Fleetwood’s Guides turn back the clocks

Fleetwood Guides Rachael Holding (left) and Isabella Swain during an event to celebrate 100 years of Guiding.
Fleetwood Guides Rachael Holding (left) and Isabella Swain during an event to celebrate 100 years of Guiding.
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They’re celebrating 100 years of Girlguiding’s Senior Section this year and Fleetwood girls had the chance to try their hand at activities the movement offered a century ago.

And that included the challenge of milking a cow, albeit Matilda, the life size plastic Holstein cow!

There were also opportunities to make butter, take part in arts and crafts and also try various knotting activities.

The fun took place at Girlguiding North West England’s Headquarters in Preston, where older girls from the movement took part in the various activities aimed at the Senior Section, which these days include Rangers.

Girls from 15th Fleetwood Girlguides joined with counterparts from Cleveleys, Thornton and throughout the North West to celebrate the movement’s 100-year heritage in the Rangers Rewind event

Lynn Clare, a leader at 15th Fleetwood, was among those to take part.

She said: “The Girlguides movement hasn’t changed that much in 100 years, but there are some things that have.

“Our girls use IT technology for some of their activities these days, but they didn’t have that 100 years ago.

“They enjoyed trying things that would have been normal 100 years ago.

“The girls learnt quite a lot.”

Rachael Holding, who is a member of 15th Fleetwood Guide Unit said: “I really enjoyed Rangers Rewind, it was great learning about the history of the Senior Section and looking back.

“It was fun doing the activities that Rangers would have done, but I like our modern programme much more!

“It was much more strict in the olden days.”

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

The ‘Rangers Rewind’ event also saw the girls exploring the future of the Senior Section, how the programme has developed since its beginning and the different opportunities available to them now.

The 15th Fleetwood Girl Guides group is the only troupe of that age group left in Fleetwood and new members are welcome to join.

Meetings are held at St Wulstan’s Church hall, Poulton Road, Fleetwood every Wednesday evening.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding and to find out more about their activities, visit the website www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved.