County e-Letter
20 February 2018

On behalf of the County Executive Team may I wish you all a very Happy World Thinking Day. I hope that you have all found time to celebrate this special event with your friends in Guiding and all our young members.

Thinking day has been celebrated since 1926 – World Thinking Day of International Friendship - What do we do on World Thinking Day:
- Celebrate World Thinking Day and be one in a million
- Be inspired by the history and impact of our global movement
- Connect with the Worldwide Sisterhood of Girlguiding and Girl Scouting
- Take Action and Speak out on issues we most care about
- Make a difference by fundraising for projects around the world.
However you celebrate your World Thinking Day have fun and share friendship.

I am looking forward to celebrating and spending the day with the County Trefoil members at Berwick.

Adult Support

Spring is just around the corner and I am sure many of you will be starting to plan your Outdoor Activities and Camps and residential holidays. If you have not got the necessary qualifications to take your girls away please contact the Outdoor Activity Advisers for advice and information.

I am delighted that the Outdoor Activity Advisers are now well on their way to forming their Team and next week are hoping to finalise their plans for the County over the next few years. I have had a preview and there looks to be some exciting ventures for our Leaders and girls. The Advisers are hoping to run training in May for all those who are proposing or who are interested in gaining a camping or residential qualification.

The Adult Support for ALQ are meeting up on Saturday 3 March 2018 and we should be able to consider the New Welcome Pack and how we look after out Mentors in the County. Please contact me if you would like to attend.

County Roundup

Apologies once again for the cancellation of County Day - Royal Wedding has taken priority – Enjoy – A revised County Day date will be rearranged as soon as possible.

Thank you to all of you who have been able to attend the County Safe Space Training on the 17 February and to those of you who have travelled further afield.

Vacancies in the County

We are looking for a Guide Adviser and a New Brownie Adviser to join our Outdoor Team - if you are interested and wish to put yourself forward please do contact me.

We also need a Walking Adviser.
All the roles in the County are slowly being filled and I would like to thank each and every one of you who have taken on extra commitments in the County over the last few months.

Division Days

I am pleased to say that all the Divisions in the County are working to put on some exciting days/weekends for leaders and their units. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR DIVISION COMMISSIONER AND HER TEAM it is important to take part in activities outside of the usual unit meeting and if you as the Leader have other commitments and unable to take your girls please contact the Division Commissioners and I am sure arrangements can be made to enable your girls to attend. Berwick is in the middle of our County so easy to travel either by coach or shared transport – do your best to come along and meet other Leaders and enable your girls to meet new friends.

Region News

South West Region has sent out information relating to the following – look on the web site for full details and consider offering new opportunities to your girls and to yourselves.

10 March 2018 - All The Worlds A Stage - Gloucestershire and Stroud College
24 March 2018 - Region Activity Day - Swindon Academy Beech Avenue Swindon
4 – 6 May 2018 - Adult INTOPS - Ferney Crofts Brockenhurst, Hampshire
5 May 2018 - Leadership Qualification Day
29 June – 1 July 2018 - Girl INTOPS
13 July 2018 - Royal International Air Tattoo - RAF Fairford Glos.
8 – 9 September 2018 - Ballroom Blitz - Blackpool Tower Ballroom
21 – 23 September 2018 - Try Inspire and Qualify
29 – 30 September 2018 - Ballroom Blitz - Blackpool Tower Ballroom

MEET US IN PARIS IN 2019 FOR A TRIP ON THE SEINE All Sections (Information on Region Website)
Booking forms available in March Region Newsletter - Places will be limited.

Thank you for all you continue to do in Guiding.

Best Wishes
Fran Westlake
County Commissioner