Marks and Spencer’s Workshops

I’m the Education and Outreach Officer at the M&S Company Archive in Leeds, and we are looking into the possibility of creating activities and resources for Guide and Scout groups. We run a busy schools programme of workshops, and have a wealth of resources and inspiration at our fingertips in the form of the M&S archive collection which spans the 135-year history of the company and comprises over 71,000 items. (You can find out more about the archive and the workshops we run here As well as local history we also cover topics such as food and textile technology, business studies, enterprise, packaging, Fair Trade, careers, women’s history, sustainability, design and media.

We have had a few visits from Guide and Brownie groups which have been very well received, so we’d like to build on this interest and create a full programme to help Guides, Brownies and Rainbows achieve and/or create badges.

It would be great to hear if this is something that would be of interest, and if so, to work with a local group to co-create and launch the programme here in Leeds. We’d also be looking at creating digital resources to make the material accessible to Guides and Scouts everywhere!

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Narrowboat Adventure

I have been a unit helper for over 40 years at 1st Pellon Christ Church Guides in Halifax where my wife was Guide Leader and I skipper The Spirit of Guiding narrow boat moored in Sowerby Bridge, Halifax.

The 6th Wortley Guides had a weekend with me in 2017 and we had a wonderful time, they also get chance to drive. So if you want to do something a little different, it sleeps 12. It is used for county Leaders weekends away and The Trefoil Guild also use it during the summer for evening trips with no locks to operate.

Go on the Spirit of Guiding website for more details.  All I charge is a sandwich and an occasional brew!

Spirit of Guiding WYW Narrowboat

Drumming Workshops

My wife and have I been running Drum Workshops for Guiding and Scouting groups and their camps for several years now and are writing in the hope that you might like to book us for events or visits.

Rhythmicity has been operating for 20 years, running workshops in pretty much any setting available: Schools, businesses, Churches, Scout, Brownie and Guide groups, people with learning disabilities, older people, festivals, processions – even weddings (my own!) and a funeral!

We bring all the equipment to your venue, and everyone has an instrument throughout the workshop. We also like to swap the instruments around so everyone gets chance to play more than one.

Our main aim is always that participants should have fun, and there’s always a strong theme of working together.

For camp work we offer our Drum Circle workshop which can be tailored to suit your programme in length. For group visits we have several different workshops, including Drum Circle, to offer:

Sammy the Spider – Geared for Rainbows aged children – We have a selection of soft toys and through rhythm, tell the story of Sammy, the Spider who has no friends. The children get to participate, interacting through the journey of discovery as Sammy makes some rather special friends.

Drum Circle – A Drum Circle is always a unique team working experience: the participants improvise their own rhythms; the facilitator works with this to draw out the best. Together, the group provides a level of musical sophistication which always surprises!

African Celebration – Children learn techniques and rhythms to accompany a traditional African song. They will also learn a little about the role of the Master Drummer and how rhythm fits into African culture.

The cost really does depend on the number of participants, and the amount of time that you would like us to be with you. Our normal charging rate is based on £2.50 per child plus a contribution towards our travel costs. We have special day rates for any District Camp / Jamboree work that you might like us to do. Our prices can be negotiable, as we do work on an honesty basis and understand that times are hard and budgets are stretched. So please do feel free to be honest with us about cost. If you are interested to know more then please do get in touch, also letting us know the numbers of children you envisage attending and we will give you an idea as to the cost implication.

I hope the above is helpful, and I hope to hear from you soon.

With kind regards and thanks

Tim Scarborough

Girls Golf Rocks

Dear Girlguiding,

As you may be aware, Girls Golf Rocks has launched in Yorkshire!

Girls Golf Rocks is a National Girls Recruitment Programme taking place across 26 counties, delivered in partnership with the Golf Foundation and England Golf. The programme is targeting new girls aged 5-18 to golf, utilising club and county-based girls as Ambassadors to inspire the next generation of girl golfers. As part of the project, each of the hub clubs host a Free 2 hour Girls Taster Session in May followed by then a 6 week coaching prorgramme which costs £35 and includes a Girls Golf Rocks Goodie bag and US Kids 9 iron (which costs over £25 alone!). Tasters and coaching can be booked through these links

Yorkshire –

The promotional video can be found through this link –

Celebrating Girls in Football and Sport

I am a student from Leeds Beckett University studying Sport Development. As part of our course this year, we run a sporting event in the community. My course mates and I are running an event to celebrate girls sport and football. We are running at event on Tuesday 7 May completely FREE of charge for an evening where girls can take part in different sports and try alternative versions of football for fun! They will also receive certificates of attendance and medals.

We would like to invite your Guiding groups to take part in the event if you are interested.

Please email for contact details.

Harlow Carr 70th Birthday Celebrations

It’s RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s 70th birthday! To celebrate, we’re hosting a summer ‘SevenTea’ and cake party, and we’d like you to help us mark the occasion, by taking part in a special competition.

Design a tea-themed planter

We’re inviting you to get creative and enter our competition to plant up a tea-themed planter with your choice of flowers and plants, or fruit and veg. Your ‘SevenTea’ pots will take pride of place at the RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show (21-23 June 2019) and will be seen by thousands of visitors. The overall winner will receive a £50 RHS Shop voucher and there will be a scrumptious cake from Betty’s up for grabs for the winner of our People’s Choice award.

Want to take part?

  • Email as soon as possible to confirm you’d like to enter the competition. Entries will be accepted right up until the Show
  • Get growing! Plant up one or more ‘SevenTea’ inspired containers and decorate them with tea-themed accessories
  • Consider joining our after school ‘twilight’ workshop (more details below)
  • Read our competition criteria (below)
  • Share your designs on social media using #HarlowCarr70

Twilight Workshop: 3.30pm, Tuesday 30 April, RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Join our free, after school ‘twilight’ workshop at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and come away with inspiration for your ‘SevenTea’ display. Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please email by Tuesday 23 April to secure your place. The workshop is a chance to get ideas for your own displays and take away a free pot to plant up. You can still take part in the competition even if you can’t attend the workshop!

Competition criteria

  • The competition is open to schools, youth and community groups and is free to enter
  • Containers should be a minimum of 1.5 litres
  • Clearly label your pot with your group’s name
  • You can enter as many pots as you like – the more the merrier!
  • All displays should be freestanding and secure
  • The Curator’s Choice award will be judged on Thursday 20 June
  • People’s Choice voting will take place from Friday 21 until Saturday 22 June
  • Deliver your pots to The Harrogate Arms (off Crag Lane) from Saturday 15 – Wednesday 19 June. A gazebo will be set up and your displays will be kept watered
  • Collect your pots from the main entrance at RHS Garden Harlow Carr between Monday 24 June – Sunday 7 July. After that date, they will be disposed of

Please note: Due to risks from Xylella Fastidiosa (a dangerous plant disease), please make sure your pots DO NOT include the following: Coffea spp. (coffee), Hebe spp. (hebe), Lavandula spp. (lavender), Nerium oleander (oleander), Olea europaea (olive), Polygala myrtifolia (polygala), Prunus spp. (cherry, plum etc.), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Spartium junceum (Spanish broom).

Circus Workshops Summer 2019


Dear Leader

Shooting Stars Circus Skills are working in your area on the following dates in Summer term 2019.

May 1st – 10th, 20th – 31st
June 3rd – 28th
July 1st – 19th

We would like to introduce you to Shooting Stars Circus Skills who offer Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units the chance to enjoy the fun and excitement of a circus skills day/evening at a special discounted rate.
We can offer a brilliant workshop with a highly experienced instructor at the rate of:

£150.00 for a 1 – 2 hour session with one group
£240.00 for a 2 – 3 hour session with two groups (£120.00 per group)
£300.00 for a 3 – 5 hour session with three groups £100.00 per group)
£300.00 for an all day workshop (usually Saturday or Sunday 10.00 – 16.00)

The workshop consists of a circus instructor and circus equipment (which is tailored according to age groups, space available and length of session time). Examples include juggling balls, rings and scarves, spinning plates, diabolos, flower sticks, and larger equipment such as stilts, fun wheels, pedal racers, unicycles & mini-bikes. Equipment used will be at the discretion of your instructor.

With the volume and variety of equipment available, we can take a group of up to 30 children/young people per workshop, keeping them involved and engaged at all times.


As you are aware, the new programme doesn’t include a Circus Performer Badge. However, approx 60% of the total Unit time is for the new programme, leaving 40% at the leaders discretion. Girlguiding UK have confirmed that bespoke badges are available and they can be obtained from


There are lots of fun, ready-to-go unit meeting activities of varying lengths and styles, which can be dropped into gaps in your programme to add balance and variation.
They’re designed to encourage all girls to get involved and participate in the activity. You may want to use a 10-minute activity at the end of your unit meeting or do a longer activity to introduce girls to a topic that you are going to explore as a unit. And they all fit under our six programme themes.


Skills builders are designed to stretch and challenge girls of all abilities and enable them to develop core skills throughout their guiding journey.
Skills builders are specially designed to help girls develop core skills as they travel from Rainbows to Brownies and on to Guides and Rangers.

“The Greatest Showgirl’ themed Unit Meetings * Camps * Residential * Sleepovers * Celebrations * Pack Holidays



Greatest Showgirl Activity Badge


All our instructors have DBS’s, Public Liability with Equity of £10 million and Risk Assessments are available.


Steve Grainger
Shooting Stars Circus Skills
6 Hopney Cottages
WR10 3JT
Office: 01386 550260
Mobile: 07970 107845