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Girlguiding Nottinghamshire member virtually celebrate 90th birthday of its Elton on the Hill campsite

Members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire have come together virtually to mark the 90th birthday for one of its camps.

Elton on the Hill Campsite was gifted to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire in 1930 by Colonel G. N. Pearson.

A collage of people who took part in a Stay at Home Camp to c elebrate the birthday of the Elton Camp. (38857107)
A collage of people who took part in a Stay at Home Camp to c elebrate the birthday of the Elton Camp. (38857107)

The sloping site covers approximately 11 acres of grass and woodland and part of it is of special scientific interest.

It has also been the site of hundreds of camps and holds happy memories for generations of Guides.

Therefore, the organisation felt it was important to mark this special anniversary ­— even though all group meetings are currently suspended.

So, members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire from all over the county came together for a weekend to have a special camp ­— from their own homes.

In total, more than 1,350 took part in the camp, across all age groups, from Rainbows (aged five to seven) Brownies (seven to ten) Guides (ten to 14) and Rangers (14 to 18) to adult leaders and members of the Trefoil Guild.

Sarah Clarkson, chairman of the Elton Committee, said: “We were looking forward to being together to celebrate all the fun and adventure we have at Elton but instead 1,350 people will have special memories of our Stay At Home Camp.

“Thanks to everybody who joined in and everybody who had a hand in organising and promoting the camp.”

As part of the camp, members took part in a series of tasks, including singing Happy Birthday to Elton, making a birthday card, having a campfire and also enjoying some birthday cake.

In doing those, they earned a special badge for taking part.

All proceeds from sales of the badge are to be donated to Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark, which offers help and support for children aged three to 18, with the grieving process brought on by the death or terminal illness diagnosis of someone close.

The charity offers services across Nottinghamshire and it was agreed that in these difficult circumstances it would be something that resonated with members.

More information about the charity can be found at www.childrensbereavementcentre.co.uk/

Jackie Brocklehurst, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Nottinghamshire, launched the camp on Facebook with a special message which welcomed all members.

Additionally, a special video was made to commemorate the event, which included pictures and videos of girls and adult volunteers from across the county, all coming together to celebrate.

The video can be viewed at www.facebook.com/watch/?v=926836654470653

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire supports and encourages girls of all ages and abilities to get the most out of life.

Enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities are always welcome.

For more information, call county headquarters on 0115 987 7220 or go to www.girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk

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