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History of Girlguiding Wirral

Wirral County first came into being in 1971 when the county of Cheshire split into three: Wirral, Cheshire Forest and Cheshire Border; and we continue to have strong links with our neighboring counties including Merseyside and Sefton.

Wirral Horn

The Wirral Horn is an important emblem of Wirral borough’s history. The 900-year-old Horn was given to Alan Sylvester, the first Forester of Wirral, in about the year 1130. Wirral was declared a ‘Forest’ – land designated for hunting – in about 1130 and remained so for the next 200 years. The Horn of Wirral, indicated tenure by cornage, of the Master-Forester, a form of feudal tenure which required the tenant to blow a horn giving notice of raids by the enemy.

The Wirral Horn has passed through nearly 30 generations, from the historic Wirral family, the Stanleys of Storeton, to the present owner, the Earl of Cromer, whose ancestral seat is in Drayton, Somerset

The Horn features in the coat of arms of Wirral and on many badges of clubs and organisations in the borough including Girlguiding Wirral.

Wirral County Standard

The Wirral County Standard was dedicated on 4th July 1975.  It represents and reflects in its design, who we are and what we stand for.

The blue background and Trefoil, traditional to all Guide Standards, show that we belong to the Girlguiding family.

Then follows our County Badge, the Wirral Horn, between two gold bars bearing the Guide Motto and the name of our County.

The Ship signifies the fact that shipping has always played a very important part in the life of Wirral and it is interesting to note that each of our Divisions has a piece of coastline.

The Oystercatcher was chosen to signify the importance of our estuaries as Sea Bird Sanctuaries.

Posters outlining key events in Wirral’s Guiding history are available to download below