Thursday, 24 November 2011

Jelly Babies again

We ran the jelly babies evening again - it's the second time we've run it though all the girls who took part originally had long since left, even the Guiding team has changed enough that only two of us remembered it.

Once again, it was brilliant fun, and so easy for us! And with the only expense a few bags of jelly babies, some cocktail sticks and a few sheets of paper, it is a very low cost evening.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Shelterboxes delivered

Do you remember, back in the spring, my Brownies, together with Rainbows, Guides and Senior Section, all worked together to raise money for Shelterbox after the tsunami in Japan?

We heard in the last few days that the three boxes we had a stake in (one box fully funded by us and two boxes that we contributed to) have been delivered to Kenya.

With Somalia struck by drought, famine and conflict, thousands of Somali families have ended up in Kenyan refugee camps. Obviously we originally raised the money for Japan, but you can't specify where the boxes will go, and the way Shelterbox works is that they send out the boxes immediately, people fundraise as we did while an incident is happening but by the time they deploy the boxes we fundraised for, it is often to a completely different place. We did support their work in Japan, because they can only send boxes out if they know more fundraising is coming in.

Shelterbox set up in the Ifo 2 extension refugee camp with sanitation, schools, a market and hundreds of tents - including ours. I am telling the girls they should be very proud they have helped give families shelter, warmth and dignity.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Remembrance Sunday

Briefly: very touching Remembrance event (though the minister did go on about how we must remember the fallen, he was quite literally preaching to the converted on that one as we were all there so that's exactly what we were doing) and very proud of the Rainbows, Brownies (including 14 of mine), Guides and Senior Section that turned out.

My son was a mile or two away, marching with his Cubs and looked very grown up when I dashed across to collect him and saw him march back. Daughter had come with me although as her Guides are within the same district as son's Cubs, her Guides were also marching and she's decided next year she will go there instead of with me.

"They shall grow not* old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

*It is grow not old, not as is commonly said, not grow old. In fact, I noticed the chap that read it out at this morning's event said it the wrong way, but as he was an ex-serviceman who had truly grown old without his comrades in arms, he can certainly be forgiven.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Concentration paying off

Remember I said the girls needed to concentrate hard to make their dolls? It's paying off - they made massive progress this week (well, the girls who brought their dolls to Brownies did, the one who left her doll at her nan's house just had to help the others!) partly thanks to the mum of our newest Brownie who brought her sewing maching along.

They have two weeks to keep working on them at home now as we have a different meeting next week, but they are starting to look like dolls now!

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Our Brownies are doing the Toymaker badge right now, and it's taking a lot of concentration. One of the leaders is running the badge and has chosen to have the girls make a doll from scratch, complete with clothes.

They will look just beautiful when finished, but my it's hard getting 25 girls to master running stitch! On my table I had six girls: one was very good, one was pretty good, one better than she thought, another had no interest whatsoever, the fifth was keen but random and the sixth just couldn't get her fingers to do what I was telling her no matter how many times I showed her a couple of stitches very very slowly!

The leader actually cut out all the pieces for the dolls, it took her a whole day - it'll pay off when we see the gorgeous results but there's a lot of concentrating between now and then.

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