View this email in your browser              GGEW E-BULLETIN MARCH 2014
You've done it!
Thank you so much for your huge effort to help us exceed our target of 80% for this years Subscriptions.
For those of you that have not yet paid please can you arrange to do this. If you are having any difficulty with this then please do contact your Commissioner.
This Month’s Top Tip for Mentors
When mentors sign off the modules that means they are complete.  I just verify what you have done. If you have any doubts on what you are signing give me a call and we can discuss it. When completing module 2 part 3 they can join or organise something with another unit.  They do not have to wait to organise something like Thinking Day or a District Event. This part of the scheme is about getting to know Leaders outside your unit. As it says in the book it does not have to be a major project.  It is the Leader’s choice and you are there to assist and encourage.
For those who are still working on the Leadership Scheme please do not forget New Leaders Day on 17th May 2014 and later on in the year Members Day - 18th October 2014 where you will be able to attend some programme training for the section you are working with.
Please look out on the website for additional trainings to help you run your units.
Linda Harris
County Leadership Coordinator

Sarah Abley, 4th Loughton Guides - Going Away Licence plus modules 5-8 (Guides).

Leaders who have completed the Leadership Qualification for the section(s) they are working with.
Brentwood - Natalie Grant, Modules 1234 - Brownies
North West - Zoe Fraser, Modules 1234 - Guides & Module 1 - Rainbows
Romford - Lynsey  Redgrave, Modules 1234 - Brownies
Thurrock East - Gemma Knott, Module 4 - Brownies
Upminster - Alex Hooper, Modules 1234 - Guides
Upminster - Vikki Rance, Modules 1234 - Brownies
Congratulations and well done to you all.  Thanks to the Mentors who have helped you along the way.
Booking Form HERE

19th March - Managing your unit funds
3rd April - Section Training - Dunmow 
9th April - Developing your unit team
17th May - New Leader Day
19th May - Developing your unit team
9th June - Enjoying the out of doors
18th October - Members Day
Sharon Donahue - Harlow Division, New Appointment Division Commissioner
Carol Carvell & Ann Bragg (job share)- Elm Park, 2 Year Extension
Linda Chaston - Stanford le Hope South, New Appointment D.C.
Vicky Pegram -  Stanford le Hope North, New Appointment D.C.
Hazel Sugarman - Harlow Commonside, New Appointment D.C

Christine Langan - Rainham, 2 Year Extension

My sincere thanks to everyone detailed above for their valued contribution to Girlguiding Essex West.
Would you like a diary for 2015? Please let your Commissioner know. Could Division Commissioners then let David Henderson know how many they need no later than 31st March 2014.
You can view what's on
The badges that you previously ordered through Linda Taylor
can now be ordered at the
County Office.
To view which badges can be ordered and to download the
order forms click HERE

Please note that your payment must now be sent along with your order.
Awards Panel Vacancy 
Senior Section Member

This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of the team who recognise and reward the fantastic work our leaders do in Essex West, also a great experience to go on your CV.
Details HERE

Saturday 26th April 2014

Roll Up! Roll Up! come and join in the Rainbow 'Look, Learn. Laugh, Love at the Circus'
Cost Â£15 which includes all of the above, plus refreshments and
a special badge.
More Details and booking form HERE
The Trefoil Guild held their AGM on Saturday 8th March. Read all about here HERE
International Community Experience - Skreens Park - 13th - 15th June

International Community Experience (ICE) is a wonderful opportunity for Guides aged 11-13. The event aims to encourage girls to think about their community and issues in the wider world, with an international component if they wish to explore it further. 

Guides should attend one of two ICE weekends at different venues around the Region, where they will learn more about the project and also undertake a local service challenge.



Selection opens towards the end of April and the INTOPS is being held in Oxford, more information HERE

County International Selection Weekend
Please be aware that the da
te has been amended to the
4-5th October 2014. Further details to follow.

Leaders selection for Region is on the 21st of June

Following on from the launch in September 2013 of the Going Away with Scheme and Going Away With Licence, it has been brought to our attention that it is not clear which modules of the scheme need to be held as a pre-requisite before working towards the Travelling Abroad Module. 

We would like to confirm that the pre-requisite to working towards the Travelling Abroad module is that the Leader must have completed the following: 

ï‚· Going Away With Licence (modules 1-4) 

ï‚· Have led a Girlguiding residential event lasting 2 nights or more 

ï‚· Have completed the programme module of the Going Away With Scheme, (module 6), for the section they are taking away on the international trip. 

Big Brownie Birthday Media Team
We are looking for volunteers who would like to join in with the Big Brownie Birthday by helping us put together a record of the day on 21st June 2014.
Thank you to those who have already been in touch. If you would like to get involved we need photographers, videographers and reporters/interviewers. You do not need to have any previous experience. You will be required to interact with our suppliers, Leaders and Brownies and to have the appropriate equipment for your role.
If you are interested please email
County Finance

Have you seen an event or training at Hautbois that you would like to attend but worried at the cost of travelling there? Travel grants are available to you. 

There are also few ways on top of the traditional methods that you could raise some additional funds for your unit, take a look HERE

For any queries regarding finance or grants please contact Essex West’s Business and Finance group –
The Essex Air Ambulance Challenge
Girlguiding Essex West are proud to lend their support to this great cause. The aim of this challenge is to raise awareness of Essex Air Ambulance and to raise vital funds towards keeping the Air Ambulance flying. 
To find out how you can support this take a look HERE

Mountain Warehouse are offering our members 10% discount online or in store. For online purchases please use the discount code MWSCOUT10 and for in store just present your Girlguiding Membership Card.

That's Crafty are based near our County Office and are offering 15% off full priced items. Go to and set up an account and then send an email to let them know you are a member of Girlguiding Essex West. For further information you can call 01708 344146

Would you like any copies of this year’s Educational Visits Guides?  The guides are free to all schools and youth groups.  If you are unsure as to what these guides are, then please visit our website: where you can view an online version of the guide.
Welcome Aboard Day, Harold Wood - 26th April

The day is open to all Senior Section and adult members with an interest in finding out more about growing guiding, sharing ideas and getting suggestions that they can take part to their local areas.  There are no costs, travel expenses are reimbursed and lunch is provided.

Booking Form
Where will you be in 2020?
It can be easy to get into the habit of thinking only one week (or one term) ahead. But to make sure everything we do is taking Girlguiding in the right direction, we need a longer-term plan as well. And to make sure it’s something we can all get behind, we’d like as many members of guiding as possible to contribute to it.
Please take a few minutes to fill in 
this survey and tell us what our priorities should be between now and 2020. What should we be doing differently in 2020? And how can we prepare girls to meet future challenges? This is your chance to tell us.


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