Festive function brings Girlguiding groups together

Date: Wednesday 16 December 2015

1st Hook Norton Guides WEB

A Christmas social function which brought together two Girlguiding groups in North Oxfordshire has been supported by a £300 donation from our team at Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire.

The 1st Hook Norton Guides and the Swere Valley Senior Section held a joint gathering on Monday 7th December, and brought the two age groups together to celebrate members’ achievements.

The Guides, for girls aged 10 to 14, had the chance to socialise with their older peers in the Senior Section, for girls typically aged from 14 up to about 17 but with the option to stay on until they are 25.

Julie Wood, the 1st Hook Norton Guides Leader, says: “It was an opportunity for the girls to have some fun, but also helped the transition for those who will soon be joining the older group so it will be less daunting when they move up.”

For Julie, who has been involved with the Guide movement for more than 20 years, it’s a family affair as her younger daughter, 23-year-old Megan helps with Guides and older daughter, 26-year-old Katie, runs the Swere Valley Senior Section.

Our donation, which Julie says they are ‘absolutely delighted’ with, helped to pay for the festive get-together.

The Christmas event took place in a function room at The Sun pub in Hook Norton where the girls and young women had the opportunity to play bar skittles and enjoy a meal together. The venue was a special one because the groups normally meet in either the village’s Memorial Hall or the Baptist Hall.

Four members of the Senior Section received their prestigious Chief Guide Challenge award for their accomplishments including personal challenges and development, which can take a few years to achieve, while at the other end of the scale, newly-joined Guides made their ‘Promise’.

The 1st Hook Norton Guides currently have 19 members while the Swere Valley Senior Section has 14.

Nikki Gibson, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey Oxfordshire, says: “We are always keen to support the communities in which we build our new homes and when we heard that the Hook Norton Guides and the village’s Senior Section could do with some financial support, we were delighted to help.

“Christmas is a time for goodwill and friendship, and we hope our gift will help to spread some festive joy for these girls and young women in Hook Norton.”

There’s a superb selection of three and four-bedroom homes currently available at our Bourne View development in Hook Norton.