Fantastic Festivities

Posted by Martin Wynn

We started the new year with a sleepover for our 14+ members based on celebrating festivities around the world. From cooking an Indian themed meal to making traditional Christmas decorations and Mexican crafts, a fun time was had by all.

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.

Longford Campfire

Posted by Martin Wynn

Girlguiding Longford district had a bonfire at Neville’s Field in Edgmond, with campfire singing led by the Trefoil Guild – around 75 girls spending time together in the great outdoors!

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.

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.

Pontesbury Guides and Rangers Had Fun

Posted by Martin Wynn

1st Pontesbury Guides and Rangers have had a wonderful summer camp at Blackwell Adventure!

They did so many activities and pushed their own limits, Zip wires, raft building, night line and 3G swing just to name a few. The girls had the most wonderful time and didn’t want to come home

Shropshire Way – Presentation

Posted by Martin Wynn

We enjoyed a lovely walk along part of the Shropshire Way in Shrewsbury with trustees of the Shropshire Way Association(SWA) in February 2023 to celebrate our completion of the 200-mile Shropshire Way Challenge as a County. 

Jo Revell (county walking adviser) was presented with a framed certificate for Shropshire Girl Guiding and an A2 map poster of the route by Audrey Menhinick, Chair of SWA. We presented the four Shropshire Way trustees who attended the walk with a Shropshire Way badge each.

Shropshire Guiding recorded 112 different walks, and covered 513 miles or 2257 Guiding miles (i.e. the total mileage done collectively by all participants). We started the Challenge in February 2020 but this was extended from one year to three due to the pandemic. Overall, more than 116 members (10 from outside the County) have taken part, including 22 Brownie Guides, 29 Ranger Guides and 65 adult leaders.

There are still a few Shropshire Way badges available from Marion Wynn if you haven’t claimed yours yet.

The walking has been so enjoyable that a core group of volunteers are walking about twice per month, calling themselves the Shamblers. Any member of Girlguiding Shropshire is welcome to join any of the walks – contact Jo Revell for details or 07834673204.

The next walking challenge is circular walks of any length to appeal to the variety of ages and abilities. This challenge is part of the Shropshire Circles Challenge. If you need help to work out a route for your unit just contact Jo Revell for help.

Sunrise Walk 2023

Posted by Martin Wynn

28 Guides, Rangers, Young Leaders and Leaders from Girlguiding Shropshire walked from the centre of Ludlow to Whitcliffe Common to watch the sunrise and renew their Girlguiding promise to celebrate World Thinking Day. On returning to Ludow they were welcomed with hot bacon/sausage baps and drinks for beakfast.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Posted by Martin Wynn

Nearly 700 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Young Leaders and Volunteers from Girlguiding Shropshire celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday 4th June. Everyone was given a goody bag and a commemorative badge. They all had great fun exploring the various shops, displays and trying out the old fairground rides.

Shropshire Way – Celebrations

Posted by Martin Wynn

8 members  of Shropshire Girlguiding and one guest walked from Kempton to Craven Arms on the 16th April. It was a beautiful day and a lovely route with fantastic views.  We celebrated with  cake en route (thanks Debbie) and with candles and more cake! on arrival at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre as Jeanette Price and Debbie Bray have now completed both the northern loop of the way (120 miles) and the southern loop (200 miles). Jo Revell has also completed the southern loop.

We’re not stopping at that though as we are enjoying the walking too much. As a County there are still some sections of the Church Stretton loop to complete for the record and several Guiders would like to catch up some missing sections for their personal record.

The next walks are planned for Saturday 23rd April, Monday 2nd May and Monday 23rd May. If anyone would like to join us please get in touch with Jo Revell Walking Adviser.