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Melbourn Guides


Back in the autumn term our unit of 30 girls got off to a lively start with a Guide Olympic Pentathlon, competing in unusual indoor sports and mental challenges. With four new recruits ready to make their Guide promise, the patrols then spent an evening creating a board game based around the Guide law. Bullying a new girl would set you back a few squares, but baking cakes for charity would send you a long way forward!


In preparation for Remembrance Sunday the girls had a taster of skills they would have used during the war. They learned to set and light a fire and a gas stove safely; stuck landmarks on a large map of Melbourn (Guides used to carry messages to ARP wardens) and practiced bandaging and resuscitation techniques. As usual the unit carried the Guide flag at the Melbourn Remembrance parade.


After half term the girls chose one of three interest badges to work on in groups. While the


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Confectioners got though copious amounts of icing sugar and chocolate in the kitchen, the performing arts girls tested the new soundproofing in the main hall to its limits. There was a spoof talent show, some stylish bin-bag pantomime outfits, stage make-up, a dance routine and some sock puppets produced by the two groups. Meanwhile the girls learning about healthy lifestyles created a TV show about foot care, and drew postcards to illustrate the perils of smoking and drinking! As Christmas approached we had a craft evening during which the girls made table decorations from fresh flowers and foliage, then we finished the term singing carols to the residents at Moorlands.


We currently have a full unit and a waiting list, and would welcome another adult leader. If you would like to know more about becoming a Guide or a leader, or if you have any skills or hobbies which you would like to share with us, please contact me on (01763) 261443 or email melbournguides@gmail.com


Hilary Marsh


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