About Us

Hertfordshire is a wonderful guiding County of over 11,500 members. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section, 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

2020 Subscriptions

23rd October 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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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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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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Macmillan Challenge Guide

20/09/19

To support Girlguiding Anglia's partnership with Macmillan, Macmillan have put together a Macmillan Challenge Guide where you will find lots of ways to support units getting involved in the Macmillan Challenge, including taking action, raising awareness and fundraising events.

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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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This festive season, shop on AmazonSmile and Amazon donates to Hertfordshire County Guides Association, at no cost to you.

Blue Cross Talks on pet care and dog safety

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

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band Birmingham 2020

To apply for the 2020 NSGSO or NSGCB course and to find out more details, please visit apply.nsgso.com The NSGSO and NSGCB

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

Drumming and Percussion Workshops

Drum workshops for Guiding groups and camps. Please click here for information flyer. All the equipment brought to venue,

Rock Up Watford

Fun Climbing centre for 4 years and up. 26 unique challenging climbing walls designed to build self-confidence, fitness and

Used Postage Stamps

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to collect used postage stamps.  We would therefore be grateful if any used postage

West Herts Trefoil Guild

West Herts Trefoil Guild has a new 'home'. Leaders and friends are welcome to join West Herts Trefoil Guild at Warners End

Herts Guide Centre Management Committee Member Required

Would you be interested in volunteering to become a member of the Herts Guide Centre Management Committee? You would be

Equaliteas Badges

If any units ran an Equaliteas event and are interested in an Equaliteas Badge, please contact Nicola Day by

Uganda Friendship 2018 Challenge Badge

In August 2018, three Leaders and twelve young women from Girlguiding Hertfordshire will travel to Uganda where they will