Leeds Peer Educators can now deliver Breaking Free!

Leeds Peer Educators can now deliver Breaking Free! Request a session now.

Peer educators are 14 to 25 year olds who help Brownies, Guides and The Senior Section to explore important topics. As young people, they use their own experience to bring the subject to life whilst running fun, safe and challenging sessions.

 Girlguiding Leeds’ peer educators can deliver sessions on:

  • Breaking Free-girls tell us that they’re surrounded by stereotypes, so this session is all about helping young people make a change, by identifying and challenging gender stereotypes
  • Think Resilient –gives girls the tools to build their mental well-being
  • Free Being Me – grows girls’ body confidence and self-esteem

Get in touch      

If you have any questions or to book a peer educator for your unit, email Julia Peters, Girlguiding Leeds’ Peer Education coordinator. peered@girlguidingleeds.org.uk

Leeds Brownies and Rainbows enjoy Magic and Mayhem at huge camp

Rainbows and Brownies from Leeds joined over 2,000 girls creating Magic and Mayhem at Girlguiding’s biggest event for girls aged five to ten.

Girls from 6th Roundhay Brownies rose to the challenge as they took on a series of adventurous activities at Magic and Mayhem at Waddow Hall, Girlguiding’s activity centre near Clitheroe in Lancashire on 9th to 10th June.

Over the weekend the girls tried a range of exciting activities spread across five themed zones; science, circus, dance, activity and fun. The activities included climbing, archery, fencing, juggling, magic tricks and science experiments.

And after adventuring all day the Rainbows and Brownies camped all together under a giant big top tent. For many girls this was their first night away from home as part of their Girlguiding journey.

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Maya and Harriet, 8, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The best thing was making kinetic sand because it was very messy. We would recommend that all Rainbows and Brownies go to Magic and Mayhem next year!

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Annie-Jo, Gabriella and Isla, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “We loved rock climbing because the instructors helped us when we got stuck, so that we got better and climbed higher than we thought we could. It was so much fun.”

Megan and Lola, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The Instructors were nice and friendly, we tried fencing for the first time and really liked it.”

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Girlguiding UK ambassador, inspirational adventurer Anna McNuff, attended the event at Foxlease in Hampshire where she spoke about adventure with the Rainbows and Brownies and got involved in the bushcraft activities, helping girls to learn how to set and light a fire. Anna has travelled all around the world to take on challenges, from cycling 11,000 miles across the USA, to running nearly 2,000 miles along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. In 2016 she took on the gruelling task of cycling along the Andes, ascending over 100,000 metres on a bike during the course of her journey.

She said: “It’s so important for girls to have opportunities to experience the outdoors, have fun and challenge themselves to try things that they wouldn’t get the chance to do elsewhere. Magic and Mayhem is the perfect place for this and I loved seeing the girls really embrace the various challenges, from scaling the heights on the climbing wall to taking on the assault course. This is what Girlguiding is all about, supporting girls to have the confidence to try new things, to take on challenges and ultimately seek out adventure. It’s why I’m proud to be an ambassador.”

Girlguiding gives girls opportunities to have fun and adventure, gain life skills and make friends. Magic and Mayhem is the second of three weekend events to be held at Girlguiding’s activity centres in Hampshire, Sussex and Lancashire during 2018, for girls and young women from across the country, and follows on from winter camp Sparkle and Ice and precedes summer festival Wellies and Wristbands.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk

Getting involved with the community

Bulletin – 5th July 2018

CITV game show Spy School is currently looking for 12-15 year olds to take part in the new series.

I thought it might be something that the guides in your area would be interested in and was hoping you would be able to share our attached flyer with them. We had several guides on the series last year who all did incredibly well so it would be great to have more apply this series.

Spy School Flyer

In case you haven’t seen it, Spy School is an action adventure game show, where in each episode a different pair of contestants are given a secret mission. They have to complete various challenges (physical such as an assault course and mental such as code breaking and memory tasks) to obtain clues that will help them in their mission. The mission ends on location at a famous landmark, where working with the presenters, they have one last challenge to complete in order to succeed and graduate Spy School.

Any child interested can, (with their parent or guardian’s permission), contact us on spyschool@zodiakkids.com for an application form. They can apply individually, although we would love to get pairs of friends / siblings / other relatives applying together.

 

 

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Bulletin – 22nd May 2018

In the past, Yorkshire Cricket Board have worked alongside Brownies and Rainbows to deliver cricket taster sessions throughout Yorkshire.

This has proved successful in the past, and we are hoping this takes place again this year.

The session would be delivered through the All Stars programme, which is for children aged 5-8.  This would be a one-off session at a local cricket club that is hosting All Stars currently.  It would just give the girls a taster into what cricket is like, and give them the opportunity to meet local clubs if they were interested in carrying the sport on.

The session would be free.

Please contact Jodie Slater for more information.

j.slater@yorkshirecb.com

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Bulletin – 8th May 2018

Join Northern Ballet this summer!
20 – 24 August 2018
Join Northern Ballet this summer and explore David Nixon’s
The Three Musketeers. Dance like d’Artagnan in a whirlwind of adventure over five fun-filled days!
This exciting, energetic course includes a daily ballet class to develop your dance skills and creative sessions to ignite your imagination. Working with Christopher Hinton-Lewis (ex-Northern Ballet Premier Dancer), you will explore the characters and steps from the daring and adventurous world of The Three Musketeers.
Participants will also have the opportunity to achieve their Arts Award Discover qualification and share what they have created with family and friends at the end of the course.
£150 (£130 with a Breezecard)
Concessionary rates available*
Spark your creativity this summer as you get moving, make new friends and discover something new!
For more information or to book your place, please contact the Learning team on 0113 220 8000 or email learning@northernballet.com
Registration closing date: Monday 30 July

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Bulletin – 26th March 2018

I Can Grow is RHS’s brand new, exciting project offering young people the chance to discover the power of plants and their benefits to them, the community and the wider world.

This project will empower young people, allowing them to create a campaign to shout about environmental and social issues they believe in, linking to one or more of the following themes:

Sign up to receive your free inspiration pack containing information about the project, stickers, seeds and more! Packs are limited so sign up now.

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Bulletin – 26th February 2018

Campaign for School Gardening

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening online programme inspires and supports groups to provide children of any age with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development. I would like to encourage groups to register for FREE to the campaign to take advantage of the great resources, competitions and rewards on offer. Below are some of the benefits of registering to the campaign:

  • Receive a free welcome pack containing seeds, plant labels, stickers, posters and more
  • Receive great rewards, certificates and support as you progress through the School Gardening Awards
  • Gain access to free downloadable resources including information sheets, practical activities and lesson plans to help you make the most of your gardening
  • Take part in our competitions for a chance to win great gardening prizes
  • Receive regular newsletters containing the latest news, offers and advice
  • Log in and find news, training courses and information specific to your local area.

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Vote 100

Ten girls from 37th Leeds Guides went to Leeds University to listen to a lecture on 100 years since Women’s Suffrage. Harriet Harman MP took the lecture and spoke wonderfully followed by a question and answer session with herself and Rachel Reeves MP. The girls really enjoyed the lecture and they were interested in how different Harriet’s life was in the 60’s versus their lives now.

Girls and young women should have the opportunity to participate in politics and democracy and have their voices heard on the issues that matter to them, now and in the future. In the Girls Attitudes survey girls and young women have told Girlguiding that they want to see more female politicians and they want politicians to better understand the needs and issues girls and young women face today.

Cllr Al Garthwaite (the local councillor) and Cllr Jools Hesselwood (lead member for women) spoke to the girls about what is going on in Leeds that they could get involved with in this very important hundredth year.

Harriet and Rachel met with the girls after the lecture and allowed them to ask questions to Harriet Harman one of the questions was ‘What do you like most about being an MP?’ to which she replied ‘that it is making a difference to peoples lives’.

The girls really enjoyed their visit to the university and felt privileged that they had been allowed to attend.

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Girlguiding advocate Sophie, 20 says

 “The centenary year is really important to women and girls. As well as allowing us to celebrate the successes achieved in the past century for women’s democracy, we can use the anniversary to look at what still needs to be done to engage girls and women in politics. Girlguiding is calling for equal representation for women in politics and an improved political education system so girls and young women feel engaged in a key part of society. As an organisation, we work hard to engage all young women in politics, from our Girls Matter campaign to our voter registration push during the 2017 General Election.” 

Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey found:

  • 57% of girls aged 11-21 don’t think politicians understand the issues girls and young women face today
  • 43% of girls aged 11-21 say having a female Prime Minister/First Minister makes them feel inspired that they could be a leader
  • 64% of girls aged 11-21 are worried about what Brexit could mean for their future
  • 58% of girls aged 11 to 21 think the voting age should be lowered to 16 for all elections

Notes to editors:

Photo is of members of 37th Leeds Guides with Rachel Reeves MP (left) and Harriet Harman MP (right).

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk

Leeds Volunteers Honoured for 40 Years of Service to Guiding

Three volunteers from Leeds have been honoured for their dedication to guiding over the last 40 years with a prestigious long service award.

Deborah Barker, Jackie Bennett and Sandra Goddard were presented with a specially-designed brooch in honour of their 40 years of service by Jan Ali, county commissioner of Girlguiding Leeds and Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner of Girlguiding North East England.

Deborah is a leader at 3rd Pudsey Brownies, a role which she has held for the entire 40 years.  Jackie is currently a leader at 2nd Wigton Moor Brownies, having also been a district commissioner and a division and county outdoor activities advisor.  Sandra is an ID verifier for Girlguiding Leeds and a county mentor for commissioners, having served herself as a district commissioner for Beeston and division commissioner for Leeds South West, as well as being a unit leader.

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Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner at Girlguiding North East England, said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been able to present these volunteers with their forty year service awards. It is people like them that really make a difference to guiding at a local group, district, division and county level.”

Jan Ali, county commissioner at Girlguiding Leeds, said, “On behalf of all volunteers in Girlguiding Leeds and all the girls, parents and volunteers that they have been involved with over the past forty years, I would like to thank them for all their hard work and the time and support that they have put into guiding within Leeds.”

The presentation took place at Girlguiding Leeds’ annual awards and thanks event on 27th January at Oakwood Church, Oakwood, Leeds.

Photograph is of (left to right) Andrea Simon, deputy chief commissioner of Girlguiding North East England, Deborah Barker, Jackie Bennett, Sandra Goddard, Mavis Davison, county president of Girlguiding Leeds and Jan Ali, county commissioner of Girlguiding Leeds.

Notes to editors:

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016.

Adventurous Girls From Leeds Braved The Cold at Girlguiding’s Winter Camp

Girls from Leeds braved the cold to sleep under canvas at Girlguiding’s extreme winter camp.

1st Alwoodley Guides joined hundreds of other girls at Sparkle and Ice, a weekend event held at Girlguiding’s activity centre Waddow Hall near Clitheroe on 2nd to 4th February.

After pitching their tents, the group kept warm by making the most of the activities on offer from going on a zip wire, climbing and abseiling, to testing their survival skills by making shelters and building fires. And at night, had the choice of ditching their welly boots for dancing shoes to enjoy the onsite disco or enjoy a hot chocolate whilst stargazing before layering up to endure plunging temperatures to take on the challenge of winter camping.

Annika, 11, said: “I had a great weekend. The best activity was the low ropes and the assault course where we all got covered in mud! I put on so many clothes at bedtime I only just fitted in my sleeping bag, I was lovely and warm though. I can’t wait to come again next year.”

Charlotte, 13, said: “The weekend was freezing but really good fun. I loved the zip wire. It was freezing overnight but we all snuggled together in our tents to keep warm after watching some amazing fireworks.”

1st Alwoodley Guides

This is the second time Sparkle and Ice has been held following last year’s successful launch. A thousand girls and young women joined the three camps which happened simultaneously across Girlguiding’s activity centres in Lancashire, Hampshire and Sussex. The event was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Girlguiding gives girls opportunities to have fun and adventure, gain life skills and make friends. Sparkle and Ice is the first of three weekend events to be held at Girlguiding’s activity centres during 2018 for girls and young women from across the country, with Magic and Mayhem and Wellies and Wristbands coming up in the summer.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Notes to editors:

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over half a million members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk

People’s Postcode Lottery

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  • A minimum of 31% goes directly to charities and players have raised £263 million to date for good causes across the country
  • £10 for 10 draws paid monthly in advance with prizes every day. For further prize information visit: www.postcodelottery.co.uk/prizes
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  • For details on which society lottery is running each week, visit www.postcodelottery.co.uk/society

 

Places to go with units

Bulletin – 20th February 2018

#MakeThatChange is a performing arts and social action project for 13-20 year olds. Skills sessions are delivered in different areas of the arts, with upcoming sessions on rap, photography and physical theatre after recently exploring film, theatre and spoken word. The #MakeThatChange group is exploring the topic of abuse through the arts; taking the lead from the young people on the project. They will decide which artistic direction to take this in, when they produce a creative outcome which will be showcased at a special event in April, to which friends, family, the general public and decision makers will be invited.

We’d love it if you could help us spread the word about #MakeThatChange. All workshops are completely free and we refund travel expenses. We have a youth worker who attends each session to deal with any safeguarding issues, so are fully welcoming to any young people who may struggle engaging with normal arts projects. It’s a really unique opportunity to engage young people in the arts and we would love to increase our engagement. Every session is run by professionals in their field, so participants can’t ask for a better opportunity to develop their performing arts skills.

Sessions are held every other Wednesday from 6-9pm at Park Lane Campus Leeds City College. The next session will be Wednesday 28th February and will focus on rap and songwriting.

See here for more information on #MakeThatChange.

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Bulletin – 30th January 2018

We run pottery painting sessions for Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 in our shop in Horsforth or we can come to you.

The cost per head is £10 and children can paint anything from fairies to cups and plates! Its a great creative activity that is relaxing and fun and good for the cold weather. Book for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Xmas or just for fun! All pots will be ready within 7-10 days after glazing and firing!

info@honeypottery.co.uk 

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Bulletin  – 15th January 2018
Please see details of winter craft activities at Temple Newsam attached.
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Bulletin – 9th January 2018

Escape Reality

Escape Reality in Leeds is a a multi use facility predominantly focused on our 7 immersive, themed rooms. Each tackling different puzzles and requiring strong team work to ‘escape the room’ within 60 minutes.  The rooms have differing levels of difficulty, but are suitable for a vast age range- the recommended capacity is 6 to a room to ensure each player is fully engaged.

You can find further information on each of the games on our website www.escapereality.com/escape-rooms-uk/leeds/

Alongside our Escape rooms, we have a two floor- custom designed laser quest arena, suitable for up to 16 players at a time with games lasting up to 20 minutes, with two different gaming options.

Additionally we have a refectory area in reception and a dedicated banqueting/party room for which we can provide refreshments and food.

The costs would be (quoting GG2018):

£10PP  for up 3 laser quest games

£12.50PP for each Escape Room experience

The venue is a unique experience, for a young and old audience encouraged to use their imagination, whilst working together to reach a common goal.

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Bulletin – 12th December 2017

Circus Performer Badge

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

January 8th – 13th& 22nd – 26th

February 5th – 16th & 26th – 2nd March

March 5th – 9th & 19th – 30th

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 evening at a special discounted rate. Whether the girls want to work on their Circus Performer Badge or just have a fun and creative evening, 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.  If we are running workshops specifically for the Circus Performer Badge, then equipment available will be tailored for this event.

For up to date references of work with youth groups in your area please go to: http://www.shootingstarscircus.co.uk/reviews_youth.php

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

Dates are limited and are on a first come, first served basis, so please do get in touch if we can help you.

Regards

Steve Grainger

Shooting Stars Circus Skills

6 Hopney Cottages

Bricklehampton

Pershore

Worcestershire

WR10 3JT

Office: 01386 550260

Mobile: 07970 107845

Web: www.shootingstarscircus.co.uk

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Bulletin – 8th September 2017
York Chocolate Story

I’m contacting you today to let you know of some information of the tours we offer and some of the amazing deals we can offer you.

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I can see from the Guide’s information that they can work towards their Chocolate Badge and we are hoping we can help.

Please find details below and if there is anything we can try and tailormake for you as we can also provide private hire….

Group Booking Information

A visit to York’s Chocolate Story is perfect for groups of all ages and sizes. We offer an entertaining and informative guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. You’ll discover chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate.

You’ll also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York’s greatest chocolate products, from the Chocolate Orange to the globally famous KitKat. Once you’ve explored chocolate making and its history, you can even shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content. There’s so much for you to enjoy and discover at York’s Chocolate Story in the UK’s home of chocolate!

The tour lasts approximately one hour and is the perfect addition to a day out in the historic city of York.

Group Benefits

We are delighted to offer groups of 15 or more the following special benefits:

  •     Discounted admission prices
  •     Priority admission
  •     Free familiarisation visits for the group organisers
  •     Free admission for the group organiser and coach driver
  •     Complimentary refreshments for the coach driver
  •     Chocolate Bar (pre-book before the date of your visit)
  •     Itinerary ideas and coach parking advice

Group Prices

The following prices are valid for pre-booked groups of 15 or more people until 31/01/2018*

Adult £8.50
Child (age 4-15) £7.25
Students £7.75
Senior Citizen £7.75

* Please note: prices may vary according to season, may not be available during school holidays and special events packages.

Private Hire

Duration: 2 hours
Available: 5:15pm daily
Numbers: 10 minimum – 30 children
Price: £15.00 per child (two adults free with every booking)

Accompanied by your entertaining guide, journey through the story of York’s famous chocolate-making families and uncover surprising secrets behind famous York confectionery brands.

Enjoy a real party atmosphere in our vibrant Factory Zone and select various additional catering opportunities to suit your requirements and budget.. Simply speak to our Party Co-ordinator to ensure we are aware of what you’d like to bring.

Then it’s time to join our friendly Chocolatier and get aprons, hair nets and gloves on for a practical 45-minute workshop in our fantastic Chocolate Kitchen. Learn how to mould and decorate chocolate lollypops, experiment with mixing flavours and textures, and make your own personalised truffles.

If you have anymore questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Groups@continuumattractions.com

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Bulletin – 28th June 2017
Painting with food

We’re Lo & Vee, two artists from Leeds who have put our heads together
to create our creative business.We have worked on some large scale murals and we run an arts workshop for adults on a Tuesday night at Further North, Chapel Allerton.

We are emailing to let you know about our latest venture, art  workshops for kids.
We have tailored a particular workshop aimed at Brownies and Cubs. The
workshop is ‘Painting with Food’.
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Painting with Food

45 Minutes

ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED

Let your brownies or cubs release their creative side!

We provide a wide variety of food and paint for the kids to experiment
with and ask them to create images such as a self-portrait, your best
friend, your favourite animal etc.!

We have delivered this class for brownie troops and both the kids and
us have had a lot of fun doing it! We have attached some images from
past workshops for you to look at and see how well the workshop turns
out!

Our fee is worked out at £3 per child, so for a class of 15 this would
work out at £45. This fee includes all the paint, paper, equipment and
delivery of the class.

If you are interested in having an art workshop for your brownie or
cubs troop but would like to have a different style of class, please
let us know and we can come up with a different idea for your kids!

Lo & Vee

07939632355

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