Welcome to 1st Ashbourne Guides Website


This website provides information about 1st Ashbourne Guide and Senior Sections, for members and those interested in joining our unit.


1st Ashbourne Guides is one of two Guide units in Ashbourne; we are a very large unit currently with 40 Guides, 25+ Senior Section and a very long waiting list. We try to supply a varied programme that offers something for all our members whose ages stretch between 10 and 18 years old. The Programme is indoor based during the colder months and last winter included fun badges such as The Smartie challenge, cooking and craft evenings. The summer programme is outdoor based as much as the Great British weather allows and includes team games, hikes, bike rides, outdoor cooking and survival activities to name but a few. We also enjoy regular trips and past excursions have included climbing, canoeing, Rollerworld & ice-skating; theatre, theme parks and museums.

Leaders and helpers – Our unit leader is Sarah Pollard, she is supported by Rachel Easter & Catherine Bacon (warranted leaders), along with two other adult helpers and a Young Leader. All staff members are CRB Checked and hold 1st aid certificates


Meeting times and venues – 1st Ashbourne Guides normally meet during school term time on Monday evenings from 7.15pm until 9pm in Ashbourne. Our Seniors also meet weekly but at various venues. 

Uniform–All Girls are expected to wear uniform to show their membership to the Guide Association, our girls wear a Guide top (t-shirt and sweatshirt/ hoody) along with a unit Necker & their own choice of trousers.


Joining fee- Following a two week trial, there is a small one off joining fee of £5.00 to pay. This helps towards the cost of enrolment badges and unit Necker.


Unit subs and census  –Unit subs. are payable at the beginning of each term the amount due will vary as to how many weeks are in the term and are currently set at a very reasonable £1.50 per week.
These subs. are used to pay for the running costs of the unit including room hire, programme materials, badges etc.
Census is a once a yearly fee that we pay to The Guide Association – this goes towards the operating costs of the association, which includes insurance; this year it will be £20 per member.


Camps and residential trips - We endeavour to offer at least one camp or unit residential trip a year (see "camp area")– the length of which and destination will vary. Girls will also be invited to join overnight sleepovers several times a year.


Parent helpers -  We do not currently ask for regular parent help, however if you have a skill you would like to share with us please let us know.


Waiting list - Our unit currently has a extremely long waiting list, and so girls parents are advised to add their daughters names as early as possible (from about 7 yrs old is advisable). 
Contact us - If you require any further information or wish to add your daughter’s name to our waiting list please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Call Sarah on: 01335 330327
or email: sarahepollard123@btinternet.com








1st Ashbourne Guides

     & Senior Section