Welcome to Girl Guiding Sussex Central

               County History

Girlguiding Sussex Central County was formed in April 1979, when the guiding county of West Sussex was divided into two new counties – Sussex Central and Sussex West – due to the expansion of guiding in the region.

The County, which broadly covers the Mid Sussex area of South East England, consists of 8 Divisions:  Burgess Hill, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Parkminster, South Down, and Worth,  and is part of Girlguiding London and South East England Region (LaSER). 

Sussex Central has approximately 4000 members; we provide fun, challenges and leadership for girls and young women. Volunteers run weekly meetings and also give freely of their time to maintain the smooth running of the programme.  Many are also members of our busy Trefoil Guilds.

Our County Ambassadors, whose role it is to actively promote guiding, are The Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL, and Mr Chris Connors of The Cocos Foundation. In addition, Division Ambassadors are recruited locally. We are also grateful to Tesco in Burgess Hill for their support.

Each year there are special events around the County, whilst every four years our Guides join together with West Sussex Scouts and Sussex West Guides of  our international themed activity camp “WS”. We have recently celebrated WS2017 with a Harry Potter themed camp, with permission from Warner Bros and J.K.Rowling, complete with the Hogwarts Express.

2017 has already seen our County Thinking Day, Brownie Fun Day and WS2017, and we are looking forward to celebrating 30 years of the Rainbows in 2019.

All units are run by volunteers and we always need more help to be able to offer more great opportunities to the girls and young women in our division.

If you live in one of our districts and you or your daughter would like to join us, please register her/yourself on our main girlguiding website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/ or email us:

  • The Sussex Martlets

    A heraldic shield displaying six martlets has been associated with the historic County of Sussex since the seventeenth century.  An atlas produced in 1622 showed the arms for the "Kingdom of the South Saxons" as six golden martlets on a blue (azure) or red (gules) shield.  By the nineteenth century the blue shield with gold martlets was the accepted emblem of Sussex; today West Sussex uses a blue shield, whilst the background colour for East Sussex is red.

    A "martlet" is a heraldic swallow or swift, often depicted without beak or feet - swifts fly so far and fast and land so rarely, that in medieval times, it was as though they had no need for either (in fact, they eat and sleep on the wing).

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