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32nd St Matthew’s Monday Rainbows and Brownies

We are a multi-age Guiding unit as both Rainbows aged from 5 to 7 years and Brownies aged from 7 to 10 years meet all together on Monday evenings in term time in the Parish Centre, the Rainbows from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and the Brownies from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. This gives the girls a great opportunity to mix with other ages. The girls sing their special songs at the start of the evening (the Rainbows always singing louder than the Brownies!) and they then engage in their separate activities.


Rainbows do lots of crafts and cooking (with adult supervision), play games and generally have lots of fun. They also join in with Brownie badges and are currently working on the Rainbows 25th Birthday badge. Over the past year they have had two special craft days, one all about fairies, when they also made fairy cakes, and the other was a Christmas Glue and Glitter day when they made lots of sparkly Christmas crafts and again did some cooking, including Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer cakes.

Rainbows go on trips too, this last year to Twycross Zoo and to Berzerk, a local children’s activity centre, for the Queen’s Jubilee.


At the meetings Brownies do crafts, play games, and work for lots of badges. Badges completed so far this year include the Smarties badge, the Northamptonshire County Council Emergency Planning badge, the Recycle, Reduce and Re-use badge, and the Asthma Trigger Happy badge.

Over the past year the Brownies have been on several trips, including to the National Space Centre in Leicester and the pantomime Aladdin at Northampton Derngate, as well as a pack holiday to Twywell near Kettering and the annual Brownie Hike, walking six miles and learning how to use bus timetables to catch two buses to Earls Barton for the start of the hike.

32nd St Matthew’s Rainbows and Brownies is a sponsored unit, involved with many of St Matthew’s Church events, including the Summer Fete, the Christmas Fayre and church cleaning mornings (for which they were sponsored and raised a fantastic £61 for the Asthma UK charity, and was part of their Asthma Trigger Happy badge). They also take an active part in the monthly All Age Mass. Girls are strongly encouraged to attend as part of the Church community.

A recent ‘Taster Evening’ and a publicity stand at a local school fete attracted two new Rainbows and two new Brownies; numbers are currently low so there is still room for more!

Rainbow and Brownie leaders

Mandy Ludlow, aka Brown Owl – Rainbow and Brownie Guider
Mandy has been Brown Owl for 30 years and started the Rainbow unit in 2004

Jenna Catlin, aka Barn Owl – Assistant Guider
Jenna recently gained her Adult Leadership Award and has been with the unit since she joined as a Brownie aged 8

Claire Catlin, aka Special Owl – Assistant Guider
Claire Potterton, aka Snowy Owl – Assistant Guider
Bethany Potterton, aka Sooty – Young Leader
Yasmin Malpas, aka Sweep – Young Leader
Cloe Potterton, aka Baby Owl – Young Leader

We also have three Rainbow and Brownie Helpers known as Ladybird, Butterfly and Bumblebee.

Please find below a selection of photos taken on the Brownie Hike in June and Bellboating at Pitsford reservoir in July.


Coming up

Saturday 20 October 2012 – Rainbows 25th Birthday Party
This is a County event for Rainbows to enjoy a party with food, games, a disco and party bags!





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