Group Reports: Girls’ Brigade

During the past 12 months the 1st Weston-super-Mare Girls’ Brigade Company has been involved in a number of activities and detailed below is a summary of these events.

In March 2015 we sent 3 girls to Hill House for Young Leaders Training:- Emma Hawkins (Leader Training), Rosie Weeks (Advanced), Katie Christian (Preparation). Before the girls left for Young Leaders they had to undertake a number of compulsory activities:

  • preparing a worship session
  • organise a craft activity
  • leading the games

Young Leaders’ helps girls develop skills and talents, which will be of benefit to them when helping out within the Company. Since returning Emma has continued to undertake the necessary modules in order to become an officer which include planning, faith journey, GB Knowledge etc and has also visited a GB Company in Bristol to experience how they do things in other companies. We are hoping that her registration to become a new GB leader will be through shortly.

Our Summer Programme included swimming at Hutton Moor, a visit to the beach, a people hunt and the session finished with a BBQ.

On Saturday 15th August seventeen of us had a sleepover at the Church which included a day trip to Crealy Adventure Park. We had a great day going on the roller coasters, looking at the animals and other attractions and returned to the Church for dinner which was cooked by Mandi. After dinner the girls had the opportunity (if they wanted) to perform in the Talent Show and watch a number of selected DVD’s before bed time!. The girls were very excited and it took a long time for everyone to get to sleep! After breakfast we then joined the congregation for worship. When it was time to go home the girls (and the leaders) were quite tired but everyone had a good time.

In September our new session started off with a Progressive Supper but this year because of transport we stayed at the Church and moved from room to room for the various courses.
There was a good attendance at the enrolment service held in October. This is a very important service of Dedication and Enrolment of New Members for our GB/BB Companies and the Church. This is a time at which the Company and Church unite in reminding each other of their objectives and of their obligations to one another.

On Saturday November 7th our n:counta and n:spire sections (Seniors and Brigaders) held a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West which provides hospice care for life-limited children and their families from across the South West of England. To date the girls have managed to raise £400.56 and on behalf of the Company I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came along to support the girls at the Coffee Morning and Cake Sale. Your contribution means a lot to the girls and the money helps out a great charity.
We have since had a visit from Kylie Gallagher a representative from Little Bridge House who talked to the Company about where they are, what the Charity does etc but Sarah, Hayley, Katie. Phoebe and Jessica got the chance to visit Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset where they handed over the cheque. They were able to look around the house which had plenty of facilities including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun and a Jacuzzi!. The hospice provides a home from home for everyone who stays with them, and that includes parents, and brothers and sisters too. They have eight child-friendly bedrooms which are decorated with favourite books, toys and DVDs for each child who stays with them and there is accommodation for the rest of the family too! This year the charity is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and the girls came back with 25 teddies and have been set the task of coming up with ideas to find the perfect fundraising event to raise yet more well needed money so watch this space.

In December we once again held our joint Carol Evening with the BB and it was lovely to see parents, friends and Church members come and support the girls and boys ~ I think you will agree they all did a wonderful job!

Also in December a few of our girls joined with the rest of the Church family for fun at MESSY PARADE and enjoyed the crafts, story, prayer etc.

As Leaders and Helpers of the Company we endeavour to help the girls discover Jesus in both a fun and age appropriate way. Weekly activities are planned as to the age of the girls in each section with the evening offering devotions, badge work, games and of course drinks and biscuits!

Our numbers have remained steady and it is great to work with the girls watching them grow in confidence and faith whilst learning new skills and facing new challenges. Each Section has been involved in a number of activities throughout the year and this would not be possible without the fantastic team I have behind me Mandi, Sarah, Hayley, Sophie and OJ ~ THANK YOU!!.

Jane King, Captain