One Year Celebrations – A New Term

One Year Celebrations – A New Term

A Big Thank You to Our Girlguiding Superstars!

Hey everyone,

We recently had a very special afternoon that was all about saying a massive “thank you” to our amazing volunteers on our County Team within Girlguiding Lancashire South East. This was held to coincide with the one-year anniversary of our new County Commissioner Team! It was Nicola, Catherine & Emma’s way of showing appreciation back to all those volunteers who give so much of their time, energy, and heart to make everything we do possible.

Celebrating Milestones and Achievements

First off, we’ve got to give a shout-out to our long-service award winners. Can you believe Linda Briggs has been with us for 50 incredible years? And we’ve got Chris Joyce, Pat Caldwell, Val Roscoe, and Teresa Stott hitting the 40-year mark – wow! Not to forget Hayley Cowling and Sarah Lemonofides at 30 years, and Karen Jackson and Jacqui Ogden celebrating 20 years. Even our newer volunteers like Vicky Adam are making their mark at 5 years. Each of you is what makes Girlguiding so special.

Special Shout-outs

We also had some pretty awesome special awards. Rosa Brierley was presented with the Queen’s Guide Award – that’s no small feat, and we’re all super proud of her. And Sarah Lemonofides, not only did you hit a milestone for long service, but you also received the Region Chief Commissioner Award. Talk about a double win!

Thanks to Our County Team

Our County Team deserves a massive thanks, too. Lynne, Jane, Lyndsey, Lis, Valerie, Anna, Wendy, Maria, Jayne, Julie, and Charlotte – your dedication shown over the years is the backbone of the team. And hey, let’s not forget the Team of the Year – Girl Experience Team: Sandra, Hayley, Kathryn, Sue, Helen, and Cathy. You ladies rock!

Why This Matters

These awards aren’t just about the years put in or the accolades; they’re about the adventures, the challenges, and the countless lives each of our volunteers has touched. Whether you are a Unit Helper, Leader, Mentor, Commissioner or Adviser – it’s all possible because of you.

We wanted our ‘Thank You’ event to share the achievements of working as one team and that all we can do is Promise to do our Best! Whether it’s guiding our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, or Inspire members, you’re making a real difference. And in doing so, you’re not just helping girls and young women grow; you’re shaping the future.

Here’s to You!

So, here’s to you, our guiding stars, for all the laughs, the lessons, and the memories. Here’s to more adventures, more learning, and more moments where we all get to shine together.

Thanks for everything you do, and here’s to many more years of making a difference together. You’re all superstars in our eyes.

Feedback Survey

Feedback Survey

On Thursday 11th January a survey was shared with all volunteers in Lancashire South East using the email address listed on GO.

The survey can be accessed via a link in the email received from Sam Rigby (our County Coordinator from the Region Office).

We really appreciate your feedback, whether that be what you enjoy or anything we can do as a county team to improve your volunteering journey.

Your individual survey response will not be shared wider than the county team and any information or statistics we do share will be as a collective and anonymised.

If you have not received the email and want to submit a response, please get in touch and we can share this with you.


A Weekend of Disney Magic and Recognition

A Weekend of Disney Magic and Recognition

The weekend of 9th and 10th December was a memorable one for Girlguiding Lancashire South East, as members took over local cinemas for an exclusive showing of Disney’s latest heartwarming film, ‘Wish’. The atmosphere was electric with excitement as girls of all ages came together, creating a chorus of laughter and song, while enjoying an abundance of sweets in the spirit of true movie-watching tradition.


But the event was not just about entertainment. It was also a moment of pride and celebration for our community. At Sandbrook Park, Rochdale, the screening concluded with a touching ceremony. Deputy Region Chief Commissioner, Kathryn Qattan, made a special appearance to honour one of our own. In a heartfelt presentation, she awarded Sarah Lemonofides the Chief Commissioner’s Award.


Sarah, known for her tireless dedication and passion for Girlguiding, received this prestigious award in recognition of her exemplary service to Girlguiding North West England. Her achievements and contributions have been instrumental in enriching the experiences of many within our guiding community.


This event was more than a movie screening; it was a testament to the spirit of Girlguiding – celebrating joy, fostering community, and recognising the outstanding contributions of our volunteers. It reminds us all of the impact we can make and the joy we can bring to the lives of young girls and fellow volunteers

Week 15: Finally

Week 15: Finally

It is the final week of #FindOutFriday !!

If you are following everything we’ve covered the past 14 weeks then what a happy, safe, and thriving unit you will have!

And we are less likely to:

  • Encounter a complaint
  • Encounter a data breach
  • Increase the risk of an accident occurring
  • Be following any local “bye-laws”

If a complaint or incident does occur, this will be investigated. If a volunteer is found to not be following policy or procedure, depending on the severity, this could impact your volunteer status.

You can find a roundup of each week’s post on our website under News > #FindOutFriday or by clicking this link: 

Week 14: Awards

Week 14: Awards

Week 14 of #FindOutFriday is all about awards.

Take time to give your thanks in a way that is appropriate to the volunteer and what they’ve done to make guiding happen. Remember to recognise volunteers’ achievement, outstanding support and of course their service to guiding! As a county we have over 6000 combined years of service… wow!

But don’t just leave the praise to the volunteers, recognise the girls in your units or local area that have done something special too!

More awards can be found here:

A Magical Journey to Gulliver’s World: A Rainbow Adventure

A Magical Journey to Gulliver’s World: A Rainbow Adventure


A Day of Delight at Gulliver’s World, Warrington

The air was filled with excitement and anticipation as our group of Rainbows, aged between 5 and 7, embarked on a coach journey to Gulliver’s World in Warrington. Their eyes sparkled with the promise of a Christmas adventure, a day where fun and magic would blend seamlessly.

Thrills and Laughs in a Theme Park Wonderland

Upon arrival, Gulliver’s World unfolded before us like a storybook come to life. The Rainbows, bubbling with energy, dived into the heart of the theme park. Each ride brought a new wave of laughter and shrieks of joy. From the gentle sway of the carousel to the thrilling spins of the roller coasters, every moment was a treasure trove of joy and excitement. 

Rainbow's on a carousel

Rainbow’s riding on the carousel.

A Feast Under the Setting Sun

As the sun began to dip below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink, we gathered for a packed dinner. The Rainbows, with stories of their adventures, chattered animatedly. Their faces, lit by the fading sunlight, were a picture of contentment and camaraderie.

A Walk Through the Enchanting Land of Lights

With nightfall, we embarked on an extraordinary walk through the Land of Lights. This was no ordinary stroll; it was a journey through a luminous wonderland. Hundreds of lights twinkled and danced in the darkness, guiding our path. The Rainbows, wide-eyed and awestruck, wandered through this glowing landscape, each light telling its own silent story.

Land of Lights at Gulliver's World Entrance

The entrance to the Land of Lights at Gulliver’s World

The Santa Express to a Magical Encounter

The highlight of the evening was the Santa Express, a charming train ride that chugged its way to Santa’s Workshop and Grotto. The anticipation in the air was palpable as we neared our destination.

Inside Santa's Workshop and Grotto

Rainbow’s make their way through Santa’s Workshop

A Visit to Santa’s Workshop

At the workshop, we were greeted by the cheerful elves and the warm smile of Mrs. Claus. The atmosphere was electric with the magic of Christmas. Then, the moment the Rainbows had been eagerly awaiting – meeting Santa Claus. Their faces lit up with joy as they spoke to Santa, sharing their wishes for Christmas and receiving a special present. The magic of the moment was a heartwarming sight to behold.

Rainbow's meet Santa

Rainbow’s finally meet Santa and talk about Christmas

Homeward Bound with Hearts Full of Memories

As we boarded the coach for our return journey, a few Rainbows, exhausted from the day’s adventures, succumbed to tiredness, their dreams undoubtedly filled with the day’s magical moments. The coach was a quiet haven of sleepy satisfaction.

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Unsung Heroes

This unforgettable day would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the organisers and volunteers. Their commitment to creating a magical experience for the Rainbows deserves our deepest gratitude. Their efforts remind us that the spirit of giving and joy is what truly makes the holiday season special.


Our trip to Gulliver’s World was more than just a day out; it was a journey into the heart of childhood wonder. It reminded us of the simple joys of laughter, the excitement of new experiences, and the magic of Christmas lights. For our Rainbows, it was an adventure they will cherish for years to come.