Girlguiding Essex West is part of Girlguiding Anglia Region and is responsible for enabling and encouraging girls and young women to develop their potential and to make a difference to the world.
It comprises of ten Guiding Divisions and stretches from the Thames in the south to the Cambridge border in the north. It is home to about 7000 members aged 5+ and to the Trefoil Guild.
Youth Membership is open to any girl or young woman between their 5th and 26th birthdays. Adult membership is open to application from women, and men in certain roles, over 18 years of age regardless of faith, race, culture, nationality or any other circumstance.
In choosing the symbolism of the Standard, we tried to depict unique aspects of Essex West.
We used a stylised trefoil to represent all members of the Movement. The Guide County badge is a single seax - three of which are shown on the County Council arms.
The spire represents our Christian heritage and many famous historical churches in our County.
The fly is blue for our rivers - Thames, Lee, Start and Roding, and green for the substantial area of Green Belt land. These are divided by a silver wavy band to represent major transport routes by air, rail and road.
Epping, Hatfield and Hainault Forests appear as a group of trees, agriculture is represented by the Saffron Crocus, Tilbury Fort refers to the defence of Essex against invasion. St Edward's Ring to our Royal Connections, and the computer screen to industry and commerce.
At the Hoist - Quarterly one and four Azure a Guide trefoil, two and three Gules in fess a seax Argent pommel and hilt to the dexter Or.
Vert a church spire Argent.
The Motto Band - 'Be Prepared' Or lettered Azure
The Fly - Per fess Azure and Vert
In fess a bar wavy Argent
In chief between a hurst of trees and a Saffron crocus
proper and fimbriated Argent a tower of the last.
In base a computer keyboard and screen proper, fimbriated Argent and a gem ring set with jewel Gules fimbriated Argent
All surrounded by a border company in the livery colours of Guiding Or and Azure.