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Girlguiding Nottinghamshire

Award for the West Bridgford Brownie who kept a cool head

A West Bridgford Brownie’s cool head in an emergency has led to the presentation of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s Celtic Cross, a special award given to recognise her exceptional bravery and quick thinking.

Clara Cuddington, 9, a member of 10th West Bridgford Brownies, was presented with the award by County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, who explains what happened: ‘Clara was at home with her Dad when he had an accident. Even though he was very dazed and bleeding from a serious head injury, Clara stayed calm and thought things through quickly. She called the emergency services, followed their instructions and was there when the ambulance arrived to whisk him away to hospital.’

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst presenting West Bridgford Brownie Clara Cuddington with her Celtic Cross.

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst presenting West Bridgford Brownie Clara Cuddington with her Celtic Cross.

Very modest about her actions, Clara maintains that she was just putting into practice what she had learnt at Brownies. In nominating Clara for the award, relative Clare Manley also expressed her appreciation of Claire Spencer, Leader of 10th West Bridgford Brownies. ‘Claire clearly runs a tremendous unit and instils great skills and confidence in her girls,’ read the nomination. ‘It’s not often we find out the impact we’ve had on people, but in this case both Claire and Clara have made a huge difference.’

L-R, Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Brownie Clara Cuddington, Brown Owl Claire Spencer and Division Commissioner Emma Robertson.

L-R, Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Brownie Clara Cuddington, Brown Owl Claire Spencer and Division Commissioner Emma Robertson.

Accordingly, Division Commissioner Emma Robertson was delighted to present a County ‘Thanks’ badge to Claire, who stood alongside Clara for a group picture.

‘Clara dealt brilliantly with a very difficult and stressful situation,’ said Jackie on the presentation evening. ‘We’re all very proud of her – she’s a true credit to her family, to her Brownie unit and to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire as a whole.’

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New Owl is needed in West Bridgford!

A call has gone out across West Bridgford for a new Owl! 14th West Bridgford Brownies are looking for someone to help run the unit when one of their current leaders – Laura Simmonds, aka ‘Chipmunk’ – moves out of the area at the end of this term.

The 18 Brownies – all aged between 7 and 10 – meet on term-time Tuesday evenings from 6.00 to 7.30pm at Paxdien on Rectory Road in West Bridgford. ‘We have great fun and are a really active bunch,’ says Brown Owl Deborah Phelps, who will continue to be in overall charge of the unit. ‘We just need another adult volunteer who is prepared to get involved so we can carry on doing so many different things.’

Recent adventures have included sailing, trampolining and rock climbing, cultivating allotments and a sleepover at White Post Farm. The girls also camped out with thousands of other members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire and Nottinghamshire Scouts at the recent MegaMoot weekend.

In addition to looking for a new leader, the unit will also have room for more members next term as a couple of the current Brownies move on to Guides.

Anyone interested in either helping or joining 14th West Bridgford Brownies is invited to get in touch with Deborah Phelps via Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s county office – call 0115 987 7220 or e-mail office@girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk

Elsewhere in the county, enquiries about volunteering with Girlguiding in Nottinghamshire at all levels are always welcome. ‘To put it bluntly, more adult supporters are vital if units are to continue offering such a breadth of activities to so many youngsters,’ says County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘As well as enjoying the company of like-minded adults and helping young people get the most out of life, our volunteers benefit from training, mentoring and invaluable experience – all of which come in very useful in other contexts!’

For details, explore www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk

Nottingham Concert Band

Nottingham concert band enquiries welcome as new season starts

Under the baton of Music Director Robert Parker, Nottingham Concert Band starts its new term of rehearsals at Jesse Gray School in West Bridgford on Tuesday 5th September.

Upcoming public events start with an afternoon on the bandstand in Nottingham’s Arboretum on Sunday 10th September, followed by the 2017 Eric Coates Society concert in Hucknall on the afternoon of Saturday 7th October. The band will then join West Bridgford Social Singers for a musical celebration on Saturday 18th November in West Bridgford Methodist Church.

Nottingham Concert Band Robert Parker

Music Director Robert Parker

Founded in 1991, Nottingham Concert Band comprises some 65 experienced adult players across woodwind, brass and percussion sections. The band performs all over the East Midlands and enquiries about events and membership – particularly from experienced trumpet and horn players – are always welcome. Call Jill or Jeff on 01949 860126 or e-mail music@nottinghamconcertband.org

The band is profiled on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Nottingham-Concert-Band-170793542698/ and at www.nottinghamconcertband.org

Air Cadets

Air Cadets to hold May recruitment week

Following on from a similar event in January, West Bridgford Air Cadets are holding a recruitment week in May. You need to be in School Year 8 (aged 12+) or above to join.

209 (West Bridgford) Squadron are opening their doors to prospective Cadets on Monday 15th May and Thursday 18th May. The Cadet Centre on Wilford Lane will be open from 7.15pm to 9pm on both dates – your chance to see what the Air Training Corps can offer! If you are interested in Flying, Aerospace, Sports, Duke of Edinburgh Award, BTEC Qualifications, First Aid, Fieldcraft, Camping, Radios or many other things this could be the thing for you! You will get the chance to meet the Squadron’s Staff and Cadets and be given the opportunity to ask lots of questions about all the activities that could be available when you join.

If you would like more information on this please check out the Cadets Facebook page or website.

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Night Owl needed for West Bridgford Brownies

A Night Owl is needed urgently in West Bridgford! 14th West Bridgford Brownies are looking for someone to help run the unit when their current Night Owl takes a break later this term.

The 18 Brownies – all aged between 7 and 10 – meet on term-time Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.30pm at Paxdien on Rectory Road. ‘We’re a really active group,’ says Brown Owl Deborah Phelps who will remain in overall charge of the unit. ‘We just need more adult help so we can carry on doing things like working towards badges and going on trips.’ Recent adventures have included dressing as pirates for a narrowboat adventure, cooking up campfire treats, rock climbing and a night of celebrations to mark Diwali.

Anyone interested in helping Brownies in West Bridgford is invited to get in touch with Deborah Phelps on 07742 718416 or via thedebphelps@yahoo.co.uk

Elsewhere in the county, enquiries about volunteering with Girlguiding in Nottinghamshire at all levels are always welcome. ‘To put it bluntly, more adult supporters are vital if units are to continue offering such a breadth of activities to so many youngsters,’ says County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. ‘As well as enjoying the company of like-minded adults and helping young people get the most out of life, our volunteers benefit from training, mentoring and invaluable experience – all of which come in very useful in other contexts!’

To find out more, call the county office on 0115 987 7220, e-mail Jackie Brocklehurst personally via countycommissioner@girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk or explore www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk

Air Cadets

Air Cadets recruitment week

If you are in School Year 8 (aged 12+) or above you can join the Air Cadets! 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron are recruiting –  opening their doors to prospective Cadets on Monday 16th January and Thursday 19th January. The Cadet Centre on Wilford Lane will be open from 7pm to 9pm on both dates – your chance to see what the Air Training Corps can offer! If you are interested in Flying, Aerospace, Sports, Duke of Edinburgh Award, BTEC Qualifications, First Aid, Fieldcraft, Camping, Radios or many other things this could be the thing for you!

This week 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron had visitors from Air Cadet units in Australia. Both visitors popped in to have a look around, meet the Cadets and Staff but also look at how the Royal Air Force Air Cadets compares to Australian Air Cadets. Talks took place to see what we can offer each other in the future, with Staff hopeful to visit Australia with Cadets and Cadets visiting 209 Squadron from Australia!

If you would like more information on this please check out the Cadets Facebook page or website.

Girlguiding West Bridgford

Help Girlguiding grow in West Bridgford

Girlguiding is growing in West Bridgford – but needs more volunteers to help it grow even more!

Figures just released by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire show that, despite two new Rainbow units having opened in West Bridgford in the last year, there are still 67 local girls aged between 5 and 7 who are waiting for a place. That’s enough to fill at least another four units. The only thing missing at the moment is the volunteers to run them.

Add to that the girls aged 7-10 who want to join Brownies, and the 10-to-teens who are waiting to join Guides, and the scale of the issue hits home.

‘Adult members of Girlguiding have as much fun as the girls, and joining us is a positive move in so many ways,’ says Wendy Walker, who, as Division Commissioner for West Bridgford, is inviting would-be volunteers to get in touch to find out more.

‘We provide all our leaders and helpers with training, mentoring and experience, which add up to invaluable transferable skills,’ Wendy continues. ‘Being an adult member of Guiding also opens up an amazing social world, with endless opportunities to meet people and make new friends. But, above all else, you just can’t beat knowing you’re really helping young people to get the most out of life!’

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is a big supporter of ‘flexible guiding’: the time and frequency of unit meetings can be organised around other commitments, for instance, or units can be run on a job-share basis. There are also plenty of supporting and non-uniformed roles for volunteers offering to help just as and when needed.

To talk to Wendy Walker about helping Guiding to grow in West Bridgford, e-mail girlguidingwbst@gmail.com

Enquiries about volunteering with Girlguiding Nottinghamshire across the county are always welcome: explore www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk to find out more.

Apple Tree Yard next for escabeche book group

Apple Tree Yard, Louise Doughty’s 2013 tale of a spur-of-the-moment sexual encounter beneath the Houses of Parliament and its tragic consequences, has been named as the escabeche book group’s read for January/February.

The escabeche book group will next meet on Monday February 10th 2014 at 7.30pm and discuss Apple Tree Yard, shortlisted for 2013 Specsavers Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year.

The plot involves Yvonne Carmichael, a geneticist renowned in her field who one day makes the most irrational of decisions. While she is giving evidence to a Select Committee at the Houses of Parliament, she meets a man and has sex with him in the secluded Chapel in the Crypt. It’s the beginning of a reckless liaison, but there is more to her lover than is at first apparent – as Yvonne discovers when the affair spins out of control and leads inexorably to violence.

Apple Tree Yard is described as ‘grown-up, genuinely suspenseful, wonderfully well-constructed, intelligent and provocative’ by The Guardian’s Julie Myerson.

All readers are very welcome to join the group and share their thoughts in a relaxed, informal setting.

The Luminaries named escabeche book group’s Christmas read

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton’s 2013 Man Booker Prize-winning tale of a Victorian gold prospector who travels to New Zealand and stumbles into a complex mystery, has been named as the escabeche book group’s read for the Christmas holiday.

The escabeche book group will next meet on Monday January 13th 2014 at 7.30pm and discuss The Luminaries, recently described as a dazzling feat of a novel by The Observer.

The plot involves Walter Moody who finds himself in a room of 12 men who have a joint secret involving an opium den, a drugged whore, the ghostly ship, a dead drunk, a missing fortune and a young man’s disappearance. The book is organized according to astrological principles, so that characters are not only associated with signs of the zodiac but interact with each other according to the predetermined movement of the heavens. Each of the novel’s 12 parts decreases in length over the course of the book to mimic the moon waning through its lunar cycle.

All readers are very welcome to join the group and share their thoughts in a relaxed, informal setting.

The escabeche book group meet every month at escabeche 1 and have swapped thoughts on 18 reads since July 2012.

In order of preference, the escabeche book club have previously read: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (73/100); A Spot of Bother by by Mark Haddon (69); Room by Emma Donoghue (67); The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (65); The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; Beauty by Rapael Seabourne (62); Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (62); Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (61); The Light Between Oceans (60); The 100 Year Old Man Who Jumped out of a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (58); Perfect by Rachel Joyce and The Good Terrorist by Doris Lessing (55); Dark Winter by David Mark (52); Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (50); Idiopathy by Sam Byers (45) and The Shack by William P. Young (23).

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