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Walkers and Talkers from Wimbledon to Richmond

Our Walkers and Talkers Trefoil Guild’s 78 mile Capital Ring journey continues, this week they were walking from Wimbledon to Richmond and have taken some lovely photos of some of London’s greenest areas – thank you to Anne for sharing!

The walks have proved very popular with 22-26 walkers on each of their meetings so far. To join them on their Sunday journeys please email walking@girlguidinglondonsw.org.uk and you can join them on any of their sections between now and Saturday 14th July 2018 – the final walk into Crystal Palace!

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Posted in What have we been doing? on June 30, 2017 – 11:27 am

Putney District Watersports Event

On a very hot summers evening in June, 70 brownies and guides from 4 Brownie and 2 Guide units took part in a variety of watersports down at the lake in Wimbledon Park. The evening was a great success with the instructors pulling out all the stops to make it a fun evening with the sole purpose of getting the girls wet. Thanks goes to the Guides who nominated their Jack Petchey money to subsidise the evening.

 

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Posted in What have we been doing? on June 26, 2017 – 8:47 pm

Trefoil Walkers and Talkers take on the Capital Ring

Our new Trefoil Guild of “Walkers and Talkers” are about to embark on a month by month challenge to walk the Capital Ring between now and July 2018.

To join them on a section, follow this link to their page.

 

 

 

Posted in What have we been doing? on March 31, 2017 – 2:56 pm

Tora’s Laurel Award

We are delighted that Tora Shand has been awarded her Laurel Award at Heyswood on 11th March 2017.

Tora was joined by many Guiding friends for an afternoon tea and presentation, and the weather shone brightly so we also enjoyed the grounds at Heyswood and relived some Guiding memories during the afternoon.

Sally Christmas, LaSER Chief Commissioner, presented the award to Tora and highlighted many of the wonderful comments that had supported the award – while Tora tried to guess who had said all these things about her!

 Tora is one for sowing the seed and watching it grow – always there for support and encouragement where needed.”

 “She has worked hard to ‘grow guiding’ and over her term of office 21 new Units have been opened and our girl membership numbers have increased by 45% and volunteers by 54%.”

 “Tora has had a huge impact on my leadership style as a Guider and Scout Leader and I still think about her wise advice when I am working with children in my voluntary roles today.”

 “I learned very quickly how to make a cup of tea fit for my District Commissioner, even at camp when drinking from a plastic mug the milk had to go into the cup before the tea. Still to this day I can’t believe it tastes different, but Tora insists.”

 “Gilt is testament to Tora’s belief that the best we can be is working together. And the more we work together the better the programme offer to girls and leaders will be.”

 We then finished off the celebration with a campfire led by Tora herself, singing lots of favourites of course…. a campfire built by some hardworking guests and toasting marshmallows.

 It was a lovely afternoon with lots of stories and memories shared amoungst the guests, who were also very willing participants to a Guiding journey participation story of which many of them have been a part of!

 Very many congratulations Tora

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Posted in What have we been doing? on March 27, 2017 – 4:54 pm

LSW Senior Section celebrate on top of London!

Pic1 Pic2 Pic4Senior Section members and leaders had the privilege of celebrating the finale of one hundred years of the Senior Section at The View at Battersea Power Station. A crisp December evening, we were treated to beautiful views of the renovations to the towers.

Senior Section and leaders alike loved playing with Christmas accessories on our special hashtag printer, as well as finding out exactly what is planned for the community at Battersea Power Station (including some Girlguiding units, of course!)

We also heard from three inspirational young women, who has completed their Duke of Edinburgh Award, been on an international trip and received a special commendation within the last 12 months.

We can’t wait to see what the next one hundred years have in store for the Senior Section!

 

 

Posted in What have we been doing? on January 7, 2017 – 10:35 pm

Remembrance Day Parade

 

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This year was the turn of London South West to provide the contingent to represent Girlguiding in the parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday.

Our group was made up of the two lead volunteers, Barbara & Hiral, our County Commissioner Neva, the two volunteers from London South East who were shadowing us in preparation for next year and 25 members aged 13 to 30 years.

We’d held two rehearsal evening when we practised marching and checked out what we were going to wear. We had jackets specially printed with the County name on the back worn with scarves and our poppies.

On the day we met bright and early and were ushered through security to take our place between the Scout and Girls Brigade groups, fortunately the weather was kind and it was a nice bright but fresh day. From 10am the groups of veterans marched out from Horse Guards and took their places in 3 columns next to us. Everyone was lined up by 11am ready for the arrival of the Queen & dignitaries and the 2 minute silence. It was amazing to be in the centre of London in complete silence. Then followed the laying of wreaths and the service of Remembrance. We then had a lengthy wait while all the groups in term marched off past the Cenotaph, we were near the end of the final column and finally marched of at a good pace, trying hard to keep in step as we marched past the Cenotaph giving a smart ‘eyes left’ as Alex handed over our wreath to be laid with all the others. Then it was round to Parliament Square, back up Horse Guards Road where Prince Charles was taking the salute (an eyes right) then into Horse Guards for the National Anthem and to be dismissed.

It was such an honour & privilege to take part in such a special event, one we will all remember. The girls did us proud, looking very smart and we were rewarded with some good TV coverage.

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Posted in What have we been doing? on November 17, 2016 – 10:36 pm

Big Rainbow Art Attack Weekend & a Laurel Award!

Friday – Sunday 14th – 16th October saw nearly 80 Rainbows and Leaders from LSW descend upon a residential hall in Croydon for the Big Rainbow Art Attack Weekend. 2 nights of sleepovers and a day of activities including making stick men, a camp fire, countless creative crafts, dance and a music session were enjoyed by LSW Rainbows. They made their own pizzas, leaf rubbed, made “green men” on the trees in clay and lots more – it really was an action packed weekend.

Unbeknown to most of the assembled, Tora Shand, our previous County Commissioner who had come to lead the campfire was to be surprised with the announcement of her Laurel Award – congratulations again!

This was a good chance to ask the Rainbows how they wanted to celebrate their 30th Birthday next year so keep an eye out for plans coming up!

Below are a couple of photos of the weekend – thanks to Belinda and the team for a fun packed weekend!

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Posted in What have we been doing? on October 17, 2016 – 8:35 pm

Region Chief Commissioners Award for Millie

 6th Earlsfield Rainbows and Brownies planned a big party to celebrate Young Leader Millie being awarded a Region Chief Commissioners Award. The evening started off with ‘Millie Bingo’ where everyone remembered all the things they had done with Millie at Rainbows, Brownies and beyond. We then gathered together and Pip McKerrow read out some beautiful words in support of Millie’s award. Pip then presented Millie with her award and the party started with lots of food, cakes, balloons and games.

It was a lovely evening celebrating a well deserved volunteer and we were so glad to have so many volunteers, parents and family join us for the evening.

Well done Millie!

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Posted in What have we been doing? on October 10, 2016 – 10:22 am

Walkers and Talkers are up and running!

Our new group – “Walkers and Talkers” meet on the last Sunday of the month to take a walk round places of interest in London.

Click right here for details of their up and coming plans:

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Posted in What have we been doing? on October 10, 2016 – 9:32 am

Southfields Guides at Wellies and Wristbands

August 2016 once more saw “Wellies and Wristbands” at Foxlease, and our Southfields Guides were lucky enough to go! They took part in a huge range of activities including Guiding’s Got Talent! Here are  a few pics of their time!

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Posted in What have we been doing? on September 17, 2016 – 8:03 pm