Juliette Gordon Low with Baden Powell

Mighty Mighty WELLESBOURNE!

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"Everywhere we go-o

Pe-ople always ask us

Who we a-are

And where do we come from

So we tell them 

We're from WELLESBOURNE

Mighty, mighty WELLESBOURNE

And if they can't hear us 

We shout a little louder....."

....and if they cannot hear us, they must be deaf!"

Without doubt, this is our favourite chant in Wellesbourne for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders. We all do it proud, with energy and gusto. We dare to be bold and where’er we go, then Yes, people do always know that Wellesbourne Scout Group are present.

I love the village of Wellesbourne, as I know that you do too. Wellesbourne is just like a goldilocks village, not too small and not too big. We have everything we need in close reach and yet are so fortunate to be surrounded in all directions by amazing countryside, historical and cultural interest, fun-packed rivers and dense woodlands. I am especially proud of our Young People in Wellesbourne. While they are savvy about our World, they also know mutual respect, kindness and fundamentally love for the World we live in.

Scouting in the recent history of Wellesbourne has been going since 2008, when Akela-Sarah started our Cub pack with 18 new members. She felt that Wellesbourne needed something that her children would be missing; and being the lady that she is, she and her husband Laurence resolved to put it right. Today we are a thriving community of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. As the Mission endures, we say thank you to you both - we salute you!

Another former Wellesbourner would salute too if she were still alive. She would be glad to see Scouting being made available in her former home village, a home she loved very much and especially pleased to see such a growing contingent of young female members benefiting from the Scouting values. Before I tell you who, and be prepared to be amazed, let me state simply that I feel truly honoured and inspired to be Group Scout Leader and responsible for continuing the tradition and values of Scouting in your village and our growing community of Wellesbourne.

Our former Wellesbourner has featured on an American stamp

She was deaf in both ears

She was invested into Scouting by Lord Robert Baden Powell himself in 1911

She has two whole museums in America dedicated to her life's work and a wax-work in Madame Tussauds in New York

She has a plaque on the Washington DC "Extra Mile" national monument sharing illustrious company with Martin Luther King Jr and Helen Keller

She founded an organisation that has benefited 50 million girls and adults across 5 generations

Today 1.8 MIllion girls and 800,000 adults in America know her name and her life story. Girl Scouts from America travel to Wellesbourne to stand outside her old house and take a selfie!

She was posthumously awarded a medal by Barack Obama in 2012, "Presidential Medal of Freedom" on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts in America

Juliette Gordon Low or "Daisy" as she was known to family and friends, was the former lady of our Wellesbourne House between 1886 and 1901.

Daisy was an artist, enjoyed walking, canoeing, the outdoors woodworking and metal craft. She designed and is believed to have crafted the wrought iron gates to her home. She performed local good deeds for lepers, homeless people and residents of the Stratford-upon-Avon workhouse. She nursed the sick, was close friends with Valentine Eliot the vicar’s wife and donated flowers from her garden to St. Peter’s Church. She hosted many parties and entertained HRH Edward the Prince of Wales (Queen Victoria’s son) and her cousin’s husband the famous author Rudyard Kipling in Wellesbourne House. Having a difficult private life and events that lead to her needing to leave her home, she was looking for a vocation and in need of her own new beginning. One fateful day in 1911 she had the good fortune to be seated for lunch in London next to Robert Baden Powell. He and his wife Olave were to become her friends and Mentor. Under his encouragement she became the founding member of Girl Scouts of America in 1912.

Juliette started by gathering 18 girls back in her birthplace of Savannah, Georgia, to share what she had learned in England about a new outdoor and educational program for youth, and with this, the Girl Scout Movement was born. Along with Juliette, these first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. She started the tradition of Girl Scout cookies in 1917 as the annual fundraiser. She organised her first international camp in New York in 1923. When she died in 1927 due to breast cancer, she was buried in her Scout uniform with a telegram in her pocket "You are not only the first Girl Scout," it read, "you are the best Girl Scout of them all."

Wow! Still doubting Wellesbourne is Mighty?

Win a major platinum star from me if you knew already. So far as I am concerned, she is Wellesbourne’s best kept "most-famous-person-to-ever-come-from-our-village" secret. Her name does not even feature on the Wellesbourne wiki page. [Memo-to-self must change that!] Juliette Low is serious A-List Scouting celebrity royal family and she used to live right-here in Wellesbourne. All the places that we still know and enjoy visiting today with you on our Scouting actvities and adventures Charlecote, Walton, Sherbourne, Leamington, Warwick, Oversley Woods. These were all her favourite places to enjoy outdoor fun and adventures too.

There is so much we can learn from Scouting, from Juliette Low and her amazing life. Growing up and living in Mighty Wellesbourne you can grow in positivity and energise for whatever your future life chapters may hold. Disability and personal challenges never needs to be a barrier. Juliette did good deeds all her life but didn’t find her vocation until she was 50.

So Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of Wellesbourne. Boys and Girls, take these words of wisdom from me, inspired by former Wellesbourner Juliette Gordon Low who was the first and best girl scout:

  • Be a Go Getter. You can be anything that you set your mind to achieve
  • Be an Innovator. Others will see things and see "why?" but you can dream things that never were before and say "why not?"
  • Be a Risk Taker. You will never regret the things you do, only the things that you chose not to do
  • Be a Leader. "Be prepared" and "Do your best" at everything you set out to do

Conclusion: Mighty Wellesbourne? - Yes! I definitely believe, come-on, you know the words. Join me!!

"Everywhere we go-o

Pe-ople always ask us

Who we a-are

And where do we come from

So we tell them 

We're from WELLESBOURNE

Mighty, mighty WELLESBOURNE

And if they can't hear us 

We shout a little louder....."

....and if they cannot hear us, they must be deaf!"