Happy 90th Birthday to Brownies and Guides in Bilton

A lovely evening’s celebration took place recently in Bilton to celebrate 90 years of guiding. A Treasure Hunt, picnic and singing were enjoyed by Rainbows, Brownies & Guides from all the units in Bilton. It was lovely to see so many leaders and friends there too.

Badges galore

Bethan from 1st Glusburn Brownies has achieved all the interest badges form the previous brownie programme – well done. Bethan has also been working hard on the new programme and will receive her Brownie Gold Award at the end of the summer term

Birk Crag redevelopment now on YouTube

As part of a grant application for the Birk Crag centre our County Commissioner , Angie Lockwood, and guides/young leaders from 10th Harrogate Guides are no stars on YouTube.

Please have a look and if you haven’t already donated then please note we have a Justgiving page;

Happy 90th to 1st Starbeck Guides

In March of 1928 1st Starbeck Guides opened its doors and welcomed girls into the guiding movement in order to experience new challenges and adventures, and the unit is still thriving today.

On 26 March a 90th birthday party was enjoyed by guides who attend the unit today, and also guides and leaders from yesteryear. Janet Thackwray, who led the unit for 25 years, welcomed everyone to the party and showed several photos of her own adventures over the years. These included; camping, outdoor cooking, barging and charity events including a second time around fashion show. Debs Wynn, the current leader, also shared her guiding memories, showing photos of International trips to Mexico, India and Switzerland.

All the current guides shared their reasons on why they enjoyed guides;  

“A chance to see all my friends”, “We get to choose what we want to do ourselves” “We have lots of fun”

Margaret Terry, who was a leader in the unit during the 1970s and 80s was asked to cut the cake alongside Beth Thurlow who was celebrating her 13th birthday that day.

Knaresborough Ranger gets experience of working in the square mile

A Ranger from Knaresborough got to experience big City life on a day aimed at getting more girls interested in careers in finance, engineering, and management.

Sophie Hawkes, traveled to London to take part in SheCanBe, a one day event where she was teamed with a mentor from C.I.M.A. (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).

Sophie spent the morning taking part in workshops illustrating daily life working the City, and meeting inspirational women who have entered these industries already. She was able to meet other young women interested in City careers, and explore ways to smash the glass ceiling in the working world.

Sophie said: “This event really boosted my confidence and made me feel like I can achieve anything. I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to inspiring women and have my voice heard. I learnt a lot about what it is like to work in the City, and about great initiatives such as Modern Muse, which helps to make all careers more accessible to girls by providing them with real role models who they can ask questions to about their job/career, for example what subjects would be helpful to take for A level, or what they wish they’d known earlier”

The event was organised by Girlguiding in conjunction with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Following the morning’s workshops, Sophie joined other participants for an afternoon at Mansion House, the office of the Lord Mayor of London.

Research released by Girlguiding on the day revealed that 62 per cent of young women aged 16-24 would consider City careers with more information, and 38 per cent say that seeing women like them working in the City would encourage them into a career there.Just 19.5 per cent of top City roles are held by women, according to research from the Financial Times.

Spring 2018 Newsletter

In this spring edition of our newsletter we have news on lots of exciting events that are planned in our County, along with some stories about what has been happening in the past few months.

Follow the link below to read our latest newlsetter


Celebrating our volunteers

It was lovely to see so many volunteers at the County’s Thanks & Recognition event on 14th October. We were especially pleased to welcome Alison Gordon, our Region Chief Commissioner, who awarded several long service brooches. Alison also presented Sue Mackay with the Laurel Award for exceptional service to guiding over the years.

Emily Cramby, from Skipton & Settle Division, was presented with the Joan Wilson cup as she had shown such enthusiasm and energy in everything she does in guiding over the last year.

Hazel Barker was asked to say a few words about Barbara Dixon, who has served guiding for 50 years now. Barbara was a previous County Commissioner and is now a County Vice-President. Alison Gordon spoke of her gratitude to Sue Mackay for all she had done over the years for North Yorkshire West County, and she was delighted to be asked to present Sue with her Laurel Award, this now brings the total to five in our County.

Babs Jones (Ripon Division and NEE trainer) & Elizabeth Weegman (County Archivist) were congratulated for 40 years service. Juliet Duke,(Nidderdale District) Jayne Morrison (Victoria District), Enid Rispin, (County Badge Secretary) and Margo Davidson (Harrogate depot volunteer manager) all received their 30 year long service broaches

BigGig 2017 – Wembley

An excited group of Guides from Harrogate had the time of their lives this weekend rocking out to some of their favourite artists including Louisa Johnson and Ella Eyre at Wembley Arena. They were treated to a star-studded line up which also included Pixie Lott, Five After Midnight and Youtube stars Jack Maynard and Caspar Lee.

Girls from 12th & 28th Harrogate Guides travelled to Wembley on October 7 for the Big Gig, Girlguiding’s annual pop concert.

“Louisa Johnson was great, and Pixie Lott. 5AM can really dance” said some of the guides on their way home

The girls, aged between 10 and 14, were able to enjoy all the fun and excitement of a pop concert while celebrating their role in Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women. The Big Gig is kindly supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Girlguiding gives girls and young women aged between 5 and 25 the space to develop their confidence, learn new girls and have fun. The charity is currently recruiting for more volunteers to help deliver their exciting programme to over 400,000 girls and young women across the UK.

To get involved, visit