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.

Over the autumn and winter of 2019, Crawley Division Girlguiding members have enjoyed lots of fun activities and taken part in some memorable events.  Here are just a few:


9th Crawley Guides and leaders represented Crawley in the Lord Mayor’s Show in November with Girlguiding London and South East Region who had a float in the show.  A number of our Crawley members went up to London to support them in the parade.  Well done 9th Crawley.


Crawley Athena Rangers visited Rotterdam at the beginning of November staying in the iconic Cube Houses for 2 nights.  They explored the city by foot and by bike (by foot was preferred!), visited the Euromast and a Contemporary Art space, took a boat trip and were challenged to find a Secret St Nick gift in the Markethall.  On the return trip they managed to spend half a day in Amsterdam travelling by tram to the Van Gogh museum.  The trip was topped off by 6 Rangers making their promise at 30,000 feet on the way back!  The trip was a great success!


A number of Units including Rangers, Guides and Brownies spent two fun filled days in September and October exploring Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park to celebrate the County’s 40th birthday.  The rain did not dampen spirits and a great time was had by all.


Emberwood District Rainbows, Brownies and Guides enjoyed a District fun day at Bluewoods in early November; the Division Commissioner learning new skills for her CV!


1st Tilgate Rainbows and 2nd Furnace Green St Andrews Rainbows proudly represented Crawley Division at the Remembrance Day Service this year and laid wreaths at the Town’s Memorial in St Johns Church.


Two Guides and a leader from 9th Crawley Guides have also been selected to participate in the Coco’s Service Project in 2020 to visit a community in South Africa and help build another house in the village. There are lots of fund raising events taking place to support this. Recent fund raising events have included a Rainbow and Brownie disco for all Crawley Rainbows and Brownies in the autumn in Bluewoods, our HQ and campsite.   Crawley Guides and leaders also ran a fund raising craft stall and chocolate tombola at the town’s Festival of Light Parade; both activities were very popular.


There have been a number of holidays, residentials and sleepovers particularly in the lead up to Christmas.  A number of Units have visited residential homes in Crawley throughout the festive season enjoying carol singing and Christmas themed activities.


2019 was rounded up by members from all sections enjoying the pantomime Dick Whittington at the Hawth Theatre this December when Sussex Central Girlguiding took over the theatre for two performances as the final activity to celebrate the County’s 40th birthday.

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/

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