All posts by Cathie Marriage

Norfolk Coast AONB Challenge Webinar session

The Norfolk Coast Partnership have created a Norfolk Coast Challenge for Guide members of all ages and there is a lovely badge available to purchase for all who take part. We are pleased to bring you a leaders’ webinar opportunity to show many of the activities – most of which are suitable for Guiding at home and via zoom.

The webinar will be via zoom on Thursday 19th November 2020, 7pm – 8:30pm.

There is no charge, but booking is essential please. To book a place and receive the zoom link please email with your name and a contact phone number (Data Protection: Please note that we adhere to the GDPR Regulations 2018. We will only use the information collected for the purposes of the Norfolk Coast AONB Challenge Badge administration and will not pass on personal information to third parties.)

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

With restrictions still place due to coronavirus, visit planning will be affected. However, as we gradually start meet again, how great would a visit to one of our beautiful coastal venues be!

I do hope that you are able to join the webinar.

Best wishes,


Catherine Leigh
Assistant Project Adviser 
(part time, usually Mon, Tues & Weds)

Norfolk Coast Partnership
South Wing, Fakenham Fire Station
Norwich Road
Norfolk NR21 8BB

T (direct): 01328 850545

T (general office): 01328 850530

cid:373074610@28032014-1F67       @NorfolkAONB

Protecting an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Funded by Defra, Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Norfolk Coast AONB Girlguiding & Scout Challenge Badge

Remembrance Day with a difference 2020

In spite of restrictions on Remembrance Day parades and other ceremonies, many of our members found ways to take part. 

Girls from all sections paid tribute at Mulbarton Church

Stalham were able to find 2 family bubbles that could represent Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders (volunteers) 

Girls at Old Catton took part in a virtual girlguiding service then laid their stones at Old Catton memorial while doing the village poppy trail.

Also at Old Catton, wreaths were laid at the memorial

Brownies in Thorpe St Andrew  planted these eco-poppies (made from plastic bottles) in the churchyard.

A leader from 6th Norwich Rainbows took part in a Zoom service with some other local units. She was delighted to be able to do it with her daughter, who has only just joined Rainbows.

As there was no parade or service, the 43rd Saxlingham Nethergate Rainbows  created their individual poppies for a wreath which was placed on the church door.


UK Parliament free online workshops for community and youth groups in the East of England

UK Parliament’s local outreach officers have taken their community and youth group workshops online.

Their sessions are designed to show groups in the East of England how the House of Commons and House of Lords work, as well as offering first-hand expertise on how to influence decisions made in UK Parliament, get their voices heard and campaign for change.   The workshops are hosted by Nikki Luke, the outreach officer for the East of England and can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each group.

There are a range of online workshops available throughout the rest of the year, suitable for a groups with different accessibility levels and experience in engaging with UK Parliament.

Find out more by downloading the UK Parliament Digital Session Newsletter 

ARC notelets for sale

For Sale – A set of 4 quality cards with envelopes

£3.50 per pack, inclusive of post and packing (plus PayPal fees and charges). These are to raise funds to keep the Girlguiding Norfolk County Archive Resource Centre providing amazing opportunities.

The notelets feature a range of illustrations – clockwise from top left:
The ARC’s Norfolk County badge project – just some of the wide selection of badges produced by members for a range of events – is yours shown?  Have we got samples of all the badges you have produced? Yes, please, they add a very lively and beautiful social history story to our collection! 
The campfire scene was found in Miss Bean’s logbook, dating from 1919 and also includes newspaper cuttings, badges, personal entries and photos. Yes, it’s over 100 years old and can be seen at the ARC! 
Thank you notelet – always love a word cloud… and shows off our strapline perfectly.
We are grateful for all the interest, enthusiasm, donations and volunteer time received. Wouldn’t be there without all these gems! 
The setting of the ARC is just stunning, all year round. The building is nestled in its perfect plot in the grounds of Patteson Lodge, and looks like it has always been there! We love the GIRL GUIDES sign, obviously not current, but it was discovered in a shed at Hautbois. Weren’t we lucky?
As you can’t come and see us at the moment… enjoy the ARC like this! 

To buy, please contact or direct message the ARC through Facebook

Living in Lockdown 2020 Challenge Update – Badges now available

Girlguiding Norfolk County Archive Resource Centre (ARC) has produced a challenge,  Living in Lockdown 2020, created in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Download the challenge here

Living in Lockdown 2020

(forms in Word version below) 

The activities are designed to have fun with, to make you happy and to give you an opportunity to learn things, to discover new skills and be creative. It is appropriate for all ages and has a heritage theme, drawing on the history and traditions of guiding. We hope everyone enjoys it! 
This is a great opportunity for Girlguiding Norfolk County to contribute to the Norfolk Heritage Centre’s request to submit evidence of how guiding has continued through the pandemic.


A limited number of badges are now available.

To get your badge (which is free), please

These forms are also included in the badge download but here in Word form for your convenience.

Don’t forget to include your evidence (a record of your exhibition or time capsule).

and send them with your address for posting badges to



Rally Round the Standard, 16 – 19 October, 2020

The ARC aren’t organising this, but it would be wonderful to have a big contingent from Norfolk!

Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, was President of the Girl Guides Association from 1920 until her death in 1965. She was also President of Norfolk Guides, who made this standard as a gift for her wedding in 1922. It was used throughout her Guiding life, and is now displayed in Princess Mary House at Foxlease.

A Rally is being held to raise funds towards the conservation of the standard. For the modest payment of £10 you can join the Facebook group on which further details of the plans will be unveiled. You will also receive a camp badge and printable certificate to commemorate your non-attendance, and a downloadable backwoods cooking recipe book.

The small print: this non-attendance Rally is to raise funds towards the cost of conserving Princess Mary’s standard at Foxlease. The event will take place only in the imaginations of its participants, and on the Facebook group.

Please email  for further details of how to register for this amazing event! …. Supporting for the future what was begun 100 years ago.


Heritage Open Days 2020 : Welcome to Norfolk Girlguiding Archive Resource Centre


We have now moved all the activities from our Heritage Open Days to permanent pages on our website as part of our Hands on History collection.

Go to Heritage Open Day activities

The ARC is delighted to share our collection with you here on our website and on our Facebook page

As we are unable to open our building for you this year, we are holding virtual Heritage Open Days instead.

12/13th September 10am – 4pm

19/20th September 10am – 4pm

Our archivist, Helen, and her team will be on hand during these times  to answer questions and respond to your comments. Contact them through our Facebook page or by emailing

The Heritage Open Day pages website will still be available for you to view outside these times, and do contact us on Facebook. However, response times may be longer during the week.

The pages will stay on the website so do use them for unit meetings to visit a museum, and to inspire Brownies for their  Collecting Badge.

Girlguiding has always had nature and the outdoors as one of its programme themes, and this year we are finding some of our old badges to demonstrate this! We have selected birds and include owls (were you one?!), getting back to nature Girl Guide style through camping and, with a specifically Norfolk flavour – a look at the Farmworker Badge through the eyes of our girls who have found out about farming at camps at Gressenhall Union Farm in the past.

Please watch our welcome video and then look at the menu at the side of this page to choose pages that interest you.