Spring 2017 message from the County Commissioner

Emma Nalson

We have had a busy year across the County, with the Brownie holiday just outside Brussels last June, a great weekend with lots of fun and activities around the theme of Brazil, South America and the Olympics. We then had the first County Camp for many years. Despite the rain, the girls had a great weekend particularly going shopping and cooking what they had bought on open fires. More recently the Rainbows had a joint party across the internet, sharing songs and games. They all enjoyed being able to see other Rainbows from across the County.

For one lucky group of members, their special day was in June, when they joined 1000’s of others on the Mall in London for the Queen’s Patron’s Lunch. As well as meeting the Chief Guide, they met members of the royal family and saw the Queen.

We have had several celebrations during the year - Guides completing their BP Award, where I must give a special mention to Alice from our independent unit in Mauzac… their first ever BP award. Leaders have also presented the Chief Guide’s challenge to our Senior Section members. Here a special mention to Esther who completed not just the award, but all Octants in full. The most recent presentation was the Queen’s Guide award to Hannah in Brussels, which was presented by the British Ambassador to Belgium last month. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!

Thank you to everyone who has organised these events and supported these girls, but also to all our leaders for organising events and residentials over the year. I know you have all been very busy. Diane, her trip to China, the members joining the Jamborette in Finland, the 25th Birthday celebrations in Toulouse, local tips holidays, sleepovers and District days…

And it is not just about holidays and events, the most important part of girlguiding is what you do every week at unit meetings, so thank you to everyone for their hard work.