Girlguiding Radlett District 1919 – 2019

Girlguiding Radlett District 1919-2019

The first Guide unit in Radlett was registered on 10th October 1919 under the captaincy of Mrs Betty Twinch with the doctor’s wife, Mrs Cooper, acting as District Commissioner.  Two medical students, Win Everett and Billy Sanderson, used to cycle over from Elstree to help, and it was help indeed, for Win was the daughter of Lord Baden Powell’s right hand man Sir Percy Everett.  She remained an enthusiastic member of the Trefoil Guild well into her late life.

 

Business in India took Mrs Twinch away after fourteen months but she returned in 1925 to start the highly successful Ranger Company.  Meanwhile in 1922, Miss Muriel Wheatcroft, who had been guiding in Derbyshire, moved to Radlett to look after her brother’s motherless daughters and she was to be at the heart of the movement in Radlett for the next 33 years during most of which she was District Commissioner.

 

She started a holiday company in 1924 for the boarding school girls whom she saw as future leaders and, by this time, there were several Brownie packs in the area including 1st and 2nd Aldenham.  Soon after the new Headquarters in Watling Street was opened in1926, there were 12 units in the District:

 

1st Radlett Rangers

1st 2nd and 3rd Radlett, 1st and 2nd Aldenham, 1st Park Street Guides

1st, 2nd and 3rd Radlett and 1st and 2nd Aldenham Brownies

 

Since then, Bricket Wood and Shenley Guides and Brownies have been included in the District at various times, and Rainbows began in 1991.

 

During the 1939-1945 war, Radlett Guides collected waste paper, sent magazines to the troops, lent their camp equipment for a canteen for those who had lost their homes to bombs, and continued to learn Morse Code, first aid and message-carrying to prepare them for future service.  They welcomed evacuees into their midst forming 4th Radlett Guides to cater for them and including 42nd Croydon Guides (a school evacuated to Edge Grove) and 1st Tufnell Park Rangers in their District Activities.  In 1947 Phyliss Landragin became the first Queen’s Guide.

 

In 1985, amongst numerous Girlguiding National 75th Anniversary Celebrations, our President HRH Princess Margaret lit the Guiding Flame at Buckingham Palace.  Weekly meetings continued as before with the 2nd Radlett Brownies knitting blankets for the orphaned victims of the Columbian volcano disaster and the Guides relishing the results of their patrol time cooking skills.  A Festival of Praise was held in St Albans Abbey where Radlett and Shenley Guides were in the orchestra.

 

By 1989, there were six Young Leaders in the District and this tradition of girls coming back to help as Young Leaders and Leaders has continued since then.  In June of this year, the Brownies celebrated their own 75th birthday with a party.  In November, the Trefoil Guild invited current members to a luncheon to celebrate 70 years of Girlguiding in Radlett.

 

 

 

 

 

In May 1991, the 1st Radlett Rainbow Unit opened.  We now have over 60 members in our Rainbow units with many more wishing to join.

 

After years of planning, the official opening of the new Guide Headquarters, Woodland Lodge, in Scrubbitts Park Road was held in September 1992.  The guests of honour were Blue Peter Presenter, John Leslie, and County Commissioner, Mrs Barbera Hurford.  All the units gave demonstrations in the hall and there were challenges for the girls and a campfire to round off the proceedings.

 

1994 marked the 75th Anniversary of Girlguiding and Scouting in Radlett, with a very successful Country Fair on Christchurch field followed by a reunion buffet lunch in November which was attended by ladies who had been Guides in every decade since 1919.

 

Activities during the millennium year came thick and fast, culminating in the Remembrance Day Parade.

 

And so onto the 21st Century…..

 

In more recent times, both Leaders and Girls have continued to learn and practise countless life skills, whilst developing friendships which we hope will last a lifetime.  Opportunities for Girlguiding camps and holidays both nationally and internationally in destinations as far afield as Iceland, Switzerland, Scotland, USA, Japan, Uganda, Austria, India, Mexico, and Sweden help our members develop as confident young women who we very much hope will continue to shape the future.

 

Our recent Vote 100 event and community poppy display in Tykeswater reinforced Girlguiding Radlett District’s commitment to the local community and, as we embark on our own Centenary this year, we have plenty of plans in place to make more lasting memories for our members and the community alike.

 

 

 

 

Girlguiding continues to grow and thrive in Radlett.  We are a movement for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances.  We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends.  We give girls their own space –  a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.  We give girls a voice along with the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions.  We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

 

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

 

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have a group of fantastic trained volunteers and new volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

 

So Join US – both girls and adults – in this our Centenary year.  We want to share the fun we have together.  Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk  We look forward to welcoming you!

Girlguilding

Girlguiding is for all girls, whatever their background or circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. We give girls their own space – a place where they can really be themselves with other girls and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world. We give girls a voice – confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We change as the lives of girls change and are relevant to today’s girls because our girls matter!

Rainbows (aged 5-7) have their first sleepovers, Brownies (aged 7-10) learn body confidence, Guides (aged 10-14) abseil down walls they have climbed themselves and Rangers (14-18) have amazing experiences no other organisation can offer, travelling the world, learning to lead, raising their voices on issues important to them whilst building their CV.

Girlguiding Radlett District is fortunate to have nine units operating because of our fantastic trained volunteers, but all of our units are at capacity and we and are still adding Brownies and Rainbows to our waiting lists.

New volunteers are always welcome and receive full training and support.

So Join US – both girls and adults – we want to share the fun we have together. Girlguiding’s website contains all of the information you need to get you started www.girlguiding.org.uk
We look forward to welcoming you!

Nicola Day
District Secretary

 Girlguilding Radlett District 1919 – 2019 ( Click here for further infomation)

46 Goodyers Avenue
Radlett
Hertfordshire
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01923 857750

the WI - Inspiring Women

Shenley Women’s Institute

Shenley WI was formed in 1919. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall, except for August when we go on an outing.  Being a fairly large WI with over 60 members, we are lucky to be able to attract some very good external speakers for our meetings.

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1st Shenley Cubs – Jan 2018 Report

Take twenty-four extremely enthusiastic Cubs, throw in a selection of hammers, screwdrivers, hacksaws and even the odd power tool and its enough to make even the hardiest of leaders come over slightly queasy!

Yes, for some crazy reason we decided to spend the Autumn term tackling the DIY badge, and I’m delighted to announce the pack incredibly managed to achieved this with all fingers and toes intact.

They learnt how to safely operate  a wide range of tools, and really loved getting stuck in hammering, sanding, drilling and sawing. They then took their new found skills and each produced a handmade wooden photo frame to present to their parents for Christmas.

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Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter is somewhat of a misnomer and we have thought of renaming the group Craft and Chatter as the within the group we have knitters, crocheters, quilters, dry felters and ladies who bring their adult colouring books. However, old habits die hard and we have a knitted banner saying Knit and Natter that we used on Apple Day and we do not want to make a new one!

We meet every Monday morning (except for bank holidays) at the Orchard Tea Rooms, in Shenley Park from 10.30am till noon. Alex and his staff make us most welcome and many of us stay on for lunch afterwards. We seem to attract a lot of attention and we have had wool and a marvellous collection of vintage patterns given to us by other customers who have seen us there.

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Shenley Bowls Club – 2018

Normally, the article from the Shenley Bowls Club is all about trying to recruit new members, but this season we have managed to enlist 4 new bowlers.  The club is extremely happy, but we would like to encourage a few younger people to the game.

The picture above was taken at Braughing Bowls Club, last week.  Braughing is famous for sausages and is about 15 miles from Cambridge.  Shenley has entered a county competition which has both a home and away component. There are 4 teams from each club playing against each other. One team is made up of four players, one of three players, one with two and then a single. Our players are wearing canary yellow tea shirts and are shown playing in the triple event.  Unfortunately, we lost 3 games to one, but we hope we will do better at the home return match at the end of the month.

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Yoga Practice with Sharòn

I have been practising yoga for over 20 years & was lucky enough early on, to discover how deeply supportive & enriching it could be & continues to be, in my everyday life, physically, emotionally & spiritually.

I share a gentle & restorative Hatha yoga practice, with physical postures alongside Meditation & Relaxation, a reconnection of mind, body & soul.

Yoga is a process of self-enquiry, a choice to explore how you feel, greater awareness of your Breath & a deeper understanding of Yoga philosophy.

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ELSTREE DISTRICT EXPLORER SCOUTS

Elstree District Explorer Scouts usually meet at Well End Scout Activity Centre on Thursday evenings at 8pm during term time.

The explorers are aged 14-18 and take part in a range of activities, both at the Scout Centre and also at other locations.

Activities are diverse, and in the past few months have included: bell boating, cooking, a talk on mental health, camp fire lighting and a night hike.

In the Autumn we attended a District Camp in The Peak District, which included cycling, climbing and walking activities, as well as a trip to Alton Towers.

One of our explorer scouts has been selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA in 2019.

We currently have spaces and would welcome new members.

Hallowe’en 2017

Hallowe’en at the Cage on Sunday 30th October

The Shenley Witches (Nicky Beaton & Tracy Brice) with their good friend the Cat (Amanda Leboff) took residence in the spooky Hallowe’en Cage to welcome villagers, fellow witches, zombies, skeletons, cats, vampires, ghosts and ghouls.    This year we had a special guest, Herman the monster (operated by Jade Susman) who entertained those about to go into the Cage.   Inside Skeleton Witch served the most delicious green and black eyeballs in green slime, Ugly Witch offered pink strawberry worms and Cat offered children sweeties.   Children were braver this year and not so many had to be egged on to sample the eyeballs.  The worms were particularly delicious.   It was rather chilly on Sunday so special thanks to Alex Black (Orchard Tea Rooms) for providing the tasty blood soup (tomato soup, not ghoul-ash!) which was most welcome.   Helen Hussain and Amanda’s parents Roberta and Anthony Shaw and sister-in-law Deborah Shaw kindly handed out toffee apples with Superman Monty (Amanda’s gorgeous little poodle puppy) helping.

Our Dracula photographer (Guy Beaton) and his able assistant Ross Brice organised the spooky fancy dress competition, taking photos of all entrants.   A magnificent 71 entrants – what a great turnout!  Costumes and makeup were brilliant this year.  It was very hard to choose the winners but after a lot of deliberating first prize has been awarded to Claw Hand-Ashaan Chambers and the Runners up are Skeleton Witch-Sienna Patel, Scary Clown-Harry Apfel, Bow-tie Clown-Harley Clayton and Frankenstein-Sam Shaw (please see the photos).   Well done everyone.

Pumpkins Competition – Best Pumpkin prize has been awarded to Florence and Maisie Gilbert.  Well done girls.   We also have to commend the spooky castle pumpkin.

Special thanks to Amanda Leboff our lovely Parish Clerk for organising the event brilliantly as always.  She works so hard.  There really is a lot to do behind the scenes and of course on the day – what a star.

Huge thanks also to everyone who helped us set up and clear up:  Helen Hussain, Gavin O’Sullivan & Pam Young, Ross & Tracy Brice, Guy Beaton, Jade Susman, Jeremy Leboff, Anthony Spencer and Roberta, Anthony & Deborah Shaw.   I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone.

Witch Beaton