Girl Guide power at Wel­lies and Wrist­bands fes­ti­val

The Wokingham Paper - - ED­U­CA­TION - By GEMMA DAVID­SON

GIRL­GUIDES from across Wok­ing­ham bor­ough had the time of their lives at the UK’s big­gest fe­male-only mu­sic fes­ti­val.

Mem­bers from 3rd Wok­ing­ham Guides, 3rd Fin­champ­stead Guides, 1st Hurst Guides, 1st Charvil Guides, 1st Ear­ley Guides and Se­nior Sec­tion, 1st Son­ning Guides, and 1st St Se­bas­tian’s Guides, headed to Foxlease in Hamp­shire for Wel­lies and Wrist­bands, where they were joined by more than 1000 other girls and young women in a week­end of singing their hearts out and danc­ing as the sun set.

The fes­ti­val was or­gan­ised by Girl­guid­ing, and was at­tended by Guides (aged 10-14) and mem­bers of the Se­nior Sec­tion (aged 14-25). It gave the girls a fun, safe and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment to en­joy all that fes­ti­vals have to of­fer – from glit­tery make-up to mak­ing flower crowns to de­sign­ing henna tat­toos.

At­ten­dees at Wel­lies and Wrist­bands also had the chance to en­joy some of their favourite songs as per­formed by acts in­clud­ing Channy Thomp­son and Call On Sun­day.

And the fun didn’t stop at the main stage. At­ten­dees also had the op­por­tu­nity to try out new ad­ven­tures on Foxlease’s climb­ing walls, zip wires and slack rope cour­ses.

The fes­ti­val will be par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable for 11-year-old Patsy Jeggo who of­fi­cially be­came a mem­ber of 1st Hurst Guides when she made her Guide prom­ise be­fore de­scend­ing down the zip wire.

Speak­ing at the event, Mad­die Miles, 14, of 3rd Wok­ing­ham Guides said:

“The ac­tiv­i­ties have been fun and the ex­pe­ri­ence has been very en­joy­able.

“I’ve been to a mu­sic fes­ti­val be­fore and this very close to it, but you’ve got all the other great ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer as well.”

Tilly Searle, 12, also of 3rd Wok­ing­ham Guides added: “It’s a fun event – there’s a big mix of proper camp­ing with a fes­ti­val and there’s lots of things here you can do.”

Wel­lies and Wrist­bands pro­vided the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for girls to ex­plore their in­de­pen­dence and en­joy the free­dom of fes­ti­vals in a safe and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment led by Girl­guid­ing’s ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

Singer-song­writer Channy Thomp­son said: “Wel­lies and Wrist­bands is a fes­ti­val like no other, it en­cour­ages young girls to be in­de­pen­dent, and strikes a mes­sage that girls can achieve what­ever they put their mind to, with a lit­tle bit of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“This is my third year back at Wel­lies, and I still get that buzz as an artist, from per­form­ing to a mas­sive crowd singing back to you, to the meet and greet tent, where you get to see all the ex­cite­ment first hand. It’s an ab­so­lute hon­our to have been asked to rep­re­sent Girl­guid­ing.”

The fes­ti­val was sup­ported by play­ers of the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

Girl­guid­ing is cur­rently re­cruit­ing for more vol­un­teers to help de­liver their ex­cit­ing pro­gramme to over 400,000 girls and young women across the UK.

To get in­volved, visit www.girl­guid­ing.

3rd Fin­champ­stead Guides en­joyed their time at the Wel­lies and Wrist­bands fes­ti­val

Mem­bers of the 1st Hurst Guides en­joy their time at the Wel­lies fes­ti­val

Above: Tilly Searle and Jelisa Ben­nett from 3rd Wok­ing­ham Guides Left: So­phie Con­nell from 1st Ear­ley Guides tries a Seg­way

Patsy Jeggo joined the 1st Hurst Guides mo­ments be­fore go­ing down a zip wire

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