Girlguiding Cymru members from across Gwent have spent a week in the great outdoors volunteering at the Royal Welsh Show from 20-23 July 2015 – and meeting and UK Prime Minister David Cameron as he visited the site on 22 July.
Over 30 girls and 7 leaders from the Gwent area were part of the girl-only team of volunteers from Girlguiding Cymru who helped around The Royal Welsh Showground, which included encouraging showgoers to take part in hockey and cycling sessions in the sports arena, speaking to the public about their guiding experiences and volunteering as runners for the Judges’ Office.
The Royal Welsh Show had record breaking attendance with 241,971, the highest it’s been in the 111 year history. It’s the perfect opportunity for the girls to spread the word about their guiding experiences and encourage others to join.
Molly Waters, aged 14 said: “I love being in Guides because there’s always something new that were doing like being here at The Royal Welsh Show. I’ve had such a fun week volunteering and helping out with the animals. It was great to meet David Cameron too, he was really friendly and asked us what we’d been doing and where we had been helping out.”
Hannah Lidgett, aged 13 said: “I’ve been a member of Girlguiding for 3 years and it’s been the best time ever. This was my first time at The Royal Welsh Show, it’s been lots of fun but tiring too because we’re up at 5:30am every day”
Girlguiding Gwent’s County Commissioner, Sue Kirby, said: “It’s been a fantastic week at The Royal Welsh Show. It’s great to see so many girls working so hard around the show ground and taking to the public about their wonderful guiding experience, I’m really proud of them. This week has been a new experience of the majority of them which they have enjoyed tremendously.