Trefoil Guild members across the country have been enjoying taking part in the Voyage Award since it's launch in October 2013. The Voyage Award is a long term merit award challenge open to all Trefoil Guild members and has over 1700 members registered as taking part. Below we hear about the journeys of two members as they complete the Bronze and Silver levels.
If the stories below inspire you to take up the challenge, click here for more information.
Ann from the Keynsham Ammonite Trefoil Guild
Having reached my 60s, little did I expect to find myself, not only involved with the Guide Movement for the first time since my teens, but also to be working towards the new Voyage Award! For several years I enjoyed the enthusiastic company and extremely varied activities of Keynsham Ammonites Trefoil Guild; there were so many opportunities to do things I would not have dreamed of doing on my own: visiting Bristol Airport Control Tower, having a go at hand-bell ringing, contributing to a pretend episode of the Archers at Bristol
s BBC Studios, having a trip on the Matthew in Bristol Docks, getting to know a herd of llamas, the list could go on and on... I became involved in the guilds yarn-bombing projects, and found I could sometimes manage the Knit and Natter sessions my guild holds every month, and consequently joined in with many of the projects being undertaken; fish and chip baby vests, blankets for Africa, prem-baby vests, poppies for a yarn-bombing project, making knitted bears for every Keynsham Brownie unit for the Big Brownie Birthday...there was always something I could contribute to.
But THEN I found myself being encouraged to learn Makaton, explore alternative therapies, and to get going on other challenges, all needed to complete the Bronze level of my own Voyage. I was recovering from an operation, needing to take each day at a time, so to be able to help with a county Trefoil Guild event was a real bonus. Ammonites hosted an Alice in Wonderland day, and after contributing to the yarn bombing of red, white and red and white roses, I managed to help on the day with a Mad Hatter hat workshop!
All of these new interests have motivated me at a time when I was unable to go out enough to
participate in my usual activities; it gave me useful things to do independently, that were going to
become part of a bigger picture. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges, and last August I was delighted to be presented with my Bronze Award by an Australian Trefoil Guild member, who was visiting us from our twin group in Queensland.
I have now made a start on the Silver level, and look forward to becominginvolved in new projects!
Looking at thekey messages in my Trefoil Magazine, I can recognise all those elements in my
membership; I have found new friends, have become fully involved, have given but also received a
huge amount of support, and getting back to being fully active is my current challenge!
Thank you, Trefoil Guild.
Spotted in the Discovery and Voyage Award Facebook Page:
"Setting off tomorrow to Explore my World walking the 65 miles of St. Cuthbert's Way. This will complete my silver Voyage award."
"Finished Explore my World silver challenge this morning at the end of St. Cuthbert's Way with my friend Elizabeth who is also Trefoil. So far have raised about £300 for Parkinson's UK with more to come. Had a great time in lovely weather."
Here, Evelyn tells us a little more about her voyage to Silver, and about the long distance walk that was the culmination of all her challenges. If you are interested in finding out more here is the website stcuthbertsway.info/
Bridging the national border between Scotland and England, this inspiring 100km (62.5 miles) cross-border route links Melrose in the Scottish Borders, where St. Cuthbert started his religious life in 650AD, with Holy Island off the Northumberland Coast, his eventual resting place and his original pilgrimage shrine. Although inspired by St. Cuthbert, this is far more than a pilgrimage route. I am working on my silver Voyage Award and intended to use the long distance the walk for Explore my World. For the section Myself I concentrated on getting myself fit enough for the walk and then, finally spent six days walking St Cuthbert's Way with Elizabeth Higton, ex-chairman of Scotland Trefoil Guild, who was also doing her silver. My so supportive husband was chauffeur, chef and minder! I had found sponsors and have raised £325 to date. For my Service I made and sold items for charity; in both cases I wanted to contribute to Parkinson's UK; a favourite charity that I do my best to support whenever I can. Interestingly, I was wearing a tracker during the walk and in total walked 76 miles.
The weather was glorious and the scenery spectacular so the whole challenge was very enjoyable. The only downside; unfortunately I didn't read the regulations carefully enough and now, having finished all sections, I have to wait until September before I can hand it in and then move on to gold. However, I enjoyed the whole process and am already planning what to do for gold - but keeping in mind the rules!