Welcome to Horsham Division

DIVISION COMMISSIONER:  Helen Currington

Horsham became an important market town in the Middle Ages.  Despite a local iron industry, which stayed until the 17th Century, and a prosperous brewing industry, Horsham remained primarily a market town serving the many farms in the area until the early 20th century.  

Horsham town Centre has a wealth of historic buildings including the 13th century St. Mary’s Church, and the medieval timbered houses of Causeway.  It has one of only two “Carfaxes” in the country – the other being in Oxford.  This is a pedestrianised area where the four streets North, South, East and West originally met.

Folklore tells of a dragon in the nearby St Leonard’s Forest and a sculpture and plaque telling the story is now in Horsham Park.

Horsham is also home to one of England’s most historic schools – Christ’s Hospital, the Bluecoat School, with its uniform dating back to Tudor times. It is housed just on the outskirts of the town in buildings designed by Sir Aston Webb.
 
There are a number of defined localities with Horsham:

Littlehaven, North Heath, Holbrook, New Town and Iron Bridge and the ancient settlement of Roffey – originally a separate village mentioned in the Domesday Book but now a neighbourhood north east of the centre of Horsham.  


Horsham Girlguiding covers the area of Horsham town centre, North Horsham, Roffey and Broadbridge Heath.  There are just under 800 members of Girlguiding in the locality and the Division is lucky to have its own Guide Headquarters where a shop is run every Saturday morning during term time. It also has a beautiful wooded campsite- Nowhurst- with three camping areas with disabled and flush toilet facilities.

The Division has 27 units catering for girls of all ages from five through to adult,
Rainbows (five – seven), Brownies (seven – 10), Guides (10 – 14) and Rangers (14 – 25).  There is also a local Trefoil guild which meets in the Guide Headquarters, these are the non-uniformed members of Girlguiding (18 to no upper age limit)


Girlguiding in Horsham is very active:


In 2
017 girls took part in a wide variety of activities and for some Guides the highlight was taking part n WS2017.  WS camps have been held in West Sussex for more than 30 years and feature as a high point in the County Scout and Guide programme. It is an international experience for young people from around the world, joining in a week of activities together.

Annually we join with local Scout Groups in their St George’s Day Parade and we also take part in the Horsham Remembrance Day Parade.


Horsham Division is made up of five Districts:  

CHENNELLS BROOK:  
This covers North Horsham, Pondtail Road, North Heath Lane and Rusper Road areas of Horsham. There are Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units that meet in St Mark’s Church Hall, Holbrook Tythe Barn, Holbrook Youth Centre and Northolmes School.

CHESWORTH:  This covers North East, East and Central Horsham with Rainbow, Brownies, Guide and Ranger Units.  Meetings are held in Roffey Millennium Hall, Forest School and Guide Headquarters in Denne Road.

CLEMSFOLD:  This covers Broadbridge Heath and there are Rainbow, Brownie and Guide Units in the area meeting at  Broadbridge Heath Scout Hall and the Village Centre Broadbridge Heath.

HARWOOD:  This covers North Horsham and Roffey, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meet at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Northolmes School, Roffey Institute and Guide Headquarters in Denne Road.

SPRINGFIELD:  This covers Central and West Horsham.  
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides meet in the Manor Rooms in Causeway, the Methodist Church on London Road, St John’s R C Church Hall and Swindon Road Scout HQ.



 
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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