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Blog / June 30th, 2022

Chief Commissioner Blog

Hi everyone,

I write this after another sunny weekend, which I have been fortunate enough to spend in North Norfolk. It’s been good to take a break for a couple of days and recharge. Jubilant June saw much activity, beginning with the fabulous event that took place to celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Across the region, many units celebrated in their unit meetings, with their district or division and county events. So many activities took place and it’s been great to see them all across social media. The Girlguiding Beacon lighting events took place across the region. They varied from small to larger gatherings, all ending with the Beacon lighting. Our region event took place at Hautbois estate and was supported by over 450 people from the local community and beyond. It was a very special afternoon/evening. A huge thanks to all who volunteered, but also to our wonderful staff team from all across Girlguiding Anglia working so hard, making the event run so smoothly and enjoyably. Assisting to light our Beacon was Isabel from Norfolk, who was presented with her Queens Guide Award earlier that day.

Nineteen members of our region, who were nominated by their counties all attended the Jubilee pageant, what a day this was! Our region necker once again giving us our identity, as we joined representatives of Girlguiding from across the country to celebrate together. Andrea and I were also very privileged to attend to Order of the Garter at Windsor Castle. So many fantastic memories made and will be treasured. Guiding certainly does take you to some amazing places!

This month’s mileage budget is almost as high as before the pandemic, which means I have been busy travelling meeting leaders or attending events. It been lovely to see lots of you from across the region, whether its been a small event, county activity day, thank you afternoon or evenings. One special occasion was to present Debbie Docherty from Bedfordshire with a well-deserved Laurel Award. A surprise we managed to keep a secret, until the presentation.

As we move forward in to the second half of the year, we are still on our recovery plan, and I thank you all for everything you are doing in your area, to continue to promote and recruit. We want even more girls, young women and adult volunteers to come and join us, and be part of our amazing region!

Take care, keep smiling!