District Sleepover at Birmingham Sealife Centre 28.4.18 (unfortunately, not attended by many from Horizon but those that went loved it!)

Spring 2018  -- included members helping Becci with her Going Away License - below playing Quidditch!

Not many photos taken this term, but we helped organise and kept the fire going for our District Thinking Day Campfire, made candles & clay pots, painted glasses, discussed money, cooked a pasta meal and a chocolate cake, nearly completed 75 Things to do in 75 Minutes, had a go at Martial Arts, piloted another Clause of the new programme, participated in an Easter Egg hunt and tried both Hot Yoga and Snow tubing. A full term, though numbers have dropped somewhat.
Cherry Blossom Festival and Sushi making 26.1.18 - thanks to Caitlin's Parents and to Jasmine xx
Court of Awards 5th January 2018 - Presentation of Queen's Guide Award to Maisie Rae, Chief Guide's Award to Chelsea Beahan, and Emma & Hannah Smith and Silver DofE Award to Emily Caldwell
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Christmas Fayre Italy fund raising 2017 & racking our temporary camp store
Court of Awards 17th November 2017 - Presentation of Chief Guide's Award to Tilly & Katherine
Girls were all presented with badges and awards (including the Guiding is Adventures badge) pinned to bags of gold coins tagged 'Rangers are always worth their weight in gold'

the gang!

Remembrance Parade

Nov Parade
Autumn 2017
Members of the Unit attended the New County Girlguiding Volunteers Event at Oxford Four Pillars Hotel


Eight members of the Unit visited Rebound Revolution, the Bounce Park in Bicester in October. Very tiring, especially on the leg muscles...
Annual General Meeting September 2017 - awards on ribbons wrapped around boxed caribiner gadgets
18th Birthdays!! Autumn 2017

Autumn 2017
BUNKFEST Music Festival 01.09.17
Bunkfest again
Extra Active - Some members were more than just out and about during the Summer of 2017
Emily & Frankie joined Hampshire Scouts Leadership team to take 150 Scouts to Tanzania, where they challenged themselves with a range of Community projects, such as helping build a new medical centre and renovating a primary school, they also went on safari and participated in a range of exciting outdoor activities.
Meanwhile Mim led a group from Anglia to Fiji for a Care and Community Project in Nadi, stopping off at Raffles Hotel, Singapore on the way.
Georgina helped Oxfordshire Guiding by manning an Information Stall at Blenheim Countryfile Live.
and Frankie also hiked to Sanje Waterfalls in
Tanzania National Park.
Meal at Cosmo 21.07.17
End of
                      year meal
Punting 14.07.17 & Georgina's Promise Ceremony

all of

Two punts, a picnic and a Promise Ceremony -- it was all go when Horizon went punting this year, especially when Heather hit the trees -- as to the ducks!!

Evolution 30th June - 2nd July -- the Explorer/Ranger Weekend to be at in 2017..
                      carrying kit!!!

And we came fortieth out of 72 teams competing, better than last year.. Wayhay!!
Thanks Becky for making it happen for us. xx
Incident Hike
9.6.17 Court of Awards at Brill Windmill followed by BBQ at Katherine's -- please thank your Parents!
Caitlin's Senior Section Permit 27-29th May was based on the Festivals Challenge

the kitchen

tent breakfast


Spring Term 2017 activities included: City Maze, Nature collage, Ballroom dancing, Bouldering and more.
We didn't do


at the top

 Spectacular Mystery Trip 30th April
the gang..

Jasmine's Promise

Stewardess Guides

To celebrate the Centenary Anniversary of the Ranger Section, Horizon's Leaders laid on a Spectacular Mystery Day as the highlight of our celebration. 
This actually happened when members of the Unit met at 6.00am and drove clutching their passports, to Birmingham Airport, heading for an unknown destination! It turned out to be Belfast, flying on Flybe Airlines, with a crew who were so supportive of Guiding they allowed Jasmine her Promise Ceremony in the cockpit after the flight had landed.
An open top bus tour and a visit to the Titanic Experience, plus some sightseeing, made for an incredible day with a return home just before midnight. Thanks Cheryl for making it all possible.

Meal in Belfast

Pax Lodge Weekend 3-4th March -- included the Monopoly Challenge
Pax Lodge
Pax Lodge
                      phone box
with HM.

Monopoly Challenge selfie
Chelsea's Permit Camp 13-15th February 2017 based on the Expelliarmus Challenge

Muggles beware


10th February 2017 - before Self Defense
Happy Birthday
Mim & Alex got married 07.01.17

beautiful bride
A couple!!
January 6th 2017 New Year Meal, Court of Awards (with diaries) & shenanigans.
New Year Meal

Awards Maisie

We didn't manage to fit in a Christmas Meal last month but were thrilled to welcome back some of our Affiliates for a New Years Meal instead.
Tilly's Permit 19-21st December 2016 -- camping out at night, using the Centre during the day, having difficulty making up the numbers, but passing without any problems. Congratulations Tilly. You Done Well!!
Tilly's Permit
Mim's Hen Night with a murder mystery theme -- such a giggle!!
Mim's Hen
Autumn 2016 Remembrance Parade and yoga..
on parade
Oxford Ghost Tour Halloween 2016 -- thank you Bill Spectre!!
He's cutting me......
Silver Qualifying Expedition - New Forest 22-24th October 2016 - two groups -- Well done both!
above both groups at the start; on day three
and below last group walking in at the end!!
Day 3 start

walking in at
                      the end
Annual General Meeting & COA 16.9.16
The summer for some of our older members

A busy year for some of our 'oldies', Mim led a County trip to Finland. Maisie ran the Face Painting session at District Circus Camp. Becky & Heather volunteered for the service Team at Brumjam and then went to Gilwell Reunion and Frankie and Emily joined the Hampshire  Leader team sussing out Tanzania for their 2017 visit.
Emily was also part of the Comms. Network for 'Use Your Voice' a Girlguiding initiative held in London in September and Maisie attended Girlguiding's Survival Weekend at Blackland Farm in Kent.


Service Team

Circus Camp

swinging through the trees
Other Summer 2016 activities
cooking The term started with more Mission Spectacular and a session on LGBT that Eleanor ran, then we all had a go at driving Nette's car on Brigid's farm, followed by punting at Cherwell Boathouse and having a picnic!!! We cooked in the backwoods again at Brigid's (Thank you Louise & John), played another wide game and baked cakes both in a cardboard box oven and in a more traditional one (these we donated to the elderly). We spent a wet summer evening making bead bungies, using a bead loom and creating fantasy flowers. A few cancellations such as Windsurfing -- and our Survival weekend didn't happen but all in all a full programme!

Silver DofE Practice New Forest 9-10th July (left - eager to go & right - glad it's finished)
the end!
Evolution 24-26th June 2016
Congratulations Horizon oldies - coming 10th overall, whilst t'others came 51st, but are more gaily decorated!!!

The Gang!

Punting 20th May 2016
Spring 2016 Activities

A visit to the Oxford Gang Show, making soaps, bath bombs, face creams and shampoos and entertaining 5th Kidlington Guides were all some of our Spring term activities. We also collected socks, sanitary wear and other toiletries and filled 16 sponge bags with goodies for Homeless Women then received a visit from the Leadership Team at O'Hanlon House Homeless Shelter - a very interesting talk! Thank you...
We had a go at Yoga by candlelight, and some of the Mission Spectacular activities, then an Easter egg hunt before ending the term by purchasing one of West Oxford's owls for their HOOT Challenge and decorating it with a mosaic of old Ordnance Survey maps!!

Owl collage

We knew those those old, damp torn maps would come in useful!!

Gang Show


Visit to SPARK at Alexandra Palace 21.2.16
Waiting for
                      doors to open
We tried really hard to persuade the Rangers into accompanying us to the Launch of the Senior Section Spectacular but in the end it was just a few Leaders who attended. However we had a great time..


Cheryl daring!
Unit Court of Awards & Eleanor's Chief Guide's Award 15.1.16 & surprise for Cheryl (see Achievement page)
Chief Guide
Left, Commissioner, Andrea presenting Eleanor's Chief Guide's Award. This time girls were given their badges attached to 2016 diaries. Below posing for the camera.

COA 2016

Girlguiding Oxfordshire took the opportunity of Eleanor's award ceremony to surprise Leader, Cheryl, with an Oxfordshire Lozenge. The Lozenge is given for something special or for outstanding work and in Cherylís case her citation mentioned her contribution over many years to the Oxford Gang Show as well as her exceptional work with Horizon Rangers.
Court of Awards
Craft Fayre, Alternative Christmas Dinner with profiterole heaven & Baby Recruitment December 2015

Xmas Fayre

Profiterole heaven

Another Baby Basket this time for the first girl born at the JR Maternity Hospital on Christmas Day

Baby Basket

Remembrance Parade November 2015 - thank you Jasmine & Cheryl
St Mary's

30.11.15 Halloween activities included pumpkin carving & a sleepover

Finding sweets in flour

Costumes were extremely varied!!
and the games were interesting


16.10.15 Climbing at Oxford Brookes
3rd - 4th October Actual Bronze DofE Expedition camping at Youlbury
About to set off:
About to go
 & Pitching camp:
Pitching camp
11.9.15 Annual General Meeting & Becca's Gold DofE Presentation (see our Achievements page)

Gold DofE
Awards presented at the 2015 AGM were stapled to a card defining the word BADGES:
B stands for the Badges & certificates youíre getting today. Outward signs of an inner accomplishment. This scrap of fabric or card is not nearly as important as what was done to earn it.
A stands for Awards that are earned, some badges & certificates are just given for being somewhere, others are earned with new knowledge, new skills & new opportunities.
D stands for Deeds, Done now and in the future, good deeds done with the knowledge & experience gained by earning the badge and certificate.
G stands for GIRLGUIDING & the Growth we achieve by living the Promise & Law whilst working for these Awards.

E stands for Eagerness, Enthusiasm and the Energy needed to play this game called Ranger Guiding and earn the satisfaction of gaining these Awards.
S stands for many things, Service to others, Self development, Satisfaction in a job well done and most importantly, Self respect - the way you feel about yourself as a Ranger.

1st - 2nd September Bronze DofE Practice in the Bletchingdon area - just about to set off.
the 2015 group
2-12th August 2015 Summer Camp at Kandersteg International Scout Camp, Switzerland
The group
DAY 1 - Traveling, reaching KISC and setting up camp and eating out-



Our campsite

Eating out

DAY 2 - Visiting Brigerbad Thermal Pools-


Swimming at Brig

Day 3 & 4 - On site activities, including parracord woggles, beaded flag badges and a pool party as well as making friends -


On site activitiies



Day 5 - Reichenbach Falls, the Wanderweg Trail and the Sherlock Holmes Museum-

Sherlock Holmes

Day 6 - Friday 7th August - Berne, Cruise across Lake Thun and an international campfire-


Lake Thun

Day 7 - Trummelbach Falls and Interlaken-

Trummelbach Falls

Day 8 - Cable car to Oeschinesee & toboggan runs-

Cable car

gondola ride

Day 9 - Monday 10th August - Visiting Our Chalet for the day and the KISC International evening

On the way to Chalet

at the Chalet

UK stall

 Day 10 - Jungfrau & Promise Ceremonies for Caitlin & Chelsea, final meal out - a Swiss fondue -

on top of

On top of the world




Fondue on last night
Our group-                                                                                                                                      
The group
In August Emily once again joined Hampshire Scouting in Africa. This time they worked to develop the Medical Centre at Iragua, in the Rungwe District of the Mbeya Region of Tanzania.
Emily in
The Group

Tasting exotic foods
 26th - 31st July 2015 Quest County Camp
Rangers at

Leaders at Quest
Many members attended the County Camp though in Leadership roles rather than as Rangers, whilst yet others visited helping run the Backwoods Cooking.
at County Camp

17th July 2015 -- Court of Awards & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award  (see our Achievement page!)
 Getting the
                      food table ready


Badges attached to boxes of smiles (from an idea by John Lennon), a Bar-b-cue, Chief Guide's Award for Frankie, Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards for Brigid & Eleanor and Silver and Gold DofE Awards for Lucy. Thank you Andrea (County Commissioner) for presenting all those. A very pleasant evening.


COA BBQ line up
Bronze DofE Training July 2015
Safety procedures, kit, stoves, menus and cooking, fitness, weather, route planning & navigation, just a few of the sessions covered at a Training Day in July.
Indoor training
EVOLUTION - 19th-21st June 2015
As already mentioned last year saw us attend the final ever Sun Run... Boo hoo!!

However a group of Leaders from Gloucestershire who have all grown up with the Sun Run didn't want the fun to end.. and neither did we...
So Strategy (for Scouts & Guides) & Evolution (for us older ones) were devised. The aim - to challenge members to work together, navigating around a dynamic route to complete activities, score points & beat the other Ranger Guide or Explorer Scout Units.

It was a tough 15 mile course and we didn't all complete it, but we all loved the partying!!

Thank you Organisers!! but Not so much next time!!

Camera shy!

Show offs!
Everyone here

All who went

Ready to walk

On the way
Summer activities 2015

So far this term we've punted, gone on a penny hike, made cookies, written letters for Post Pals, collected donations for BARKS (one of the local animal sanctuaries) and played parachute games.

Whilst some members attended Evolution, others ran a BBQ at the District Fete, raising £140.50 for the Rebuilding effort.


Feeding ducks

Animal Sanctuary
Penny Hike

Girl Jenga
Spring activities 2015
Fundraising for

Movie Night

Valentine's day

Raising money for Switzerland, Bowling, a Movie Night, Leadership Skills, celebrating Valentine's Day, a Bake Off, Investigating Girls Matter, the Butterfly Challenge, Painting Pottery, a Wide Game in the dark and a visit to Thorpe Park with Sleepover, were all activities we covered during the Spring term.

Thorpe Park

Bowling locally
Eleanor's Permit Weekend & Christmas Party 19-21st December 2014
Xmas Dinner
Eleanor's Camp weekend included not only eating a Christmas Dinner (above) and playing party games (below) but also working for both the Onesie Challenge and the Gingerbread Challenge, as well as chilling out and having fun!!
Party games
Chilling Out


Autumn Term Activities 2014
Glebe House

Zookeeper Challenge

Autumn Term activities included Glow in the Dark Bowling, making Playdough, making Honeycombs and Christmas wreaths for Glebe House elderly, completing the Zoo Keeper Challenge, Snow tubing and Self Defence and making a Baby Basket for the first girl born at the JR on Christmas Day... all good!!!
Left, top, delivering wreaths to the elderly at Glebe House, left centre, the Zoo Keeper Challenge and bottom left our honeycomb.
Above making playdough, below glow bowling.
Halloween shenanagins!!
Annual General Meeting, Emily & Maisie's Chief Guide Presentation, Court of Awards
& Farewells
to all off to Uni 19.9.14
AGM September
Be Prepared Challenge 5.9.14

Our Be Prepared Challenge was devised to cover some of the skills needed in the Independent Living Octant. The girls are challenged to repair a garment, sew on a button, turn off the electrical supply to the building, make a vessel out of paper to carry a drink of water into the next room, make a stretcher and carry a casualty, bleed a radiator, unblock a sink, turn off the water in the building, carry a casualty out of a smoke filled room, put on an arm sling, place a casualty in the recovery position, change a plug, make up a baby's feed, climb up and rescue an animal off the building roof, light a fire with only 2 matches etc. Emma & Katherine organised the meeting and the photo shows some of the girls putting a nappy on a baby.
Be Prepared
August 2014 Frankie joins the Anglia Region group as a Leader on their Nepal trip
with others
                      of the group

Wellies and Wristbands Summer Camp August 2014 Hampshire.
Loads of Music and all sorts of activities at Foxlease. A Girlguiding Training & Activity Centre -

Happy campers!


Not sure


High Ropes
Court of Awards & BBQ 18th July  thank you Jim & Margaret for the use of your garden..
CONGRATULATIONS Sarah on your Chief Guide's Award & Flic on your Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award -- please see our achievement page for more photos.

The Court of award Celebration on the 18th July was marked with the presentation of Disability Awareness awards, Brecon Beacon patches & Sun run badges pinned to ribbons attached to balloons, that kept unexpectedly popping. Nette was thrilled to receive even more flowers and gifts on her retirement as Guider in Charge and Becky was presented with her 150 Nights Away Badge.


Sun Run 2014 -- the last ever at Rushbury Court Farm, Cleeve Hill - THANK YOU ORGANISERS !!
20 Past & present members of Horizon meant
packing the cars was interesting!!
It's almost

Friday night is party night & the theme this year: 'Anything from a previous year'
Neon & the Eighties were popular!!

Party Night
Activities on the field during Saturday were varied

Mega Dance
Quad biking
Part of
Being part of something....

Chilling out, watching the acts, a bit of karaoke,
all before the off.
Runners ready!
Runners ready to go.
ready to go

Our six newest members opted to make their
Ranger Promise at sunset having just complete the Moon Run.
Gold DofE Practise & Queen's Guide Exploration in the Brecon Beacons June 2014
Where are we
Taking the
                      coffee with you?
Team Building Exercises May 2014
Dead Man's Swamp

Fruit Salad

Louise's Gold DofE Award Presentation & the Unit Court of Awards Presentations 11.4.14
Louise's Gold Presentation
Court of
Rangers were presented with badges pinned to bags of mini Easter eggs at the April ceremony.
Belly Dancing 21.3.14
Dancing at the Centre
Rangers were privileged to have Witney Belly Dancers in to run a workshop during the Spring term. Other Programme activities included a highly successful Geocaching Evening, the completion of our Assertiveness Course, a Chocolate Murder Mystery Party, and visits to the Oxford Gang Show & Build A Bear. We also spent time spent on Look Wider activities and held a Beetle Drive, where we raised £90 which we split between our International account and the Rebuilding Appeal.
Nette's Surprise Party 8.2.14
Nette was flabbergasted by a Surprise Party organised by the Rangers when she reached that magic age of 65 in February!! It was lovely to see so many friends, to have my family alongside and to have them appreciated as well!! As to the gifts ---- a wonderful memory scrapbook, lovely soft, fleecy, camp blanket, wine, chocolates and loads of flowers. Thank you everyone who made it possible.
Love you all.....

Thank you
Cutting the
Emily's Permit Camp 20th-22nd December 2013 was held at Dry Sandford Scout HQ & Campsite (just south of Oxford). Although the girls slept out in tents in order to gain both Autumn & Winter Four Seasons Badges (despite the dreadful wind & rain) they had the use of the building for relaxation, crafts and the sewing of badges onto Campfire blankets. Our Annual Christmas Dinner was held on the Friday evening with our Left/Right present giving game and Court of Award Ceremony. Then on Saturday the girls all came over to Kidlington to help us bag pack for the Centre Rebuilding Appeal -- and Emily gained her Permit....or she will have, once her book has been checked off.

Xmas meal

Xmas Meal

Xmas Meal at Em's Camp
Autumn 2013 & Holly wreaths for the elderly
On our return from Paris we settled down again to the more mundane aspects of Unit life. Playing Jenga, attending County Members Day Trainings, then International Selection, a Zumba & Pizza Night, Raising money for Children In Need, participating in a You Tube video (see GirlguidingKidlington.org.uk/), a Self Defense Evening, then a Mexican Night run by Maisie & Emily before making crafts & spending an evening making holly wreaths for our Elderly friends.
27th October - 1st November. Nine members of the Unit Youth-Hostelling in Paris
First Night
Eating out at a French cafe on the Sunday, the first night, with affiliate-member, Flic, who is studying in Paris at the moment.
Open top bus tour
On the Open Top Bus Tour around the City on the Monday
and later it started to drizzle.
Below: wandering around at Notre Dame.
Outside Notre Dame
After our Promise Ceremony & busy day we ate out at Pizza Pina on Place de la Republic.
In the Hostel.


Monday later still, at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

where 5 members, Jennifer, Brigid, Heather, Helen and Tilly made their Promise to Cheryl (afterwards, below)

After making the Promise

On the Tuesday morning after breakfast in the hostel we walked to the Paris Chocolate Museum.


Then on to Bateaux Parissienne for another tour.


Before splitting up to do our own thing, making our way round the City on the train & metro.

Finally we met up and ate at a Buffalo Grill just off of Place de la Republic, not far from the Hostel.
Wednesday we spent all day at EuroDisney, not leaving until after the Laser/Firework Display.

in the beginning

at Disneyland

Thursday we all went to Sacre Couer and Montmartre, before dispersing to do our own thing, then meeting up and going to Le Pachyderme Cafe, 2 Bis bd St Martin, for our final meal together.
Le Pachyderme
12-13th October 2013. 25 km Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition in the Youlbury area
Ready to go.

All set and ready to go. Horizon members at the start of their Expedition.

Wet but cheerful
Nearly finished, wet but still cheerful!!
20.9.13 Annual General Meeting
After the AGM
Thinking things through. After a rather heated AGM.
August 2013 - in Uganda

Two members of Horizon (Mim & Brigid) joined the Oxon, Surrey & Kent Guiding Group to Uganda, working on 2 Community projects, Watsan (water & sanitation systems) and the Chilli Children Project (Children's Community Shelter in Rukungiri). They had to raise £2,800 each.  Well Done them...

In Uganda

Group pic.
August 2013 National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra Course

Two members of Horizon (Emily & Frankie) attended the 2013 NSGSO course run in Consett, County Durham. Great that they got in and enjoyed it!!!

Em &
2.8.13 Stream Walking - they got wet! & 26.7.13 Promise Ceremony in the sea at Bournemouth
Stream Walking
Promise Ceremony

Nikki's First ever Promise Ceremony. A milestone!!
25th-28th July Maisie's Permit Camp at Youlbury Scout Activity Centre.
                      biscuit decorating
5th-7th July SUN RUN


Go Girl

The Night After


Cheryl ran the camp for us this year. THANK YOU CHERYL!! and was accompanied by Becci and Becky, with 6 members of the Unit.

We're gutted to hear that 2014 will be the last Sun Run at this venue, possibly with these Organisers. We think the first ever Sun Run we attended was in 1991, though it may well have been 1989, we'll have to check the albums to confirm that.

And YES, We'll be back in 2014. We wouldn't miss it for the World!!!
22.6.13 District Fete
Horizon made: £304.83. That is: BBQ - £90.89;
Coconut Shie - £70.10; Highwayman Raffle - £83.00; Recipe Books £25.00; Games - £27.84;
Badges - £8.00.     WELL DONE ALL OF US!!!
Fundraising hard

Helping Brownies
8-9th June Bronze Practice Expedition to Bletchingdon
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award Training complete
About to leave the Centre......
About to go
The end at the Rock of Gibralter PH!!
The relief - all over!
31st May-2nd June Assessed Silver Expedition in the New Forest
A 90 minute journey, meeting with Leon, then the  Assessor, now about to start off ....
About to start off
and ... finished ... Very Well Done.
Silver finished 2013
25.5.13 Mehendi & Curry Recruitment Evening and making copper bangles
Henna tattooing
Copper bangles
Friday Evenings Spring - Summer 2013
On the 10th May we decorated a pair of wings each and Erika & Kayleigh organised our Fairy tea party.
Our Fairy Tea party
Our Bake Off
Maisie & Emily sorted out our Great British Bake Off, whilst Catherine & Brioney ran a Wide Game for us and Mim & Brigid organised our Uganda Evening.
5th-6th April Silver Practice in the New Forest
It was bitterly cold, but our girls just grinned and carried on.....
So so cold
The end, nearly defeated by Blisters!!
Blisters at the end of the Expedition
8.3.13 International Women's Day & WAGGGS initiative on Child Mortality & Maternal Health
WAGGGS iniatiative
T-shirt painting
                   and Nikki & Emily's birthdays.......
Celebrating Shrove Tuesday 2013 by cooking tin can pancakes
Tin can pancakes
painting nails & working for the Adventure Out badge
Gang Show 2013
A new venue, new date and not as many Unit members in the Show, but still a great success!
Unit members
1.2.13 Sponsored Dodge ball
Break time
We raised nearly £200 for the British Heart Foundation playing Dodgeball & gained some Unit equipment!! Above: time for a break and to look at our Sponsor forms.

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