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Sedgefield Rangers Explore the World
Sedgefield News Article This is the story of three incredible journeys by four amazing young women that started at the Sedgefield Scout Hut and ended in Canada, Bermuda and Nepal.
Pictured L-R, Abbie Walker, Kate Wallace, Jenny Walker and Katelyn Craig, are all Sedgefield Rangers and their journeys all began when they attended a Girlguiding UK selection event. After a series of assessments and application forms, the girls were chosen for three different international camps.
Katelyn and Abbie would head to Canada, Jenny was chosen for Bermuda, and Kate selected for a trip to Nepal. But this was only the start of their adventures, as the small matter of £8,450 needed to be raised to fund the trips.

Keen readers of Sedgefield News may remember some of their sponsorship activities - a fashion show with Betty’s Boudoir; musical performances at Sainsbury’s; a sponsored swim; climbing Scafell Pike; and many others. With the kind generosity of local people, the money was raised. The girls began to pack.
Katelyn and Abbie travelled to Canada to join 1,200 other guides at Doe Lake in Huntsville. They were the only English group in their section and everyone loved them, particularly their wonderful accents. They were made to feel at home, and given some handy tips on how to prevent bear visits! As well as camping, they also spent a lot of time on the lake, with canoeing, paddleboarding and white water rafting just a few of the activities they tried. There was also time for sightseeing in Toronto and Montreal, with highlights including climbing the CN Tower and visiting Niagara Falls.
Jenny’s trip was part of the celebrations for one hundred years of girl guiding on the islands. One hundred guides were selected, six from England and the rest from other British Overseas Territories including the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands. At the opening ceremony, attended by the Premier of Bermuda, traditional Gombey dancers with multi-coloured costumes, masks and drums provided the entertainment.

There is only one place in Bermuda you are allowed to pitch a tent, Paget Island, and this became their base. The local police department ran many of the activities including high ropes, raft building and a tour of the spooky naval fort in total darkness. There was also time to catch the tourist sights with visits to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the aquarium and the Crystal Caves. One of the highlights of the trips was snorkelling on the unspoilt coral reef.
Kate’s adventure took her to Nepal, volunteering at a local school. Five classrooms needed to be painted and decorated with murals. Once the decorating was complete they planned and delivered lessons to the children.

Their original plan was to teach English but it quickly became apparent they were fluent, so instead they taught them about crafts and dental hygiene. After all their hard work they visited Kathmandu and Pokhara. One journey involved an arduous, slightly terrifying, seven hour bus ride through mountains.

They visited beautiful temples including the Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath Stupa). Kate’s favourite experience was watching the first rays of sunlight creep over the Himalayan peaks. The girls will keep in touch with their many new friends through social media, and they have all made memories that will last a lifetime.

Rangers, part of Girlguiding UK, give young women aged 14 - 18 the opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities, which the group decides on the activities. The Sedgefield group has a healthy interest in food, so recent events have included Come Dine with Me & Bake Off competitions, alongside the more traditional camping, adventure and community activities. If you are interested in joining, check out the website, www.girlguiding.org.uk or contact Marie Walker (marie.walker1992@gmail.com).
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Homework Help is starting up again! Get in touch if you would like help, or can offer some: or find us on Facebook or e-mail homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk. We already have some students on board and a team of helpers. We need more helpers in biology, English and maths in particular – if you can spare an hour a week to share your knowledge and help students learn, please contact us. Thanks for helping us towards more “Aha!” moments!

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See what's on near you this month, updates by Tom Guest. Don't forget to submit your event poster/details, reviews or videos.
Head off to the diary for all the latest dates for: Veterans Coffee Morning, U3A, Drop in Surgeries, New Generation Church, Methodist Wives & Friends, Local History Society, Sedgefield T Dance, Sedgefield WI, Sedgefield Country Market, Cricket Club Quiz, Ladies Club, Sew Easy, Sedgefield Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, Live Music Night at Sedgefield Cricket Club, Sedgefield Family History Group, Sedgefield Memory Café, Bradbury and Mordon Ladies Circle and more...
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The next Sedgefield Energy Switch auction period key dates are:

  • 13th August 2019-Registration Opens
  • 7th October 2019-Registration Closes
  • 8th October 2019-Day of Auction
  • 21st October 2019 -Offers letters issued
  • 26th November 2019 -Offer acceptance closure
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Stall Holders

The market is held from 8.30am to 12.30pm on the village green. A FREE community stall, music tent & health bus are available throughout the year. The free stall is available to clubs and societies for promotion or fundraising. To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity call Roger Clubley: 01740 620609, email farmers@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk.

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Homework Help continues, and there is room for more students as well as more helpers! We are also looking to set up sessions in Fishburn. If you would like to volunteer, or to request help with homework or careers guidance, email: homework@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk or find us on Facebook.

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English, Maths, Sciences (physics, chemistry, biology), French, German, Spanish, History, Politics, Careers guidance, Help preparing university applications and interviews & Essay writing

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Main tasks to focus on over the next few months:-
🌿 Undergrowth clearing around the trees - by slashing weeds and leaving the weeds as mulch or by pulling weeds and removing them from the base of the trees.
🌿 Pulling the plant competition from out of the plastic sleeves e.g grass, nettles.
🌿 Litter picking.
🌿 As undergrowth gets bigger, clearing pathways among the trees is useful.
Can you help?
Please contact woodland@sedgefielddevelopmenttrust.co.uk for more details.
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