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11 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA North West (Royal Institute of British Architects) Awards. The winners will be announced at an Awards evening at Manchester School of Art on Wednesday 8 May 2019.
All shortlisted buildings will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning buildings announced at the RIBA North West Awards evening on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at the Manchester School of Art.
This prestigious award will be assessed by a regional jury with the winning building announced at the awards.
Edition: March 2019
THE LOOKOUT has been SHORTLISTED FOR a RIBA award!
“We must change …
from a 'what can I get'
to a 'what can I give' attitude.”
musings from an assistant county commissioner
It has been a busy couple of months in the county. It was lovely to hear that Runcorn division celebrated their centenary with a reception at the town hall. It was also lovely to see the Mersey gateway bridge lit up in red for rainbows, yellow for brownies and blue for guides, rangers, young leaders and our adult volunteers on thinking day.
Warrington division have also had their division standard rededicated in a special church service. The Lookout continues to impress our visitors with all weekends now fully booked for the rest of the year.
We are currently at a crossroads for our county, if we wish to continue to hold fun and exciting events such as out international days for the girls and young women we work with and support the 1200 leaders and volunteers across the county, then we desperately need new volunteers to come forward bringing with them fresh new ideas and enthusiasm.
I am a firm believer in many hands make light work and it should not fall to the same few people each time! Guiding should not become a chore or super stressful, we are a voluntary organisation and we are all busy women. I am sure like me, you often get bogged down with guide admin and planning. This is when we need to work as a team, to help each other and remember why we do it.
I have been a member of the organisation now since the age of 7, rainbows didn’t even exist when I began! I have been warranted for over 20 years and guiding has changed considerably during this time. I volunteer for the girls and young women we work with, so that can make new friends and experience all the wonderful opportunities that guiding have to offer. Infact, I will be in The Gambia this Easter helping our Girls to Take action. It is wonderful to see the difference our visits make to the lives of the children we work with and help to makes us appreciation how lucky we are. You can follow our blog at: www.teamgambia2019.tumblr.com
I also volunteer for the fun and friendship guiding has given to me and watch with eager anticipation as my eldest, Millie begins her journey as a rainbow and I wonder what amazing adventures she will have along the way.
If you would like to know more about any of the positions currently available in our county e.g international adviser, adventure co-ordinator, brownie adviser etc and what these roles entail then please do get in touch. I implore you to help!
Yours in Guiding
Laura Watkin, Assistant County Commissioner
Mersey Gateway Bridge Photo: Kerry White
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Mike Gosling, one of our Vice Presidents and the husband of Jean Gosling, a former County Commissioner. Mike was a County Ambassador for Girlguiding from 2013 until his death. He was also our County Archivist from 2006 – 2011, during a period which encompassed the Centenary of Girlguiding.
Mike put on Guiding Heritage Displays in public places within the County, celebrating our rich Guiding heritage and emphasising that Guiding is for ever modern. In conjunction with this, he instigated the compilation of history boxes for Units to borrow, to ensure that Guiding heritage is maintained.
Mike, who was also a Chester Scouter, was a tremendous support to Jean throughout all the time she was involved in Guiding in Cheshire Forest.
Jean has been a Guider for most of her life. As a leader the West Midlands where she and Mike began their married life, both having grown up there, she was involved in running Guide Units, whilst Mike participated in Scouting locally, also. As Jean became more and more involved with Guiding – as a District Commissioner, Division Commissioner and International Adviser in the West Midlands, so Mike continued to support her loyally in all the roles which she undertook, whilst he also continued with his commitment to Scouting. He was an extremely keen Badge collector, an interest which took him to many conventions in many parts of the world.
On their move to Chester in 1993 they both continued serving their respective organisations, Jean as Guiding Development Adviser and Co-ordinator, both for our County and N.W.England and as both our Assistant County Commissioner and later as our County Commissioner. Jean undertook a variety of positions in Girlguiding in N.W. Region and Nationally and no one was more pleased and delighted than Mike, when she was presented with her Laurel Award in 2014.
Mike was gentle and thoughtful and so supportive of Jean and of our Guide Movement, testament to which he was appointed a County Vice President in 2013. He has left an indelible impression on our County and to all of us who knew him and appreciated his excellent qualities, there will always be a place for him in the hearts of our Guiding community here in Cheshire Forest. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Jean and her family at this sad time.
Cynthia Gent, County President
SNAKES & LIZARDS & Frogs...
6th Frodsham Brownies have been doing their Friend to Animals badge.
Over the last few weeks, they've learned about endangered species, made polar bear crafts, played animal-themed games, and enjoyed spending time with some very special visitors. One week they got the chance to find out about some very large rabbits, brought in by a leader from another unit. They then used what they'd learned to write poems and stories about the animal. Then, Ranger Rob's friend Animal Ash came to visit along with some frogs, a snake, turantula, and a host of other reptiles and creepy crawlies. Ash was great with the girls and one of them told her mum, "it was the best Brownies ever," after bravely holding some of the visitors. We would definitely recommend Ranger Rob's to other units.
Sam Yarwood Leader
remembering mike gosling
In August 2020 Girlguiding UK is sending a contingent of members to the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland and you can be a part of it!
The European Jamboree returns to gather young people from all over Europe in Gdańsk, Poland to celebrate Scout and Guide values, strengthen our international community and provide young people in Europe with the opportunity to meet and learn from each other.
It will be a memorable, once in lifetime experience and we are currently looking for leaders and guides/rangers aged between 14 – 18 years in July 2020 to represent not only Cheshire Forest & the North West Region but also the UK.
Places are still available for girls to be a part of the County contingent so please encourage any of your unit who meet the age criteria to express their interest email Jess Burke email@example.com
Visit the county website to download the application form
International Community Experience Leader selection
International Community Experience (ICE) is for Guides aged 11-13. The purpose of an ICE weekend is to give girls a taste of community action, increase their global awareness and prepare them for international experiences.
ICE present a chance for the girls to learn what community action involves in an international setting, exploring different communities by volunteering with community links, the final project is five days long and includes exciting opportunities along with volunteering work.
Region ICE leader selection will be advertised soon and the date for the selection is Saturday 4th May at region HQ.
Please email me if you are interested in applying and I will send you information as soon as I have it.
International IN THE NEW PROGRAMME
Here are the UMAs that are currently in the new Programme that relate to international that are either currently available or available soon.
Rainbows: World Centre Postcards (Pack 2, summer 2018), Trefoil Creations (Pack 4, summer 2019)
Brownies: Trefoil Trivia (UMA taster pack, summer 2017)
Guides: International explorer (Pack 3, summer 2018) World Centre Welcome (Pack 4, summer 2019)
Rangers: Guiding Blockbusters (UMA taster pack, summer 2017)
county international adviser
PLANNING yOUR OWN TRIP ABROAD?
If you want to take your own unit abroad please let me know when you are in the initial planning stages so I can assign a mentor to help you complete the International GAW module and go through the paperwork process with regards to the new permission to plan forms and International REN’s.
At the recent Warrington Disability Partnership AGM and awards evening, 6th Warrington Brownies were awarded the Appreciation of Effort 2018 Award in recognition of the warm friendly welcome the girls have given Libby, their understanding of her needs, and including her in all of the activities. The award also recognised the work they have done in understanding disabilities and learning sign language.
Sue Devers, 6th Warrington Brownies
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remembering mike gosling
DISTRICT duke of edinburgh award
Girlguiding Culcheth District held their annual Duke of Edinburgh celebration evening early in January. Julie Walton, the Regional Chief Commissioner, presented the successful candidates with their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. The evening was also attended by friends and family as well as members of staff from Challenge Expeditions who help with the Expedition section of the Awards.
Anyone who is interested in working towards their DofE with Girlguiding Culcheth District should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OUR AMAZING JOURNEY....
We camped on Lookout, the weather was so bad the site flooded and we had to dig trenches around our Icelandic tents to stop the water travelling under the sod cloth!!
county first RESPONSE CO-ORDINATOR
The design of the building and the inside of all the individual rooms is amazing.
Friends of Pettypool
Teach your Rainbows, Brownies or Guides CPR.
Hire a mannequin at only £5 per pack, per week!
Includes cleansing wipes, carrying case full instructions & age appropriate manikin.
Contact Steph Kemp to arrange collection and payment.
Cheques made payable to: Cheshire Forest First Response
All funds raised go towards Pettypool and The Lookout.
When we came to Brownie revels we had to bring every thing we needed for the day including water, lat tents cooking things and all the activities with us. We got wet when it rained no shelters and we had to clear the bracken to make a space!!
It smells lovely (like Ikea)!! very big and an amazing building.
Lots of big windows with great views!
It's an amazing building I like the dishwasher and the room colours and the beds are really comfy.
first aid MANNEQUINS for hire
The design of the building and the inside of all the individual rooms is amazing!
1st Upton Guides
When the site was first acquired bracken as high as our shoulders, brambles small and large and shrubs everywhere it was just one big forest not forgetting the rabbit and badger holes to fall into!!
5th - 7th
International Day - Rainbows, Rangers and Young Leaders
10.00 - 4.00
International Day - Brownies and Guides
10.00 - 4.00
Workshops: Go, Join us, New Programme Q&A
10.00 - 12.00
Youth Awards Evening
6.00 - 9.00
Explore the Elements - Adventure day for Leaders
Safe Space 1+2 Chat, Commissioner training
7.00 - 8.00
Safe Space 1+2 Chat
8.00 - 9.00
6.00 - 8.00
Safe Space Level 3
6.15 - 9.30
Leadership Mentor Meeting
7.30 - 9.30
Full First Response part 1 Renewal First Response
6.30 - 9.00
Full First Response part 2
The following events & trainings are held at Pettypool unless otherwise stated. Full details available in the Events & Trainings booklet or on the county website www.cheshireforest.org.uk
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Arts Trail Rainbows, Rangers, Young Leaders
Arts Trail Brownies and Guides
Workshops: Go, Join us, New Programme Q&A, Leadership signing
County Executive Meeting
13th - 14th
Safe Space level 1+2
9.30 - 12.45
1.30 - 5.00
Photo Day - all sections
10.00 - 4.00 or
11.00 - 5.00
Full First Response
9.00 - 5.00
26th - 28th
Leader Weekend Waddow, Clitheroe
A couple of places still available
Renewal First Response
events & trainings april - sept 2019
Would you like to know more about current role vacancies & what they involve? Please email email@example.com
Adventure Co-ordinator (Including indoors & outdoors)
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
Join us Co-ordinator
Chair of Finance
Chair of Pettypool
Forest News Team
County Commissioner & Assistant County Commissioner
& Alyson Wright
Baden Powell Challenge
Queens Guide Adviser
4 (peer education)
Arts, Crafts & Media
Steph Allen (Arts)
Sue Clough (Media)
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6.30pm - 7.45pm
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Open all year except Christmas Holidays
Logs available £3.00 per bag
The shop can be opened at other times by request