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2nd Selsdon Guides is part of Girlguiding UK, which is the largest organisation for girls in the UK. There has been a Guide unit at Selsdon Baptist Church since 1935 so have been going for 80 years.

Girls aged 10-15 come every week in term time to enjoy meeting their friends and taking part in all sorts of activities, some of which are led by the older girls. Activities include games, cooking, sports, community action, and theme nights. The girls particularly enjoy choosing and running their own group activities, called Go For Its. These are specially designed packs of themed activities which the Patrols can choose from and complete.

During the holidays we enjoy camps and indoor holidays and learn new skills as well as taking part in more adventurous outdoor activities. We are particularly looking forward to a centenary camp in the summer which 200 locals Guides are attending.

We only have one regular permanent leader, Jo Wheeler, who is helped by a Young Leader, Sarah Wheeler, and our occasional Unit Helper, Emily Wheeler, when she is home from university. Although we have a group of very supportive parents who help out on a rota, we are desperately in need of some more permanent regular help and would be grateful for any offers or interest.

The guide unit have their own website


Brownies is part of Selsdon Baptist’s history but the unit that started in the 1930s sadly closed a few years ago. Our unit, 10th Selsdon Brownies, was started by Sue Grainger and myself in 1984 and I was very pleased to celebrate the unit’s 25th birthday this year.

24 girls aged 7-10 come every week in term time to enjoy meeting their friends and taking part in all sorts of activities including games, cooking, making things, sports, community action, and theme nights. At the moment we are taking part in a national challenge to complete different activities to collect 100 points and earn the Adventure 100 badge as part of Girlguiding UK’s centenary celebrations.

All our activities are designed to give the girls life skills and develop the whole person while having fun. We encourage the girls to keep the Brownie Promise and Law, the foundations of the Brownie programme, not only at Brownies but wherever they are.

Recently we had an evening of more traditional Brownie activities and we were very pleased that Trudy Bigwood could visit. Trudy was my Brown Owl when I was a Brownie at SBC. The girls enjoyed looking at old photos Trudy had brought along and tried to spot Tawny (me) in them!

During the holidays we enjoy camps and indoor holidays, learning new skills such as peeling vegetables, sweeping floors and washing up! Of course, we have lots of fun doing all sorts of other activities and enjoying the outdoors.

I am very pleased that Katherine Turner has decided to stay at home for the time being after finishing university. She was one of my Brownies, then was a Young Leader and now is my Assistant. I also have Jess and Emily, who are ex-Guides and now Young Leaders, as well as some very supportive parents.

Jo Wheeler

Oct 09




An entertaining programme for girls aged 5-7.


Poppies for Remembrance Sunday

Brownies sewing poppies onto a remembrance day banner.

The Rainbows, Brownies and Guides have been working hard on a new banner for Remembrance Sunday. Each girl has made a poppy to go on the banner and we are all looking forward to seeing it hanging in the church for the first time at the Remembrance Sunday church parade.

Oct 2010