A number of guilds have started the Spring with a fitness evening! Tai Chi, Pilates and gentle exercise all took place. One guild covered all aspects of healthy living with a Mind, Body and Soul evening, which included exercises and energising dance to music, healthy refreshments, a quiz on sugar content foods, and learning how to solve cryptic crosswords!
Some Guilds enjoyed the wildflower walk at Cudham, where there was a proliferation of bluebells this year, while others participated in walks in London and along a local river.
All our Guilds raise money for independently chosen charities throughout the year and a number of our members volunteer in a variety of ways, some as part of their Voyage Award. A member put out a request for premature baby clothes for a local maternity unit earlier this year and was amazed by the amount of knitted items she received from Trefoil Guild members.
One long serving and well-loved member underwent treatment for cancer last year and her grandson raised £5,000 to run for Cancer research on her behalf. This amount was achieved through a number of events, including a couple of quiz nights which were supported by Trefoil members as well as his family and friends.
Our Guilds continue to support Girlguiding units across the County. One guild had six members who assisted at the Brownie 4 Seasons Winter Badge Day at Cudham Shaws; and on the same afternoon four members helped at the Coney Hall District Day at Downe.
Our County Facebook and Twitter accounts are developing. We now have 84 followers on our Facebook page and 16 followers on Twitter.
Events/Activities since last report
Thinking Day celebrations took place across the County and included one guild sampling food from all over the United Kingdom. Another involved a Guide’s presentation on her trip to Malawi with a LaSER group.
The guest speaker at our Annual Meeting in April was Barbara Stevens. She had us all laughing as she related her experiences of being a public speaker. I was pleased to present 2 members with their Voyage awards, one of whom had achieved her gold, the first in the County
Events/Activities planned in the next 6 months:
In May, 48 members will be off to Stratford-Upon-Avon for our County holiday. We have a busy schedule, including a tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, a river cruise, visiting Blenheim Palace and of course, the obligatory cream tea!
June will see another coach party descend on Brighton for Trefoil Guild’s Annual Meeting. We are particularly looking forward to the evening entertainment, Cockney Pride as some members of this group played at our own Annual Meeting last year.