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Hertfordshire
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Hertfordshire County Commissioner

25th February 19

Hello everyone, The time has come to find a new County Commissioner as Sue Beswick and her team step down from their roles in September 2019. The County Commissioner is an exciting, challenging and rewarding role, leading the county as it continues to develop and grow. As County Commissioner you are both an internal and an external ‘figurehead’ for Guiding in your area. You need to have a good knowledge of Guiding, be able to communicate effectively, be able to enthuse others, take responsibility for difficult decisions when necessary and appropriate, be approachable, enjoy working with adults and

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Leader for World Scout Jamboree needed

21st June 17

Hertfordshire Scouts have kindly offered us places for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) to be held from 22nd July 2019- 2nd August 2019 in West Virginia USA. Dates spent away could be longer if the group decide to do additional travel before/after. We have been allocated 1 Leader space and are looking for applicants to lead our contingent. The WSJ is the largest Scouting and Guiding event globally and happens every 4 years in a different location. There are up to 45,000 Scouts and Guides expected to attend and most countries from the movements will be represented. Further information can be found

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Voting Now Open! – Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

04th November 16

Girlguiding Hertfordshire is bidding to bag a massive cash boost to reinstate the pond area at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered. Voting is now open for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme until 13th November in the Baldock Tesco Extra, Royston Tesco Extra, Hitchin Tesco Express and understand it is also now in Shefford Tesco Express Esso Garage.  You should be provided with a blue chip coin at the checkout (you may need to ask for a coin) which can then be placed in a Perspex box near to the exit. Click Here for Poster  

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Hertfordshire County Commissioner

25/02/19

Hello everyone, The time has come to find a new County Commissioner as Sue Beswick and her team step down from their roles in September 2019. The County Commissioner is an exciting, challenging and rewarding role, leading the county as it continues to develop and grow. As County Commissioner you are both an internal and an external ‘figurehead’ for Guiding in your area. You need to have a good knowledge of Guiding, be able to communicate effectively, be able to enthuse others, take responsibility for difficult decisions when necessary and appropriate, be approachable, enjoy working with adults and

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Update on A Safe Space Training in Girlguiding Hertfordshire

24/01/19

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. By December 2020 everyone will need to have the correct level of training for their role. Many of you have already attended the trainings for Level 2 (and Level 1) provided by Girlguiding Hertfordshire last year, and in line with the Region plan, we are planning local Level 3 training this year. LEVEL 1 – AN INTRODUCTION: For all

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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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County Awards Evening 2018

09/05/18

At the 2018 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

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Girls Can Do Anything!

17/07/17

Hertfordshire Guides were inspired and motivated to speak out about key issues that they care about when Oliver Dowden CBE, member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere, came to visit them at Morven, Potters Bar as part of the Great Patrol Hunt competition. The Guides were delighted to welcome Oliver to their camp who spoke to them about his route to becoming an MP and the campaigns that he has been involved in. It was a tremendous opportunity to talk directly to a politician and to feel listened to. Oliver led a debating workshop that supported the girls on how to present a persuasive dialogue for

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Leader for World Scout Jamboree needed

21/06/17

Hertfordshire Scouts have kindly offered us places for the 2019 World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) to be held from 22nd July 2019- 2nd August 2019 in West Virginia USA. Dates spent away could be longer if the group decide to do additional travel before/after. We have been allocated 1 Leader space and are looking for applicants to lead our contingent. The WSJ is the largest Scouting and Guiding event globally and happens every 4 years in a different location. There are up to 45,000 Scouts and Guides expected to attend and most countries from the movements will be represented. Further information can be found

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Brownie Designer Day 2017

05/06/17

240 Brownies had an amazing day in St Albans enjoying different design activities. Here are some comments from 17th Watford Brownies and their Leader: "It was so good that we didn't have time to finish everything (I think this is because they got so carried away with their puppets and Strictly dolls that they could have carried on all day)" "It was fun because I like design and there were a lot of things I didn't know before" "It was so fun I didn't want to go home" "It was one of the best trips I've had" "It was fun because art's my hobby" "They were all hugely enthusiastic about the rocket

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Rainbow 30th Birthday Challenge Pack

22/03/17

2017 will mark 30 years of Rainbows. To celebrate, Girlguiding Anglia has created a challenge pack suitable for Rainbow units, which can be downloaded from the Region website. The theme is 'Under the Sea', and there are activities for each of the four Rainbow Jigsaw areas - Look, Learn, Laugh and Love. Visit the Girlguiding Anglia website for more information, and don't forget to share with us your photos and articles of what you have been doing to celebrate.

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Tesco Bags of Help

12/01/17

We are delighted to announce that the Hertfordshire Guide Centre has secured the top grant of £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help grant in the voting which took place in the local Tesco stores in late October/ November last year. A huge thank you to all those who voted for our project - you really made a difference for the Centre. The committee are currently working to finalise plans for the pond refurbishment and nature area redevelopment. The work will be completed during 2017 so look out for updates, and volunteering opportunities and dates for this exciting project. Since launching in 2015,

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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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Voting Now Open! – Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

04/11/16

Girlguiding Hertfordshire is bidding to bag a massive cash boost to reinstate the pond area at the Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered. Voting is now open for the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme until 13th November in the Baldock Tesco Extra, Royston Tesco Extra, Hitchin Tesco Express and understand it is also now in Shefford Tesco Express Esso Garage.  You should be provided with a blue chip coin at the checkout (you may need to ask for a coin) which can then be placed in a Perspex box near to the exit. Click Here for Poster  

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Hertfordshire Guide Centre needs your votes

14/09/16

We are delighted to announce that the Hertfordshire Guide Centre at Cottered has been successful in securing funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme for a fabulous restoration of our pond. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. With our grant we plan to completely transform our pond, which is currently overgrown. The area will be cleared of brambles.

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Sue’s Spectacular Summer!

02/09/16

For Girlguiding the summer term is always busy and this was certainly the case for me. Here are just a few of the events and activities I attended in and around the County: May High Leigh It was great to see so many volunteers enjoying the County Residential Training Weekend at High Leigh. Ideas were shared, old friends caught up and new friendships were made. 2nd Ware Guides 65th Birthday Party A delightful evening was spent celebrating 65 years of guiding with 2nd Ware Guides. Adults had fun looking at photos and spotting old friends whilst the Guides showed us what today’s guiding is all

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Saturday at HGC – What a day!

20/06/16

A huge THANK YOU to Gill Park, Jo, Vikki and Andy Clinch, Jean Banks and Natalie and Dave Inder for their work at the County Guide Centre on Saturday 18th June.  Whilst ‘operation kitchen clean-up’ took place inside, Natalie and Dave tackled the playground and pathway areas. I don’t think the kitchen has ever looked or smelt so clean – it literally sparkled! Our next working party will be on 17th August when the focus will be on the outside so please bring your garden tools. Come and join us. Friends, cheese, wine, crafts, cup-cakes and chat – what better way is there to spend a

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Welcome

28/05/16

It is with great pleasure and delight that I welcome you to the new Girlguiding Hertfordshire website. Our aim is to provide a communication channel for everyone within Girlguiding Hertfordshire, Trefoil Guild, parents and friends. The website will showcase the diverse activities which are taking place across the County, and it will be continuously updated with the latest news, events and notices. On this website you will find: About Us – A Who’s Who of the County Team, resources for downloading, and a searchable map for shops, campsites and holiday venues. Get Involved –

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