Rainbows, Brownies and Guides all came together for a big event in Heywood. The Diane Kay Shield Event is to become an annual event. Diane first joined guiding as an 11 year old –at St Luke’s Guides, and loved it so much that she later became a Guide Leader –a role while she continued for 30 years. During this time Diane was also a Rainbow and Senior Section Leader, took on the roles of District and Division Commissioner for Heywood, and also held the position of International Advisor for the County. Unfortunately Diane had to leave Guiding after all these years due to ill health.

Diane said “My highlights have been seeing girls grow in confidence throughout their time in Guiding. Also the two trips to Canada, and the numerous camps. Oh I could go on forever! There are so many happy memories”

The Diane Kay Shield was given to the Division by Diane on her departure from the organisation. “It was my thank you to the Division for giving me so much”said Diane, “It’s keeping my link with Heywood Guiding strong. I miss it terribly”.

Current County Commissioner for Heywood, Julie Holt asked Diane what type of event she would like in order for the shield to be awarded –and she decided that each unit should create a sculpture of what Guiding means to them. It was an event that brought all the units in Heywood together for a fun evening.

The evening was a great success with all the units efforts clearly visible from the sculptures created. The girls got to play outside, in the warm sun, and then did some camp fire songs while judges Diane Kay, Barbara Hughes (from the Trefoil Guild) and Lynne Scales (County Commissioner for Lancashire South East) carefully judged each sculpture.

Diane Kay said “It was wonderful to see everyone and was a very enjoyable evening. The standard of the entries was very high and made judging a difficult task. Well done to all the girls for their hard work and thank you Heywood Division for a very warm welcome”.

The judges picked a winner from each section and then an overall winner from the three was chosen.

The winning sections were:

  • Rainbow Section –2nd Heywood St Luke’s Rainbows
  • Brownie Section –9th Heywood St Margaret’s Brownies
  • Guide Section – 14th Heywood Woodland GuidesThe overall winners were 2nd Heywood St Luke’s Rainbows who get their group name engraved on the shield.Alyson Quinn, Leader of 9th Heywood Brownies said “All the Brownies enjoyed making their entry especially the salt dough. We had lots of ideas of what guiding means to us”.Nicola Davies, Leader of 2nd Heywood Rainbows added “It was amazing and a pleasure to win. All the girls worked really hard. We decided on a heart because we all love rainbows, we choose to do handprints because we use them in all the activities we do and love, and the colours are of a rainbow. We wanted our portraits and quotes on so everyone knew who we were and that we loved coming to rainbows”.Also on the night Charlotte Quinn, the newly appointed Junior Representative for Heywood received her Young Leadership Qualification. Unit Leader Beth Tennent said “Charlos work is outstanding and the attention to detail within the qualification pack extraordinary. Charlotte has completed all this whilst studying for her GCSEs, all of which I am sure she will excel in. Charlotte is a shining example of a Young Leader. We would be lost in our unit without her input”.Charlotte Quinn said “I am very pleased with achieving my Young Leadership Qualification after all the hard work. Also as the newly appointed Junior Representative I am looking forward to voicing opinions of the young people within the Guiding community”