Countess joins in the fun

PUBLISHED: 10:01 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:01 11 November 2013

The Countess of Wessex creating a giant Jenga tower with 1st Puriton brownie Megan Warren.

The Countess of Wessex creating a giant Jenga tower with 1st Puriton brownie Megan Warren.


A ROYAL visitor joined some Nailsea brownies in a variety of craft activities at a special camp in North Somerset.

The Countess of Wessex made some dream catchers with members of the 5th Nailsea Brownie pack before sharing some stories and marshmallows around the campfire.

Her Royal Highness attended the event to officially open Girlguiding Somerset’s country lodge Somermead.

The £400,000 wooden lodge provides residential stays for 24 young people and their leaders so they can experience outdoor life.

The site was bought in 1986 and hundreds of members of Girlguiding Somerset and Somerset North have dedicated their time to developing the camp through a variety of 
fundraising initiatives.

The countess was welcomed with songs from the 1st Axbridge Brownies before moving around the site to spend times with the different packs and units.

Returning to the lodge, the countess officially opened the facility by unveiling a plaque and picking Nailsea brownie Abigail Websper to help her cut the celebration cake.

Abigail, aged 10, said: “It was very exciting meeting her, she’s royal and down to earth.”

Barbara Dale, chair of the Somermead committee, said: “It has been wonderful to have the countess visit and take so much interest in what the girls are doing.

“We are now able to fulfil one of guiding’s aims - to offer all its members the opportunity of a residential event, close to home but with the advantage of everything the surrounding area has to offer.”

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