Level 1 Walking Training

Posted by Martin Wynn

Level 1 Walking Training Saturday 17th August 2024 9.30-4.00 at  the County Office St Georges Court, Conwy House, Telford TF2 7BF. 

This training is for anyone wanting to gain confidence in taking girls out walking in easy and lowland country.

Welcome to our new peer educators.

Posted by Martin Wynn

Congratulations to 7 of our young members who completed their Peer Education training this weekend! (24/25 Jan) Peer educators are 14–25-year-olds who help Brownies, Guides and Rangers explore important topics. As young people, they use their own experience to bring the subject to life. Peer educators run safe, fun and challenging sessions which are developed with expert partners.

Safe Space Training

Posted by Amanda Taylor

Safe Space Level 3 courses available at County HQ:

Sunday 19th May 2024 9.30am – 12.30pm

Saturday 16th November 2024 9.30am – 12.30pm

Girlguiding Midlands – Adult Social Walking Weekend 13-15 September 2024

Posted by Martin Wynn

This is a social walking weekend for adults in Girlguiding. Would you like to explore some Lake District hills, fells and mountains, with friendly people to go out with? This is the weekend for you! This is the first social walking weekend we have offered for a long time in Girlguiding Midlands, so please come and join us. There will be a mix of day walks on offer for you to join in with, from lower level walks with a teashop included, to longer walks up bigger hills and mountains. Or you may like to do a walk of your own choice. We hope you will be able to get some log book walks in if you are already involved in the walking scheme, or find out about the scheme, or simply come and enjoy walking with new people. More information and booking form on the Girlguiding Midlands website link below.

If members of Girlguiding Shropshire wish to join in with the Shamblers walking group for the weekend and coordinate the transport and food etc. please put “Shambler” in the any other information box on page 2 of the booking form.

1st Response Trainings

Posted by Amanda Taylor

Face to Face trainings available at County HQ:

Saturday 18th May 2024 9.30am – 4pm

Sunday 17th November 2024 9.30am – 4pm

Midlands Region Awards Dec 2023

Posted by Martin Wynn

Congratulations to Clare Wassall and Kay Sankey who received Chief Commissioner Awards from the Region Chief Commissioner, Clare Shinton. Pictured are (from left to right) Catherine Coleman (Assistant County Commissioner) Clare Wassall, Kay Sankey, Clare Shinton (Region Chief Commissioner) and Elaine Brannon (County Awards Chair). The presentation took place at Barton Under Needlewood on 3rd Dec 2023

The award recognizes the extraordinary contribution and dedication given by a member of Girlguiding Midlands who is providing quality guiding to girls and young women primarily at a unit level.

Midlands Region Jump – July 2023

Posted by Martin Wynn

15 intrepid leaders from across the Region volunteered to fundraise and raise awareness of Girlguiding by completing a tandem parachute jump in July…. Including our very own Ranger Leader Debbie Bray.

“The date approached but sadly the weather was not in our favour the jump was postponed until October.”The date approached but sadly the weather was not in our favour the jump was postponed until October.

Blue almost cloudless skies beckoned in Nottingham as we approached SkyDive Langar Airfield. We had our training and then we were off….14000feet up, attached to my instructor James, filmed by Pete and we made my very first parachute jump.

Freefall initially then the parachute opened and we gently took  in the sights, I was allowed to steer and we did two half spins then two full spins (alas none were caught on camera but we DEFINITELY did them!!) and then a gentle, graceful landing – just like we’d practiced!

It was an absolutely amazing, fantastic experience! Thanks to my hubby Lance for driving all that way, to Graham and Josh for cheerleading, to Stephanie, Clare and the Region team for organising us all and for bringing badges, certificates, cake and refreshments! to Skydive Langar especially James and Pete my instructor and cameraman and the biggest thank you to all my wonderful sponsors…thank you so much.

More photos and the videos are on my fundraising page….

Debbie Bray is fundraising for UK Skydiving Adventures | Give as you Live Donate

Another amazing opportunity from Girlguiding…what will  your next adventure be? Make sure you grasp it with both hands!”

Volunteering in Serbia (9-19/8/2023)

Posted by Martin Wynn

After a year of planning including two weekends and three days getting to know each other, our Midland Region group of 16 Rangers and 4 Leaders, with one Ranger and one Leader from Shropshire, set off on the flight from Heathrow to Belgrade where we were met by volunteers from the EcoCentre, Sremski Karlovski and taken by coach to the Centre (about an hour’s travel) where we stayed for our adventure.

We volunteered at the Nature Reserve 15minutes walk from the EcoCentre, on the banks of the River Danube, where we helped sanding and painting the picnic benches, open sided classroom and the bridge which a previous group had built. While one half of the group were busy with this, the rest of us moved the logs, branches and twigs which had fallen during a recent horrific storm….we loaded them onto a trailer and the tractor driver took them off site to be used locally. The following day the groups swopped over so everyone had a turn with both activities. We even made it into the Regional Newspaper!

This was the daily morning routine (we started early as temperatures reached 34degrees C some days.) Then in the afternoons and evenings we had a variety of activities including a visit to the Bee Keeping Museum, a walk up Mount Fuska Gora, time exploring Belgrade, Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovski, we learnt how to make Kuglof cake, had an International evening and a Board Games night with local volunteers.

It was an amazing adventure, with new friendships made, opportunities taken, and challenges overcome. Thank you to all who made it possible, all the people we met who made this so memorable, Concordia (the travel Company) and to Midland Region for allowing the trip to go ahead.

Look out for the next local, national and International opportunities and sign up for your own adventure – anything is possible.

Shamblers on Tour

Posted by Martin Wynn

The  Shamblers, the informal Shropshire Guiding walking group, recently went on tour to Glenbrook which is the Guide house in the Peak District. Over the three days 10 of us tackled three different walks. A hot and sunny climb up and over Mam Tor, a day walking in the clouds climbing up from the Derwent reservoir (of dam busters fame) to Back Tor and Lost Lad and a third walk along Stannage Edge. An 85 year old Guiding friend joined us on one of the walks and we all hope we’ll be as spry at that age! The walks are open to any Shrosphire volunteer who fancies a bit of exercise, fresh air and friendship.The walks usually take place within the County about twice per month.  For more information contact Jo Revell Walking Adviser: jorevell1@icloud.com or 07834673204

Elements Camp 2024

Posted by Amanda Taylor

Elements 2024 is a county camp open to all Girlguiding Shropshire members.

The theme is the elements, Earth, Wind, Air, and Fire. The aim of the camp is to celebrate Girlguiding in Shropshire, with a focus on our impact on our world.  Our residential camp is for Brownies, Guides, Rangers, and Young Leaders.  There will also be a members visitor day on Sunday 28th July so that Rainbows and non-camping Brownies can join in the fun. Don’t worry if this is your first time camping we will be here to support you to have a great time, alongside experienced volunteers.

Click the link below to our Elements Camp page for all the latest information.