All posts by Cathie Marriage

Read our July Blue Sheet

The word that immediately comes to mind when reading our latest edition of the Blue Sheet is WOW. 

So many wonderful things have been happening right across our county during the past few months despite all the lockdown restrictions that we have all had to endure.  Why not take 5 minutes with a cup of tea to see if you agree?

Click on the picture to download it

NEW Sandringham Centenary Challenge Badge

Celebrate 100 years of the Sandringham Guide Company

1st Sandringham Guide Company started in 1920 by the wish of Her Majesty Queen Mary and it was known then as the ‘Princess Mary’s Own’. H.R.H. Princess Mary attended the inaugural meeting plus several other company meetings up to the time of her marriage in 1922.

Throughout the decades Sandringham Guides have been involved with many exciting activities which you will discover through this badge. In 2020 Sandringham Guides celebrated its 100th anniversary and we would like to share our history by inviting you to take part in this centenary badge, kindly designed by Isabelle Mears, a current Sandringham guide.

The badge takes you through decades of guiding with the Sandringham Guides. Each decade has two to three challenges that you can choose from.

The badge is totally flexible and can be adapted to the needs of your unit. 

For some challenges there are links to interest badges. This means that the clause for the Sandringham badge closely links to a clause for the interest badge. 

Download details of the Sandringham Badge

Sandringham Badge order form (Word version)

Sandringham Badge order form (pdf)

Join Us for our STEMM Digigirlz event

GirlGuiding Norfolk STEMM team would like to invite everyone to join us at our upcoming event partnering with Microsoft DigiGirlz on 4th June.

This is a virtual event that girls can attend independently.

Please register early and put unit name in the school section of the registration form to be in with the chance of getting goodie bags.

This event is targeted towards Girlguides* in the UK aged 10-16 but it is not exclusive to this audience and will be open to the public next week. This day is jam packed with fantastic sessions! We will also be joined by the UK Microsoft CEO Clare Barclay.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Here is the full registration link

Norfolk Coast AONB Scout & Guide Challenge

The Norfolk Coast Partnership are pleased to bring you a Norfolk Coast Challenge for Scout and Guide members of all ages

This challenge resource has been approved by Norfolk Scouts and Girlguiding Norfolk Commissioners and all activity link providers. There is a lovely unofficial/non-uniform/blanket badge available to purchase for all who take part.

The Challenge consists of;

  • Taking part in at least 4 activities from our partnership members – we’ve recommended age groups but feel free to mix and match
  • Getting out and exploring by visiting at least one site within the AONB – why not stay in the area on a residential or even sleep out under the stars?

At present (March 2020) strict travel restrictions are in place due to coronavirus which will obviously result in groups currently being unable to visit the Norfolk coast. However, most of the activities in the challenge from the Norfolk Coast Partnership are suitable for Scout and Guide members to do at home. Once groups can start meeting again, how great would a visit or sleepover at one of our beautiful coastal venues be!

Download full details of the activities and an order form for the badge Norfolk Coast AONB Girlguiding & Scout Challenge Badge   with nature at this time. Do let us see what they have been up to via Twitter @NorfolkAONB or by email to (with photo permission of course).

Managed by the Norfolk Coast Partnership, the Norfolk Coast was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1968. The 450 sq km area includes a coastal strip from Heacham to Bacton, plus outliers around the Sandringham area and between Sea Palling and Winterton. There are 46 AONBs in the UK. Along with National Parks, these are recognised as being worthy of special protection. The Norfolk Coast Partnership was set up in 1991 to work in partnership with local communities and all relevant organisations to safeguard the special character of the area. It is funded by Defra, Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.


Try this new Challenge Badge – the Button Challenge

1st Heacham Rangers have launched a new challenge badge!

The Button Challenge was created by two leaders the unit with a passion for all things crafty and a love of buttons. Beginning as a lockdown project, it quickly turned into an idea for raising funds for 1st Heacham Rangers in the hope of trips and residentials in the not too distant future.

It looks like a lot of fun, so download it and have a look

The Button Challenge

Don’t forget that other Challenge badges are available in our Members’ Zone as well.