About us

1st Ashbourne

Guides &


About us - 1st Ashbourne Guides & Rangers is one of two Guide/Ranger units in Ashbourne; we are a large unit who usually run with approximately 40 Guides and 30 Rangers.  We try to supply a varied programme that offers something for all our members whose ages stretch between - Guides: 10 to 13 years  and Rangers: 14 to 18 years. The Programme is mainly indoor based during the colder months and last winter included badges such as The Chocolate Challenge and Independent Living; together with evenings of cooking, crafts and movies etc. 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, roller-skating & ice-skating; theatre, theme parks and museums. All our members are invited to take part in several sleepovers, campouts and a summer camp/residential each year. Our aim is develop both independence and team work, as well as to promote inclusion and tolerance, through a balanced programme. 

Our Rangers are also given the opportunity to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award with/through the unit and take part in international trips - in recent years we have had girls spend time in India, Africa and many European countries.

Leaders and helpers – Our unit leader is Sarah Pollard, she is supported by Rachel Easter, Catherine Bacon, Charlotte Hilton (warranted leaders), along with two leaders in training and one regular adult helper. All staff members are DBS Checked and hold 1st aid certificates.

Meeting times and venues – 1st Ashbourne Guides and Rangers meet independently from each other - getting together for activities every now and then.

We normal meet during school term time on Monday evenings from 7pm until 8.45pm in Ashbourne.  

Uniform – All Girls are expected to wear uniform to show their membership to the Guide Association, our girls wear a Guide/Ranger top (t-shirt and 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 £6.00 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 reasonable £1.75 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; for 2020 this is caped by the unit at £22 per member.

This website provides information about

1st Ashbourne Guide and Ranger units, for members and those interested in joining our unit.

Welcome to 1st Ashbourne Guides & Rangers website

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 ask that all parents help at least once a year and that if you have a skill you would like to share with us that you please let us know.

Waiting list - Our Guide unit currently operates a waiting list, therefore parents are advised to add their daughters names as early as possible (from about 7 yrs old is advisable). Our Ranger unit (14+) does currently have a few places available.


Contact us - If you require any further information or wish to add your daughter’s name to our waiting list do not hesitate to get in touch.

Call Sarah on: 01335 330327

or email: sarahepollard123@btinternet.com

Private photo gallery-  This page shows just a few of our unit photos. To view lots more you will need to email Sarah and ask to be sent a link to our private gallery, this is available to unit members and their parents/gaurdians only.

New photo's added all the time!

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