popular.

At the beginning of July, it was the turn of the Guides who held their County Camp near Brussels, with a special visit by Lesley, BGIFC Commissioner. After many years, it was great to be able to have a County Camp again.

Île-de-France leaders made me very welcome with tea and scones when I came to visit and we had a very useful meeting from which I have appointed Clare and Vicki as Joint DC’s, knowing that they will be assisted by other members of the district in forming a new District team. It is great to see that with flexible guiding, we can move forward and create teams of leaders willing and able to fulfil roles whilst ensuring that people are not overburdened.

For ten members of our County, the highlight of their year was their trip to London for the Patron’s lunch. Do read more about it in their report and more about all the other exciting things that our units have been doing.

Wishing everyone a great summer!

Emma Nalson
July 2016