Trefoil Guilds are open to everyone aged 18 and over – women and men. They are places to find friendship, give support to fellow Trefoil and Girlguiding members and get involved and active in the community. We embark on new challenges and learn new skills.
Trefoil is part of the Girlguiding family, and we aim to support them and help others by carrying the spirit of Girlguiding into our communities. Many members support Girlguiding directly by assisting or leading units, and others give support in different ways.
Our aims and objectives
A Trefoil Guild is a group of at least six people who meet up on a regular basis to tale part in different activities, listen to speakers, fund raise for different charities, learn new skills and enjoy each other’s company on walks and sharing meals together. In Norfolk we have twenty-four Guilds which meet at various times to suit their members – either weekday mornings, afternoons, evenings or Saturday mornings. Each Guild plans their own programme of activities. Our Guilds stretch across the county – from Sheringham to Diss and from Kings Lynn to Great Yarmouth. Guilds meet in a variety of venues – church halls, local Guide Headquarters and members’ homes. One Guild’s meeting is a six-kilometre walk in the countryside followed by lunch and another Guild is for members who can’t gather for regular meetings but want to be included in the wider Trefoil family. There is also a National Internet Guild – for those who, for various reasons, can’t meet face to face.
In Norfolk we also have opportunities to meet as a county. We gather once a year for our Annual Review when we can enjoy craft sessions, join in campfire singing, go on guided walks in the area, hold our annual meeting and listen to a speaker. We hold county days in different venues so we can take part in a variety of activities such as flower arranging, painting and archery. We arrange county quizzes, outings to local gardens or houses and frequently gather to celebrate World Thinking Day. We also are fortunate that we have a five-day county house party every eighteen months, travelling by coach to different parts of England.
Trefoil Guild was formed in 1943, so this year we are celebrating our 80th birthday. National Trefoil Guild has chosen RED as the colour for the year and the strap line is ‘From small acorns to giant oaks’ and we are going to be 80.
So County Trefoil events link with some of these aspects during the year.
On the 80th day of the year, March 21st, we took part in a sponsored walk for Redwings Horse Sanctuary at Aylsham walking 80 kilometres and raising nearly £800. Other members met in Dereham to sing 80 campfire songs. At lunchtime we met and continued singing- achieving our goal of 80 campfire songs.
At our County Annual Review in July, we will continue with the theme – making 80 cards, making a mobile with oak leaves and making memory books to record our memories of this year. Norfolk Guild members who are the same age as the Trefoil Guild will cut an 80th birthday cake – we will celebrate this year!
For more information about your local Trefoil Guild go to the Trefoil website www.trefoilguild.co.uk
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Our County Newsletter, Fanfare, is produced three times a year, usually to coincide with our Executive meetings to ensure that each member receives a copy.
These highlight current news and what the Guilds have recently been up to (to get a flavour of what we’re about, you can read previous copies of Fanfare below)