Level 2 Walking Weekend, September


If you would like to extend your existing walking skills, learn how to lead groups safely in open country, and work towards gaining a Girlguiding walking qualification, sign up for the level 2 walking weekend taking place in September!

It's aimed at adult and senior section members aged 18+, and will be running on 22nd - 24th September on Dartmoor.

There is also a level 2 assessment course for those who have completed the training course, as well an informal leisure walking weekend.

This is a region-level training being run by South West England and London & South East England regions, so it's also a great opportunity to meet new people! There are also leadership and training grants available for the level 2 training and assessment courses.

To find out more:

Download the flyer

Download the application form


Cold Ash Raise Money for the Venture Force Foundation

Well done to 1st Cold Ash Guides and 1st Cold Ash Rangers who raised £180 for the Venture Force Foundation in one evening!

They invited their friends and family to buy cake, drink tea and take part in a raffle in aid of the county's chosen charity. They even had another local Guide leader, Hannah, come to visit and tell everyone about the charity's work.

Find out more about the Venture Force Foundation, and how your group can support them, here.

In Loving Memory of Rebecca Anthea Barnard-Green

It is with deep sadness that we wish to announce the passing away of Rebecca, a Rainbow from Thatcham. She passed away on Sunday 14th May 2017 following a brief illness.

Her funeral will take place at St Marks Church, Cold Ash at 11.00 am on Friday 16th June, and afterwards in the Fisher Room adjacent to the church. Car parking is at The Acland Memorial Hall, a short walk along the road.

The family cordially welcomes all those wishing to attend; no dress code, please feel free to come as you are or how Rebecca would have remembered you.

Donations in lieu of flowers to Dingley’s Promise (www.dingley.org.uk), where Rebecca spent many happy times, via localgiving.org/donation/dingley and to Francis Bailey Primary School, where Rebecca was enjoying Foundation, via cheque to Francis Bailey PTA are greatly appreciated.

The family would gratefully receive any special memories, thoughts, anecdotes or objects that remind you of Rebecca so that they may share in these and pass them on to her little brother Matthew.

Service: St Marks Church, Cold Ash Hill, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9PT

Parking: The Acland Memorial Hall, Hermitage Road, Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9JH

“What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning”



Residential volunteering opportunities this summer

Looking for a residential this summer that will also make a difference?

Then have a look at these opportunities to help people attend two different events over the upcoming months.

The Away From It All holiday in Sidmouth provides time away for disadvantaged families - find out more here.

The residential at Sayers Croft, Ewhurst, Surrey is for Girlguiding members with disabilities - information here.

Both opportunities will provide Queen’s Guides and Duke of Edinburgh gold candidates with the residential experience section of their awards. But the opportunity to help at a holiday for adult Guiding members with disabilities is open to anyone – not just Queen’s Guides and DoE candidates.

Windsor Brownies Meet Search and Rescue Dogs

2nd Windsor Brownies and visitors had a fun evening with Pepsi and Evie from the Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue Dogs at their recent meeting. They learnt all about how the dogs look for missing people with both dogs expertly demonstrating their skills by finding Snowy Owl hidden in the woods and our new Leader in Training, Carolyn, in the garden!

Mark and Steve, the two handlers, were presented with a cheque for £220 at the end of the evening, which the Brownies had raised by holding a Bring 'n' Buy sale at their meeting, including a tombola stall and filling Smartie tubes with small change.  


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