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We are absolutely thrilled to hear that The Lookout at Pettypool has been named Building of the Year at the Manchester Society of Architects awards.
The winner was chosen by Lord Norman Foster - the man behind the iconic Gherkin in London - earlier this month.
The Lookout was the culmination of years of planning and fundraising - and we could not be more grateful to everyone who helped to make it possible.
It was designed by John Holroyd of Walker Simpson Architects in Manchester who worked closey with us to ensure that all our ideas and needs were incorporated into the building.
The result is a beautiful new space for girls to to stay, perfectly situated in its woodland setting.
Earlier this year, The Lookout was also shortlisted for a RIBA North West
THE LOOKOUT SCOOPS BUILDING OF THE YEAR AWARD!
Edition: Aug 2019
a very warm WELCOME to OUr NEW COUNTY COMMISSIONER
I should like to extend a very warm welcome to Karen Forster, our new County Commissioner.
I know that Karen is going to prove to be a very caring, visionary and committed leader who believes very strongly in the ethos of Guiding. She has always been a tremendous supporter of our County and of our Outdoor Facility at Pettypool. An active Guider who takes her Brownies to use these wonderful facilities, Karen has held County roles in the past and has shown good leadership in the appointments she has undertaken. Able and enthusiastic about Guiding, Karen is a planner who thinks ahead, accepts advice and makes considered opinions.
At a time when we are undertaking our New Programme, Karen's expertise, guidance and vision will be invaluable to our County. I am sure she will prove to be, not only an excellent ambassador for Guiding, making it high profile, but also a steady hand at the helm.
Karen is very friendly and approachable and fully conversant with many aspects of Guiding. Her forward thinking and good sense of humour will ensure that Guiding in Cheshire Forest is fun and open to all. I hope you will join me in extending her a warm welcome in her new role and supporting her loyally and enthusiastically.
I should like to thank Laura Watkin for all the tremendous work she has put into her position as Assistant County Commissioner and who has been such an excellent 'caretaker manager' of our County since Rachael left for her new job last year. This has been no mean feat with the arrival of her daughter and also at the time of the Census – always a difficult time when subscriptions have to be collected from all our members and Laura has had to bear the burden and hassle of chasing up the late paying units. She has been excellent at keeping our County running and encouraging members to take part in Guiding activities. She has been a brilliant support to Rachael in her time as County Commissioner. They made a good team!
Thank you Laura and Rachael for all you have done for us. We do appreciate all your many talents. You have done a wonderful job in the County and our heartfelt thanks go out to you for a job very well done. Do have a well deserved rest!
Cynthia Gent, County President
Dear Guiding friends
What a privilege and honour it is for me to pick up the position of county commissioner here in Cheshire Forest. Thank you for your confidence in me and I will try my best to fulfil the role to the best of my abilities with all of your support.
A special thanks to our exiting leadership team, Rachael and Laura have worked tirelessly for the county and Laura has kept the momentum going after Rachael’s house move. Their legacy is immeasurable, but includes our wonderful new Lookout building!
I have had the pleasure of staying in Lookout over two sleepover events with Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and experienced first-hand the amazing facilities. One of my Brownies summed it up as she arrived for sleepover ‘wow Brown-Owl it’s like a hotel!’
For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a bit of my Guiding journey. I started off as a Guide in Weaverham Guides and went onto be a Ranger/Young leader and adult leader. I am a Brownie Guider in Whitegate in Mid Division. I live in Cheshire Border, in Crewe, but my heart is in the forest.
I have held various county roles over the years and I help in the Pettypool shop on the rota and have attended county and national large scale events as an extra Guider with Guides and Rangers. This means that I have met a good number of you and I hope to meet many more and share your Guiding journey with you and the girls.
I have a lot to learn about the role and county systems so please do bear with me and the county team as we progress forward.
Very best wishes, Karen.
Karen Forster, County Commissioner
a messy day had by all...
Many of you will have known Barbara and know that she sadly passed away in May. Her funeral was an amazing tribute to her life and reflective of her many Guiding roles and friends. How appropriate that the headstone for her resting place includes the Guiding trefoil. Barbara very often helped in Pettypool shop and enjoyed her leader roles with Brownies and Guides in Mid Division. Barbara’s selfless character and lovely stories and anecdotes are a couple of the many memories that we all share about her. Barbara will be sadly missed and always remembered at Pettypool and throughout the county.
Karen Forster, County Commissioner
6th frodsham brownies
Huge thanks to our Brownie mum Sarah Hendrys who runs Toes 2 Nose for coming in and making clay oil diffusers with 6th Frodsham Brownies.
The girls got to mould their own shapes from the clay before decorating them with special tools.
Sarah then taught the girls about different oils and how some make you feel relaxed and others refreshed. They then had to match the scents to the plants and fruits.
Overall the girls absolutely loved it, and took them home to hang next to their beds.
Sam Yarwood, Leader at 6th Frodsham Brownies
On 15th & 16th June, nearly 200 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers gathered at Pettypool to take part in brand new, adventurous art activities. The girls got their messy gear on and headed out for a jam packed day of paint throwing, plant bashing, clay pot making and weaving, to name just a few activities. They designed their very own tile, which was then set on fire to fix the design - some of the older girls got very creative, methodically choosing where to add the rubbing alcohol for optimum effect. They created cards by “pressing” leaves with hammers, and took home a canvas covered in paint splatters! A fantastic time was had by all, with smiles all around from the youngest Rainbow to the oldest Leader! We can’t thank everyone who attended and the team that made it happen enough for making the weekend wonderful.
Steph Allen, Arts, Crafts & Media Team
remembering BARBARA BURSTON
"we knew if we wanted to do this, we had to go big!"
In a world focused on academics and exam results, very little time is given to the arts in schools. 3rd Hartford Brownies set out to change all that!
Our leadership team may be small but we quickly discovered that everyone had a passion for performing arts and, between us, had a talent we could put to good use and when we discovered that we could fit it in to the new Guiding programme, an idea was born...and so were 18 stars!
We settled on a few songs from Matilda the Musical, after so many of our girls got the chance to go and see it in Manchester last year, added in our own dances (expertly choreographed by our Young Leader, Lucy Woodfinden) and a few bits of script, so that there was a good range of disciplines in the show that all the girls could find something they were good at. Rehearsals started, the enthusiasm and commitment from the girls grew week upon week but our panic started to set in as we realised we only had a half term to perfect the entire 20 minute show. Could we do it?
We knew if we wanted to do this, we had to go big and give the girls a fitting end to their hard work, so we enlisted the help of Bailey Audio to provide professional stage lighting and wireless microphone headsets (much to the excitement of the girls!) and booked the Grange Theatre in Hartford. On Tuesday 16th April, show day, the atmosphere was buzzing and the suspense grew with every minute. At 7pm, 122 people were finally seated in the dark theatre. I donned my wonderfully fetching headset (NOT!), took a deep breath and uttered the words "cue Welcome speech", the entire production team under my command. It was thrilling but terrifying.
I needed to give the girls one amazing show. I could only imagine the cast were waiting, incredibly nervous backstage, for their cue to come on stage. As the final note of the Overture finished, the door burst open and in walks our Unit Leader, Jude, looking the spitting image of Pam Ferris's Miss Trunchbull from the film 'Matilda'. The audience laughed, with a slightly horrified tone, at the sight before them.
As the first song and dance finished, my heart was soaring. The child, who lacked self-esteem because she's 'rubbish at everything', had perfectly performed her solo and was glowing with pride. Half way through, I had noticed the incredibly nervous child, who has yet to manage a performance of any kind, was there, on stage, singing and dancing. The day before, she wasn't getting on stage. By the end, the child who doesn't do well at school, performed her solo, keeping the audience enthralled in the palm of her hand.
The child who is unique and doesn't fit in with the other girls at school became the most incredible 'Revolting Child', owning every word and the stage. The quiet child who would never speak up in meetings, was the voice heard all the way from the back and our Young Leader, Lucy, had performed her solo bit as Miss Honey in 'When I Grow Up' and we realised just how grown up she had become, something you miss on a day-to-day basis. All the girls excelled themselves and the show finished to the loudest cheers and clapping I have ever heard. Parents were sobbing, and the kids beaming, with pride.
The whole Unit had worked together to create something magical, from Charlotte backstage, nudging kids on stage when needed, to Ellie, sat conducting in the audience. Hartford Guides had worked front of house for us, selling programmes and tickets whilst Hartford Rangers helped backstage with Charlotte. Our District Commissioner's were sat in the audience cheering us on. That's our Guiding family and we can't thank them enough.
Our girls and their families, friends and schools, haven't stopped raving about their experience since. It has also opened so many doors for them and has given them a sense of belief in themselves and a new-found confidence on a level that we didn't expect to see. And that, right there, is what Guiding is about.
Sarah Cooper, Leader at 3rd Hartford Brownies
Girlguiding Culcheth District offers the DofE Awards to all members and is often able to offer spaces to Girlguiding members from across Girlguiding Cheshire Forest.
If you would like to register for your DofE with Culcheth District then contact Sara Isles via firstname.lastname@example.org
DUKE OF EDINBURGH IS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE...
Duke of Edinburgh is an amazing experience which I encourage any young motivated person to do.
I have dedicated three years of my life completing all three DofE awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and I wouldn't change a thing!
Duke of Edinburgh is made up of four main components: Volunteering, Skills, Physical and Expedition.
Each of these components contributes to achieving your DofE Award and provides experience for later life.
For my Bronze and Silver Awards I volunteered at my local church café, serving hot drinks and teacakes to the elderly. This helped my social skills as I got to interact with people who I normally wouldn't and provided me experience in a café which now looks good on my CV.
For a change, on my Gold Award I volunteered at my local charity shop which helped me gain experience in a shop and grew my confidence as I had to speak to customers whenever I was there (you have to do an hour a week but because I enjoyed it so much I did more).
For the Skill part I learnt how to play the guitar throughout all of my Awards. I had lessons once a week and regularly practiced which led up to me performing with a band at a summer concert. This was a big step for me as, before DofE, I have never played the guitar and preforming to a mass audience petrified me.
The Skill part of DofE is my favourite as it helps develop skills or be introduced to a new one. Skills can be learning a new instrument, like me, or something creative or even baking which I can imagine would be very tasty!
The next component of DofE is the Physical section, I am not a very active person so I took up walking for my Bronze Award to help me train for the expedition and also ease myself into exercise. Then for my Silver and Gold awards I went to the gym which benefited me in my expedition part of DofE.
The dreaded Expedition: the length and difficulty increases through the awards starting at two days - one night for Bronze to four days, three nights for Gold.
We plan our own walks (with guidelines of where our camps are), walk by ourselves and cook for ourselves. This helped me gain independence and a sense of accomplishment when I got to the top of the hill with a sense of joy indescribable. Throughout the expeditions I walked in Snowdonia, The Lakes and Peak District whilst battling all the weather conditions the earth could throw at us. I met loads of amazing and inspirational people and have made friends for life.
I wouldn't have been able to complete this award if it wasn't for Girlguiding and Simon and Pam from Challenge Expeditions, a big thank you to you!
I also want to say a big thank to my family who supported me through this with all the highs and lows. The biggest thank you goes to Sara Isles, from Girlguiding Culcheth District who made all this happen, she organised all this and helped me maintain my DofE (where you put your evidence to complete your award).
Finally, all I can say is if you're 14-24 and are yet to do DofE, what are you waiting for?!
kanagawa troop 34 visit pettypool
It was with much excitement that Judith, Sue and Hazel met our visitors on Hartford station on Wednesday 27th March. Our Japanese Guiding friends had travelled from a week’s stay at Pax Lodge to visit 1st Upton Guides, Chester Kilmorey and experience a 3 day stay in The Lookout at Pettypool.
KANAGAWA TROOP 34 are from the Yokosuka (International City of Culture by the sea) in Japan. They are Guiding friends of Knob who visited Chester a couple of years ago.
So … their adventure in the North West had begun! The international friendship that Guiding offers was evident from the start. Chris (an English teacher in Japan) was the only adult who spoke good English. The other 2 leaders had no English and the Young Leader and 4 Senior Guides had very little. But we had so much in common through Guiding links.
On their first day, the group explored our amazing campsite and enjoyed a visit to Weaverham Rainbow and Brownie units. There was also a trip to Tesco, such fun deciding what to buy in the Northwich Tesco with 2 Japanese Guiders who spoke no English – such fantastic memories and lots of visual language!
We were honoured to have a very warm welcome at Hartford Manor Primary School and an afternoon visit to the Macmillan Daffodil walk in Whitegate on Thursday. In the evening 8 Cheshire Forest leaders celebrated a Japanese evening at The Lookout with our Japanese visitors. We shared gifts, a couple of us modelled the beautiful Kimono they had brought from Japan. We then listened to presentations by the Senior Guides (in English) about life in Japan. We also played with toys & games and enjoyed a fabulous 4 course meal prepared by the Guides. It was certainly an evening to remember.
Friday was a ‘self-led’ trip to Chester on the local bus when Chris, Noriko, Hinako, Baba Chan, Itsuki, Miharu, Natsumi and Kei explored the sights of Chester. In the evening they joined with 1st Upton Guides to celebrate a fantastic International evening. We have so many special memories of the evening the highlights included the hand game (no language barrier!), Scottish country dancing (one of 1st Upton leaders has a mum who is Scottish), sharing family, school and life experiences from both the UK and Japan. We swapped badges and exchanged gifts too many to mention. Not to forget the ‘official photos’ of UK and Japanese Guides. 1st Upton Guides were buzzing as parents collected them from The Lookout and they have continued to speak about the friendships they made.
Saturday arrived all too soon when the Japanese departed for Pax Lodge for 2 nights before returning home.
We have so many wonderful memories of the time spent with our Japanese Guiding friends. In the words of BP "The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others." We certainly did share so many happy memories with our Japanese friends.
Judith Hancock, Leader at 1st Upton Guides
It may have not been the dryest of years but it didn't stop our wonderful volunteers from lending a hand at the Cheshire Show.
We had dozens of people of all ages pay us a visit on our new plot between the NFU tent and the Church, with many - kids and adults alike - challenging each other and enjoying our giant games.
The front of the marquee may have resembled a muddy Glastonbury, but it was nonetheless a successful year.
There was much interest in our new programme, as well as of course Girlguiding in general and what it can offer girls and women across Cheshire.
A huge thank you to our team of volunteers for all your help and support over the two days, and also to Sue Clough, for somehow managing to fit the entire content of the marquee in the back of her car after pack up!
Hopefully see you next year!
Sam Yarwood, County PR Adviser
ROYAL Cheshire COUNTY show 2019
As 1st Response Coordinator and trainer for Cheshire Forest Girlguiding, Steph Kemp has been fundraising over the past two years to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator – AED, for Pettypool. With the recent funding from County Exec committee we now have the ‘all weather’ secure box to house it in. It was erected by the Pettypool ground team and on the 21st May at 6pm it became ‘LIVE’. It is situated to the rear/side of the Lodge for all to see and has instructions as to it’s use on the box.
Steph teaches the use of AED’s during 1st response courses but will soon be running monthly FREE courses on Saturday mornings at Pettypool Lodge for AED training and a recap of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) – See the website for up coming dates.
Steph would also like to remind you that you can now hire the ‘Laerdal’ manikins for use in your units to teach CPR.
Prices are £5 per manikin per week.
If interested please contact Steph at email@example.com
PS: Don’t forget to check your ‘achievement’s’ on ‘GO’ to see if you’re up to date with 1st Aid training and if you need to do a course check the CF website – 1st response – for date and booking details.
For all leaders, leaders in training, young leaders, unit helpers visiting Pettypool. Classes will be run once a month on Saturday mornings in the Lodge, so you can visit the shop whilst here. See dates below. Just drop in for a session lasting approx. 30 minutes.
Have some free refreshments, or buy a badge and CPR face shield (optional).
NB: This is not a 1st response qualification.
county first RESPONSE CO-ORDINATOR
NEW DEFIBrilator at pettypool
10.00am - 1.00pm
LOOKING BACK AT OUR COUNTY EVENTS...
The winners above had their picture printed and put into a 7x5 frame
And the Winner of the competition (to the left) name and units will be added to the calendar. Was Printed and put into a 8 x 6 frame donate by The Frame Shop Knutsford,
Well done all, we had a great day and we hope that you are looking forward to another one at a different time of year.
Photo Day, 14th April
This was our first photo day event and went extremely well, the weather was with us, we had units from all 4 sections and some fantastic photo’s, from a robin to plants that looked like they were in mid-air.
The Girls and Leaders were then asked to choose 2 photos’ one they liked and one they wanted to enter the competition. The one they liked was sometimes the same as the competition one. They all had the photo they liked printed and put into a 6 x 4 frame.
Then it came to the judging, well that was the hardest thing to do, the photos were amazing. We finally choose the final 12 photos. One from each section and one from each leader in each section as well. It was then time to choose the winner. Below are the photos chosen for the calendar as well as the winning photo.
Look out in Oct for the calendar to buy at Pettypool, a good present for Christmas, we will be doing 2 types, one with all the events for next year in and when to make sure you have booked on and one without, so suitable for Guiding and non-Guiding people.
Leaders Weekend at Waddow, 26th - 28th April
Our Leaders weekend was one of fun, laughter, new experiences and new ideas for teaching the girls and being a leader. After a lovely tea on Fri night the team of trainers from Essex started the weekend with a bang lots of ideas, explaining about the weekend. Sat involved lots of training, fun with the Activities at Waddow, from Archery to crate building to Fencing. Sat evening was County time, we played Majority rules where the answer is only decided by most answers given i.e. If the majority said the sky was Gold, then Gold would be the winner. Some answers are definitely not repeatable and quite made my face red!!!!! I’ll say no more, those that went will be able to explain, if they have the nerve. We then did an adult UMA, deigned by Ali Wight and Steph Allen “How to get the cork out of a bottle without a screwdriver” we did find out that plastic corks are really hard, but learnt some new ways!! Sun morning was our final sessions, we were split into two groups, one went through Gates and moving on to different sections (we will be updating this programme shortly as it is invaluable information) the other group did Free being me some of the issued raised caused quite a conversation.
The end of the weekend was a mixture of sadness to be leaving but also feeling inspired for the new programme.
The location and food were amazing as were the staff at Waddow. But most of all the meeting of new and leaders I already knew in a relaxed atmosphere made the weekend extremely memorable.
Look out for 2021 for our next weekend away suggestions are welcome, next year we are hoping to do one in County.
Sept – Leaders Explore the elements, see poster and application form, we are already getting bookings for this, so please book soon to get your place.
Safe Space – I know this is not something you necessarily want to hear, but we still all need to be compliant by next Dec. If possibly Units to be compliant by the end of 2019. To achieve this, we have many trainings in the pipeline, we are waiting for confirmation of trainers, please, please keep a check on the Cheshire Forest Website for future trainings. If you or any leaders in your unit think they have Recognised Prior Learning for Safe Space, please check the Girlguiding website.
Leaders Trainings – Apart from the usual Safe Space and First Response trainings we are hoping to do:
A) Waddow equivalent weekend in house, lots of different trainings and the opportunity to stay over.
B) A Going Away training over a weekend to allow the leaders to experience all that is required to achieve a Residential Qualification.
Events - We are planning a fun packed year for all sections
A) Later this year there will be another Photo day, where Rainbows and Brownies will come during the day, but the Guides and Rangers will come in the afternoon and stay for the evening so can take night and day photos, giving them a different experience.
B) Thinking Day weekend – A weekend of non-stop contacting other countries, the aim is to be in contact with someone around the world from Fri evening until sun afternoon, Leaders, Rangers. YL and over 13yrs Guides will have the opportunity to stay over and all sections will be able to take part during the day
C) Skill builder and UMA days for all sections – come and try something that is hard to do in the unit
D) A Rainbow and Brownie sleep over
E) Guides - Carol Thorley Trophy/Permit, Come and Camp and Ranger Residential licence Weekend
F) Cardboard sleepover for all sections.
G) Ranger/YL/13+ Guides Chill/999 forest Emergency and Arts weekend
So please watch out for the forms on the website and in the new activity booklets that will be coming out later this year.
FUTURE EVENTS FOR 2019 / 2020
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Adviser for members with special needs
Adventure Co-ordinator (Including indoors & outdoors)
Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator
Join us Co-ordinator
Chair of Finance
Chair of Pettypool
Forest News Team
& Alyson Wright
Baden Powell Challenge
Queens Guide Adviser
4 (peer education)
Arts, Crafts & Media
Steph Allen (Arts)
Training (Bookings only)
Programme & Training Co-ordinator
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