Thorne Girlguiding has seen a number of awards achieved over the pandemic with girls winning county-wide competitions and leaders being recognised nationally.
Emilea (left), who was a Rainbow but has now moved up to Brownies, won the South Yorkshire Girlguiding summer poster competition and was presented with a goody bag from the county commissioner for her ‘wonderful’ poster design.
Erin, a Thorne Guide, also received a goody bag from the commissioner for a new badge design. Girlguiding has a number of residential venues and Hesley Wood in Sheffield needed a new badge designing. Brownies and Guides from all over South Yorkshire submitted their hand drawn ideas. Erin’s was selected and her design has been used and a new badge created.
Throughout lockdown the leaders – who are volunteers and give their time for free – continued the sessions online via zoom. Each week was different and activities ranged from bingo to baking to treasure hunts and sing-a-longs.
Leader Mandy Langston said: “The girls had their weekly zoom session where they could keep in touch with girls of their own age sometimes sharing their worries and fears in the strange times we were in offering moral support to each other. We even carried on the Girlguiding tradition of completing tasks to gain badges.
The leaders’ hard work at Thorne has also been recognised nationally and they have been awarded a Girlguiding Hero Award for going the extra mile.
“We are so proud of our girls and leaders”, said Mandy.
Rainbows (aged 5 to 7) meet at St Nicholas church hall Tuesdays 5:15 till 6:30pm.
Brownies (aged 7 to 10) meet Thorne Methodist church hall Mondays 5:30 till 7pm.
Guides (aged 10 to 14) meet Thorne Methodist church hall Tuesdays 6 till 7:30pm.
Rangers (aged 14 to 18) meet Thorne Methodist church hall Tuesdays 6 till 7:30pm.
To register or to find out more visit: www.girlguiding.org.uk