Gold success!

Well done to the members of 6th Newport West Rangers who recently attended a presentation at St. James’ Palace to receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. It was lovely to see such a large group of friends receive their awards together, as they have been a close team throughout their D of E journey. Also congratulations to their leader and mentor (or should that be nagger?) – you know who you are!

Mission to Seafarers

Girlguiding Gwent, as a coastal county, decided to support the Mission to Seafarers for Christmas 2018. Newport has one of the oldest Mission houses in the country and offers friendship and help to seafarers from all over the world. Many seafarers are away, at sea, over the festive season delivering vital goods. They are often forgotten in their dangerous profession – but we would notice if they did not do their job! They are often away from, and out of contact with, their families for months at a time.

Units around the county collected items to be placed in “goody bags” including toiletries, sweets, note books and pens, warm hats and gloves (knitted by other supporters of the Mission) and Christmas cards from the girls. The response was overwhelming and filled all the bags provided by the Mission and extra bags were made out of hats so no seafarer would be missed.

Families of seafarers have said that it is not the value of the gifts but the thought that others are looking out for their loved ones that is important. Thank you to all who supported this – your generosity was very much appreciated.


Reach for the Stars

On Tuesday 31stOctober, over 200 members from Girlguiding Gwent travelled Newport to take part in a series of activities provided by British Airways. The morning session was filled with Rainbows and Brownies, who all took part and learnt new things about the aviation world. The girls were taken through the agenda of being an air hostess, and the kind of things the job involved. The girls loved dressing up in the costumes and demonstrating to others how to correctly wear a lifejacket.

The girls were shown how to inflate a life jacket if they were ever in an emergency and about the science of the gasses inside the jackets. They were surprised as to how cold the jackets were!

The girls also had the opportunity to develop their teamwork skills by entering the tallest tower competition. The girls were given only lollypop sticks and pegs, and were challenged to race against the other teams to build the tallest tower. There were lots of different designs giving the girls the opportunity to experience the engineering side of the aviation world.

The apprentices from British Airways ran a session with the girls about designing a really cool paper aeroplane. The girls learnt about aerodynamics and came up with some really creative designs for the outside of their planes. There were some designers of the future in the group!

Everyone was  given the opportunity to try their own engineering challenge, which included correctly applying washers, nuts and bolts to a trefoil design. This was really tricky for the girls, as they had to ensure they didn’t forget anything, as well as following the colour pattern! The Rainbows picked it up really quickly.

The afternoon session was adapted for the Guides and Senior Section. The girls did similar activities that challenged them to think outside the box. They learnt how to wire a plug, as well as make a stable bridge out of lolly pop sticks, straws and masking tape.

The girls received a certificate and a special badge designed for the event. Everybody had a fantastic time so big thank you to Girlguiding Gwent and British Airways for providing such fun activities for the girls to try.

Queen’s Guide success

Hi, my name is Cerys and I’m an adult leader at 1st Chepstow Rainbows. I’ve just been awarded my Queen’s Guide Award after working towards it for the past 3 years. During this time I worked on a variety of different projects which included organising a Rainbow trip, being a first aider at a Brownie camp, volunteering in my school and an extensive research project on sports leadership. I also went on a 4 day expedition in the Brecon Beacons which was part of my gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and a challenging but enjoyable experience! The highlight of my Queen’s Guide Award was undertaking an international trip to South Korea in 2016 with a group of other girls from Girlguiding Cymru. We worked with Korean school girls and a local arts centre to renovate a market area and improve the community. We also took part in cultural activities such as staying overnight in a beautiful Buddhist monastery which was an unforgettable experience! Another part I really enjoyed was helping to organise a centenary event for the county at Llandegfedd reservoir. It was really rewarding watching the Guides and Rangers getting to know each other and really enjoying themselves. I had a great time working on my award and highly recommend it to anybody thinking of giving it a try!

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