Ongar District carol service last week. The girls performed their version of the Nativity during the service
This national award may be given to any member of Girlguiding (up to her 26th birthday) who has displayed exceptional courage.
Jan Knight, County Commissioner, said 'The award was well received and Zoe was able to explain to her Brownie friends how she felt about her operations and what she did to help her get through the treatment. She was so thankful of the get well wishes from her Brownie friends and their help in raising over £800 for Great Ormond Street Hospital that while she was there and then recovering at home she made each and every one of them a bracelet.
As well as looking forward to going up to Guides she is also interested in cycling and one day would like to compete in the Olympic Games.
With her bravery and determination I sincerely hope her dreams come true.'
Zoe is a Brownie with the 4th Epping Brownies.
Earlier in the year, on 19th May, Wendy Henshaw, District Secretary for Ongar District was surprised with her own Good Service Award, presented to her at a District meeting. Wendy was a Guide leader for several years before moving to the Ongar area in the 1970s when she became Brownie Leader for 2nd Fyfield Brownies, a role she held for over 28 years. Wendy has also held roles as District Commissioner, Division Commissioner and Young Leader Advisor and continues to be instrumental in supporting local leaders and promoting and growing Guiding in the area. As well as being the current District Secretary, Wendy is an active member of the Ongar Trefoil Guild and an Essex West County Vice-President. She is a highly valued member of the Ongar team who everyone trusts and relies on.
Sylvia has been active in Guiding since 1958 when she first took on a leadership role with a unit in Wimbledon. She then also held roles in the Greater Manchester and Derby areas until becoming Brown Owl with 4th Epping Brownies in 1977, a role she held until 2006, after which she took on support roles with Epping and Theydon District and joined the Division team as Division Administrator, a role she is still active in today. Sylvia was also District Commissioner in the 1990s.
She currently takes on the responsibility for mentoring new leaders, and assists in looking after the Division’s Young Leaders, and is also an active member of the Waltham Abbey Trefoil Guild.
The Waltham Abbey and Upshire Senior Section and I recently applied for four of our older girls (along with my fellow leader and I) to 'plant' poppies at the Tower of London's 'The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red memorial'.
We were privileged enough to be given a slot on Sunday 2nd November, so five of us headed up into London to take part in this very special event (our 6th member was unfortunately very poorly and as you can image rather upset not to have been able to come along). It was an amazing and very moving experience - especially as we managed to finish our planting and then head around the outside of the tower for the roll of honour and last post, at the end of the day. One of our girls was even enrolled standing in the moat, by the poppies in front of the 'pouring tower. I imagine that there aren't many who will be able to say they made their promise in such beautiful place.
Here are a few pictures from our afternoon. I hope that they capture the fact that we had a wonderful experience and that it was a day that all of us were very proud to say we were involved in Girlguiding.
Epping Senior Section member Rebecca, who is also a Young Leader just completed her Chief Guide Challenge.
Bex worked extremely hard towards this and did incredibly well to complete it. Rebecca does have learning difficulties and has blossomed as a Young Leader and Ranger.
As part of the award she has:
been a member of the cadets and youth club;
taken part in self-defence classes with the Chigwell Rangers;
been head of her school year and on the school council;
taken part in the Epping Christmas market and Division handicraft competition;
attended various camps and pack holidays and participated in centenary events.
Katherine Lee, Epping Senior Section.