Girlguiding Greater Manchester West
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On 6 July, 118 members from 15 Guide units and 5 Ranger units came together at Ashley Activity Centre for the fantastic #GMWFest2018; the Girlguiding Greater Manchester West festival weekend.

After setting up camp the Guiding festival goers got to mingle over a BBQ and some extraordinary magical entertainment.

The festival continued with a range of activities available across the weekend from inflatables and VR to face painting and an escape room challenge. Kitty from 4th Hale Guides said ‘I enjoyed the freedom to choose what activities to do and still have some time to relax with my friends’.  Alongside the craftier activities - including the ever popular paracord bracelet - the festival goers dabbled in science. Millie from 1st Firswood Guides said ‘I loved the experiment area; the lava lamps and elephant toothpaste were amazing.’ 

A real highlight of the festival was a team from Bispham Hall Scout Estate who came along to give the girls an opportunity to try out chariot racing.

Bispham Hall holds an annual weekend where teams build their own chariot and race along a course competing for the quickest time. Besides offering everyone the opportunity to get super competitive in the chariot race the scouts were keen to encourage more Girlguiding units to get involved in future races. Kerry Hindle, Eccles division commissioner, said ‘I really enjoyed watching the chariot races and we are now talking about taking a group in October; something to really get excited about!’

On Saturday evening everyone came together for the gig. A comedic warm up act got everyone laughing, especially the leaders. The entertainment continued with a band put together for the night and led by guiding member, Georgia; they were brilliant! The last act of the festival, local Indie band The Resonant, got everyone up and dancing before weary but happy festival goers chilled with hot chocolate and a look at the photos from the day.

One of the aims of #GMWFEST2018 is to give members from both Guides and Rangers an opportunity to meet others from the same section and to encourage Guides to move onto Rangers.

The festival had some activities for Rangers only, including mindfulness and Coppafeel who promote the importance of checking your breasts from an early age. Sessions were also run by our county young leader and ranger advisers, giving them the opportunity to speak with members about the various guiding opportunities available to their age group.

The fantastic weekend was the result of commitment and dedication from the central team led by Jackie Price. She said ‘All the hours and hard work we put into the weekend were well worth it judging by the smiles on the girls’ faces and the atmosphere at Ashley. Thank you to everyone involved as without the amazing teamwork it wouldn’t have been so enjoyable for everyone’.

There are lots more photos on our Facebook account, Girlguiding Greater Manchester West.


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