Sunflower Gallery

Keep sending your sunflower photos into and then we can them to our gallery – thanks.

Limerick Competition

North Yorkshire West have joined with their neighbouring North Yorkshire guiding counties and North Yorkshire Scouts to run some creative competitions while our units are suspended due the Corona Virus pandemic.

The first one for April is to send in a limerick poem the funnier the better. A famous limerick poem by Edward Lear is:

There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”

Prizes will be awarded to the best in each county and hopefully we’ll put all entries into a book of Limericks. Please email entries to: adding your name, age, which unit you attend and a contact telephone number and email address.

Happy writing……..

Coronavirus unit suspensions

You will have seen the UK Government announce new measures around coronavirus (Covid-19) on Monday 16 March that advised against all non-essential travel and social contact.

We have taken the decision, therefore, to suspend UK Girlguiding unit meetings with immediate effect.

We realise that this news is upsetting, please do support friends and girls within the Girlguiding community at this time, and those beyond our network.

Although we are not meeting face to face, we will remain connected with our amazing community of volunteers and girls across the UK. We will be sharing our ideas as to how girls can continue to enjoy our brilliant programme of activities and badges from home and ways stay in touch with their unit over the coming days.

Braving the storms

1st Crosshills Guides & Rangers braved Storm Ciara when they attended an outdoor camp at Waddow Hall; ‘Sparkle & Ice’ last weekend. The girls had a great time and were kept very safe and all arrived home on time albeit very windswept. However the girls are wondering if they are ‘jinxed’ slightly as this is the second storm they have survived when out camping. In 2019 they attended ‘Sparkle & Ice’ and endured the force of Storm Brian!

Girlguiding North Yorkshire West’s nights away badge might not be quite enough for these intrepid guides & rangers, it’s perhaps ‘I’ve camped in a storm & survived!

Guide Gold

On the 1st February a group of five guides set off on their adventure to complete the Gold Award, the top award you can get as a Guide. The only information the guides had before setting off was to be dressed for the weather, bring a rucksack with sleeping bag, sleep mat, bivvy bag, hot water bottle, a change of clothes and that they would be back the next day!

So the adventure started before they even arrived, putting their trust in two very experienced guide leaders, Caroline Bentham from Ripon and Ann Durham from Skipton.  When everyone was gathered together the plan was explained; a long walk to a barn where they would spend the night. All meals came from ration packs that were to be cooked on trangias, a new experience for some.

So they set off in very windy weather and spent the day walking 12 miles, with a few food breaks. Thankfully the wind died down, they negotiated the thick mud without incident and it was a pleasant afternoon, they even came up close to a large deer in the wood towards the end of their walk. It was dark as they emerged from the wood near the farm where they would sleep and the last bit of the walk was heading to the lights from the farm buildings.

On arrival at the barn that was home for the night, the guides started to cook their tea, not easy in the dark and cold, then bedded down for the night with hot water bottles filled from the trangias. After a refill of hot water bottles, handing out hand warmers for during the night and a bit of chocolate it really was time to sleep. Next morning, breakfast was cooked, everything tidied up and they had a short walk back to where parents would collect them.

They did amazingly well, 12 miles with a full back pack is no mean feat when you haven’t done anything like it before and the guides deserve their Gold Award for their efforts, well done to Amelia, Ellen, Molly, Aisling and Hettie.

County Brownie Outdoor Day

Brownies from all over North Yorkshire West county had a super day at Nell Bank activity centre; pond dipping, bug hotel making and lots of outdoor activities working as teams. To join in the fun please visit

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