A shared vision for Guiding.
At 8.10pm on 20 October 2010 (20:10, 20/10, 2010) 3000 girls and adults from across Cheshire East joined thousands of girls and women across the country as they launched the next 100 years of guiding.
The Vision party at Macclesfield Rugby Club was one of hundreds that took place at the same time throughout the UK. The event invited Girlguiding UK members to reflect on the Centenary year and its celebrations, and share their vision for the future.
To ensure Girlguiding UK’s half a million members shared this special moment, Vision parties all around the UK were joined via a link-up with the Chief Guide Liz Burnley. Liz Burnley spoke from a Vision event in Oxfordshire, where she was also attending Girlguiding UK’s Young Women’s World Forum. The forum brought together girls and young women from around the world to discuss the Millennium Development Goals.
Over 3000 people enjoyed a parade representing events that had taken place over the Centenary year as well as singing and a special dance performance. Those celebrating their birthday on the day enjoyed over 3000 people singing Happy Birthday. The evening finished with a spectacular firework finale to launch the next 100 years of Guiding.
Heather Cann, President of Girlguiding Cheshire Border and organiser of the event said, “ It was a wonderful finale to celebrate everything we have achieved in our Centenary year but also to mark the start of our next 100 years.”
Hannah Chatelet, 6th Knutsford Guides participated in the event said
“The fireworks were amazing! I felt proud to be a guide and take part in the Vision event. It was nice to share this experience with my friends.”
The guiding movement began in 1909 when a small group of young women gate-crashed the Boy Scout rally at Crystal Palace Park in London and lobbied Robert Baden-Powell for ‘something for the girls’. The Centenary has provided an opportunity to celebrate the impact that the organisation has made on the lives of girls and young women and how modern guiding continues to support around half a million members around the UK to make new friends, develop skills and achieve their full potential in a unique girl only space. This Centenary year alone members have trekked across the Andes, sailed a Tall Ship, taken over Tatton, enjoyed a Big Gig at Tabley and much more.