VERA – Very Exceptional Recognition Award

Girlguiding Ripon Division celebrated Thinking Day at All Hallowgate church, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their leaders gathered to learn about different countries around the world. The event also was the first time that the VERA awards had been presented. These awards are named after          Ms Vera Bunton who was a huge supporter of Girlguiding, and she left a legacy which has been transformed into the Very Exceptional & Recognition Award.

The list of recipients included:

  • Erin Harrison (a Guide with 5th Ripon but who was a Brownie with 2nd Ripon Brownies at the time of the nomination) – Erin is never without a smile, always helps with younger members and was an exceptional Brownie
  • Porshia Steel 6th Ripon Brownies – Porshia tries really hard at Brownies, she has just been made a sixer and her leader says she is really proud of her for doing her best
  • Katie Ratcliffe 5th Ripon Guides – Katie is a smiley happy Guide, as well as being helpful, one of the most important things to Katie as a person is ‘being in a happy place’ and we love that Guides is this for her
  • Louise Taylor – Young Leader with North Stainley Brownies. Louise is an asset to our Division, she is happy, enthusiastic and most of all is an incredibly strong young lady
  • Katie Oates – Leader in Training with 6th Ripon Guides – another one who is always smiling at Guides, Katie is passionate about Guiding, she is an inspiration to all within the unit, she does everything to the best of her ability, relates well to the younger members and is an important member of the team at 6th Ripon
  • Isabel Benson – Trefoil Guild – Isabel has helped countless leaders with their accounts, been treasurer for the Division, District, Hazel House and countless camps and events.

Finally Hazel Barker – What does Hazel do? Well the list would be too long to detail, so just a couple of things; helps with Guides, camps, events ,the shop, looks after Hazel House,  in fact without Hazel we would not have had Hazel House. One other thing Hazel is involved with is the Ripon Community Poppy Project, Hazel is offering to go into Rainbow, Brownie & Guides units to explain about this, she will bring everything with her to have an evening making poppies or poppy wreaths.

Guides go to the Big Gig

Guides from all over the County made the trip to Wembley to the Big Gig – Girlguiding’s very own pop concert.

The girls sang and screamed Wembley’s roof off! With the help of Ella Henderson, Aston Merrygold, Nathan Sykes, Foxes and many more amazing acts.

It was a long day, but everyone had a great time!

Big Gig

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme

Hannah Ibbetson (1st Pannal Rangers) and Hannah Atkins( Young Leader at 29th Harrogate Guides) have just received their Bronze Award for the Duke of Edinburgh(DofE) Scheme – well done.

A recent information afternoon was very well attended when Karen Cressey, the County DofE co-ordinator, organised sessions on outdoor cooking and outdoor first aid. Planning started  for expeditions which will take place in the summer. Please let us know via the contact page if you’d like to join in with this award scheme, Bronze, Silver or Gold.

County Archery Day

The first County Archery Day was held in June.

Several brownies & guides joined the County Archery Instructor, Dave Townsend, at Ermysted Grammar School. Please watch out for more dates in Ripon & Knaresborough very soon.

Bilton Gala

Several groups from Bilton joined in the annual Bilton Gala in May half-term.

1st Bilton Brownies won the fancy dress walking float, 4th Bilton Brownies came third. The theme was history so the girls were dressed in Brownie uniforms from days gone by. The Gala queen was from 4th Bilton Brownies and one of the attendants was a 2nd Bilton Brownie.

Baslington and Hardisty Shield

The Ripon Division Competitions this year were held at Studley Royal, using the park for activities and the village hall for the prize giving.

Rainbows stayed around the hall and made crowns as part of the jubilee celebrations.

The Brownies made their way down the Seven Bridges walk with their leaders and completed seven challenges with a bridge theme such as playing Pooh sticks and pinning the tail on the bridge troll.  Guide patrols set off unaccompanied to complete a series of number related challenges around the deer park including some geo-caching & Senior Section were challenged to make and decorate cakes to celebrate 40 years of NYW.

The plan was to share these at the final tea party but they entries were so good they were taken back to share with their units and everyone tucked into buns and squash.

Strawberry Tea

Harrogate Trefoil guild met at the beginning of June for their Annual Strawberry Tea at the Baptist Church in Harrogate.

Entertaining the group were the U3A singers, and they sang songs from ‘The Shows’, such as New York-New York, Love Never Dies and several from South Pacific.

Trisia Ward said,

‘It was a wonderful afternoon with a room full of people, we also had some ladies from Boston Spa Trefoil who we had met at the recent Region AGM.’

If you’d like to know more about Harrogate Trefoil Guild or would like to join then please phone Trisia Ward on 01423 506541. Their meetings are usually on the second Wednesday of the month (2-4pm) in Harrogate.

Guiding for Adults – New Trefoil Guild Chair

Girlguiding North Yorkshire West is pleased to announce a new chairperson for their County’s Trefoil Guild. The Trefoil Guild is guiding for adults – fun, friendship and making a difference!

Their website address is

The new chair is Vanessa Hoult from Knaresborough who joined guiding in 1978 and has since been District & Division Commissioner in Knaresborough and still helps with 7th Knaresborough Guides. She has taken over the role from Mrs Margaret Lawson who has become the County President.

If you’d like to know more about joining the Trefoil Guild then please visit the website or phone  020 7834 6242 Ext: 3010