Nine Leaders from Cornwall attended a Region walking weekend on Dartmoor recently - six were there to do the 'Level 2' walking training, and three enjoyed leisure walking. Two of the participants have written about their experience.
Many Guides, Senior Section members and Leaders gave their time to work on the Messenger Service at the Royal Cornwall Show. This is much appreciated by the Show organisers and helps the show to run smoothly.
Even in some of the hottest temperatures of this summer, the PR team at this year's Royal Cornwall Show didn't let the sauna-like heat get in the way of their mission to shake up visitors' current perceptions of Guiding in the County!
The County Patrol outdoor cooking competition took place in May, on a beautiful day, at Condurro, our County campsite.
This year the Patrols were asked to cook a three course meal on a wood fire: soup, a main course of fish and a cooked pudding. Quite a challenge for girls of Guide age!
On 9th February 2013 at Pondhu School, St Austell, the County held the auditions for the Regional Competition of “Perform”. Perform is a singing competition for girls between the ages of 9-17 and for Senior Section and Leaders from the age of 17 onwards.
The first weekend of October 221 Brownies from across the county descended on Nine Ashes near Bodmin for a fun packed day full of adventure and challenge. They had cooking, making mini pizzas and decorated buns, archery in the woods. I think there were many Brownies who thought they were Robin Hood!!
In February, Heather Champion, one of our most active Girlguiding Cornwall volunteers, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Post-operative and pre-radiotherapy, she decided to challenge herself to take part in the Race for Life event, to raise funds to help fight breast cancer.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited Lostwithiel to see the potential role of uniformed youth organisations in assisting communities recover after a major incident or emergency such as a natural disaster.
Four Leaders from Cornwall were chosen to be torch bearers on Saturday, as the Olympic flame made its way through Cornwall, as well as a Guide from St Austell who ran the last leg of the day and lit the cauldron on Plymouth Hoe.
Summer makes an appearance in March at Nine Ashes! For the second year running the Guide Activity Days were blessed with glorious weather. With over 260 Guides attending over the two days, it was a busy weekend.
March 31st saw Girlguiding Cornwall holding their annual review at the Royal Cornwall Showground. This was led for the first time by Chris Davey our new County Commissioner.
This year there was a slightly different format to the afternoon which proved a great success with a very good attendance. The presentation of awards and the annual review were combined in the one event, which made for an interesting and informative afternoon.
Brownies from the 1st Camborne Pack are celebrating after being presented with their Bronze Award certificates from the Children’s University. The children have taken part in thirty hours of learning activities with their Brownie Pack who are part of the Children’s University, a national project which recognises the achievements of young people who take part in high quality out of hours learning activities.
Two young women from Saltash were presented with their Queen's Guide awards by the County Commissioner recently. Lydia Butler (left) and Katie Finch were congratulated on completing this very testing award, the highest in Guiding.
A Guide from Praze-an-Beeble Guides was presented with the Star of merit award at a Carol Service at camborne. The Star of Merit is the highest recognition in Guiding for girls aged between 8 and 26 who have shown great courage and fortitude in their personal lives and is rarely awarded.
A group of 12 Guides visited London for their Baden-Powell Adventure. 'The best part of the weekend was going to stand outside the Prime Minister’s House - it was amazing and I felt famous,' says Ellie.
The Commonwealth Youth Forum took place in Australia recently. One of our members, Charlotte Ball, was privileged to be asked to represent Girlguiding UK. She says, "It was an exciting week of interchange between delegates and a fantastic opportunity".
Ponsanooth Brownies have recently benefited from a Lottery grant, which enabled them to go on an adventure holiday. Their Leader says 'All the girls challenged themselves with almost every activity - I believe the experience has made the unit so much closer.'
On Saturday, 18th June 2011, over 500 girls from Cornwall chose to join 5000 other guiding members from across the entire South West, at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena. At this action packed, girl-only event, the girls had the opportunity to learn lots of new skills and enjoy new activities.
Early in June the Queen accompanied by Prince Philip visited the Isles of Scilly. This was her first visit in 44 years and the sun shone brightly all day. At the request of the Palace the Island’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were asked to go along to the New School, which is still being built, and meet the Royal guests
At our Presentation Evening Gill Slocombe presented Chris Davey with her County Commissioner's badge as County Commissioner Designate. Chris Davey, our current County Secretary, will be taking over in September.
On Thursday 13th May Girlguiding Cornwall took the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of some of its members and to thank many others for their commitment over the past years especially those who had been involved with celebrating the centenary year in 2010.
On the 5th April 2011 Vicky Bruce travelled to London for the presentation of her Queen’s Guide at Westminster Palace by Baroness Wilcox who is the Vice President of Girlguiding UK. The event took place in the River room, overlooking the River Thames.
Over 200 girls, parents and Leaders turned up for the Girlguiding South West England’s Roadshow at The Eden Project in early March. The evening included a competition, a presentation by Gill Slocombe and the Region Annual Review DVD.
Girlguiding Cornwall has recorded 70 years of camping fun with their Lottery funded publication on the history of their County camp site. A special celebration evening was held at Truro Methodist Church on March 8th to mark this production.
On 22 February 2011 Sue Askew, Jessica Hodges, Pam Goudge, Claire Parkyn, Heather Walker, Mary Eddy and Paula Payne were invited to the House of Commons for a special Girlguiding South West England event to thank volunteers for their outstanding work during Girlguiding UK’s Centenary year.
The internet is changing the way we live. Young people have taken to technological advances very quickly, taking advantage of the opportunities they provide to socialise, communicate and learn. However, new technologies bring new risks that we need to be aware of and manage in order to safeguard the welfare of our members. Girlguiding UK are constantly updating resources online to keep our Young Girls safe.