Congratulations to Jan Harris of 1st Cranham (All Saints) Brownie Unit on receiving your 50 year Long Service Award.
Presentation of Laurel Award to Pauline Gillett by Chris Skinner and Carol Roberts, Region President.
Betty, Isabella, Felicity, Mary , Isobelle, Gabrielle, all from 5th Upminster Guides
Olivia from 1st Cranham guides.
The girls all went to Pax Lodge for their BP Adventure.
At the BP presentation evening the girls had a theme of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" the girls dressed up and included a chocolate raffle, and chocolate fondue, together with a magnificent chocolate cake made by Isobelle Johnstone! The girls also did their own power point presentation of their Baden Powell Journey. The Baden Powell Mums also provided the refreshments on the night!
There was a surprise in store, last week at Essex International Jamboree, for members of Essex West when the Chief Guide, Valerie Le Valiant, presented awards.
Ellie Watson and Jenny Kingston both from Brentwood Division were presented with their Queen's Guide Awards.
Caroline Peters, from Brentwood East, received her 30 year service award.
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.
Leah attends every meeting, church parade and event held with a smile and a positive attitude. She joined the 4th Hornchurch Guides from Brownies. Leah has continually supported her patrol and especially her Patrol Leader Rosie Evans in all sorts of things. Leah is totally loyal and totally honest. She will come and tell me if she feels Guides are perhaps stepping over the boundaries of good taste, and sisterly behaviour to each other. Very often she will tell the Guide herself “that is no way for a Guide to behave”. I would like Leah to have some recognition of her loyalty to the Guides and to the members of her Patrol. Leah is also a Brownie Pack helper too, the Brownies do love her, she never misses a meeting which often results in arguments with her mum over attending Guiding events over family or church events. (And guiding wins!)
I first had the idea of mum getting an award, when Jan Knight presented one of our Guides with an award. I then went away and googled awards in our area and this was the one that kept coming back to me. I then read more into it and decided what category to nominate her for. I then emailed all the Brownie parents and the Guide parents with the idea as well as some of her history of guiding which I managed to get out of her without her knowing what for.
Various parents came back to me saying how fab this was and they would nominate. And yesterday we found out that 17 other people had nominated her and then mine making it a record breaking 18 nominations which they've never had before in the awards.
I hadn't heard anything for ages and in fact had forgotten all about it when the other week I received an email saying that mum was chosen and was in the top five for community champion award. I then knew I had to tell her. It was the best kept secret for ages. Her words on the phone to me were 'oh oh oh... I think I'm going to cry'.
I came home especially for the event on Monday, and yesterday we all got dressed in our best clothes and headed to the Lord Ashby Building in Chelmsford for the event. We arrived and were given our name badges and taken to the special seating area and were given drinks. Before the presentation started we were treated to entertainment from 'Funky Voices Choir' and someone from the X factor. Mum was then taken away for her photo which may be published in Essex Life Magazine. We were then told to take our seats and she was so nervous, she was shaking so much. They came to her category and read the four names that got highly commended and then they read her name with a massive long section on her 18 nominations, her history in guiding, the love the brownies and parents all give her as well as some really lovely quotes from different nominations from the parents. Mum kept saying 'she felt like she had stopped breathing when they read her name' I cried.
She was presented with a lovely certificate, a glass trophy and a goody bag from the sponsors. Mum kept saying she felt very humble and that there were so many more people in the room that were true heroes.
We then were taken for a buffet dinner. We had such a good evening and all the way home she kept saying she still couldn't believe it.
By Heather Street
Well done but more importantly a big thank you to all you give guiding. It's clear that your colleagues and parents certainly appreciate you as much us we do. - Jan Knight
Nicky is so dedicated to the Girl Guide movement, she has so much love and respect for the girls and gives so much of her time. I am constantly amazed at the activities she provides, the creations they make, the visits and all they achieve for such a ridiculously small fee and I believe this is because she is so gifted at getting so much out of her Brownies
Congratulations to Geri Cowell who has gained her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and was presented with her badge at the last County meeting by Assistant County Commissioner Chris Skinner. A more formal presentation will take place later at Buckingham Palace.
Laura, a 13 year old Guide, was nominated for her exceptional support and hard work over the past 13 months in helping her sister Amy as well as Ellie, Rosa, Katherine & Alice reach their target of fully funding their trip to the next World Scout Jamboree.
The seemingly impossible target was £10,500, the girls and their families planned a programme of events aimed at raising the money required before the younger girls began their GCSE's. Laura has fully supported every event - 2 Brownie discos, 2 adult quiz nights, numerous cake sales and tuck shops, car washing, 2 bag packing days, and a Brownie craft afternoon. Laura was always there with a smile on her face cheerfully turning her hand to whatever task was required - setting up tables and chairs, helping Brownies, selling sweets & counting coins & packing bags. Throughout she has been an excellent role model and advertisement for Guiding.
All 5 of Epping Forest South's "Jamboree Girls" owe Laura a huge debt of gratitude.
I do hope that Laura will have the opportunity at international experience herself & that others will be as supportive to her cause. She certainly has plenty of fund raising ideas and will be a great ambassador.
Our unit was camping at Chigwell Row. One of our Young Leaders let us down at the last minute, which left us with a Young Leader, Katy, sleeping on her own. The age difference and lack of tent space meant she was unable to share with the Guides.
In my role as Health and safety, I was not happy with the situation. Unable to contact our missing young leader, our only option was to send Katy home each evening. Obviously, causing an inconvenience to her parents, disappointing Katy, and leaving us short of help.
By a strange coincidence Roma, a Young Leader known to Katy, as they both help at the same Brownies Unit, was also camping that weekend. Her mother being an assistant Guide leader had brought both daughters with her to camp.
We asked Roma if she would help us out by coming over and sharing a tent with Katy, with no hesitation she agreed. True to her word, Roma came over each evening once she had finished helping her own group, and first thing in the morning she would return to them. She mixed with the Guides and Leaders, and blended in so well, it was as if she was part of our unit.
We are very grateful that she gave up the time she could have spent with her family and unit, to help us out and to give Katy the opportunity to attend the whole weekend.
We feel this is a good example of the 4th Guide law, a Guide is a good friend and sister to all Guides, and therefore we would like to nominate Roma for this award.
Emily's Mum was taking the children (Emily aged 8 and her younger brother Joe) to School when she had a mishap and fell from her mobility scooter.
An ambulance was called, but while waiting for the ambulance to arrive:
Emily calmly rang her Dad, calmed her little brother, who was very upset, and sat with her Mum, using tissues to clean her face of blood and sat calming her down until the ambulance arrived, holding her little brother's hand all the time.
Emily said that 'she had a wobbly feeling in her tummy all the time', but she DID HER BEST. What more could anybody ask.
Here in Essex West we have a new Award called the County Achievement Award.
It was initially designed for Guides and Senior Section but in light Of this incident we have realised that there should not be a restriction on age.
Well done Emily and I have pleasure in presenting you with your County Achievement Award. This is the first time I have presented this Award and I am so proud to be presenting it to you.
We are all very proud of you.”