More than 850 Girl Guides from across the County took part in Diamond Games – a massive Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games celebration at Sheffield Park last weekend (July 14.)
The girls travelled through six special zones through the day which included traditional games, Maypole dancing, inflatables, sports, dance, trampoling, panning for gems and decorative art throughout the day.
In the Wild Play Zone, the girls got the chance to try out Wild Play obstacles in parkland. In the Sports Zone they were joined by England Hockey, Sussex Golf Partnership, coaches from Brighton and Hove Albion and Sussex County Cricket Club. Plumpton Bowmen offered girls taster sessions of archery. Dance was provided by Pat King from Bexhill, which included modern and traditional dances.
At a closing ceremony County Commissioners Alison Edgar and Sally Buche thanked all the volunteers who made the day possible, They then led the full marquee the Commonwealth Choir’s song for the Diamond Jubilee “Sing” with flags being waved around the tent
Alison Edgar explained Sheffield Park is linked to Guiding history. The house was owned by Olave Baden Powell’s family, Sussex’s first County Commissioner, and was used for some of the first county meetings. She thanked David Allum, High Sheriff for East Sussex who joined the street party at lunchtime to see what the girls were up to.