When do we meet?     Wednesdays
At what time?             7.30pm-9.00pm
Where?                      St Johns School
Age range:                 Girls aged 11 – 16 years
Guide Leader:            Dot Grimes: 0787 5606471

What Have We Been Up To?

On Saturday 3rd November I was honoured to be invited to Westminster Abbey to celebrate my 40 years as a Brownie Guider.  I had a brilliant day. James accompanied me as my guest , thinking that it would be like when Auntie Betty got her MBE and that he would be meeting the Queen again. I told him there may be a bag check and he immediately replied, “OH NO! Do they not know what Guiders carry in their handbags ? The Service will be over before we get in!

Whilst queuing outside the Abbey I heard someone say they were from Clitheroe and turned round to see Hylda from Waddow Hall who I first met on my first Pack Holiday aged 6 1/2 years old. This was Norma’s Test Pack Holiday for her Licence, back in 1966. It made my day that Hylda was there as she was part of my very first memories of being a Brownie.

It was a very moving and emotional service, especially when a 16 year Venture Scout , a with Lymphoedema, told the congregation how Scouting had changed her life and that she had been accepted by everyone as a normal person and treated the same as everyone else for the first time in her life. It brought a tear to my eye.

I reflected on everyone who has encouraged and influenced me throughout my Guiding Life, so many wonderful people some of whom, alas, are no longer with us. I hope that the many girls who have been Brownies under my care during the past 40 years still remember the life skills and values we shared together.

Susan Stevens.

The 3rd Farnworth (St John’s) Guides Floral Display

At the Bible Stories Flower Festival held 5th -7th May 2017


The Guides sponsored and arranged ‘JONAH AND THE WHALE’

(Jonah verses 1 – 17)

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Our Guide Leader Dot has been busy taking photos of us at our events recently! Here's a few to show you...


Our Guides' History - Looking Back


St. John Guides were formed in 1927

Hilary Brown, Janet Wood and Betty Higham were each presented with their Long Service Awards for 60 years in Guiding. The awards were presented at the Lancashire Border Girl Guiding Awards Evening, held on 16th Novembe›r 2017 at Bolton Headquarters, Shepherd Cross Street, Bolton.

Tribute to Betty Higham

Thursday 16th November was the annual awards night for Lancashire Border Girl Guides. The county incorporates areas in Bolton, Farnworth and Bury South. There were many awards presented that evening for varying achievements ranging from newly qualified guiders and long service awards. These ladies give their time to run Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units throughout the region. Their aim it to empower the girls to be their best and face the challenges of growing up today, not always an easy task.
One lady who has been a shining light and inspiration to so many girls is Betty Higham. She has dedicated her life to the Guiding family and was presented with her sixty years long service award. There are so many girls who have fond memories of their time in Guides with Betty and will have their own tales to tell.
I am privileged to have been one of Betty's guides albeit many years ago now but still it feels like yesterday. Finally I would like to say congratulations and a huge thank you to Betty aka Captain from me and everyone who's lives she has touched and enriched.
Ruth Warburton

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The Guides display at the 'Waterloo Open Weekend' at St John's Church on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015.

The Guides Display at the church's 'Heritage Open Days', celebrating the 180th Birthday of St John's Church. It was held from Saturday 9th September to Tuesday 12th September 2006.

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