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…

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…

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…

News / December 15th, 2022

Welcome to our New County Commissioner

We are delighted to share that Carole Davies is our new county commissioner. Carole is has been Basildon division commissioner for the last 6 years and has been in Guiding for over 61 years. During her 50+ years of Guiding Carole has held numerous district, division and county roles and for the last 10 years…

Surprising Alison

News / November 20th, 2022

Thank you Celebration for our outgoing County Commissioner

Last weekend volunteers from across the county met to surprise Alison with a party to say thank you as she ends her term as our county commissioner.  It was a lovely afternoon with food and soft drinks and lots of chatter.   Thank you Alison for all your hard work on our behalf over the…

Southend Gang Show Logo

News / November 5th, 2022

SHINDIGS (SHow IN a Day In Guiding and Scouting)

SHINDIGS is back and now open for applications! SHINDIGS gives young members the chance to experience what it takes to put on Southend Gang Show in just one day. Young members will rehearse during the day before taking to the stage to perform to parents in the evening. SHINDIGS 2023 will place on Saturday 11…

Looking over Sangam

News / October 23rd, 2022

Anglia Adult Trip to Sangam – August 2023

In June 2022, Sangam was able to welcome its first guests, in over two years, following the Covid pandemic and everyone is now working very hard to rebuild numbers in order to secure its future. Tina, our Regional International Advisor for Anglia has travelled to India regularly over the last 30 years and is, therefore,…

Queen's Guide Awards

News / October 1st, 2022

Essex South East Awards Evening

Our annual awards evening took place on Friday 23 September – our first since before the COVID lockdowns.   A variety of awards  were presented to members.  Among these we were delighted to have FIVE Queen’s Guide Awards presented.  This is the highest award which can be earned within Girlguiding and to have so many…

News / July 14th, 2022

Basildon Division Thank You Evening

On Friday 8 July, Basildon division held a Leader Thank You Evening. Leaders were presented with various awards, including two 5 year service awards, two 30 year service awards, an EGG award (Essex Good Guiding), two Thanks Badges and a Good Service Badge. Awards were presented by Alison Tompkinson, County Commissioner. Unfortunately many leaders were not…