Historic 6th Wortley Girl-Guiding unit moves premises after 76 years

New base: 24th South West Leeds in Farnley. Photo: Google

By Katherine Turner

This week saw the move of 6th Wortley Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from St John’s Church in Wortley to the South West Leeds Scout hut in Farnley.

Leaders say this is a move that has not been taken lightly as the unit has been operating from St John’s Church Hall since 16 May 1947!

The Brownie unit was the first to open, followed by the Guides on 27 September 1950. Younger members of the Rainbows were joined a good while later on 1 March 2003.

After finding that some of the older members wanted to stay with them until they were 18, a Rangers’ unit was introduced on 1 November 2014.

The leadership team are all former 6th Wortley Brownies and Guides and hope that the current younger members may one day join the leadership team themselves.

Denise Stott, Unit Leader told WLD: “Unfortunately affordability has led us to choose new premises and we are delighted to be welcomed by 24th South West Leeds Scouts at their Scout HQ. It is a well decorated, child friendly space. The girls are happy with the surroundings and the scout hut.

“There is more opportunity for us all to enjoy outdoor activities as it has a great outdoor space with a camp-fire circle and space to practice pitching tents.”

There are over 65 girls who attend on a Monday evening and they take part in fun activities such as regular trips and outings, an annual pack holiday and guide camp, working towards badges, learning new skills and making new friends.

If anyone would like to join, more information can be found here.

Volunteers are welcome, more information can be found here.

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