The Parish of St. Paul, Oldham
PLEASE NOTE: Guides are currently meeting via Zoom, every two weeks.
Guides is open for girls aged from ten-and-a-half to fourteen.
We meet between 7:00pm and 8:30pm on a Monday night in term-time.
You can find out more about Guides here.
This year has been a bit different to most...
In January we started the Be Well skills builder completing flexible first aid kits, hidden signs and think fast. We also had two girls make their promise during the weekly meetings.
In February we carried on with Be Well and completed a safe place. We also made pancakes and discovered that all the girls preferred sweet to savory not really much of a surprise.
We started the Mexico Adventure Challenge Badge in March. This is a badge that we had created to help to raise funds for our trip to Mexico that should have been going ahead later this year. Then lock down happened and we were unable to meet face to face at all. We had a number of events, activities, fundraisers and camps planned but they all had to be postponed or canceled including our long awaited trip to Our Cabana in Mexico. We are hoping to book another trip when we are allowed and the Guide houses reopen in the future.
In September we arranged a Bag2School clothing collection to raise some funds to help pay for census next year. I joined St Pauls Royton Guides on Zoom to see how they ran their meeting online and get some ideas to do our own as we wouldn't be able to meet face to face for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately when I contacted our girls we only had two guides and one young leader who wanted to join the zoom meetings. So we continued to meet with the guides from Royton over Zoom every two weeks.
We have done activities from the Know Yourself skills builder, had a scavenger hunt and played games such as guess who.
In December we made woolly hat tree decorations then designed and sparkled up their own bauble filled with chocolates. The girls and leaders are enjoying the zoom meetings even if they take a bit of getting used to. However over the winter months it has been quite nice not to have to go out in the cold. We are planning on carrying on with the zoom meetings until we are able to meet face to face again.
We have taken part in a number of challenges throughout the year. We completed a journey into Europe Challenge. For this we sampled different fruits, attempted to make the Eiffel tower from marshmallows & spaghetti and created our own pizzas. As we had new girls we did some Ice Breaker games and learnt the Phonetic and Manual Alphabets. We took part in Guides Get Muddy at Holcombe Moor Army Training Camp. This event includes obstacles, challenges and lots of mud.
Alex, Charlie, Faith & myself have been very lucky to be selected to go to the Guide house in Mexico in 2020. So we have attended a couple of residentials held a Mothers Day afternoon tea, a Plant Sale & breakfast. We have also volunteered at Oldham, Marple & Heywood Park Runs.
In July we went to Height Nook Activity Centre Darwen. Our theme for the week was Bugs. The girls completed crafts, games and activities relevant to the theme, including Bee Your Best Challenge Badge. As we were inside we made the most of the oven by baking our own biscuits, cakes & scones.
We finished off the year with a PJ party, a visit to Oldham Coliseum Panto Jack & the Beanstalk and 3 new Guides made their promise. (Hayley Cowling)