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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

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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

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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.