Welcome to Crawley Division

Division Commissioner Caroline Hitchcock

We are enjoying another busy year for the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides of Crawley, with groups meeting in almost every neighborhood of the town.

2014 for Brownies across the UK was the Big Brownie Birthday – a year to celebrate 100 years of Brownies.

Brownies from Crawley enjoyed “Funtastic” in January, joining 3000 Brownies from across the south-east in taking over Butlins for a weekend.  In June Crawley Brownies were part of the County celebrations, which saw 900 Brownies sleeping over at the Amex stadium, enjoying football and drumming workshops, dances sessions, crafts and fairground fun.

Locally, Buckswood District enjoyed archery and water-walking at their District holiday at Broadstone Warren, whilst Emberwood girls took part in an afternoon of activities at our local campsite.

In addition to their fun-filled evenings of games and crafts, Rainbows have enjoyed visits from the Police and Fire services, whilst Guides have taken part in kayaking at Tilgate Park, camped with 2000 others at “Wellies and Wristbands” - a festival especially for Guides, and eaten rather a lot of chocolate!

Our new Senior Section Group plans to meet weekly, alternating between Monday and Wednesday, and expect to include sessions learning new skills, adventurous activities, social events and a D of E group.

Crawley Division Structure

Girlguiding Crawley Division is divided into four districts – Blackwater, Buckswood, Emberwood and Lakes. 

Blackwater District includes Three Bridges, Maidenbower and Pound Hill

Buckswood District includes Bewbush, Broadfield and Gossops Green

Emberwood District includes Ifield, Langley Green and West Green

Lakes District includes Furnace Green, Northgate, Southgate and Tilgate.

A Brief History of Crawley

The town of Crawley is situated 28 miles south of London, 18 miles north of Brighton.  “Crawley” derives from the Anglo-Saxon “craweleah”, a crow filled wood or clearing; archaeological evidence shows the area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and was a centre of iron-making in Roman times.  Crawley developed as a market town from the 13th century, and later became an important stopping point on the journey between London and Brighton with a Toll House and many coaching inns on the High Street. 

Following the Second World War, the villages of Ifield, Three Bridges and Crawley were designated Crawley New Town, into which many people were moved from London.  Gatwick Airport also opened in the 1940s, and the town expanded rapidly. 
Today, Crawley has a population of 100,000, living in 13 residential neighbourhoods based around the core of the old market town

Guiding in Crawley also has a long history; our oldest existing unit 2nd Crawley (St Peters) Guides was registered in 1918.

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: ccgirlguidingsussexcentral@gmail.com

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