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Newsletter April 2024


I’ve been able to have quite a quiet Easter.  I had hoped to do lots in the garden but the weather has not been good enough for that.  I have put my broad beans out (and the snails have eaten some of them) and the cucumbers given to me have been nibbled by some other little beastie.  The shed still needs painting and the hedge needs cutting.

Where on earth is she going with this? I hear you ask.  Well, it’s spring and spring is a time of growth and new beginnings. 

For all the little Rainbows we plant some will grow all the way into Rangers others will only benefit from Girlguiding in a small way but benefit they will. 

We have a couple of Divisions that are working with region to get new volunteers and some new units off the ground.  If that works we may be able to run that out across the County. 

When the weather improves, I will be hoping to plant some new seedlings but I’ll be really appreciating the perennial flowers that bloom every year.

Whether you are a new seedling or a hardy perennial I appreciate you all in my Guiding garden.

With best wishes,

Thinking Day 2024: Badges

Thinking Day 2024 badges – last few remaining…

Cost: £1 each plus postage and packing.

If you would like to purchase one, please email County Office, but hurry, they’re going fast –  first come first served!

Going Away With Weekend – Sept 2024

Have you lost your camping mojo?

– Do you want to take your Guides or Rangers away but you don’t have a licence?

– Are you hoping to re-hone your skills?

If the answer is yes this is the weekend for you.

When? 20 Sept 6pm – 22 Sept 11am

Where? Dudsbury Guide Camp, Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8SS

Event information


Bring a group of 4-8 Guides or Rangers with you for a mini camp. Get a feel of how camping works, put some tents up, re-think your budgeting and programme, learn how to organise the catering and help to run the camp.

You will be supported by a group of experienced campers who will be on hand to show you the ropes and help you through the more challenging bits.

Cost: £55 per girl, £25 per adult. Minimum of 1 adult to 4-8 young members

Rangers/Young Leaders

Are you hoping to complete your lead away licence? Use this weekend as a practice weekend. Bring a group of 4-8 young leaders or rangers (including you) and have a practice run in a safe environment with experienced adults to hand.

Guides 12+ who have camped at least twice and completed camps skills builder 4

Are you hoping to complete your camp permit? Use this weekend as a practice weekend. Bring a group of 4-8 Guides (including you) and have a practice run in a safe environment with experienced adults to hand.


Please visit our website to register

Surfers Against Sewage – Million Mile Clean – June 2024

Planning next term?

For the month of June, Girlguiding Dorset are taking part in Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean.

The Million Mile Clean is the biggest initiative of its kind in the UK, and is an annual action bringing Ocean Activists together to tackle plastic pollution head on. 

It isn’t just about cleaning the coast, The Million Mile Clean is about cleaning up the local area, riversides, footpaths, bridleways and greenspaces.

All sections have UMAs and skills builders linked to collecting litter or recycling which the activity so you may be able to tick off some activities.

You can register your clean at Surfers Against Sewage who will send you gloves and sacks to collect your rubbish in.

You may only need to request one set per district to keep their costs down and reduce your carbon footprint. You may wish to use litter pickers which some local councils or fairtrade shops may be able to lend you. You will need to complete a risk assessment for your area.

So take up the challenge and register your clean. Please let us know via the website form if your unit takes part.

Water Sports Weekend

After such a successful event last year, we are pleased to announce that we are holding this again for summer 2024. To find out more and book your space, please visit the website.

Congratulations to Leaders who have completed the following Going Away With (GAW) qualifications…

Natalie Adamson, North East Minster (NEM) Modules 1-8 and Zahra Chandler, Bournemouth North, Modules 1-7.

Well done!


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