A GROUP of Morpeth girls showed off some unusual garments to promote the importance of recycling.
At a recent open evening in St Robert’s Church Hall, the 1st Morpeth Guides created and modelled a costume made from Morpeth Herald newspapers working to the theme of making a sustainable outfit for the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
They also explained to parents, parishioners and two guests, Morpeth Deputy Mayor Mark Horton and Rosemary Matheson from the Greater Morpeth Development Trust, what they had achieved on a recent holiday at Wallington’s bunkhouse.
The weekend was based on the World Thinking Day pack, which has the theme ‘we can save our planet’, and the guides did various activities related to recycling and conservation.
These included putting together a meat-free meal, producing a song or sketch to highlight the issue, making carrier bags out of recycled materials and listing games and exercises that use electricity or fuel and those that do not use them. They also went on a hike around the estate.
To complete and gain the badge they needed to speak out about saving the planet and raise some awareness and this is what they did at the open evening.
They displayed some of the items they had made over the weekend and performed the song and sketch they created, as well as talking about what they learned.
Leader Heather Smith said: “The girls really enjoyed the activities and they became even more enthusiastic about recycling. They showed a lot of confidence to do their presentation and song in front of people they didn’t know and they did a very good job of raising awareness of their concerns about our impact on the environment and the planet.”
Anyone interested in becoming involved in guiding in Morpeth should contact Division Commissioner Elaine Callaghan on 07890 075858.