About Us

Hertfordshire is a wonderful guiding County of over 11,500 members. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, and volunteers who enable every young member to develop their potential and be their best. We offer a full and varied programme to the girls in a safe, girl only space.

There are lots of exciting opportunities including the outdoors, international opportunities and trips abroad. Many committed volunteers make all of this happen. Whether girl or adult come and join us, have fun and make lifelong friends. Watch the Discover Guiding video to find out more.

Visit the pages here to find out more about who we are, and how you can get involved.

Girlguiding Hertfordshire the Beginnings…

When Lord Baden-Powell asked his sister Agnes to do 'something for the girls', he could never have foreseen what effect those words would have on the lives of the young women of the country.

Agnes placed an advertisement in a number of newspapers, one of which was the Watford Observer. The advert was answered by Miss D. Birch (later Mrs. Burns) who discovered from Miss Baden-Powell what had to be done to start a Guide Company.

First, Miss Birch had to call upon a number of prominent ladies in the town explaining her ideas, until she had persuaded eight ladies to sign up as the girls’ committee. This could take quite a long time, as often the idea had to be explained several times over before the ladies would agree.

It all obviously took root and after other companies started up, by 1914 there were enough to ensure that the County could be registered at what became known as Commonwealth Headquarters in Buckingham Palace Road, London.

Hertfordshire’s first County Commissioner was Lady Carrick who served for 4 years. From 1919 to the present, no fewer than 16 County Commissioners have given their loyal service to Hertfordshire.

Latest News

Training during the pandemic

01st June 20

As face to face trainings are still prohibited by Girlguiding UK we would like to offer the opportunity to you to access training through e-learning. As a reminder, there are lots of opportunities on the Girlguiding UK website  If there is an alternative training that you would like to access that may require payment then we would like to support you in your development. This may be food hygiene or looking after girls with autism or anything else that enhances your role in guiding or will benefit the girls in your care. If this is you, please contact Trish

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New Fundraising Related Policies

13th December 19

In the 4 December's Making guiding happen members were told about the new donation acceptance policy and the partnership screening policy. Girlguiding want everyone to be familiar with these policies before taking any donations or applying to receive money from third parties such as trusts, partners or businesses. Please ensure you have read these.

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County Awards Evening 2019

29th April 19

At the 2019 County Awards Evening we welcomed volunteers and other guests from across the County to celebrate the contribution of volunteers. This included presenting Long Service Awards, and awards recognising service given above that which is expected, and for delivering exceptional guiding experiences to members. On behalf of young members, parents, and fellow volunteers I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your amazing contribution towards Girlguiding Hertfordshire.For photos of the event visit our Flickr album. More information on these awards and how to nominate a volunteer can be

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Training during the pandemic

01/06/20

As face to face trainings are still prohibited by Girlguiding UK we would like to offer the opportunity to you to access training through e-learning. As a reminder, there are lots of opportunities on the Girlguiding UK website  If there is an alternative training that you would like to access that may require payment then we would like to support you in your development. This may be food hygiene or looking after girls with autism or anything else that enhances your role in guiding or will benefit the girls in your care. If this is you, please contact Trish

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County Office

17/03/20

Please be aware that the county office staff are currently working remotely from home during the school term 9.30am-1.30pm until further notice.  If you have any queries, you can still contact us via email: countysec@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk Natalie and Rachel, County Administrators

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Introducing the Youth Opportunities Team

02/03/20

This new team has been created to bring together all the opportunities Guiding can offer to young people aged 13+. Headed up by Catherine Farman, the team have already begun work on their strategy and will soon be finalising a name, launching a logo, newsletter and first round of activities. When a young person gets to 13 years old, we want them to know that they don’t only have to be a young leader or just choose Duke of Edinburgh; they can do as much as they want to. The group, whose name is to be confirmed, comprises of DofE, Queen’s Guide, young leaders, Rangers, peer educators and

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New Fundraising Related Policies

13/12/19

In the 4 December's Making guiding happen members were told about the new donation acceptance policy and the partnership screening policy. Girlguiding want everyone to be familiar with these policies before taking any donations or applying to receive money from third parties such as trusts, partners or businesses. Please ensure you have read these.

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2020 Subscriptions

23/10/19

This is advance notice that the subscription for members of Girlguiding Hertfordshire for 2020 will be £35.00 (i.e. £16 HQ, £10 Anglia and £9 Hertfordshire). Please remember that your Division and/or your District may add their own levy on top of this.  If you are likely to have any concerns with being able to pay please contact your Commissioner.  Commissioners can contact the County Treasurer at ctreasurer@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk. We appreciate that this may be an unwelcome increase from last year but unfortunately, due to fewer members paying the subscription as well as increasing

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A Safe Space Training in Girlguiding Hertfordshire

18/10/19

Girlguiding launched the updated the ‘A Safe Space’ training in September 2017 to help create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun. All volunteers will need to do Level 1 and your role(s) determine which of the next 3 levels you will need to complete and see below for explanation of levels. By December 2020 everyone will need to have the correct level of training for their role. LEVEL 1 – AN INTRODUCTION: For all volunteers including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts and parent helpers, peer educators and Young Leaders including those doing the Young Leader

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18-30’s County Champions

02/09/19

Girlguiding is introducing a new offering (yet to be named) for members who are aged between 18 and 30.  Anglia have formed a group of champions to ensure that our region provides a full offering of activities and opportunities for our 18-30s members. Lizzie Butler and Rebecca Park have been selected to be Hertfordshire’s champions and will be spending the next couple of months networking with others in the region. Watch this space for more information.

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New County Commissioner Appointment

03/06/19

Dear members of Hertfordshire County, I am very pleased to inform you that Jenny Maskrey has accepted the role as County Commissioner from September 2019 when Sue and her team step down. Jenny will now be designate and shadow Sue and her team for the next three months.  Jenny is very passionate about being part of the Guiding family and loves seeing how Guiding continues to make a difference to young girls. I am sure Hertfordshire will continue to flourish and grow, building upon its firm foundations. Thank – you Tracy Foster, Region Chief

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County Awards Evening 2019

29/04/19

At the 2019 County Awards Evening we welcomed volunteers and other guests from across the County to celebrate the contribution of volunteers. This included presenting Long Service Awards, and awards recognising service given above that which is expected, and for delivering exceptional guiding experiences to members. On behalf of young members, parents, and fellow volunteers I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for your amazing contribution towards Girlguiding Hertfordshire.For photos of the event visit our Flickr album. More information on these awards and how to nominate a volunteer can be

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Searching roles on GO Directory

01/06/18

To find a list of all individuals on the County Team on the GO Directory, type *Hertfordshire County* in the search field or alternatively you can search by a member's role i.e. *Residential Adviser*. There is also a County Directory on the Girlguiding Hertfordshire website member’s area for County members aged 18+. To register for access click here: https://www.girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk/account-signup/

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Lifesaving defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre

10/11/16

There is now a defibrillator at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre in Cottered which is all set up and ready for use should it be needed. These machines are designed to be used by anyone (suggest 16+). A course to use it is not necessary but can be helpful and your 1st Response Course or refresher should include defibrillators.  Leaders would be expected to follow usual procedure for a non breathing person: call ambulance, start CPR, then someone should get the defibrillator and open the lid for instructions to greatly improve chances of survival. We are still raising money to buy and fit a

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Adventures at Home Badge

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Walking 100 Challenge

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Hertfordshire Independent Living Service - Hugs by Post

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National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band Lockdown Orchestra

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Hertfordshire Libraries My Story Families Project

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Information from School Nursing Team at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

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Dacorum Borough Council Adventure Playgrounds

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Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural

National Citizen Service

Looking for summer work in your local community? We are recruiting staff to support young people on the NCS 3 & 4 week

Blue Cross Talks on pet care and dog safety

Blue Cross, the charity dedicated to helping sick, injured and homeless pets has

FREE Ridge Tent

1 Ridge tent free to collect from Herts Guide Centre, Cottered.  No pegs included. If you are interested please contact

Honeybee Talk

Honeybee Talk offered by Meriet Duncan, beekeeper and author of the children's book Betsie Valentine And The