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and will move on a day each week until 26th August. Prospective new members are always very welcome and may come on a few walks before deciding whether to join. We also have a coach outing to Brighton on Sunday 7th June Details from Hazel on 01763 848349.

1st Melbourn Guides Melbourn Guides returned to our spiritual home in September, recommencing our meetings at the new All Saints Community Hall with a flourishing unit of 30 girls. After settling in, we explored the subject of disabilities with a Paralympics competition, featuring seated boccia (boules), wheelchair racing, and blindfold ‘tandem’ racing. We followed this with a disability-awareness themed evening, during which the girls discussed and sampled deafness, blindness, physical disabilities, and total paralysis. Activities included miming, guiding a blind person, trying to do up zips with


only one hand, and being excluded from conversations by not being able to move or speak. On a sunny Sunday in September we got together with Guides from Orwell and Steeple Morden for an activity hike. The girls learnt how to use a map and compass and identify trees, and the highlight of the walk had to be the cute alpacas at Morden Hall farm. We are now working on the ‘Right Now’ project, which explores rights and responsibilities related to the UN Rights of the Child. Starting with the ‘Right to be Me’ section, we made badges illustrating the meaning of our names, thank -you cards for people who have influenced us, and debated our rights and responsibilities. Cooking is always a favourite activity; on one manic evening the girls enjoyed making (and eating!) leek and potato soup, with weird shaped bread rolls too. The half term finished with a Halloween

themed bin-bag fashion show and a pumpkin campfire. As usual we had a high turnout for the Remembrance Parade, and we also did ourselves proud at the All Saints Church Bazaar, where we made over £60 on our children’s tombola. As Christmas approached, craft skills came into play; each girl learned to sew a felt robin, which took pride of place on a Christmas log arrangement, complete with candle, pine cones, and a variety of sparkly bits and pieces. They also made 3-dimensional paper snowflakes, which we donated to Moorlands Residential Home when we visited the following week to sing Christmas carols. Again, a great turnout of girls and some lovely singing. The spring term will see us exploring our new charity, doing patrol activities, crafts, games, and going on a swimming and ice skating trip. continued on page 59

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