Guides learn­ing new skills in lock­down

West Sussex County Times - - News - Jas­min Martin ct.news@jpi­me­dia.co.uk

Girl­guides from Billing­shurst have been find­ing new skills dur­ing the lock­down af­ter be­ing un­able to have face-to­face guid­ing due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

The 2nd Billing­shurst Guides were en­cour­aged to achieve in­ter­est badges for their Gold Award in­de­pen­dently at home af­ter adapt­ing a new Girl­guid­ing pro­gramme which was in­tro­duced at the start of Septem­ber 2019.

Natalie Evans, 2nd Billing­shurst Guides leader, said: “The work the girls have pro­duced has been amaz­ing.

“The most pop­u­lar badges have been con­fec­tionery, pho­tog­ra­phy, up­cy­cling, mixol­ogy and nat­u­ral reme­dies.

“We are now hav­ing Zoom meet­ings to en­able a bit of so­cial con­tact and rou­tine again and keep do­ing the fun guid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties the girls love.

“So far we have been do­ing quizzes, learn­ing sign lan­guage and hav­ing a long awaited catch up with the girls.”

Things the girls have been busy cre­at­ing in­clude turn­ing a metal shelf unit and tin cans into a straw­berry planter, bag mak­ing us­ing items such as an old skirt and sell­ing them to raise money for char­ity, us­ing scraps of ma­te­rial to make a quilt, turn­ing old tin cans into use­ful sta­tion­ary pots and mak­ing a kiwi lip scrub for the Nat­u­ral Reme­dies badge.

Many of the girls have been also mak­ing cakes in­clud­ing fudge, choco­late tif­fin, truffles and mac­arons.

If you want to be part of Girl­guid­ing reg­is­ter at www. girl­guid­ing.org.uk/joi­nus

A mem­ber of the 2nd Billing­shurst Guides with her work

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