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Phantom of the Opera

The Inglewood Guides and Maketawa leaders enjoyed an afternoon at Phantom of the Opera. Some of the girls had never been to a show like this and it was a great new experience for them.

Inglewood Brownies Here 'n' There Mt Trip

The idea of a mid-winter mountain trip excited the Brownies no end. Snow? A summit climb? Climbing the mountain? Their expectations were high!

The day was beautiful, cold but beautiful, so we were able to do Plan A:

  • the Nature Walk
  • lunch at the Information Centre
  • the Ngatoro Loop Track
  • up to the 1st seat on the Translator Track
  • afternoon tea at Mrs Jenkins, in Inglewood.

As you can imagine the mountain and the bush were stunning. The girls and a little brother Thomas were great trampers. They all carried backpacks, so jackets, hats and gloves could go on and off and not be lost.

The steps, bridges, mud, moss, big trees,  puddles and views of the mountain and the snow caught their attention and hopefully increased their love of Taranaki, our 'Here'! 

And the final point of ecstasy was afternoon tea at Mrs Jenkins home, fizzy drink or hot milo, cheerios, sausage rolls, pikelets and cream puffs.

What an end to a great holiday outing!

By Liz Finnigan, Leader Inglewood Brownies


90th Anniversary Celebrations

The 90th Anniversary of Girl Guiding in Taranaki was held on Sunday the 6th of March at the Stratford A & P show grounds.

My best friend Lyric-lee, her sister Chantae-lee, Ella – my friend and also another brownie, and you can’t forget Me (Sophie) all attended this fun event. As we drove in we saw lots of tents and people of all ages. The first tent we went to we made friendship bracelets. We sat on the ground for half an hour doing them and enjoying each other’s company.  Then we smelt the lovely damper being cooked over the open fires, so we headed over and waited our turn to make some. It was yummy with butter and jam on top.


By that time we were asked to go to the hall for the cake auction. All the leaders including our wonderful leader Christine helping with the cakes. The occasion brought the North Island leaders including Sonia Faulkner, the National President and Jennie Landers, the Regional Co-ordinator to celebrate with us. They handed out special gifts to the girls who had recently achieved their Challenge 9 and also the highest Guiding awards.

Guiding Taranaki had 74 donated cakes to auction to raise money for Ivy Cottage. We bought a delicious chocolate cake.  Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for the exciting end to the day – we heard that they were setting a tent on FIRE!!!

We had a terrific time and we all hope to do it again some time. I hope everyone else who went did also.

By Sophie Sparks, Lepperton Brownies 

Guides prepare for an all-out snack attack

Caitlyn Sewell-Monod is a veteran Girl Guide biscuit seller.

The 9-year-old will be in her fifth year of selling the well-loved cookies and this Saturday she will be out with her fellow Te Henui District Girl Guides, selling the treats for its annual fundraiser.

Door knocking, setting up stalls and placing oneself strategically outside shops are among the methods employed to get the cookies into customers’ hands.

The Te Henui girls have 585 cartons of cookies to sell. That is 9435 packets of mixed originals, chocolate dipped and mini-chocolate dipped biscuits for sale.

Each packet is sold for $3.50 which will go towards funding the girls’ various outdoor activities.

Caitlyn said she enjoyed both the social and outdoor aspect involved with selling the cookies.

“I like going to the supermarkets and sitting outside at the stalls,” she said.

Te Henui District co-ordinator Vicki Frewin said people are buying into the girls’ future when they buy the biscuits.

“The money goes towards camps, kayaking, rock climbing,” Ms Frewin said. “Otherwise its just too dear with just our unit budget.”

Article from the Taranaki Daily News, 26 February 2014

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