The Guides Organisation includes Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
All meet in the Church throughout term time as follows -
3rd Hoylake Rainbows Monday 17.45 to 19.15
1st Great Meols Brownies Monday 18.45 to 19.45
3rd Great Meols Brownies Wednesday 18.15 19.30
5th Great Meols Brownies Thursday 18.00 to 19.30
4th Great Meols Guides Thursday 19.00 to 20.30
Contact details are available on the notice board in the church window.
The following are the most recent reports from the organisations -
3rd Hoylake Rainbows Annual Report 2019
Rainbows have learned lots of different skills around who and what is there to help them within the local community.
They have enjoyed making mosaic magnets and lots of other types of craft. They have been working towards our programme and have earned in excess of 200 badges as a unit.
All Rainbows took part in donating items to a local homeless charity and took the opportunity to learn about this issue.
They have taken part in a Valentines celebration, Mothers and father’s day were celebrated with a creation of gifts.
Easter there was an egg hunt. Pancake day is self-explanatory.
We have made our own plant pots from pop bottles, whilst learning about the benefits of recycling. They were taken home complete with a marigold to be cultivated and grown.
Rainbows have a new found love of Bingo.
We created a hamper of goods for harvest festival celebrations.
Christmas saw the obligatory party and the joys of Scout and Guide Charity Christmas Post.
Our theme this year has been helping others. I think you will agree we have definitely embraced this.
3rd Great Meols Brownie Pack
The Brownie Pack meets on a Wednesday evening from 6.15pm-7.30pm in the small hall at St Andrew’s.
We currently have 20 brownies in the pack.
2019 – Our year in Girlguiding.
It is once again time to flick through last year’s diary to see what the Brownie Pack has been up to in 2019 and it never fails to amaze me how much we fit into the Brownie Year.
With the introduction of the new Girl Guiding Programme in September 2018, we have spent much time in 2019 getting to grips with it. During the year the girls have been working towards their ‘Skills for the Future’ Theme award badge. This has comprised of 4 hours of unit meeting activities which included trying out our DIY skills using hammers and screwdrivers, improving our money knowledge, and decorating a ‘shoebox’ room. The girls then needed to complete 5 skills builder challenges that included using their culinary skills to make fajitas, learning how to stay safe when crossing the road and talking about different jobs and what they would like to do when they are older. They then worked on their Languages Interest Badge which we put to use on our French Evening. A night of dressing up in berets and striped tops along with a few strings of onions with croissants, crepes and pain au chocolate to taste.
The girls also completed the Girlguiding Balkans 2019 Challenge Badge learning about traditions, crafts and facts about the Balkan countries as well as supporting Girlguiding members who were visiting the countries in 2019.
We joined with Rainbows, Guides and other Brownies from West Division in July to enjoy a fun day of outdoor activities at Hadlow Field. Activities included a Fairy Trail, basic camp cooking and camping skills.
We enjoyed the summer evenings playing in the Church garden and also walked from Red Rocks along the beach to West Kirby, having cones of chips from Marigold’s and returning home on the train.
The summer term was rounded off with a Fundraising Night in aid of the Wirral Churches Ark Project. The Brownies in their Six groups decided what sort of stall or game they were going to run, they then had to organise who was bringing what. The girls using their acquired money skills to take money and give change. Parents and members of St Andrew’s joined us for the evening and the superb sum of £125 was raised for The Ark Project.
The autumn term saw us planting hyacinth bulbs and participating in Parliament Week when we learnt about how our Parliament operates and held a secret ballot on which game to play.
The year was rounded off by our usual visit to The Potting Shed with some amazing differently coloured penguins coming out of the kiln.
Our final meeting of 2019 saw our new Brownies making their Brownie Promises around the Church Christmas tree as well as a pizza party and saying goodbye to brownies off to Guides.
As well as following the Brownie Programme we have made Mothers’ Day and Easter Crafts as well as basic cooking skills making hot drinks and toast and some very yummy chocolate chip cookies and lots of practice washing and drying dishes!
We hope that the girls who come to Brownies have had fun, chilled with friends after a busy day at school and gained some life skills for their future.
In September we said ‘goodbye’ to Ellie Harrison who had been a Brownie in the pack many years ago and who had returned to complete her Duke of Edinburgh Service with us, staying on as a helper. Ellie has gained a place at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and we wish her well.
Our thanks also to our young helpers Georgia and Sophie, their ‘extra hands’ make such a difference to our weekly meetings. Thank you, girls.
5th Great Meols Brownies Annual Report 2019
Meeting info: Thursday’s between 6:15 – 7:30pm
Numbers: 22 Brownies aged 7 – 10
We started 2019 with a small group of girls working on their First Aid skills badge while they waited for places to become available for them in Guides. While at the same time the rest of the girls were developing their money & budgeting skills as part of the ‘Skills for the future’ badge.
During the early months of 2019 we were able to offer places to a number of girls as we started to grow the unit back towards its normal size while at the same time we had 4 girls move up to Guides.
During the Spring term we made Easter & Mother’s Day gifts and cards.
After Easter we went bowling which had been delayed from the previous Christmas due to bowling being double booked, the girls were very competitive & had a great time finishing off with food & drinks.
We spent an evening helping the girls to better understand the Brownie Promise by solving puzzles & making Promise torches.
As the girls continued to work on the ‘Be Well’ & ‘Skills for the Future’ skills builders we made fajitas when the girls chopped chicken, peppers & cucumber, grated cheese & carrots, made guacamole then combined it all in a wrap & ate it.
As the weather improved we moved outside doing skipping & improving ball skills. We also looked at camping skills making bedding rolls & testing that they were waterproof (amazingly nearly all were).
As the summer term drew to a close there was a USA themed night & swimming at West Kirby Concourse.
The girls & leaders joined with girls of all ages from across the Division (WK, Newton, Hoylake & Meols) for a day of activities looking at camping skills, Fairy trail, adventure play area & a surprise visit from an ice cream van – delicious!
Finally the end of term was celebrated with a picnic & challenges in Queens Park which included a badge ceremony with all except the very newest girls gaining 1 or 2 skills builder badges.
September saw us welcome 6 new starters & having done ‘getting to know you’ activities on the first night back we then had a visit to the Fire station in Saughall Massie.
As part of Parliament week we looked at how democracy works & each group developed their own manifesto covering a number of activities that they would like us to do over the coming months. Having developed their proposals each group presented their ideas at a ‘Parliament’ session which we held in the church. At the end they voted on each section & helped form our plans for coming months.
We held a ‘Bats, cats & hats evening’ where the girls came in fancy dress & activities included eating sticky donuts dangling from string - no hands.
After October half term we braved cutting, sewing & glue guns as the girls had asked to make poppy brooches for Remembrance Day. The poppies were excellent.
We also began working on Clever Coggs badge, which focuses on Engineering in travel, by looking at constellations & making them with pipe cleaners & star beads and making paper helicopters & flying them.
We rounded the year off with lots of Christmas crafts, a traditional Christmas party with party food & party games plus Secret Santa (this was one of the things that came out of our Parliament week vote).
Looking forward to 2020
We plan to start the year off with a trip to the pantomime.
We will also have a number of girls ready to make their Promise & they have requested to do this at the Potting Shed in Hoylake.
This year World Thinking Day will be a Division celebration with international activities such as Street Dance, Rapping & making Dream catchers being planned.
2020 is also the year for West Wirral’s Gang Show & Christmas Cracker at Hadlow Fields which we will no doubt be getting involved in.
We will also be exploring some of the other theme badges (there are 6 in total & we focused on 2 last year).
As always we would like to thank everyone at St Andrews URC for your continued support and if anyone feels they would like to get involved please feel free to contact me.
5th Great Meols Brownies
Annual Report for 2019– 4th Great Meols Guides
'This year we have been getting used to the new Guiding programme. Some of the things we have been doing include “vlogging”, (blogging using videos) “make change” which was around a campaign - we made poo bag dispensers which you may see around Meols and Hoylake. We have also done badges around plastic waste.
In March, we enjoyed a weekend in London staying at Pax Lodge, one of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Centres We visited Covent Garden, M&M World, (which is the World’s largest candy store), The London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Madame Tussauds and also took a River cruise. A very busy weekend but lots of fun!
In the summer term we enjoyed fire lighting, a trip to Leasowe Lighthouse (lots of steps!). We also played crazy golf in New Brighton and did Dragon Boating in the Albert dock.
In the Summer we attended a Wellies & Wristbands Festival Camp at Waddow Hall Clitheroe, which was great fun but very hot! It was a 3-night camp with all the fun of a festival but in a safe environment for Guides. Over 1500 attended and there were bands, music, glitter water slides, hot tubs and much more.
When we returned after the holidays, we enjoyed making our own dips and
also pizzas. Then we went on to complete the Clever Cogs badge which was
based around STEM activities. In October we had a weekend at Hadlow
Cottage where we did many crafts and we went swimming at Neston. In November we
took part in UK Parliament week and held parliament with debates and
discussions in the Church.
We ended the year with a Christmas Coffee Evening and an evening at the Liverpool Ice Festival.