Save the date!
Our next county weekend will be from 6 to 8 September 2019 at Waddow Hall. Be sure to join us for a weekend of training opportunities, laughs and friendship!
Have you ?Herd?? To celebrate the beautiful county we live in there are 60 Herdys waiting to join Girlguiding Cumbria South, with thanks to Lake District National Park Authority!
The challenge is to welcome a Herdy into your unit, give Her a name and make Her an outfit (this can be as simple as a necker or a hat or as complex as a full outfit, the choice is your unit?s.)
Then take your Herdy out and about in Cumbria and take some photos, share these photos as widely as you can on social media with the hashtags #GuidesCumbriaS and #WeAreTheLakes
She could visit anywhere from Barrow docks to a mountain summit!
There?s a prize for the best photo seen by July 20.
How to apply
To apply for your unit?s Herdy please send your name and unit name to email@example.com.
Herdys can be collected at the Annual Gathering 26th April, or make alternative collections arrangements when you apply.
We only have 60 Herdys so its first come first served!
Join us for our Annual Gathering and Presentation Evening where we come together to celebrate our County’s achievements.
Join us for the meal starting from 6pm, and the awards and presentations from 7.30pm.
Date: Thursday 26 April 2018
Venue: The Abbey House Hotel, Abbey Road, Barrow-in-Furness, LA13 0PA.
Cost: £10 per person for the meal and presentation, no charge if attending the awards and presentations only.
RSVP to Barb Littlewood by 3 April 2018.
A weekend full of fun and friendship for all members of Girlguiding Cumbria South aged 16 and over, our County Weekend at Waddow Hall is the perfect chance to get to know others from around the county.
We have arranged for a super team of trainers offering first class training for both new and experienced leaders and all members.
There will also be free time on Saturday afternoon when you could try out some of the outdoor activities that Waddow, which is owned by Girlguiding UK, has to offer such as zip wire, grass sledging or crate building. Alternatively, there will be a drop-in craft session and optional training sessions available such as GO! accounts and Gift Aid; perfect if you are looking to complete your Leadership Qualification or quite simply to refresh your skills. The shop will also be open so don’t forget your cheque book!
The full cost of the weekend should be £89 per person, but to ensure that we support our Leaders, we are again subsidising the cost to members aged 16 plus, as detailed below. The cost of training is a justifiable unit expense.
Cost if you have never been to Waddow before
If you return the booking form to us by 31 December 2017, the cost will be £40. The first ten applications received will receive a grant from Waddow to cover the full cost. (Please enclose a cheque with your booking form, you will be notified and the cheque destroyed if you are within the first ten.)
Cost if you have been to Waddow before
The weekend costs £50 if we receive your booking form by 31 December 2017.
All applications received after 31 December 2017 will be £60.
Please note that if a Leader or Young Leader fails to attend, then the full cost of £89 will be charged, as we will be charged by Waddow.
Bookings are accepted by post with a completed form and cheque only.
If you have any queries, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Ticket to Travel, Girlguiding Cumbria South’s latest challenge. Here in the south of Cumbria there are many interesting places to visit and explore, some well known others less so. Join us on this virtual trip around our county to find out more about this beautiful place we call home.
Here on the Ticket to Travel website you will find details, including websites, videos and activities, for all the places and organisations that form part of this challenge. To take part, virtually visit as many of them as you like and post photos of you doing the activities on our Facebook page. You can also record where you have been in the challenge booklet which can be downloaded here: Ticket to Travel 2020 ticket booklet .
When you have completed your challenge why not order our special Ticket to Travel badge. The order form can be found here: Ticket to Travel Badge Order Form
Some of the activities are linked to the guiding programme and Adventures at Home
Look out for this logo .
If you complete any of these share the evidence e.g. photos with your unit Leaders so they can add them to your guiding record.
Finally, as long as you are following current government and local Covid 19 guidance you may even be able to visit some of these places in person.
Have fun and don’t forget to post your photos in the comments on our Facebook page.
You can also email us your pics at email@example.comBuilt in 1740, the mill ground local grain into flour and feed for 218 years. Now restored to working order and open to the public. Heron Corn Mill on the banks of the river Bela in Beetham, South Cumbria, is one of the few working mills in the area and has been a base for local industry powered by renewable energy for over 900 years.
For more information visit their website Click HERE
Today it is also used by many community groups and for events such as Bread of Heron, Kate’s Super Bake Days, Flax Art, Lego machine making, 3D design workshops, Minecraft club along with many more.
The ‘Mill Hoppers’ is a club for children to learn about arts, science, crafts and digital technology in a fun and lively environment. It based at the mill in the barn and run on a monthly basis for children in the local community.
Play the Hydro Game
Can you take on the challenge of looking after the hydro turbine at Heron Corn Mill, and successfully generate enough electricity?
Click HERE to play the game.
The famous Millerbeck Light Railway is situated in the private grounds of Millerbeck House, in the Lakeland village of Staveley-in-Cartmel, near Newby Bridge at the south end of Windermere and the National Trust property of Fell Foot.
You can Visit their Website HERE
Poppy – Poppy is a superb replica of an Andrew Barclay austerity 0-6-0 loco which were commissioned by the old Ministry of Munitions in 1916.
These 2 foot gauge engines served in France during the First World War and were painted in Matt black with no frills so that nothing was shiny in the fields of war, for sniper rifle-men to aim at.
Built with just the basics with no protective cabs the driver and firemen often fastened corrugated iron around the cab to keep out the weather.
Normal steam engines, as you usually see our miniatures at Millerbeck, are polished to perfection at the start of the day with the brasses shining. Their name plates are traditionally made of brass and their lettering outlined in red, whereas you will see the lettering on Poppy is outlined in black.
Poppy is an 0-6-0 engine which refers to the wheel arrangement on all engines. Six main driving wheels (three each side) with no wheels on a pony truck at the front of the engine following the line of the track and no bogie behind the driving wheels.
This powerful engine (although a miniature) at Millerbeck is usually seen on an Open Day pulling substantial loads around our complicated and challenging track.
She always sports a red Poppy at remembrance time and is a Millerbeck favourite. Do watch out for her when you visit!
Watch the video HERE
Question – Why is Poppy painted in matt black and why is the lettering on Poppy’s name plate outlined in black?
This is a beautiful lesser known area of our county but is well worth exploring. Visit the Home Page HERE
For the Activity Page click HERE
The Lake District’s newest all-weather museum is a vibrant, family-friendly, place dedicated to the boats, people and the rich history of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake.
Visit their website: https://windermerejetty.org/
Watch this VIDEO to learn how to make your own boat.
This amazing tapestry contains 77 vibrant embroidered panels made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996 (over 40 panels are on display at Kendal).
Visit the website: https://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/ and enjoy the virtual tour around the tapestry.
If you feel inspired to create an image of your own why not have a go at this Brownie Program Activity:
Alfred Wainwright was a fell walker, author and illustrator who became famous for his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, written between 1955 and 1966. The guides cover 214 fells, now referred to as ‘Wainwrights’ and, to this day many walkers try to walk all the peaks in his books. It is reported that the youngest person to complete all the Wainwrights is a boy aged just 5 years old.
Don’t worry we are not going to ask you to climb all 214 fells (although if that takes your fancy then why not ask an adult or several adults to help you achieve this!). We would like to encourage you to take a look at the fells either in photos, or on your next visit if Government guidelines allow, and have a go at doing your own pen drawing in the style of Alfred Wainwright.
For help with how to recreate Wainwright’s style have a look at Andy Cunningham’s YouTube videos https://www.youtube.com/user/AndyCunningham75/videos
It would be great to see your drawings of the fells.
Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, offers a wide variety of things to see and do including 30 acres of stunning gardens, bike hire, archery, playgrounds, crazy golf and treetop treks. Find out more by viewing these VIDEOS.
Whether flying through the trees on a zip line is your thing or not, why not let one of your cuddly friends have a go by creating a zip wire for them? How long can you make it? Don’t forget you’ll need a comfy harness to keep them safe!
Brownies – UMA Speedy Explorers
Hidden on the hillside between Grasmere and Ambleside is Rydal Cave. Local folk tales say that dragons live in this slate cavern. This is because visitors have seen the dragon’s smoking breath coming out of the mouth of the cave. (This is actually due to the temperature difference between outside and inside the caves causing the water to condensate)
Taffy Thomas, the Storyteller Laureate, who is based in Grasmere, tells a story about the dragon of Rydal and a violin playing boy called George. How about making your own instrument to serenade a dragon?
Here are a few ideas to help you make your own guitar https://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Rubber-Band-Guitar
Why not go on a dragon hunt too? The directions can be found here: Going on a Dragon Hunt Word Document
Don’t worry if you can’t get to the caves, here is a little experiment for you to try after the dragon hunt. If you shout into the cave you may hear someone shouting back! Is it the dragon or is it an echo? Do you know what an echo is or how to make one?
Click here for the Echo Challenge Instructions: Echo-Challenge-Word-Document.docx
Grizedale forest in the heart of the Lake District World Heritage Site, offers an unrivalled day out for everyone. Breath-taking views, stunning artwork and endless forest trails, have a look at all that Grizedale has to offer on their website https://www.forestryengland.uk/grizedale
Grizedale Forest has some amazing and fun Sculpture Trails
See them HERE
Have a go at creating your own sculpture or land art using natural materials.
For Inspiration have a look at the work of artist Goldsworthy on the internet.
Rangers – UMA Land Art
Windermere Lake Cruises will take you on a scenic ride on England’s longest lake.
Most of the boats are named after wildfowl you might see on the lake. Can you match these birds to their names?
Tarn Hows was part of the legacy Beatrix Potter left the National Trust in her will. There is a lovely circular walk around the tarn (2 miles).
To find out more about Tarn Hows watch this video by the National Trust
The tarn is fed by surrounding streams and rainfall. Have a go at creating your own water cycle. You’ll need a seal-able plastic food bag, permanent marker, tape, water, blue food colouring and a sunny window.
Here’s what to do?
On the plastic bag draw a cloud, the sun and a tarn, lake or pond.
Quarter fill a cup with water and add a couple of drops of food colouring. Carefully pour this into the bag and seal. Ask an adult to check it is fully sealed, then tape to a window in the sunshine.
What will happen?
After a while (depending on how sunny it is) you will see a change in your bag. As the water heats up in the sun the water evaporates. Outside the water vapour goes into the atmosphere but in our bag there is nowhere for it to go so it will turn into condensation – droplets of water sticking to the side of the bag. These are like the water vapour in the clouds. As the drops get bigger and heavier they will start to run down the bag and back into the tarn – like rainfall.
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway is situated in the picturesque Levens Valley at the southern end of Windermere.
Watch the VIDEO
Make your own train here: L&H Railway 3D train
Built in a historic nineteenth century dock, the museum is home to a wealth of objects on the social and industrial history of the Furness area.
Find out how to make your own Submarine HERE
The garden at Beatrix Potter’s home, Hill Top, was a real inspiration for many of her famous books.
Download our Fruit & Vegetable Quiz Here: Fruit and Veg Quiz
All Terrain Transport, Rescue and Recovery Team
Visit their website here: www.baysearchandrescue.org.uk
Remember DO NOT go on the sands unless you are with someone who knows what they are doing.
Being able to tie knots is an important skill for the Search and Rescue team. Why not learn more about knots by completing one of these activities.
Rainbows – UMA Tied up in Knots
Guides – UMA Treasure Hunters
Rangers – UMA Think and Thank
Activity: Go pond dipping or explore rock pools and see what you can find.
With over 1,000 animals from all over the world The South Lakes Safari Zoo is a great day out for all the family where you can see all creatures great and small.
Whilst there you can watch and take part in feeding time, walk among the animals and learn more about your favourites. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/daIA8FpqB2w
Click HERE for their Website
The South Lakes Safari Zoo is also involved in conservation projects and are trying to breed and protect many endangered animals like Red Pandas and Rhinos.
Here is a video of just some of the animals you might see. How many can you name?
As we all know at the moment everyone needs to wear a mask when going into shops. Well it’s the same at the zoo!
Why not have a go at designing your own mask with an animal twist. How about taking it further by making a mask you can wear out of things you can find in your house. Maybe you can use an old pillow case or sheet, go ‘wild’ and post a picture of what you have created.
This is the pattern:
Leave only footprints and take only memories is a well known phrase when looking at sustainable & responsible tourism. The Rangers UMA ‘Leave Only Footprints’ allows rangers to explore how to be a tourist without leaving a trace and fits well with our travel theme.
Download your badge order form here: Ticket to Travel Badge Order Form