Garstang Guides help mark 100th anniversary

Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), Patrol Leader in the Buckingham Palace Girl Guide Company, sends a message by carrier-pigeon to Lady Baden-Powell at Guide Headquarters.  Princess Margaret holds the pigeon container  (Picture 20th February 1943
Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), Patrol Leader in the Buckingham Palace Girl Guide Company, sends a message by carrier-pigeon to Lady Baden-Powell at Guide Headquarters. Princess Margaret holds the pigeon container (Picture 20th February 1943

Garstang’s girlguides celebrated 100 years of the senior section at a special event.

At Girlguiding North West England’s Headquarters on Guiding Road, Preston, a ‘Rangers Rewind’ event saw girls from across the North West come together to celebrate their heritage through fun and interactive sessions.

The girls and women, aged 14 to 25, took a trip down memory lane by undertaking activities that Senior Section members and Rangers would have participated in as part of their programme. From outdoor survival skills, to milking Matilda the life size Holstein cow, the event had it all.

They also explored the future of the senior section, how the programme has developed since its inception and the different opportunities available to them now. The camps, residentials and trips give girls the chance to try new adventures, the leaders say.

The girls were joined by two very special guests Julie Bell, the region’s Chief Commissioner, and Suzie Reynolds, the President of Girlguiding North West England.

Julie Bell, region Chief Commissioner, said: “I was really excited to see girls and young women enjoying our heritage event with their leaders in a really active day.

“It was great to see how many activities they could participate in.”

Girlguiding’s Senior Section is open to all girls aged 14 to 25, offering a host of opportunities to older girls in guiding – from international travel and outdoor adventure sports to peer mentoring, advocacy and leadership skills.

Nancy, a Guide from third Garstang Guide Unit, said: “I really enjoyed Rangers Rewind. All the activities and crafts were really fun. I got to meet girls from all over the region, and made loads of new friends.”

Senior girlguiding members can also take part in the group’s successful peer education programme. Young women can become Peer Educators trained to run sessions on issues that affect girls and young women such as binge drinking, bullying, stress management and sexual health.

For information about how to get involved with girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.