Crawley division

Crawley division

All units are run by volunteers and we always need more help to be able to offer more great opportunities to the girls and young women in our Divisions.

If you live in one of our districts and you or your daughter would like to join us, please register her/yourself on our main Girlguiding website.

Thelma & Pauline
Crawley division Commissioners

Thelma Bates & Pauline Hyner

Crawley division structure

Girlguiding Crawley Division is divided into four districts – Blackwater, Buckswood, Emberwood and Lakes.

  • Blackwater District includes Three Bridges, Maidenbower and Pound Hill
  • Buckswood District includes Bewbush, Broadfield and Gossops Green
  • Emberwood District includes Ifield, Langley Green and West Green
  • Lakes District includes Furnace Green, Northgate, Southgate and Tilgate.

A Brief History of Crawley

The town of Crawley is situated 28 miles south of London, 18 miles north of Brighton. “Crawley” derives from the Anglo-Saxon “craweleah”, a crow filled wood or clearing; archaeological evidence shows the area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and was a centre of iron-making in Roman times. Crawley developed as a market town from the 13th century, and later became an important stopping point on the journey between London and Brighton with a Toll House and many coaching inns on the High Street.

Following the Second World War, the villages of Ifield, Three Bridges and Crawley were designated Crawley New Town, into which many people were moved from London. Gatwick Airport also opened in the 1940s, and the town expanded rapidly.

Today, Crawley has a population of 100,000, living in 13 residential neighbourhoods based around the core of the old market town Guiding in Crawley also has a long history; our oldest existing unit 2nd Crawley (St Peters) Guides was registered in 1918.

All units are run by volunteers and we always need more help to be able to offer more great opportunities to the girls and young women in our County.

If you live in one of our Districts and you or your daughter would like to join us, please register her/yourself on our main Girlguiding websit.