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Girl Guiding is very much alive in the Settle area. We have Brownies and Guides in Clapham, Rainbows and Brownies in Settle, Brownies, Guides and Rangers in Long Preston and Hellifield, and Brownies and Guides in Gargrave.

The units have continued to meet throughout the pandemic using Zoom or online activities to keep contact with the girls and supply a varied program for the girls to follow.

We had a Country Virtual Event for Thinking Day on 22nd February this year which focused on the Girlguiding World Centres. The Rainbows visited Pax Lodge in London virtually, boarding a time capsule train to get them to London then visiting city sites. Brownies whizzed off to Switzerland to see Our Chalet which was the first World Centre to open. While there, they completed Swiss craft and toured the Chalet virtually. Then the Guides and Rangers visited Our Cabana in Mexico and Sangam in India where the girls learnt about the opportunities at the centres and the local work carried out by the residents and visitors.

Nearer to home, Long Preston and Hellifield Guides and Rangers would like to say a big thank you to the residents of Settle for supporting our unit in the Co-op community fund. The money generated will assist the girls participating in the Duke of Edinburgh gold aware scheme and the unit attending County Camp in July. If you wish to support the unit when using your Co-op membership card, below are the login details and our ID number is 55244: www.coop.co.uk/membership

We are looking forward to a more settled year. If anyone is interested in joining Guides, either as a young member or a volunteer, I have added our joining instructions below.

Thank you

Helen Cressey, Long Preston & Hellifield Guide Leader