One Year Celebrations – A New Term

One Year Celebrations – A New Term

A Big Thank You to Our Girlguiding Superstars!

Hey everyone,

We recently had a very special afternoon that was all about saying a massive “thank you” to our amazing volunteers on our County Team within Girlguiding Lancashire South East. This was held to coincide with the one-year anniversary of our new County Commissioner Team! It was Nicola, Catherine & Emma’s way of showing appreciation back to all those volunteers who give so much of their time, energy, and heart to make everything we do possible.

Celebrating Milestones and Achievements

First off, we’ve got to give a shout-out to our long-service award winners. Can you believe Linda Briggs has been with us for 50 incredible years? And we’ve got Chris Joyce, Pat Caldwell, Val Roscoe, and Teresa Stott hitting the 40-year mark – wow! Not to forget Hayley Cowling and Sarah Lemonofides at 30 years, and Karen Jackson and Jacqui Ogden celebrating 20 years. Even our newer volunteers like Vicky Adam are making their mark at 5 years. Each of you is what makes Girlguiding so special.

Special Shout-outs

We also had some pretty awesome special awards. Rosa Brierley was presented with the Queen’s Guide Award – that’s no small feat, and we’re all super proud of her. And Sarah Lemonofides, not only did you hit a milestone for long service, but you also received the Region Chief Commissioner Award. Talk about a double win!

Thanks to Our County Team

Our County Team deserves a massive thanks, too. Lynne, Jane, Lyndsey, Lis, Valerie, Anna, Wendy, Maria, Jayne, Julie, and Charlotte – your dedication shown over the years is the backbone of the team. And hey, let’s not forget the Team of the Year – Girl Experience Team: Sandra, Hayley, Kathryn, Sue, Helen, and Cathy. You ladies rock!

Why This Matters

These awards aren’t just about the years put in or the accolades; they’re about the adventures, the challenges, and the countless lives each of our volunteers has touched. Whether you are a Unit Helper, Leader, Mentor, Commissioner or Adviser – it’s all possible because of you.

We wanted our ‘Thank You’ event to share the achievements of working as one team and that all we can do is Promise to do our Best! Whether it’s guiding our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, or Inspire members, you’re making a real difference. And in doing so, you’re not just helping girls and young women grow; you’re shaping the future.

Here’s to You!

So, here’s to you, our guiding stars, for all the laughs, the lessons, and the memories. Here’s to more adventures, more learning, and more moments where we all get to shine together.

Thanks for everything you do, and here’s to many more years of making a difference together. You’re all superstars in our eyes.

Feedback Survey

Feedback Survey

On Thursday 11th January a survey was shared with all volunteers in Lancashire South East using the email address listed on GO.

The survey can be accessed via a link in the email received from Sam Rigby (our County Coordinator from the Region Office).

We really appreciate your feedback, whether that be what you enjoy or anything we can do as a county team to improve your volunteering journey.

Your individual survey response will not be shared wider than the county team and any information or statistics we do share will be as a collective and anonymised.

If you have not received the email and want to submit a response, please get in touch and we can share this with you.

 

A Weekend of Disney Magic and Recognition

A Weekend of Disney Magic and Recognition

The weekend of 9th and 10th December was a memorable one for Girlguiding Lancashire South East, as members took over local cinemas for an exclusive showing of Disney’s latest heartwarming film, ‘Wish’. The atmosphere was electric with excitement as girls of all ages came together, creating a chorus of laughter and song, while enjoying an abundance of sweets in the spirit of true movie-watching tradition.

 

But the event was not just about entertainment. It was also a moment of pride and celebration for our community. At Sandbrook Park, Rochdale, the screening concluded with a touching ceremony. Deputy Region Chief Commissioner, Kathryn Qattan, made a special appearance to honour one of our own. In a heartfelt presentation, she awarded Sarah Lemonofides the Chief Commissioner’s Award.

 

Sarah, known for her tireless dedication and passion for Girlguiding, received this prestigious award in recognition of her exemplary service to Girlguiding North West England. Her achievements and contributions have been instrumental in enriching the experiences of many within our guiding community.

 

This event was more than a movie screening; it was a testament to the spirit of Girlguiding – celebrating joy, fostering community, and recognising the outstanding contributions of our volunteers. It reminds us all of the impact we can make and the joy we can bring to the lives of young girls and fellow volunteers

A Magical Journey to Gulliver’s World: A Rainbow Adventure

A Magical Journey to Gulliver’s World: A Rainbow Adventure

 

A Day of Delight at Gulliver’s World, Warrington

The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as our group of Rainbows, aged between 5 and 7, embarked on a coach journey to Gulliver’s World in Warrington. Their eyes sparkled with the promise of a Christmas adventure, a day where fun and magic would blend seamlessly.

Thrills and Laughs in a Theme Park Wonderland

Upon arrival, Gulliver’s World unfolded before us like a storybook come to life. The Rainbows, bubbling with energy, dived into the heart of the theme park. Each ride brought a new wave of laughter and shrieks of joy. From the gentle sway of the carousel to the thrilling spins of the roller coasters, every moment was a treasure trove of joy and excitement. 

Rainbow's on a carousel

Rainbow’s riding on the carousel.

A Feast Under the Setting Sun

As the sun began to dip below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, we gathered for a packed dinner. The Rainbows, with stories of their adventures, chattered animatedly. Their faces, lit by the fading sunlight, were a picture of contentment and camaraderie.

A Walk Through the Enchanting Land of Lights

With nightfall, we embarked on an extraordinary walk through the Land of Lights. This was no ordinary stroll; it was a journey through a luminous wonderland. Hundreds of lights twinkled and danced in the darkness, guiding our path. The Rainbows, wide-eyed and awestruck, wandered through this glowing landscape, each light telling its own silent story.

Land of Lights at Gulliver's World Entrance

The entrance to the Land of Lights at Gulliver’s World

The Santa Express to a Magical Encounter

The highlight of the evening was the Santa Express, a charming train ride that chugged its way to Santa’s Workshop and Grotto. The anticipation in the air was palpable as we neared our destination.

Inside Santa's Workshop and Grotto

Rainbow’s make their way through Santa’s Workshop

A Visit to Santa’s Workshop

At the workshop, we were greeted by the cheerful elves and the warm smile of Mrs. Claus. The atmosphere was electric with the magic of Christmas. Then, the moment the Rainbows had been eagerly awaiting – meeting Santa Claus. Their faces lit up with joy as they spoke to Santa, sharing their wishes for Christmas and receiving a special present. The magic of the moment was a heartwarming sight to behold.

Rainbow's meet Santa

Rainbow’s finally meet Santa and talk about Christmas

Homeward Bound with Hearts Full of Memories

As we boarded the coach for our return journey, a few Rainbows, exhausted from the day’s adventures, succumbed to tiredness, their dreams undoubtedly filled with the day’s magical moments. The coach was a quiet haven of sleepy satisfaction.

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Unsung Heroes

This unforgettable day would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the organisers and volunteers. Their commitment to creating a magical experience for the Rainbows deserves our deepest gratitude. Their efforts remind us that the spirit of giving and joy is what truly makes the holiday season special.

Conclusion

Our trip to Gulliver’s World was more than just a day out; it was a journey into the heart of childhood wonder. It reminded us of the simple joys of laughter, the excitement of new experiences, and the magic of Christmas lights. For our Rainbows, it was an adventure they will cherish for years to come.

 

 

A Night to Remember: Brownies and Guides at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom

A Night to Remember: Brownies and Guides at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom

A Sparkling Adventure Begins

Excitement was in the air as our group of Brownies and Guides gathered from various locations, all set for a unique adventure. The destination? The iconic Blackpool Tower, a place where dreams and dance intertwine. As the coach journeyed towards Blackpool, the buzz of anticipation grew among the girls, each eager for the unforgettable experience that awaited them.

The Magic of the Tower Circus

Upon arriving at Blackpool Tower, our first stop was the Tower Circus. The show was nothing short of spectacular, captivating us with its dazzling performances and breathtaking acts. The Brownies and Guides were completely enthralled, their eyes shining with wonder at the amazing talents on display.

A view of the ballroom from high up.

The Ballroom soon came to life.

Transforming into Dancing Stars

After the circus, it was time to return to the ballroom, a place steeped in history and elegance. In the spirit of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, the girls donned their sparkly dresses, transforming into little stars ready to shine on the dance floor. The atmosphere was electric with excitement and glamour.

Brownies and Guides pose for pictures

Brownies and Guides pose on the dance floor.

A Night of Dance and Delight

The ballroom came alive as we hosted our very own ‘Strictly’ ballroom performances. The girls judged and scored each dance, embracing the fun and camaraderie of the event. Then, the moment they had all been waiting for – taking to the dance floor themselves! Laughter and music filled the air as they twirled and danced, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

Brownies and Guides dancing on the ballroom floor.

Brownies and Guides take to the Ballroom.

Dreams on the Dance Floor

As the night drew to a close, an extraordinary experience unfolded – sleeping on the dance floor of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Surrounded by the grandeur and history of the venue, the Brownies and Guides settled down for a night of dreams amidst the echoes of a thousand dances.

Sleeping bags cover the Blackpool Ballroom floor

A unique sleeping (or lack of) experience!

A Morning of Exploration

The next morning brought free time to explore the delights of Blackpool. The girls enjoyed the beach, the bustling shops, and the vibrant atmosphere of the town, each moment adding to the tapestry of their adventure.

An Exclusive Encounter at Sea Life Centre

Before returning home, we had one last treat – an exclusive visit to the Sea Life Centre. This behind-the-scenes experience was both educational and exciting, offering a glimpse into the wonders of marine life.

Brownies gasp at the amazing scenes in the Sealife Centre

Brownies are captivated by the underwater world in the Sea Life Centre.

Homeward Bound with Hearts Full of Joy

As we boarded the coach to return home, the chatter was all about the incredible experiences of the past two days. The Brownies and Guides shared stories and laughter, their faces aglow with the joy of the adventure.

Conclusion

Our sleepover at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom was more than just an event; it was a journey into a world of wonder, dance, and discovery. For our Brownies and Guides, it was an experience that epitomized the magic of youth and the joy of shared adventures.

This unforgettable experience would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of our volunteers and organizers. Their commitment to creating these magical moments for the girls is truly commendable. A heartfelt thank you goes out to each and every one of them for giving up their time and ensuring that this event was not only successful but also a cherished memory for all involved. Their efforts remind us of the incredible impact that thoughtful planning and a passion for enriching young lives can have.

 

Waddow Hall Trust

Waddow Hall Trust

Girlguiding Lancashire South East county are supporting Waddow Hall Trust in their fundraising to purchase Waddow Hall from Girlguiding.

As a county we have challenged our volunteers and units to take part in the ‘Smarties tube challenge’ where they sign up for the number of tubes they need, eat their smarties and then fill them with 20p coins!

For more information about Waddow Hall Trust visit: https://waddowhalltrust.co.uk/about 

To donate to the crowdfunder visit: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/waddow-hall-trust

We had 33 units with a combined over 500 members sign up for the challenge.

So far we have raised ….

Volunteers’ Week 2023

Volunteers’ Week 2023

For Volunteers’ Week 2023, the county team set out to deliver our new ‘Thank You’ badge to every volunteer.

Below are some of the photos taken of the badge presentations from the county team and Division commissioners.

Happy Volunteers’ Week and thank you for everything you do!