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Parkminster Division

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Parkminster Division was established in 1979 and is made up of 3 districts that cover a number of villages in the South West of our County.

We celebrated our 40th birthday in 2019 with a Division sleepover, with around 90 Brownies and Guides sleeping at Jolesfield School, Partridge Green. We were also joined by the Rainbows at the beginning.

Our roots in Girl Guiding go back further than this however, as 1st Lower Beeding Guides were originally started by the Miss Godmans at South Lodge, Lower Beeding and they celebrated their 100th birthday in 2017.

Each district has a number of Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger units.

Working within the Girlguiding programme, the Rainbows enjoy weekly meetings, playing games, cooking, making crafts.

The Brownies work towards badges while having fun playing games, making new friends and enjoying activities. They also go on Days out and Brownie Holidays – including a trip to Guernsey. The islanders are getting used to seeing our girls in their pink Sussex Central hi-vis jackets !!

All the girls can now work through the six Theme Awards, culminating in the Section Gold Award, the highest badge they can achieve.

Guides have the freedom to contribute to the planning of their weekly meetings, and get to experience Residentials, going back to basics, and other times going to activity centres for an action packed holiday.

Girls can belong to the Rangers from their 14th to their 18th birthday.

Henfield district has its own Guide Hut, built in 1982, that houses 2 Rainbow units, 2 Brownie units, 2 Guide units, and the Henfield Trefoil Guild. Henfield units take girls from Henfield and surrounding villages including Albourne, Wineham and Small Dole.

Cowfold district has Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units in Partridge Green and Lower Beeding. Lower Beeding takes girls from Lower Beeding, Nuthurst, Maplehurst, Mannings Heath and Plummers Plain. We are looking for volunteers in the hope of re opening the Brownie and Guide units in Cowfold.

Sharpenhurst district covers Barns Green and Itchingfield with a Rainbow and Brownie unit, and Southwater with 1 Rainbow unit, and 2 Brownie and Guide units. The district also has a Ranger unit.

The Districts often meet up for joint events including a bi annual Thinking Day celebration, Canoeing Regatta and fun days.

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 website.