There is a fantastic new Herts Guide Centre Night Time badge available to purchase for £1.00 from the Guide Centre shop during your visit or by emailing the County Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also lots of other badges and sweets available in the shop so please be sure to take a look when you are here!
On 28th April the Hertfordshire Guide Centre Nature and Pond Area was officially opened. Although the weather was a little chilly and damp for the ribbon cutting, it did not dampen the spirits of those who came to support the work that has been carried out so far. With a hot cup of tea in hand, visitors were able to take a stroll around the pond area whilst the children dipped their nets!
Our natural pond and surrounding area has been completely transformed and enhanced by the addition of an accessible pathway, fenced level standing area and stepped dipping platform into the pond. We are now busy enriching the planting and encouraging the wildlife to visit and already we are seeing wildflowers blooming and frogs swimming!
Thank you to everyone who voted in store at Tesco for their ‘Bags of Help scheme’ which donated the money for the renovation carried out by Groundworks.
Pond dipping is a great way of connecting with nature and offers a relaxing fun time for children (and adults!) to enjoy the outdoors. For more information on pond dipping sessions, please click here
Come and join us at the Guide Centre, Cottered on Saturday 28 April from 2.30-4.00pm for the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the improved pond area. Please RSVP to the County Office by Friday 13 April if you wish to attend.
Are you free to help at our next working party? We need as many volunteers as possible to help with gardening, tidying and cleaning at the Guide Centre in Cottered. Please bring your own tools and a packed lunch.
Thanks to the generous funding from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme work is now well underway on the redevelopment of our pond area.
It was amazing to see the space appearing once our contractor Groundwork started the ground clearance, moving fallen trees and clearing scrub and brambles.
New screening has been erected, and now that the natural light can get into the site the hawthorn hedge which was already in situ should be able to flourish.
New gates are in place and the boundary has been moved to provide a better access. The newly laid paths allow for access around the whole site and will be safe for wheelchair users. A new beach area has been created on the side closest to the house.
The platform has been removed from the pond and the new one has been positioned to allow fuller use of the whole site.
We are looking forward to the next steps which include fencing around the pond, seating and a shelter.
Are you free on the 19 February or 1 June from 10am to help at our working parties? We need as many volunteers as possible to help with gardening, tidying and cleaning at the Guide Centre in Cottered.
Help us to get some new kitchen and sports equipment by collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers.
Last year with your help we got new outdoor games, baking equipment for use by units in the kitchen, and some general kitchen equipment.
Please get your vouchers to either Lorraine England or the County Office by the end of May.
We are delighted to announce that the Centre has secured the top grant of £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help grant in the voting which took place in the local Tesco stores in late October/ November last year. A huge thank you to all those who voted for our project - you really made a difference for the Centre.
The committee are currently working to finalise plans for the pond refurbishment and nature area redevelopment. The work will be completed during 2017 so look out for updates, and volunteering opportunities and dates for this exciting project.
Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £24m across 2,421 local projects.
And from 1 December, customers will be able to vote for local groups all year round, every time they shop and grants will be awarded monthly – meaning that thousands more projects will benefit from the scheme.
Funding will now be awarded to groups who are seeking to use and develop outdoor spaces in ways that will benefit their local community, and money will be available in smaller amounts, making it more accessible.
Customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
On 21st October 2016 12 members of the Hertfordshire Occasional Guild spent a busy day at the HGC.
The amount of work they covered was phenomenal! It included: