The Bank Holiday weekend saw over 700 members of GirlGuiding attend a Festival-style camp at Waddow (“Wellies and Wristbands”), and I was fortunate to attend with some local Guides.
This was a new concept for Guiding, with food provided centrally and no campfires allowed, but live music every night, events all day and a lot of activities and crafts on offer, including kayaking, raft building, abseiling, trampolining, dancing, hot tubs, wood carving and African drumming to name a few.
The event was excellent – well organised with freedom given to a lot of girls in a safe and fun environment, with activities to promote teamwork, leadership and confidence building, as well as an excuse to let off steam and have a great time.
As a resident living within earshot of Beatherder, I can appreciate people may have been apprehensive about the potential noise and disruption, but from what I saw, the music was well controlled and within reasonable hours for campers and residents.
I hope this is an event which is repeated at Waddow – it also introduced a lot of visitors from fairly far afield (including Hereford, Scotland, Wales and Isle of Man) to the Ribble Valley and Clitheroe.
Well done to all the organisers and attendees – I didn’t see any rubbish left on site by campers or litter in the local area, and our visitors enjoyed seeing a little of Clitheroe and Waddington, with some attending church services on Sunday morning in Clitheroe.
Well done to Waddow and the Girlguiding members that took part, job well done.