The autumn term has seen many exciting activities within the various units and there have been several significant events. We celebrated the 85th anniversary of the opening of the first units, held a successful jumble sale and our Senior Section raised over £900 for the Royal Marsden with their sponsored hike. There are many exciting and challenging adventures planned for next term!
It is with sadness we record the death in September of Joyce Townsend. She was Specky Owl at 11th Brownies for many years and we were sad to say goodbye. The Brownie unit has continued but desperately needs help.
We also have some great news. Emma has successfully completed her “Going Away With” Scheme and will be able to put this to good use over the coming months. Additionally, Lindsay has achieved her 5 year service award and this will be presented at a special Guide service.
At EMC we are lucky to have groups for all the Sections. We have one Rainbow Unit, three Brownie Units, one Guide Unit and one Senior Section Unit. They each have a different programme and badges which they are working towards and exciting activities planned including the Guide and Senior Section trip to Switzerland next summer. There will be fundraising for the trip so that everyone can afford to come. Look out for information next term about upcoming fundraising events.
Without the time and effort of everyone involved, it would not be possible to offer these opportunities to 130 girls and young women at EMC. We always need more volunteers, so if you have any time to spare, please speak to me or email .Thank you.
A big thank you to everyone who supported Epsom Division Senior Section in their recent charity event. We raised over £900 for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. We sold cakes on a Friday evening at EMC and we did a 20km sponsored walk from Dorking to Epsom over the very hilly Surrey hills! It was a lovely sunny Autumn day and we all had a brilliant time. Thank you for your support Alex Lorenz
Eighty-five years of Guiding at EMC November 2017
On Saturday 7th October Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section members, volunteers, parents and EMC members gathered at EMC to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the opening of the first guiding units.
We had a great afternoon with lots of fun games, tea and cake and displays covering the history of the units and Girlguiding in general. Some of the Brownies and Guides even tried on uniforms from different eras.
We also had the unveiling of a special commemorative banner made by the EMC Wesley Quilters. We would like to thank them for the wonderful banner they have made. On Sunday
8th October we had a special service followed by a simple lunch.
It was also an opportunity to appreciate all the volunteers who make guiding possible.
There are many who are no longer with us and we were extremely sad at the recent death of Joyce Townsend who had been an active part of Brownies, Trefoil Guild, and EMC. She will be greatly missed.
As we start a new year of school and Guiding, it seems appropriate to tell you what we have been up to last year and let you know some of the things happening this term.
All our units are run by volunteers and we are grateful for all the time and effort they give. We are sad to say goodbye to Nicki Cousins and Emma Robinson and wish them all the best with their new challenges. We are short of volunteers for all our units. It is really worthwhile and rewarding. We have many roles available from administration, running activities, being QM and helping weekly. We are also looking for people to share their skills with the girls so if you can sign, dance, bee keep or any such skill, please do get in touch. We are grateful for any help!
Highlights of the past year
- joining the rest of the Division for fun-filled Rainbow and Brownie adventure days
- making coin pictures and towers to raise money for
- waitressing, delivering leaflets and helping at the EMC
- taking part in the civic service to inaugurate Liz Frost
- joining 6000 Guides, Scouts and volunteers at Scout About
- doing many exciting activities every week
We have a few key events this term to which all are welcome.
7-8 October - 85th Anniversary weekend
12 November - Church parade
18 November - Guide jumble sale
If you would like any further information or would like to get yourselves or a young person involved, please get in touch
Guiding at EMC: JULY 2017
July marks the end of the summer term and so it felt like an appropriate time to write an update on what we have been doing and let you know about what is coming up. As District Commissioner, I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who help give the girls in our groups the opportunity to fulfil their potential and experience wonderful opportunities. Without the time and effort of everyone involved, it would not be possible to have Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section members meeting at EMC. We always need more volunteers, so if you have any time to spare, we have a role for you. If you are interested, please speak to me or email .
At EMC we are lucky to have groups for all the Sections. Unfortunately we had to close one of the Rainbow units, although we are still hoping to be able to get volunteers to reopen it. The other groups are still going strong. They have been learning all about themselves, undertaking exciting treasure hunts and having a visit from a Guide dog. We have so many future Rainbows waiting to join that we could open two new units, if only we had the volunteers!
We have three Brownie units who also suffer from a lack of volunteers. This year we have seen many volunteers move away but we are just about able to keep all units open but again are looking for volunteers. The Brownies have been having a very exciting time. 4th and 7th went on Pack holiday together to Walton Firs and did lots of adventurous activities and 11th went to PGL and did the same! They have also been cooking, enjoying books at Epsom Library and joining other Girlguiding members at a special showing of Beauty and the Beast.
We have one Guide unit, although it is full to capacity! They are grateful to the Scouts who have lent them their facilities and instructors so they could try out shooting and climbing at EMC. They have also enjoyed lots of outdoor activities including hikes and games and are looking forward to joining 5000 Guides and Scouts at Scoutabout, a large scale camp.
The Senior Section unit has now been open for two years and continues to grow slowly in numbers. The girls are very active enjoying hiking on the downs, orienteering at Horton Country Park and even taking their Promise up the climbing wall! They will join the Guides for summer camp.
I am really delighted to let you know that Lindsay Massingham has finished her Leadership Qualification with the Guides. She has also been awarded her five year service. We congratulate her on these achievements. We are also pleased to let you know that Mary Fox received her twenty year service (many years overdue)!
2017 is the 85th anniversary of the opening of the first Brownie Unit at EMC. We will be having a celebration to mark eighty five years of Guiding at EMC. There will be a weekend of celebrations on 7th and 8th October 2017 with afternoon tea on Saturday, church parade and a lunch on Sunday.
We are also excited to announce that the Quilters are making us a special commemorative banner which we hope to dedicate at church parade. We thank them for such a wonderful gift.
Anyone who has been involved in guiding at EMC at any point is welcome to come along. We will also have a display and would be grateful for the loan of any photos or memorabilia.
Guides, Brownies and Rainbows
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Established in 1909 as the result of girls gate-crashing a Scout rally and demanding something, the Guide Association has empowered millions of girls and young women to do their best, make friends, challenge themselves and be a positive influence in society. There is more information about the history and reach of the organisation here. There have been guiding groups at EMC since 1932. We will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of the opening of the first unit in October 2017.
At EMC we have 1 Rainbow, 3 Brownie, 1 Guide and 1 Senior Section units.
Congratulations to Lindsay Massingham who has completed her Leadership Qualification with the Guides. This is a brilliant achievement.
Rainbows are aged 5 to 7. They have the chance to have fun, play games, learn new things, work on special Roundabout badges and make friends. More about Rainbows can be found here.
There is 1 Rainbow group that meets at EMC on Thursday, although we are trying to reopen the Monday group. If your daughter is interested in joining, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. and a local volunteer will be in touch about spaces. We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. There are many roles from occasionally helping, doing accounts to helping on a weekly basis. It is really rewarding and great fun.
Brownies are aged 7 to 10. They do fun things and make friends. They have the chance to work on all kinds of exciting badges, have adventures and go on pack holiday. More about Brownies can be found here.
There are 3 Brownie groups that meet at EMC; on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If your daughter is interested in joining, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. and a local volunteer will be in touch about spaces. We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. There are many roles from occasionally helping, doing accounts to helping on a weekly basis. It is really rewarding and great fun.
Guides are aged 10 to 14. They decide on their own activities, have adventures and challenge themselves. They have the chance to work on all kinds of exciting badges and awards, go on outings, go camping as a unit and also to camps with other Guide groups and the Scouts. More about Guides can be found here:
There is 1 Guide group that meets at EMC on Friday. If your daughter is interested in joining, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. and a local volunteer will be in touch about spaces. We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. There are many roles from occasionally helping, doing accounts to helping on a weekly basis. It is really rewarding and great fun.
The Senior Section is for girls aged 14 to 25. They do really cool and exciting activities and adventures. More about the Senior Section can be found here. There is 1 Senior Section group that meets at EMC on Friday. If your daughter is interested in joining, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. and a local volunteer will be in touch about spaces. We are always looking for volunteers so if you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the Girlguiding website here. There are many roles from occasionally helping, doing accounts to helping on a weekly basis. It is really rewarding and great fun.