Our History

Girlguiding North Yorkshire West was first formed on the 1st November 1973.

Joan Wilson was our first County Commissioner, followed by Ann Kayes, Tricia Ward, Barbara Dixon, Margaret Lawson, Elaine King, Norah Roberts and currently Sue Mackay.

The County includes Boroughbridge, Grassington, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Long Preston, Masham, Ripon, Settle, Skipton, Whixley to name a few and all the surrounding areas.

Originally the County was made up of 9 Divisions and our County Standard represents all the areas of our County.

The County Standard was designed by Miss Helen Clegg of Knaresborough and worked by members and friends of the Movement. A special Service of Dedication for the County Standard was held in Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 17th September 1977.

The Standard is on a light blue ground, with pride of place being given to the Guide emblem, a gold Trefoil, next to which is the White Rose of Yorkshire. A diagonal silver stripe bears the Guiding motto ‘Be Prepared’ on one side and on the reverse side bears the County title.

The emblems chosen by The Divisions of the County are enclosed in lozenge shapes grouped to form a star, with one Division represented in the centre circle:

  • North Craven – Colt from the Coulthurst Coat of Arms
  • South Craven – Gryphon from the Tempest Coat of Arms
  • Ripon – Horn and Spur from the Ripon Coat of Arms
  • Harrogate South West – Pump Room
  • Knaresborough – Forest tree
  • Harrogate North – Hart and Brimham rocks
  • Skipton – Castle
  • Settle – Ram and Ingleborough
  • Harrogate East – Mineral Springs

Beyond the star is a black mill-rind, a heraldic symbol which denotes a predominantly rural area – representing our County.

We have badges of our County Standard which can be bought from our local Guide shops.

There are several Counties in the North East England Region with Yorkshire in their title represented by the White Rose of Yorkshire and in order to differentiate the Counties different symbols have been added to the design.

Our North Yorkshire West County badge is made up of the White Rose of Yorkshire with a ram in the centre depicting our rural areas.

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