News 2019

Heritage craft events at the ARC

Heritage crafts events series for adult and child   • For child and adult, i.e. parent, relative or leader; the  aim is to have something completed to take away • All at the ARC, email with your preference, and numbers, to book a place. • You will be sent details for payment • Full … Continue reading Heritage craft events at the ARC

Ready for the New Year!

The purple posse are back together, plotting and planning for the year ahead (and beyond…!)

Log Book Challenge

We’ve a challenge for you! Our collection includes a large number of log books from the past, but we need to start putting together current ones to use in the future! Facebook and social media may not be future-proof, and there are no rules about what should and shouldn’t be recorded and how often it … Continue reading Log Book Challenge

Our very own radio star!

Helen Green, our County Archivist and champion of our Archive Resource Centre (ARC) was the guest of Paul Hayes on Radio Norfolk on 1st October. Helen chose her favourite music ( including a piece written and sung by her 8 year old granddaughter) and had the opportunity to talk about growing up in Canada. Helen … Continue reading Our very own radio star!

What a WOW day!

  Guides and Rangers from all over Norfolk arrived at the John Innes Centre, Norwich on 28 September for their very own WoW (Wonder of Words) Festival. The girls were able to participate in lots of different activities during the day and enjoyed listening to our two keynote speakers, Sheridan Winn and Isabelle King talk … Continue reading What a WOW day!

Crabbing in Lowestoft

Let’s go crabbing! Lowestoft Division held their Annual crabbing competition at Walberswick near Southwold on a very sunny Saturday afternoon

Royal Norfolk Show 2019

It’s always a privilege to represent Girlguiding Norfolk on the Scout and Guide Stand at the Royal Norfolk Show. But this year it was a little bit more special. We were aware in advance that HRH the Countess of Wessex, President of Girlguiding, was going to be the Show President this year, but we didn’t … Continue reading Royal Norfolk Show 2019

It’s Competition Time

Our competition for all Girlguiding Norfolk Guides and Rangers is now open. Look at the flyer below and decide which category suits you best. Happy writing and good luck. WOW Competition for Guides and Rangers  

The very first STEM event exclusively for Norfolk Guides and Rangers

Is taking place at Aviva in Norwich on Friday 25 October. Please look at the exciting range of activities on offer and book your places now. There are only 200 places and already they are being snapped up! GGN STEM Event information 2019

WoW Festival for Guides and Rangers

The  information sheet below gives you all the details of our exciting Festival for Guides and Rangers. Have a look and book your spaces now – it promises to be a popular event. WoW Information sheet for leaders  

A ‘Thank You’ for Pat!

54 Guiding colleagues, friends and family members came together on Sunday 17th March to say thank you to Pat Pinnington for her 5-year term as County Commissioner for Girlguiding Norfolk. The venue was Congham Hall Hotel, Grimston, Kings Lynn and the occasion was a surprise Afternoon Tea. Right up until she arrived at the hotel, … Continue reading A ‘Thank You’ for Pat!

Presentation of Queen’s Guide Awards

What an exciting time Lydia, Diana and Marion have had today. They have been to the House of Commons to receive their Queen’s Guide award, presented by the Chief Guide. Congratulations and very well done.

Mini Monsters visit Queenshill Rainbows

First Queenshill Rainbows had a visit from Mini Monsters at their meeting. Ed brought Giant African Land Snails, Giant Millipedes, a tarantula, a Bearded Dragon, and a Corn Snake for the girls to see and even handle. Everyone learned lots of things about the animals, what they ate and how they lived. Mini Monsters:

Rainbows, Brownies & Guides Steam into Strumpshaw

On Sunday 24th Feb, 85 girls and 25 leaders from the Acle District, held a fantastic event celebrating World Thinking Day at Strumpshaw Steam Museum. The Rainbows, Brownies & Guides from Acle, Freethorpe, South Walsham & Strumpshaw units were treated to a day packed full of fun crafts & challenges. It was also a great … Continue reading Rainbows, Brownies & Guides Steam into Strumpshaw

Greetings from Girlguiding Norfolk County Commissioner

On behalf of the Trustees of Girlguiding Norfolk and the County team I would like to send best wishes to all our members for World Thinking Day 2019. Whatever you are doing to celebrate, we wish you lots of fun and happy times. World Thinking Day is a celebration of ten million girls worldwide that … Continue reading Greetings from Girlguiding Norfolk County Commissioner

Saying thank you to Division Commissioners

At our recent County Executive meeting, bouquets of flowers were presented to Debbie Wright (North Norfolk), Tracey Betts (South Norfolk) and Kate Hill (Broadland) to thank them for all their hard work in their Division Commissioner roles or in Kate’s case, as division point of contact. Flowers have also gone to Liz Hepburn (Lowestoft), who … Continue reading Saying thank you to Division Commissioners

WOW (Wonder of Words) Festival Competition Time!!

Competition time for Rainbows and Brownies! This competition is open to all Girlguiding Norfolk Rainbows and Brownies. We would like you to write us a poem or a short story. The poem can take any form you wish – perhaps Acrostic, Haiku or Cinquain? The short story should be no more than 350 words.The theme … Continue reading WOW (Wonder of Words) Festival Competition Time!!

Rainbow leader receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to education

Karen Goldsworthy, Rainbow leader and District Commissioner for Sprowston has been awarded a BEM for services to education in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.   Karen joined Sparhawk Infant and Nursery School in Norwich nearly 18 years ago and has remained there as a teaching assistant and school governor. For more on Karen’s award … Continue reading Rainbow leader receives the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to education

Eaton Vale Activity Centre Appoints New Centre Manager

  Congratulations to Susan Newton, our County International Adviser, on her new role as Centre Manager at EVAC As a result of a successful recruitment campaign in December which generated a strong field of suitable candidates, a new Centre Manager has been appointed. Susan Newton will take up her position as Centre Manager in late … Continue reading Eaton Vale Activity Centre Appoints New Centre Manager

WOW Festival (Wonder of Words) for Rainbows and Brownies

This is a Girlguiding Norfolk County event for Rainbows and Brownies on a theme of books and story-telling. The aim of the event is to enthuse the girls to go home with a desire to read more or even write their own stories. It will be fun and interactive. The WOW Festival is taking place … Continue reading WOW Festival (Wonder of Words) for Rainbows and Brownies

Kids in Museums Takeover Sleepover at the ARC

Thirteen Guides from nine different Norfolk units took over the Girlguiding Norfolk Archive & Resource Centre for a weekend as part of the national ‘Kids in Museums Takeover’ initiative in November. The girls spent a day discovering Girlguiding history in Norfolk with the ARC team and slept at Patteson Lodge before creating their own  exhibitions … Continue reading Kids in Museums Takeover Sleepover at the ARC

Girlguiding Norfolk County Trip to Northern Ireland

Are you a leader with Guides or Rangers and always fancied an adventure away, but not sure where to start with taking girls away or abroad? If so, then how about joining us for an adventure to Northern Ireland on a Norfolk County Trip in August next year! What is it? This is a trip … Continue reading Girlguiding Norfolk County Trip to Northern Ireland

Gold Badges

Gold Badges are now available to order.  Leaders please Log on to the Members Zone and find the application form under Forms and then Miscellaneous

New ARC officer has exciting plans to bring more guiding history to life

Engaging people of all ages with women’s history is what makes ARC Learning and Outreach Officer Rachel Duffield super-happy. That’s why she’s so delighted to be working at Girlguiding Norfolk’s Archive Resource Centre in Coltishall. The archive is packed with all sorts of fascinating documents and objects from over a century of Guiding history in … Continue reading New ARC officer has exciting plans to bring more guiding history to life

1st Gayton Brownies sleep with the Sting-Rays!

On Friday 5th October, 1st Gayton Brownies spent their evening at the Sealife Centre,  Hunstanton. The adventure started with a tour around the aquarium, and a visit to the penguins, otters and seals. Ernie the sea turtle was a favourite and everyone experienced gently holding a corn snake. The evening finished with the Brownies enjoying … Continue reading 1st Gayton Brownies sleep with the Sting-Rays!

County Commissioner receives award (and paper shredder) from Norfolk Scouts

Pat Pinnington, our outgoing County Commissioner was presented with a County Commissioner’s Commendation by Matthew Burrell, County Commissioner for Norfolk Scouts at the recent Scout AGM. He also presented Pat with a paper shredder! We won’t ask why! This award was in recognition of Pat’s ‘excellent leadership and development of Girlguiding Norfolk as County Commissioner … Continue reading County Commissioner receives award (and paper shredder) from Norfolk Scouts

Girlguiding Norfolk’s new County Commissioner

Girlguiding Norfolk has a new County Commissioner. Following the departure of Pat Pinnington at the end of her term of office, the Chief Commissioner of Girlguiding Anglia has appointed Christine Martin as County Commissioner. Returning to Guiding after a break, Christine is delighted and very excited to have the opportunity to take on this role. … Continue reading Girlguiding Norfolk’s new County Commissioner

Heritage Open Day and Official Opening of the ARC

  CELEBRATING GIRLGUIDING NORFOLK’S EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN Archive collection inspired by the Patteson sisters to be officially opened on Heritage Open Day Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September, 2018 The memory of guiding pioneers Beth and Philippa Patteson will be celebrated when Girlguiding Norfolk officially opens its collection of guiding treasures to mark Heritage Open Day. The … Continue reading Heritage Open Day and Official Opening of the ARC

Freya’s ‘Blickling Bluebells and Beaches’ Camp

On the 27th to the 29th April 2018, I took four other members of 1st Aylsham Rangers for a weekend of camping as part of my Queen’s Guide Award. This is the highest award available in Guiding and involves a number of elements, one of which being to complete the first six modules of the … Continue reading Freya’s ‘Blickling Bluebells and Beaches’ Camp

Brownies enjoy Junior Park Run

Mulbarton Brownies and leaders enjoyed doing junior park run at Eaton park a few weeks ago. Junior Park run is a free, weekly, timed 2km running event for children age 4-14 on Sunday mornings.

Rainbows Inspire GoGo Hare

In 2017 Rainbows celebrated its 30th Anniversary, shortly after the GoGoHare was launched.  As a unit (1st Old Catton Rainbows) this seemed a great way to celebrate the anniversary. Choosing an artist was easy. Last  Christmas we booked “Painting Passions”, Rosey Hancock is an artist who runs step by step instructed painting classes, Kids & … Continue reading Rainbows Inspire GoGo Hare

Conservation Officer for the ARC

A love of heritage and  treasured memories of days in Rainbows, Brownies and Guides – it’s the perfect combination of talents for our new Conservation and Preservations Officer Kate Bridges. Kate has started work at the Girlguiding Norfolk Archive Resource Centre (ARC) in Coltishall, where she will spend the next six months cataloguing, preserving and … Continue reading Conservation Officer for the ARC

1st Hellesdon Rainbows Tea Party

1st Hellesdon Rainbows invited the Hellesdon Trefoil Guild to a tea party to celebrate the Trefoil 75th Birthday and the Rainbows completing the Trefoil Guild’s 75th Birthday challenge badge.  On the day we borrowed old Rainbow uniforms from the ARC, made birthday cards, and cakes!!!, sung some songs, and had a lovely afternoon, PS .. … Continue reading 1st Hellesdon Rainbows Tea Party

King’s Lynn North Thinking Day Event

King’s Lynn North District held a Thinking Day event which included learning beatboxing. Here are the 19th King’s Lynn (Reffley) Brownies performing warming up exercise in readiness. The girls enjoyed it so much, some of them gave a demonstration to their parents when they collected them!

1st Old Catton Rainbows Painting Passions

Here is an activity idea for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Adult Guiders. In December Rosey Hancock from PAINTING PASSIONS came to visit 1st Old Catton Rainbows. She runs a step by step painting lesson, it was a great evening and would be suitable for all groups. It costs £15 but it is 1.5 … Continue reading 1st Old Catton Rainbows Painting Passions

£60,000 Heritage Lottery Success for the ARC!

We are delighted that Girlguiding Norfolk has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £60,000 to conserve and share our archives and develop the work of the ARC. We hold one of the largest collections of Girlguiding memorabilia in the UK, from uniforms and badges to magazines and scrapbooks. Dating from 1911, there are over … Continue reading £60,000 Heritage Lottery Success for the ARC!

County Training Day 2017

Almost 200 volunteers came to our County Training Day in November. They enjoyed a wide range of activities, including training to help them run their units and fun craft activities.

Survival Camp

On 23rd June 20 Guides from 43rd Saxlingham Nethergate came together for a Survival Camp. On the first night we organised ourselves by putting up our Patrol tents, dining shelters and fireplaces. In the morning after lighting our fires and cooking sausages and beans, we created gadgets for washing up using rope and wooden poles … Continue reading Survival Camp

Rainbow Birthday Celebrations

This term 2nd Sprowston Rainbows have been celebrating the Rainbows’ 30th birthday. 10 girls joined over 600 others from around Norfolk and Suffolk at Bewilderwood to celebrate. They had a great day playing on all the play equipment, making wishing spoons, going on a boat ride, decorating birthday cakes and joining other Rainbows in a … Continue reading Rainbow Birthday Celebrations

South Walsham Guides at Strumpshaw

GRAND OLD GIRL OF STEAM GETS A HELPING HAND FROM NORFOLK GUIDES Brass polish and elbow grease were on the kit list when 1st South Walsham Guides helped Strumpshaw Steam Museum prepare for its annual rally. The museum’s pride and joy exhibit, the 95-year-old steam engine Princess Royal, had been out of action for 18 … Continue reading South Walsham Guides at Strumpshaw

Cooking in haybox

After our outdoor cooking training I wanted to try out a Haybox which I have never got round to doing. I had a old enamel dixie that I t thought would work. I tried it at the weekend, cooked a low carb curry for 10 of us, brought it to the boil and packed the … Continue reading Cooking in haybox

Archive Weekend March 2017

27 people came to our very successful Archive weekend, taking part in activities that included sewing, typing, recording, listing, interviewing, preparing a Rainbow handling box and ‘treasure hunting’.  We are working our way through the boxes, but it takes time.   Staying in Patteson Lodge, and working in the ARC worked extremely well and we … Continue reading Archive Weekend March 2017

Showcase and Awards Evening 2017

It’s again time to celebrate all the amazing things that happen in guiding in Norfolk. Our Showcase and Awards evening will be taking place on Friday 5th May 2017 (see the calendar for details). It’s a great evening to meet up with friends and share experiences. Each Division is invited to do a ‘Show and … Continue reading Showcase and Awards Evening 2017

Girlguiding Norfolk Showcase 2016

What a super evening! Literally ‘showcasing’ what is great about Girlguiding Norfolk. There was chatter, food, info on the latest developments at the ARC plus the opportunity to comment on our new Girlguiding Norfolk website. Then into the conference theatre where we learned about what members of Norfolk have achieved this year including Hazel Farman’s … Continue reading Girlguiding Norfolk Showcase 2016

Fundraising for the ARC

A number of sponsored events have taken place to raise money for our new Archive Resource Centre. These have included 3rd Oulton Brownies who had a sponsored silence whilst 43rd Saxlingham Nethergate Brownies challenged themselves to a sponsored silent craft night. The girls had to make a craft in silence which was quite a feat! … Continue reading Fundraising for the ARC

Girlguiding Norfolk at the Spring Fling

Girlguiding Norfolk joined over 70 stands this year at the Spring Fling which is a fun filled, educational day for learning more about food, farming and the countryside aimed at four to 11 year olds. We decided on simple food based science for our theme which proved very popular with all of our young visitors. … Continue reading Girlguiding Norfolk at the Spring Fling


A group of 35 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and their leaders from Gayton joined hundreds of fellow Girlguiding members at Alexandra Palace in London on Saturday 20th February for the Spark event which kicked off celebrations for 100 years of The Senior Section. The girls stepped out of their comfort zone and took on adventurous activities … Continue reading Spark

The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday 1st Oulton Brownies had a lovely Spring sleepover finishing with an afternoon tea party celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with special guest Liz Hepburn, Girlguiding Lowestoft Division Commissioner. The Brownies decorated cakes with union flags and made and cut out fancy sandwiches. Elsewhere, seventy girls from Dersingham Rainbows, 1st & … Continue reading The Queen’s 90th Birthday

Opening of the ARC

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in June, 150 people saw history being made by Girlguiding Norfolk with the official opening of the Archive Resource Centre (ARC). The sun shone brightly, the music by Taverham Brass Band was brilliant as ever, the afternoon tea was beautifully set out and delicious, the waitresses willing and smiley, the company … Continue reading Opening of the ARC

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