All posts by Cathie Marriage

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.

GGN Aspires! An amazing weekend

Girlguiding Norfolk held the most awesome weekend 20-21 April 2021

In hosting #GGNAspires… we heard from 17 people in 16 sessions sharing the stories of their careers and top tips for everyone about all types of things actually – not necessarily linked to careers, but life advice too!! Think : keep learning, grab every opportunity, don’t say no to anything, work experience, portfolio, volunteer, maths, passion, do what you love, and so on.
Such a lot of time and thought went into presentations. HUGE thanks all, for a very professional event.  Careers include teacher, flood and coastal risk management officer, author and science educator, chartered financial planner, Royal Navy officer, doctor, radio producer and engineer, building service engineer and design manager, global health security correspondent, art director and social media content creator, postdoctoral researcher in marine ecology, police constable, senior broadcast journalist, air traffic controller, conflict archaeologist, female fisherman. 
All these presentations/interviews can all be found here, and later will be on the ARC YouTube channel.
You will not regret spending a little time looking at them… they are all interesting for all ages, even if you don’t think you fancy that career/are interested in that topic!  FAB resources for unit meetings/discussions.
and check for badges that match with some of the stories these amazing women have told.
Over 5k people have been reached through this event, with over 30% engagement! (10% is good!).

We are so pleased with this work and achievement by our ARC UEA volunteers – very proud of you, especially Alice! Well done and thank you all for an amazing team effort!

Girlguiding Norfolk Aspires!

#GGNAspires will be here next weekend!
Inspiring women in exciting careers will be here to tell us about what they do and answer any questions you may have!
Careers include – Teaching, Finance, Journalism, Radio Production, Ecology Research, Air Traffic Control, Art Direction, Writing, Health and more!
Download the full details of all the speakers
Also join us Sunday 21 March 13:30 – 14:10 to participate in our interactive mini workshop on promoting Guiding through the years! Come along and have fun making your own Guiding promo material.


Easter Craft Competition

We would love to see your entries for our Easter
(virtual) craft competition.

CLASS 1 – Decorated eggs x 3
Decorate 3 eggs (size and type of your choice)

CLASS 2 – Easter bonnet
Decorate an Easter bonnet in any style

CLASS 3 – Spring themed table decoration
Make a spring themed table decoration using natural materials

CLASS 4 – Easter/Spring themed bunting
Design and make some Easter/Spring themed bunting – to be at
least 1 metre long using materials of your choice

Entries to each class will be judged in one of the following three groups:
 Group 1 – Rainbows and Brownies
Group 2 – Guides, Rangers and young leaders
Group 3 – adult volunteers and Trefoil Guild members

Entries to be by submitted photos. Download the rules and full details here

Closing date 5pm on Friday 26th March

If you have any queries, please email

Don’t forget to find out about our Easter Baking Competition too!




Easter Baking Competition


Following on from our very successful Christmas Baking
competition, we are offering you another opportunity to show off
your baking skills!

Do you think you have what it takes to be a Girlguiding Norfolk
Easter Star Baker? Then get your aprons on, your mixing bowls
out and enter one or all of the following classes.

CLASS 1 – Traditional Simnel cake

CLASS 2 – Norfolk Fair Buttons

CLASS 3 – Chocolate Easter nest cake

Entries to each class will be judged in one of the following three groups:
 Group 1 – Rainbows and Brownies
 Group 2 – Guides, Rangers and young leaders
 Group 3 – adult volunteers and Trefoil Guild members

Entries to be by submitted photos and recipes.  Download the full details of rules and entry requirements here

Closing date 5pm on Friday 26th March

If you have any queries, please email

Don’t forget to find out about our Easter Craft Competition too!