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2nd Monton (St Paul’s) Guides, Eccles - Bee in The City, Manchester 23/07/2018 - 23/09/2018

2nd Monton Guides were each presented with the GMW Bee Badge; a badge for everyone, the proceeds of which are donated to "The Manchester Children's Ward”, and as a result the unit decided to learn about bees.

As part of our research we discovered that the Bee in the City Learning Programme was accepting entries to design one of the 131 small bees swarming to create part of the Bee in the City Trail. We were lucky enough to secure one of those bees!

The Guides worked in their patrols to come up with ideas featuring the Girlguiding colours, words of the promise and the trefoil logo. With the help of one of our mums, Leah Austin, we were able to invite Marc Gallander of BeeStrongMCR to look at the girls’ ideas and put together a digital design. The bee also needed a name. After a vote, “Bee Yourself” buzzed into existence.

The Guides then spent hours painting the fibreglass structure - half term, weekends and after school. They are proud of their design and love that it combines all their ideas. Charlotte said “We have tried to incorporate what Girlguiding means to us. The interlinked hands on the base are all mixed, signifying friendship, working together, unity and equality.”

Bee Yourself will be part of the trail incorporating the small community bees and 100 larger bees all over Manchester. Trail maps are available on the website www.beeinthecitymcr.co.uk and from venues in the city including Manchester Visitor Information Centre at Piccadilly Gardens.

You can find our Bee at John Rylands Library on Deansgate until 23/09/2018!

When the trail finishes the big bees will be auctioned, with proceeds going to the Lord Mayor’s WeLoveMCR appeal. The smaller community bees will be returned to their creators to be displayed in their forever homes. The Guides hope that our bee will live in Monton Village for everyone to enjoy!  Rachael Manley, one of the unit leaders, said “This has been an amazing opportunity for all the Unit to be involved in. St Paul’s church, where we meet each week, Monton Village Community Association and Eccles Rotary Club are all excited about the project too and are willing to help our bee find its permanent residence.”

As a Unit we are looking forward to seeing Bee Yourself again and being busy bees locating all the other sculptures across Manchester - hope to see you there!

 

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