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1st Radley Guides is a members of the Thames District Guide Association and is affiliated to The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts [W.A.G.G.G.S.]. The company meets every Thursday evening during term time at Radley Village Hall from 7.15 to 8.45 pm, and and invites girls between the ages of 10 and 15 to join us. The company’s team of adult leaders is led by Wendy Faulkner, whose long-term dedication to the company has been as recognised with the award of the Guide Association’s 30-years’ service brooch. The unit’s 25 guides are divided into groups known as patrols. Patrols include penguin, panda and dolphin.

We have a leadership team of three adult helpers and one unit helper but are always looking for more volunteers to join us.  New adult helpers are always welcome to join us.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy (radleyguides@hotmail.co.uk) or come along one Thursday evening to the village hall. 

We try to participate in as many village activities as possible.  We are often seen around the village delivering leaflets for the Clerk of the Green Cloth elections, the church Christmas cards and the Radley garden competition. These all count towards our service to the community.

The guides participate in many adventurous activities – ice hockey, scuba diving, abseiling, ice skating, climbing, pioneering, orienteering, outdoor cooking, camping etc. We try to offer at least one camping experience event a year – this year we had our own unit weekend camp at Youlbury followed by nine Guides attending Quest 2015 at St Hughes School, Carswell near Faringdon.  This event was attended by Guides not only from all over Oxfordshire but also with guests from America and Mexico.  It really was a very exciting and fun carnival atmosphere event.


While at weekly meetings we work towards badges, play games, complete different crafts and work towards ‘Go For Its’. Once a year, we hold a one-day badge workshop. Many of the older Guides work towards their Baden Powell Challenge – the highest award a Guide can achieve.

We try to go on at least one day trip a year –  in April 2015 we enjoyed  a trip to London.   The main purpose of our visit was to complete a treasure hunt for Shaun the Sheep monuments but we also climbed  the 311 steps of the Monument [commemorates the Great Fire of London] where Nancy, one of our Guides made her promise right at the top.  We also visited the M&M’s shop at Leicester Square.

We encourage our Guides to apply for International opportunities available to them in County and Region. In 2006, Nicola North was selected to represent Oxfordshire Guides at an international camp in Finland in July. This is the first time a Guide from Radley has been selected since the company was re-registered back in 1975. The company is extremely proud of Nicola and was busy fund-raising to help Nicola go on this trip. In 2007 Eleanore Henderson was accepted to attend the Vendelbo Jamboree in Denmark with around 1,000 other guides and scouts from around the world. Again the company helped Eleanore in her activities to raise the funds for her trip. These included a quiz night in Radley Village Hall.  Then we were really excited that Vicky Berry was selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden as a member of Anglia Girl Guiding contingent.

This is just a taster of what Radley Guides get up to! If you are interested in joining and are aged nine or over, please email your details to radleyguides@hotmail.co.uk or leave a message for Wendy Faulkner on 07803484454

If you are interested in becoming a leader or an adult helper on a regular basis, then please feel free to contact Wendy or alternatively come along to one of our meetings to see what it is all about.

For further information about Guides in general, please visit the Guide Association website.

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