It is traditional for members of Girlguiding to go camping in the summer months.
It was feared that this may not happen in 2021 but we were wrong! Girls and leaders are made of sterner stuff and planning went ahead in anticipation of campsites being able to accept campers. Our faith was rewarded and we camped with over 20 guiding members under canvas.
1st Burley Guides went to Waddow Hall, Clitheroe (Girlguiding’s northern Activity and Training Centre) for five days. The theme was Olympics so all activities were based round the Olympic games. Each patrol was a country taking part in the Games.
Sue Vint, Leader said: “We went kayaking on the River Ribble, did zip wire, tree climbing and crate stacking. We made fake wounds, played newspaper hockey, plus welly wanging and water team games. On the last night of our camp it is traditional to have a fancy dress campfire – so all had to wear something that resembled their country. There were some excellent home-made costumes!
Everyone took part in making meals, serving and clearing up. Meals were cooked traditionally on a wood fire. Guides also learnt to cook on portable gas stoves, barbecues & made a camp oven to cook fairy cakes.
Two Guides made their Promise during the tree climbing activity – one right at the top of the tree!”
Most Guides gained their Skill Builder Camp, stage 3 & 4. The Leaders agreed it was a very good camp and great to get back together after such a long time apart. The girls loved it & so did the Leaders!
The commitment of the Leaders is amazing – they followed all Covid instructions, completed complicated Risk Assessments and pulled out all the stops to make sure Girlguiding’s camping opportunities were not denied. The girls and parents responded admirably by conforming to all requests and ensuring that the events could take place safely and successfully.
Judging by parent comments, the girls had a fantastic time and parents were very appreciative of the Leaders having provided them this opportunity.
Members of the Scout & Guide Group entered the 2021 village Scarecrow trail. The theme this year was nursery rhymes so we decided our scarecrow would be the rhyme “The old Lady who lived in a Shoe”.
A few Sunday’s ago leader Lisa White organised an afternoon for us to make our entry at the HQ. Guides & Scouts, Brownies, Cubs & Rainbows arrived with their families to make the old woman & the children. There were some superb scarecrow builders & it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Imagine our delight when we found out that our entry had won the Organisations category! Well done to everyone who took part, it was a great effort & lots of fun!
As COVID restrictions have eased, many of the Burley-in-Wharfedale Scout and Guide groups have already returned to face to face activities. Throughout the last few months all leaders have been planning safe and enjoyable programmes, operating within the parameters of national guidelines. The young people involved have been loving the opportunities to take part in activities, seeing other members of their groups, and having fun.
Guiding units are continuing to meet face to face: some inside, some outside. Where possible, units are also using other venues around the village to prevent clashes with units who want to use rooms at the HQ at the same time. Groups have used Wynches Activity Centre, Sun Lane Nature Reserve, Burley Park & the Recreation ground.
The Guiding units have been engaged in a variety of activities such as litter picking in Burley, geo-caching and run a village treasure hunt. Meanwhile the Rangers have resumed Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities with expeditions for Bronze & Silver level.
Looking ahead, assuming restrictions are not tightened, 1st Guides are going on summer camp to Waddow at the end of July for 5 days, with over half the guides planning on attending.
In other news, Guide leader Cara Woods gained her Queens Guide Award in Feb 2020. The Queen’s Guide award is the highest award you can work towards in guiding. Although originally awarded to Guides, it is now only attainable by members of the Senior Section (including Rangers, Young Leaders and Leaders) aged between 16- 25. It is a challenging programme comparable to the Queen’s Scout and higher than Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Since the awards creation 60 years ago 20,000 young women have gained the award. Unfortunately due to Covid she has not been presented with it, so there will be a presentation in the grounds of our HQ for a small number of invited guests. Congratulations & well done Cara!
The Scouting groups have been similarly active. Most recently the Beavers been to Wynches Activity Centre in Burley for some outdoor fun, and the Scouts have been out at Reva Scouts Water Activity Centre near Bingley. Meanwhile the Explorers have got an overnight camp planned (in hammocks!) at Sconce. They are also planning on undertaking Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award activities in October.
The 2021 Annual General Meeting for the Burley-in-Wharfedale Scout and Guide Group took place on the 20th May. John Spencer, Chair of the Group, addressed the meeting:
“Last time we had the AGM, (it was only 7 months ago by the way) I think we all hope that some form of normality would be returning, I do not want to tempt fate, but I believe we are approaching that point.
If we think of the COVID pandemic as a long break from normality I believe that more than most organisations the Scout and Guide Groups in Burley long for a return to normality, to meeting up and starting proper group activities again. Let us all hope this can happen.
At the last AGM we all felt that the finances of the group would be under considerable strain however due to careful management of the money, the willingness of parents to carry on paying subscriptions and the Grants the Group have obtained from the Government the finances are in a reasonably healthy state. Can I thank Mike Wild for the time he has spend pursuing the grants.
The other key issue we have confronted is the ability to run the units without being able to meet up. Now the remote meeting is coming to an end can I personally thank those group leaders that have gone the extra mile to keep a varied and interesting programme going.
Last year I mentioned that after the building of the HQ, I was going to take soundings around the present Executive and all the leaders to review how the Executive works in relation to both the running of the HQ and its responsibilities to the groups. At this AGM you will be able to review and vote on these proposals.
I must end by thanking everybody for their help over this difficult period, especially Beryl Thompson the group treasurer, Mike Robinson the Group Secretary and Darren the new Group Scout Leader and Sue for keeping the scout and guide groups alive during this very difficult time”
The 5th annual Bookmark Project run by 1st Burley Brownies starts on Monday evening May 10th at 7pm. We are a charity auction that auctions unique bookmarks created by authors, illustrators, actors and other celebrities.We have almost 400 bookmarks created by authors, illustrators, actors and other celebrities including Sir Quentin Blake, Dame Helen Mirren, Brian May, Axel Scheffler, Jo Brand and Cressida Cowell. We are hoping to raise as much money as possible to buy textbooks for the Grade 7 learners (costing £2100), large water storage tanks and also to be able to build two nursery classrooms. Our auction takes place in May each year and all the money raised goes to support projects at Katiyo Primary School in Zimbabwe.
Unless stated otherwise all of our bookmarks are to the best of our knowledge unique creations created specifically for our project. They are created using a wide range of mediums some are sketched, others painted, some are collages and a number of our artists work digitally meaning your bookmark is printed but it will have been created specially for our project & yours is the only one there will ever be.
Burley Scouts and Guides want to say a massive thank you for all the support they received when they brought Santa around the village on his sleigh before Christmas. It was lovely to see so many happy, smiling faces waiting for Santa & his helpers.
Thank you for all your kind donations. Your astounding generosity raised just over £1500. These donations will ensure that the Scouts and Guides can maintain their HQ for another year. In addition, we have chosen to donate some of this money to Love Burley, the local food bank to ensure people are not hungry, LS29 to help children less fortunate than ourselves and a mental health charity, as it is well recognised that COVID 19 has not been easy for anyone. Thank you to all for your support!
The Burley Educational Trust and Burley Community Trust have stepping with a huge offer of support for the Scout and Guide Group.
Earlier this year the Scouts and Guide Group took the decision not request payment of subscriptions from parents. This was an acknowledgement the reduced activities that the Group would be unable to undertake during lockdown, and also the challenging economics that all families were facing. Like all charities our Group relies on our members for an income to cover our operating costs.
Regardless of Covid and the inability of our units to meet, the annual membership fees to the national Scout and Guide organisations still need to be paid (circa £12,000) and there are still fixed costs of around £500 / month that need to be paid. Parents have approached to contribute towards covering these costs, and in addition the Community Trust was approached with a request to defer the outstanding new HQ loan repayment of £5,000.
To our great delight, The Burley Educational Trust and Burley Community Trust have agreed to cover the cost of the outstanding loan requirement. Both charities have agreed to donate £2,500 each towards the Burley Scouts and Guides. Financially this lifts a huge burden from the monthly cash flow forecast and enables to the Group to keep operating with a positive bank balance for several more months
Although the Community Trust have quite a few fundraising events throughout the year and receive income from donations and other sources, membership is an important part of their income and helps involve people in the work of the Trust, which is essentially to help provide facilities and services for the benefit of all Burley residents. The Burley in Wharfedale Community Trust is a registered charity operating as a not-for-profit organisation. Membership details can be found here https://www.burleycommunitytrust.org/