What’s been happening in our County?

    Armistice Day

    It was good to see so many young members from Units from across the County taking part in commemerating                Remebrance Day.
    The 4th Hastings Guides were taking part in the "Kip on the Ship" scheme on H.M.S. Belfast and were invited to             take part in the Remebrance service on board. Some of the Guides took an active part in the service. four were             part of the guard of honour along the gangway to the ship whilst two others took part in the wreath laying                       ceremony, and Eloise assisted in the reading with a Sea Scout. Also Jemima was part of the colour party

    After the service the Guides were invited into the Officers mess for a hot drink and mince pies.Whilst there they             were chatting with some of the Veterans who attended the Sevice and served on the ship during it's service.        
    Allegra said:"it was amazing. Seeing Jasmine and Jess laying the wreath with all the other important people made        me feel 
Proud. Guiding is so much fun!" and Ngaire from the Kip on the Ship team said " said she would love to            have us back as the girls rose to the challenge with pride and such responsibility"
    The 4th Hastings Guides were a huge credit to Girlguiding and everyone of them should be proud of their                       achievement and perspective of such a 
important part of history. they all went away with memories the will treasure       for a very long time.


Long service Recognition

         Sue Tubb, Pat Linscott & Alison Edgar  were thanked and recognised for all they have done for Girlguiding at the
        national Scout & Guide Thanks & Recognition event at Westminster Abbey. They are pictured below with their              accompanying guests. Alison said "I was very surprised to be invited to the Abbey for recognition for the work I              have done towards the new programme. It was uplifting to be surrounded by people who have given up so much          to Scouting and Girlguiding"


Hastings Awards

    Two members of Girlguiding Hastings Division recently received awards from Hastings Organisations,
    Beth Morton (below left) from Hastings Rangers was awarded the Hastings Youth award from Hastings
​    Youth Council for her commitment and dedication to Girlguiding Hastings.

   Sara Heeson (above right) lead volunteer with the 4th Hastings Guide unit received an award from Hastings                   Voluntary  Action for her dedication and commitment to local Guiding. Sara said "Feeling very proud today.I   
    was presented with certificate and a gorgeous orchid, it was so lovely to have voluntary service recognised. Guiding     gave me many of the life skills and the leadership skills I have today, thanks to all the fantastic volunteers who                support me and the girls at Guides"


B.P. Adventure

        On Saturday 3rd November 22 Guides met with leaders in Brighton for a day Adventure. The girls came from eight         different Guide Units from around Sussex East.
        We met at Brighton station and walked down to the Sealife Centre where we spent some time taking photos, and         learning about the marine life.            
        A walk along the seafront then brought us to Sprinkles in West Street where we enjoyed a wide variety of delicious         treats - ice cream, crepes, waffles - all accompanied by various toppings of fruit, syrup and cream.
        Not surprisingly this was voted the favourite part of the day!
      On leaving Sprinkles we headed for Churchill Square shopping precinct for some retail therapy.
      then we headed back to the station where  the girls were either collected or caught the Hastings train home.
      the girls were a pleasure to be with and enjoyed making friends from other Guide Units. Whilst at Sprinkles they             wrote down what they enjoyed most about Guiding.
      Guides were asked about the weekend,

        A selection of their comments are below        

       WE ENJOY........ 
       Camps and holidays,    making friends,    becoming more confident,
       Meeting people you would never otherwise have met,
       Learning new skills,
       A feeling of belonging,
       Being challenged , 
       At Guides everyone is accepting and kind,
       At Guides you can be yourself, you are not judged. 
       Being part of a worldwide family and the opportunities that gives us. 
       Most of all, it is FUN!

        Thankyou to Gill Clare and Jenny Barton Hibbs for organising

Lets Fly!

 After seeing a story about the Aviation Badge in the new programme on the TV, a group of pilots at a small airstrip near Lewes, East Sussex contacted us to offer to host a visit for the Brownies.
We could not miss this opportunity and 15 Brownies from Lewes, Eastbourne and Bexhill came to the airstrip in early October to learn about how aircraft fly, navigation, RT (Radio Telephony) and use of the Phonetic alphabet, from the pilots who really made it fun and interesting with models and competitions.
The most exciting part was sitting solo in a real aircraft, moving the controls and looking at the instruments, one girl asked, 'how do you know how to get there’ then remembering the earlier talk answered herself with 'oh yes I remember now - a compass'.
After the visit the girls followed it up by telling their units about the day and holding paper airplane distance competitions. At this weekend’s Brownie day at Picketts Wood the first two Aviation Badges were awarded


Snail Update

5th Preston Park Brownies had an amazing time hunting for snails in Brighton. We enjoyed visiting Bluebell and 16 of her friends and completed 11 promise ceremonies each at a different snail.


Looks like 1st Brighton Rangers also had fun being more snail and meeting Disco Snail!

4th Woodingdean Rainbows and Brownies have been enjoying the snailspace challenge. Highlight so far one of our Brownies showing her two baby African Snails -Leonardo and Mushroom. We learnt so much about them, especially how affectionate they can be. Tonight we are exploring mindfulness as well as friendship and happy memories. Next week we are concluding with visiting Bluebell and hunting some more snails in the dark! 

It has been great to see so many people out 🐌 hunting in Brighton and Hove over the weekend. There's just 6 more weeks to go and see them for yourself (ends 18 November). Don't forget also that you can download our snail challenge (Go to our Facebook page for the link) for lots of related activities and to earn the badge!

County Camp Cooking Competition
Nine teams enjoyed a rare September warm day recently at Blacklands taking part in the annual County Camp Cooking competition,
Six teams cooked on gas whilst three opted for the more traditional approach by cooking on wood fires. 

Judges Gill & Peter Clare and Sue Roland Smith were treated to a supmtous fayre of dishes amongst which were Turkey stir fry,
Hot spiced Apple punch, Meatballs in a homemade tomato sauce and Bangers & mash. The eventual winners on gas were 4th Uckfield Guides
and the winners on Wood were Windmill district Guides from Lewes Division,
Congratulations to all teams who took part.

Wellies & Wristbands
When it comes to your Queen’s Guide award, there’s much that you do as friends and with people you know. However, for your Residential Event you have to seek out new adventures with people you don’t know, to come out of your comfort zone and try something new. It was with that in mind that I found myself at Wellies and Wristbands over the bank holiday weekend, the Girlguiding music festival held every summer at Foxlease and Waddow Hall. Any worries about being around people I didn’t know quickly dissipated. All it took was moving 6 picnic benches from one field to anther and we had found a group of friends that we would spend the evening with and would pop to say hello to throughout the weekend. Our ability to make new friends is one of the things I love best about being in guiding. My official role was on the Meet and Greet team at Foxlease, and I took on a variety of roles throughout the weekend including: searching through the towering pile of Wellies uniform to give to units as they arrived, manning the info point dressed in a Pikachu onesie where I was ambushed by several girls wielding pegs with their unit name on, and wrangling the swimming queue in the rain where I was taught several new games, a song in Welsh and the banana version of Singing in the Rain. You have to hear it to believe it! It was sometimes tiring and sometime soaking, but also very fun, and no matter how tired I feel as I put away my sleeping bag you can guarantee I’m already looking forward to the next one.
Isabel, Seahaven Division


One of the pegs I was ambushed with whilst wearing the Pikachu Onesie - Thanks Woodley Guides!
Screamapillar was one of the girls favourite songs when we took our unit last year, so I had to take a photo!
The Ministry of Magic I stumbled across in the volunteer field. I hope I didn't make any wizards late for work!
The mountain of uniform was what I was handing out to units on my first day. Surprisingly that was about half the size it was when I started!

Snail Trail
It's nearly time to go on a Snail Hunt, 
For anyone not sure what Snailway is all about! it will be an exciting sculputure trail around Brighton and Hove, In the past there have been similiar trails in various City's around the UK, Elephants, Snowdogs, Owls, and Shaun sheep to name but a few.

Where will Bluebell be hiding? Location will be revealed at a later date!
Our Junior Snail has been safely and peacefully whiling away the Summer at Snailspace HQ, but with the Snailway art trail going live from 15th September, Bluebell will soon be on the move to her new location somewhere around Brighton and Hove.
Below is the timetable for Snailway.
Saturday 15 September
Snailway goes live! All 50 of our giant Snail sculptures will be on the streets and free to visit for the next 9 weeks.
Friday 12 October
Snailway Safari: A ‘glow-slow’ night time sponsored walk around 22 of our Snail sculptures. For one night only, expect to see a glowing spectacular of lanterns, lights and sounds. Tickets for this event are already available: https://www.themartlets.org.uk/Event/snailway-safari
Friday 19 October
#BeMoreSnail day: We are inviting everybody to celebrate the theme of the event with their own #BeMoreSnail activities on this day. Slow down, focus and enjoy the time you have with the people you love. Whether it’s a lunch time meditation session, a family walk or simply time to yourself, whatever you do make sure you #BeMoreSnail.
Sunday 18 November
Last day of the Snailway.
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 December
Farewell Event
Join us to say Farewell to all 107 Snails at the Brighton Center for one last hurrah!
Monday 2 December
Our much loved 50 giant Snails will be going under the hammer and sold to lucky bidders. Anyone can register to attend this event, so if you are interested in bidding on a Snail please get in touch.
To keep up to date with latest news and info about Snailspace, visit our website: https://www.snailspacebrighton.co.uk/ and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the handle @spacespacebh or the hashtag #BeMoreSnail.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from across the county drew pictures or told us their favourite things they have done in guiding. All of these activities will be on offer as we launch our new programme with six new themes: know myself, express myself, be well, have adventures, take action and skills for my future as shown on the snail.

To see more of Bluebell you will have to visit Snailway, This will make a great Division/District/Unit activity.
There will be a Challenge to work with the Snailway, details later.

What do you call a female Snail?..........................................................    Meshell! smiley


Hastings Division

4th Hastings Guides
The 4th Guides are doing a kindness challenge this term, they did an evening about being kind to ourselves and mental health, this week was random acts of kindness for strangers. Girls who complete five acts of kindness receive a challenge badge put together by 3rd Burnham brownies. Below is a response we received via the Division Website.
I would like to thank the 4th Hastings Guides group for making my day on Thursday 21st June. They were handing out roses to people at Aldi in Ore Village. I found mine on my works van with a message saying I rocked. I had a particularly hard day at work, and it brought a smile to my face.
Thank you

Bright yellow van driver..
Well done Girls, a credit to Girlguiding Hastings.
New Assistant Chief Guide.
Meet Emma our new Assistant Chief Guide.

Emma started her guiding career as a young leader in 2007. Since then, she’s held a variety of roles in guiding, including being a peer educator. Emma’s currently a leader of a Senior Section unit and sits on both the Girlguiding Council and the Business Management and Finance Committee for Girlguiding Scotland. She’s also a Girlguiding qualified trainer, a county Senior Section adviser and is part of Girlguiding Scotland’s international team. Outside of guiding Emma is a solicitor. 

I am honoured to take up the role of assistant chief guide. I am passionate about our organisation and know the ability it has to empower, inspire and change the lives of girls and young women. I am excited to continue spreading that message and to meet more of our dedicated and inspiring volunteers and members. - Emma


Our very own M&C chair, Helen Osborne was mentioned in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Helen was awarded the M.B.E. for services to adult education in her role as principal at the Friends Centre in Brighton. Congratulations Helen on recieving the award it is well deserved and Girlguiding Sussex East County are very proud and honoured to have you in our midst, Helen who has yet to be presented with her award, but when the day comes I am sure the photo's will soon appear here.
Below is a short extract of Helen's acceptance speech.

Helen has said:
“I am very honoured to be receiving an MBE and this honour represents all that we do here at Friends Centre. I am very lucky to have a supportive team and set of trustees to ensure we are able to help over 1,100 learners each year through our courses and more with those who receive support through our projects".


Helen on hearing the good news!!smiley                    Principal Helen.

This Summer has seen Girls take to the water in various forms. The old favourites like Raft building/Sailing and Kayaking were joined by the relativily new sport of SUP stand up paddle boarding. 17 Guides enjoyed a cool summer evening on the Cuckmere where after the activity 3 Girls from the 4th Uckfield Guides were made their promise on the slipway to round of the evening, The activities have been headed up by County water adviser Dorinda Dodd and also Helen Osborne. 




Over 200 Guides converged on Blacklands on the Royal wedding day to enjoy #lol (laugh on larks / learn on larks / lark on larks) the jury is still out on that one.  The sun shone and sun cream was applied for an action packed day of fun.
Activities included an inflatable obstacle course, flying planes, Swoove, S'mores and craft activities. Also popping by on his very special day was HRH Prince Harry for a photo opportunity!!.


Guiding Star
Poppy Parkinson an 8 year old Brownie from Hastings Division was awarded Girlguiding's Guiding Star award at an afternoon tea presentation in June, 

Poppy received this special award for her actions in August 2017 when whilst staying with her father he suddenly collapsed.
7 year old Poppy used his mobile phone to call an ambulance, this enabled the Paramedics who attended to resuscitate James (her father) and transfer him to the Conquest Hospital.
Sadly James passed away the following day, but due to Poppy’s actions it gave time for the family to say their final goodbye’s one thing that arose from this was that James was an organ donor and to our knowledge at least four people have benefited from this.
Poppy now 8 was presented her Guiding star award at a special presentation at the Stade Hall on Sunday.
Sally Christmas, Girlguiding Regional Commissioner for London and South East Region presented Poppy with the award and certificate, Poppy also received a letter of commendation from the Chief Guide.

Also earlier in the year on February 22nd which coincidently is Girlguiding World Thinking day, Poppy was awarded a public Commendation from South East Coast Ambulance service for her actions.
The presentation ceremony was attended by Poppy’s family, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings, SECAmb, From Girlguiding Sussex East County Patron Sara Stoner, President Glyn Martin, County Commissioner Linda Dupret and members from Girlguiding Hastings Division.
Poppy is a very brave young lady and an inspiration to Girlguiding and has created a lasting Legacy.

The award is given to any member of Girlguiding between the ages of 5 and 26 for courage and bravery under duress whilst facing a difficult situation.
This is only the second award of its kind to be presented in the Region in the past 3 years.

Peacehaven Senior Section had a great day at HQ trialing new activities and having their input into the outlay of the activities. 
They interacted with other groups on the new programme and got to see first hand what is in the future for them.

Unfortunately no photos allowed - Have to settle for them on the balcony with Buckingham Palace in the background! 


In October half term 2017 a group of 50 Guides, Senior section and leaders from Girlguiding Hastings Division travelled for a four day trip to Disneyland Paris.


 We left Hastings early on Monday morning and travelled   by coach to Folkestone where we took the shuttle to   Calais. We then drove for 4 hours arriving at our   accommodation at PGL chateau de Grande Romaine in   the early evening.

  The next day everyone was so excited as we were   going  to Disneyland Paris. We split up into smaller   groups, and experienced the exciting rides and shows   that the parks offer. We stayed in the parks all day, Meeting Disney favourites like Minnie,Micky and Pluto as well as Pinnochio, leaving very late at night after watching an amazing firework and light show over the Disney castle. It was truly magical. We got back to the accommodation very tired, but went straight to bed ready   for an early start the next day.

 On Wednesday we returned to the parks to do the rides and see the   shows  we had not seen on Tuesday. We left Disneyland earlier that day   returning to have dinner at the Chateau de Grande Romaine. After dinner   one of the PGL staff did an indoor activity with the girls. We then had a   surprise presentation. One of our leaders Clare had achieved her Queens   Guide award. Clare had worked extremely hard to get this award and was   presented with it at the Houses of Parliament. As Clare was a leader with   the Blacklands Brownies before moving away earlier in the year we   wanted to put on a celebration for her from us. So we had a special cake   made, and gave her a card and present. It was a complete surprise to her, and  nice  for us to be able to recognise her achievement. After all the   excitement of the day we returned to our rooms to   pack as we were sadly going home the next day.

 Thursday we left the accommodation waving goodbye   to our PGL friends including Heather  and Luke who   had looked after us so well during our stay. We drove   for several hours again finally reaching Calais to catch   the shuttle back to Folkestone, stopping for lunch on   the way.


 We watched films on the coach to pass the time. Late on Thursday afternoon we arrived back in Hastings to meet our parents and carers. We were all very tired but had had an amazing experience.



4th Lewes Guides do Switzerland!
This year, 2017, 4th Lewes Guides celebrated their 70th anniversary. It was a year of celebrations which culminated in a 6 day visit to Switzerland in October.
It was originally planned that we would stay at Our Chalet, 
but due to building work at the World Centre we changed plans and stayed at the World Scout Centre at Kandersteg. It was a great alternative and the ease of access from the railway station to the centre, compared to accessing Our Chalet high up  the mountain certainly gave it many Brownie points in my book.
It was a busy week, we saw a ice hockey match, went climbing and abseiling and took the vernacular train up the Jungfrau, the highest mountain in Switzerland. Here we visited the Ice Palace where one of our Guides made her Promise, 4,158 metres above sea level.

We did make it to Our Chalet for a visit and pinned one of our 70th anniversary badges to their badge board. From here we hiked across the valley to the famous Trummer Wood carvers at   Adelboden, a must see place as the entire ceiling is covered with guides and scout badges and it is here that you  purchase the trefoil woggles and name badges.

Weather in Switzerland can be mixed, we saw snowfall and sunshine during our time there. There is plenty to do and activities are easily booked from the UK or via the programme advisor at either Kandersteg or Our Chalet. We purchased a 3 day Scout and Guide travel pass and used this on boats, trains and the bus, transport in Switzerland was really easy to use with the guides.

We had a really great time, organisation was relatively easy, and I  would say Switzerland is an excellent choice if you are considering organising your first international.
Lisa Wakeling
Lewes Division

Crowborough Rainbows

Members of the 2nd Crowborough Rainbows recently took part in two CPR awareness evenings.
In the first week two Crowborough First responders Sara Chick and Bloss Spink, came to our meeting and explained to Rainbows what to do if they found someone collapsed on the floor. This led to them showing Rainbows how to do the recovery position and CPR. 
 The girls loved practising the recovery position on each other and their leaders, and were surprised how easy it was to move an adult.  Several parents were practised on at home that evening too!
The following week the Rainbows looked at how to contact emergency services on a variety of phones including old style dial and push button as well as mobiles.  
The Rainbows then made their own cup and string phones and used them to practise calling 999.
The meeting ended after a bandaging session, with the 15 girls receiving ‘Well Done’ badges.

One of the Rainbows said “We now know what to do but our parents might not so we could tell them”
 Rainbow Leader Sapphire said
“The girls were so enthusiastic – they all got something really worthwhile from the sessions”. 

1st Blatchington Guides

We have had a busy year, with a trip to PGL Windmill Hill , the girls had a great time on the zip wire, giant swing, raft building, fencing, canoeing and team building activities, not to mention the midnight feasts in their cabins!
We also had a lot of fun down at Cuckmere Haven on a balmy July evening mastering paddleboarding.

As part of our regular outdoor activities we had a barbeque at the Rookery at Bishopstone, camp fire as Sealarks and shelter building at Friston Forest.