Rangers from Athena with challenge cup

News / May 10th, 2024

ESE Ranger and Young Leader Challenge Cup

Friday 26 April saw the long-awaited return of the Ranger and Young Leader Challenge Cup. Teams from Nemesis, Harlequin, Oasis, Athena, Phoenix, and Astria Ranger units arrived at Thriftwood greeted by a fire and the promise of an evening of Jumanji-themed challenges. The event opened with the presentation of Ranger Bronze awards as well as…

News / March 18th, 2024

County Commissioner Blog – March 2024

During the last month, I have had a busy time attending the Southend Scout and Guide Gang show, Thinking Day Breakfast, International Women’s Day, Renewal of Promise and visiting units. Both Pete and myself were lucky enough to be invited to attend the Southend Scout and Guide gang Show, even if it was the wettest…

Rainbows using chop sticks

News / February 19th, 2024

Rainbow international day

On 10 February over 150 Rainbows took part in our county international day.  This event was arranged by our international adviser with much assistance from other members of the wider county team.  The Rainbows had an amazing day as shown by the below photos. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event happen.

Brownie taking penalty

News / November 12th, 2023

Anglia region’s Spot-acular event

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers had a great morning with Southend United and Anglia region today.  Members of both the men’s and ladies’ teams were present as were Pudsey and Sammi the Shrimp.  This was a sponsored event for members of Girlguiding to raise money for Girlguiding Anglia, Children in Need and Southend United Community…

DofE logo

News / October 21st, 2023

DofE 2024

Time to register for DofE now if you wish to take part with Girlguiding Essex South East, at any level, during 2024. Dates to put in the diary now: Residential Expedition Training Weekend – 20- 21 April 2024, held at Guideacres.  Attendance is mandatory as it can’t be repeated. Bronze Level Expedition Weekend – 22-23…

News / October 21st, 2023

Essex South East awards evening 2023

Our annual awards evening took place on Friday 29 September. Over 50 awards were presented by Carole at her first awards evening as our county commissioner. These included the last of the LQ awards as this is being replaced by the new Learning Development programme. After the ceremony, members gathered for cake and a catch…

rainbows at night

News / September 20th, 2023

First sleepover for Hockley Rainbows

Twenty Rainbows from Hockley enjoyed their first ever sleepover last weekend. They camped inside at Guidewoods using two person tents.  They enjoyed a number of unicorn themed activities including a wide game, dreamcatchers, unicorn cupcakes and decorated drawstring bags – and of course had s’mores! Leaders were delighted to report that everyone had at least…

Jacky Goddard BEM

News / June 17th, 2023

Jacky Goddard BEM

The King has awarded leader Jacky Goddard a British Empire Medal in his birthday honours list for services to young people through Girlguiding and Gang Show. Jacky has run many units, taking on district, division, county and HQ roles with over 60 years of service and has influenced the lives of many.  Joining Guiding as…

Warning sign

News / May 13th, 2023

Rayleigh division Rainbow and Brownie Razzle day

During the day 150 Rayleigh Rainbows and Brownies (and leaders!) enjoyed a variety of STEM activities from bubble blowing to finger printing at the division Science Day. The promised sunny weather didn’t arrive until the day ended but everyone stayed dry, and girls had an amazing time. Activities included glitter pots, litmus testing, space activities…

News / March 19th, 2023

County commissioner’s March blog

It is hard to comprehend that I have been in post for almost 3 months…where does the time fly?  Once again, I have had a busy month visiting various units and events, which I really enjoy. On Monday 27 February I visited 1st Buttsbury Rainbows where I presented Gold awards to Jessica and Sophie. We…