Issue 29                                                                                      December 2017 
Welcome to the December edition of our newsletter! In this edition there is news from our the County, along with a County team update. There are also details on our outdoor activities for 2018 including our first event of the year, the winter activity day! If you know of anyone not on email who would like to see our newsletter, please feel free to share it with them. Also, please could Trefoil Guild Chairs pass this onto their members.
Message From County Commissioners
As 2017 draws to a close, Angie and Jean would like to wish all of our volunteers and supporters a Happy Christmas. This year has seen changes to our County Team and we hope to move forward into 2018 with lots of enthusiasm and new ideas, There is so much to look forward to in 2018 and we hope to see you at some of the events that are planned.
As the new year approaches we thank you for your wonderful contribution to Girlguiding, we wish you a peaceful holiday and look forward to starting 2018 with a spring in our step. The coming year will again bring change for all of us with the new guiding program. Let us see these changes as positive steps to the future of Girlguiding.
There are so many opportunities available to both girls and leaders...... let us not sit back but take on new challenges and encourage others to do so.

Last but not least, happy 75th birthday to our Trefoil Guild for 2018.
County Team Update

We are pleased to announce two new District Commissioners in Harrogate South West Division. Mary Roberts will be taking up the position in Victoria District and Anna Mackay will take up the role in Rossett District. We wish them well in their new roles within the County. 

There have been some changes to the County team and here is a run down of who's who in the team. A full list with emails can be found on our website. 
County Treasurer

County Outdoor Activities Adviser 

County Outdoors Equipment Booking 

County Walking Adviser 

County Duke of Edinburgh Award Adviser

County Queen’s Guide Award Coordinator 

County Residential Adviser

County Residential Adviser (Brownies) 

County Brownie Adviser

County International Adviser 

County Learning & Development Adviser  

County LQ Coordinator 

County Leadership Qualification Verifier 

County Mentor Support Coordinator 

County GO Coordinator 

County Badge Secretary 

Sally Arkinstall

Helen Cressey

Heather Jones

Ann Durham

Judi Edwards

Catharine Brown

Nicola Dean

Chris Smith & Lorraine Caswell

Jill Jackson

Michelle Young

Hannah Walpole

Jackie Bornstein

Jill Webster

 Davina Scholes

Jane Boyd

Enid Rispin


Christmas Craft Day

Rainbows and Brownies from across the County joined together to spend a day creating fabulous Christmas crafts. The girls all had a brilliant day and got to take home everything they made on the day! 
Birk Crag Update
Thanks to all the fundraising that has been going on in 2017 we are now over half way to achieving our target. Demolition will begin in 2018 ……

To keep all leaders and girls up to date with the progress and to share the new interior designs we will be doing roadshows around the county early next year.

Please let us know if you would like us to come to your unit/district/division meeting or to attend any event you are holding next year.
We look forward to visiting you and sharing our excitement for the year ahead!
Outdoor Events 2018
The outdoor team have released the calendar of outdoor activities for 2018. All units should have received a leaflet with details of all the activities for every member, and the activities are now available for booking on the website. There are some terrific activities that have been planned, so please book early to avoid disappointment
GO Update
The national team have been working hard to resolve any issues that have been reported to them, and to make numerous improvements to GO. If you have reported an issue with the national team, please bear with them as they do have a backlog, but they will respond to you. 

It is important that everyone logs onto GO as this holds all of your information for us to contact you, and it is important that all of your information is correct.  If you have not already logged  onto GO, please can we ask that you do so. There are plenty of help files to assist you with what you need to do, and if the help files cannot help please email

Upcoming Events
Winter Activity Day 21st January 2018
Come and join us for the Winter Activity Day. Guides and the Senior Section can take part in a number of outdoor activities such as climbing a wobble pole, mountain biking, slacklining, archery, and geocaching. Along with this, girls can try out a variety of different crafts and have a go at backwood cooking. Weather permitting there will be activities to suit everyone on this fun filled event. The cost of the event is £22, and places are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.  

County Weekend at Waddow Hall 16th to 18th March 2018
You are invited to a weekend full of opportunities for Leaders and Young Leaders from within Girlguiding North Yorkshire West County. There will be high quality training sessions delivered by national trainers which will inspire you with new ideas, enable you to develop new skills and receive updates on new programme initiatives and ideas. There will be training sessions on Safe Space (Level 2) and a 1st Response refresher too. Leaders-in-training should be able to nearly complete their LQ in one weekend. 

The weekend allows you to spend time with your guiding friends and to make new ones, and an opportunity to explore Waddow Hall and its grounds. There will be some optional activities laid on within the grounds, if the weather allows, and a Saturday evening special event. All the rooms are en-suite and the weekend is fully catered with an evening bar available. The event is for Leaders and Young Leaders, and the cost is £50. For more information on the weekend, please visit our website. 

Please visit our website for more information on all events and details of how to book
Training dates for your diary

Celebrating The Individuals In Our Units 24th January 2018
We all have a rich variety of girls in our units who each bring their own individual gifts to the group. Let's work out together how to celebrate each one of them for their unique character and how we can develop good guiding including everyone.
This training is for all Leaders of all sections and will sign off the section training clause for new Leaders as well. The cost of the training is £10. 

Please visit our website for more information on the event and details of how to book.

Around the County

Here are just a few of the events that have been happening in our County. 
Brownie Pack Holiday
3rd Skipton Brownies have had a busy November! They went on their pack holiday last month where their theme was world culture badge. They had a workshop where they made chapatis, tried their hand at Arabic writing, printing Asian material patterns, Bollywood dancing and hens painting. The girls also took part in a game based on Asian culture which ended with the holi festival which was an amazing finale to the weekend.

Pizza Evening For Leaders

Ripon Division held a pizza evening in November and they had 18 existing and new Guiders attend to look at Go, ALQ and DBS, all in one evening. It was a great atmosphere and four new leaders signed up!




Many girls across the County have joined in with our Christmas jumper week, raising money for Birk Crag. There were many fabulous jumpers on show and everyone sparkled! 
Out Of This World!

3rd Skipton Methodist Brownie visited the star center at Keighley college. While there, they explored the planetarium learning all about the different constellations, and they also had the opportunity to walk on the moon! 

Christmas Market Helpers

Members of 5th Ripon Guides and 2nd Ripon Brownies volunteered to help at the Ripon Christmas market to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Everyone had a great day! 

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on what's happening in the County and other exciting news!
We are really keen to hear what you have been up to for our next newsletter. Please email any information you'd like to share to
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