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Trefoil Guild - did it really begin in 1943?

Posted by Leslie on June 6, 2021 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After a year during which pressure of work has meant many other things having to take a back seat - I'm now able to do some research work again - and maybe soon get back on the road visiting archives to learn more. 

Meantime, I've been doing some work on Trefoil Guild history - or to be more accurate, the pre-history.  The more work I have done, the more questionable the official start date of Trefoil Guild seems to be - but why not have a look at the page and jud...

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Badge Updates

Posted by Leslie on January 6, 2020 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Have recently been doing some updating work on the badge pages - adding in more badge images, more slide shows, and adding captions.  I've also been able to add to the information already there on end-dates.  Hope to add more details to some of the other pages shortly too.

Work in Hand

Posted by Leslie on June 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Have recently been doing some more general research, some of which will end up in 'Historian's Corner' and some in the main site.  I will also be working over the summer to try to update details for the new programmes coming in, and the related badges.  (Please bear with me - it will take time to alter all the references to 'current' programme to 'previous' programme, hence I'm claiming the right to take a year over transition too!

Updating will occur over the summer as time a...

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Programme Change

Posted by Leslie on February 16, 2018 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Guiding seems to have a custom of major programme change for all sections every 50 years - for after the major changes of 1966-1968 when the original Tenderfoot/Second Class/First Class was replaced by the 8-point programme for all sections, so in 2016-18 we have programme changes for all sections again, and as in 1968 there will be a structure running through the programmes of all the sections, with the aim of providing continuity and progression.  

Programme chan...

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Sea Ranger Ship Flags

Posted by Leslie on March 26, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (2)

A query from a friend leads to another bit of investigation work to tackle! I was asked about what sort of flags Sea Guide/Sea Ranger units had. Which led to an interesting search. The answer appears to be that initially they had the same sort of flags as other units - initially a navy flag with the First Class badge upon it, later a mid-blue flag with a world badge on it. It also looks like the trefoils of Ranger flags were enamelled with red/blue enamel as appropriate.

Later there...

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Senior Section

Posted by Leslie on September 16, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

So, as the "Big Brownie Birthday" draws to a close, so attention wanders towards the next group due to have a Centenary - Senior Section. Laying aside the question of whether their anniversary should be celebrated in 2016 (which would be 100 years since Cadets/YLs were founded) or in 2017 (which would be 100 years since Senior Guides/Rangers were founded), there is a lot of scope for research into Senior Section history, as they tend to be the section which receives scant attention in most o...

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Lones and 'Extensions'

Posted by Leslie on June 25, 2014 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The latest project is to do some more work on Lones and Extensions - the pages have been started, now it's time to do more research and develop them. 'Extensions' in particular, is one of the most interesting topics - Guiding was far ahead of it's time in promoting equal education and opportunities for the disabled, both the physically and the mentally disabled, at a time when most disabled children received little or no formal education - and in taking steps to integrate them into mainstrea...

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Camps and Holidays

Posted by Leslie on July 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

With the holidays upon us, and with it the break from unit activities, I've found the time to add another section that I had been hoping to start on for a while - for what sort of Guiding history site could omit the history of Guide Camps?!


There is still much to add, but the start has been made and I will add more information as it becomes available . . .

Religion and Guiding

Posted by Leslie on July 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have added in a new page on the current 'hot topic' - religion and Guiding. One of the main reasons for doing so is the amount of mis-information spreading around, in the media and elsewhere, about the topic - both from members of the public who mistakenly assume that Guiding is or was a Christian organisation, and, sadly, from Leaders and former Leaders who are under the same misconception. And yet, I was wary, because it is a controversial topic, mainly because so many of those...

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Posted by Leslie on February 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

With the anniversaries for Guides and Rainbows having passed, attention is now turning to the next section to get their turn - the Brownies. Although their history is fairly well recorded, a lot of work is still there to be done by the enthusiast - to look at how the programme has changed through the years - and how it hasn't! To record 'ordinary' unit traditions - opening and closing ceremonies, favourite games, how different events and festivals are celebrated, etc. If you are thinking o...

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