Urgent Appeal: Melbourn Guides need another leader! Here’s a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a wide variety of activities, and feel good about yourself. Perhaps you’re new to the area, and want to get involved in village life. If you were a Brownie or a Guide you will remember what fun you had; if not, now’s your chance! We really need another adult helper to join our thriving Girl Guide unit. No previous experience necessary – just a sense of fun, a bit of patience, and two hours to spare on a Thursday evening. If you would like to know more please contact me Hilary Marsh on: 01763 261443.
Brownies September saw 1st Melbourn All Saints Brownies move back to the new All Saints Community Hall after an enjoyable couple of years at the URC. We began a busy term by continuing our disability awareness badge with a night designing posters for the Paralympics. We also had evenings exploring deaf awareness and mobility awareness issues where the girls learnt sign language and experienced what it would be like to be a Brownie in a wheelchair. The badge was completed when we received information about our new guide dog puppy, Marco who we raised money to sponsor last term. We had a record turn out for Remembrance Sunday in November when 20 of our Brownies joined the parade through Melbourn and attended the ceremony at the War Memorial. We have also run coffee stop this term and run a stall at the All Saints Church Christmas Bazaar making personalised bracelets. It is great to have such an enthusiastic and dedicated group of girls who are a credit both to themselves and the unit. We had a lovely evening in
November when the girls composed their own ‘firework display’ using mime and glow bracelets. December saw us preparing for Christmas and this year we made salt dough wreathes. We attended a District Christmas Disco, where it was lovely for the Brownies to meet girls from other packs. Our New Year plans include participating in a Guiding initiative to ‘Change the World’ – and we look forward to updating you on our progress in the next magazine. If you would like any more information about becoming a Brownie – or, indeed, a leader, then please contact Stephanie Clifford on Melbourn 220 272.
Rainbows As we had moved our meeting place to the new All Saints Community Hall in September, we began our autumn term with a practice fire drill, and learnt the layout and rules of the new hall. Five new Rainbows also joined us in September. They made their promise during October in front of their family and friends, which was followed by a promise party whereby all our Rainbows show new games and songs which they have learnt followed by refreshments. However, two of our older Rainbows left us during the term to join Brownies and we all wish them well for the future. Using old plastic bottles and dry rice, we managed to make fish tanks along with fish to take home. A lot easier to take care of! All our Rainbows enjoy cooking and eating so an evening of making muffin pizzas was enjoyed by everyone including the leaders. November brought fireworks to our meeting. We made firework pictures using marbles and straws with some exciting and creative works of art being produced. Apple bobbing and hunting for foil shaped
hedgehogs with torches brought squeals of delight. We had many activities for Christmas tree decorations using salt dough, bread and felt, but our main focus was on a performance for the residents of Vicarage Close, family and friends. The girls all learnt carols, poems and actions over many weeks culminating in a wonderful performance which we were all proud off. Thank you to the parents for supplying mince pies for refreshments afterwards. To end our year we joined Orwell Rainbows for a Christmas Disco at Steeple Morden. We enjoyed a few party games, dancing and refreshments, but best of all receiving a Christmas gift to take home. We will be beginning our Spring Term with four new Rainbows and another new Young Leader, Rebecca O’Brien. We hope they enjoy their time with us. Lots of activities are planned for the new year including celebrating and finding out more about the Chinese New Year, our first birthday sleepover and many more opportunities for fun and games. We are all looking forward to an exciting new year. Although we do have quite a long waiting list, if your daughter wishes to become a Rainbow, please call Abigail Roberts, Unit Leader on 01763 261505.
Daffodowndilly She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbour: “Winter is dead.” by Alan Alexander (A.A.) Milne melbournmagazine
2009 Melbourn Magazine 57