6th New Southgate Brownies
The 6th New Southgate Brownie Pack meet weekly at Grove Road Christian Centre, Grove Road, New Southgate, N11.
We welcome all girls from the ages of 7 - 10 yrs and from all faiths. The charge per evening is just £1 which is paid even when the girls are away for any reason. We raise money for our Annual Capitation Fee to Guide Headquarters by having a Christmas Bazaar, in this way we do not have to ask parents for this fee. We also support two young people in Uganda and have done so for many years.
Our Brownies have great fun making new friends, playing games and many craft activities. They go on a Brownie Holiday weekend every year, and visit other places. We are part of the Palmer's Green District Guides/Brownies and we meet the other groups by having Sports Day's and Swimming Gala's etc.
If you wish to know more Contact Mrs Lynda Eade on 0208 361 2423
This year we tried something different, a Christmas Bazaar using the sanctuary and parlour. Every group within the church had the chance to run a stall to raise money for themselves or the church. Stalls were set up from 10am - not the 9am that was threatened in the newsletter thankfully!
Rainbows had a tombola to raise the money that they need to pay to Girl Guiding each year. Guides were selling Pauline's wonderful Christmas cakes for the same cause. The scouts were also raising money. There was tea and coffee in the parlour and 3 stalls who were in a warmer location than the sanctuary as the main doors were open.
There were lots of visitors - some that we had not seen before - who were interested to see the sanctuary, look at the stalls and spend money. The total money raised is complex as groups did not just raise money for the church but themselves but everyone felt it had been a good day.
Thank you to the FACC group for organising this and enabling this fundraising to happen.
6TH NEW SOUTHGATE GUIDES
WELLIES AND WRISTBANDS – FOXLEASE
6th New Southgate Guides arrived mid afternoon on the Friday of August Bank Holiday weekend with some very excited guides and managed to meet up with the 1st Grange Park Rangers, who had travelled by train, pitching tents beside theirs. Then after handing out the wristbands and lanyards the girls headed off to explore the site and have a go at the activities which were already up and running.
We all met up at dinner time in the catering marquee before heading back to the tents to get ready for the evenings entertainment. With faces painted and glow sticks at the ready we all headed for the stage and were entertained by a number of bands and solo acts before heading back guided by a walkway of fairy lights leading through the fields back to the various campsites. The Rangers arrived back a while after the Guides and leaders, enjoying meeting and chatting to the bands after their performances.
6TH NEW SOUTHGATE GUIDES cont’d
Saturday and Sunday were full days of activities and it was hard to catch up with the girls as they had a go on the segways and the numerous inflatable activities available - the ‘sticky wall’ being a particular favourite with the Guides as they wore a ‘velcro suit’ before bouncing along an inflatable to stick themselves to the end wall, although once stuck there was much amusement as they tried to peel themselves away from the wall. The Rangers particularly enjoyed racing each other (and Elly!) on the inflatable obstacle course and the inflatable gladiators activity. The zipwire, high ropes and crate stacking were also very popular as was the pamper zone and the hot tubs which were a great hit.
There was so much for everyone to do, too many to mention and alongside the activities it was good to catch up with and make new friends, spend some time in the craft tent or take a break in the café and indulging in an afternoon tea. The café was Kenya themed and was being run by the South West Region in order to fundraise for their upcoming trip. The Rangers entered the Sunday afternoon Kenya quiz and were proud to come second overall.
A good time was had by all with great entertainment on the stage each evening and good weather for most of the time, although the small amount of rain we had did not stop any of the fun.
All too soon it was coming to a close and whilst we weren’t sure we would all be up and ready for our 7am breakfast slot on the Monday morning there was excitement to get home and tell everyone what they had been up to. After breakfast and striking camp we were off and heading home, saying goodbye to friends old and new. The guides fell asleep on the mini bus almost as soon as we left site and with a good journey back we were soon home with the girls sharing their stories with their parents.
The girls had a fantastic time although there are just too many favourite bits to mention, but comes highly recommended, with the Rangers expressing their desire to return next year before we had even left!
Pauline Skiffins, 6th New Southgate Guides