GIRLS are being encouraged to have fun and enjoy exciting new challenges by becoming Brownies.

Schoolgirls across Winsford are invited to join Girlguiding, the UK's largest girl-only youth organisation, following fears that some units could close due to falling numbers.

Shereen Griffiths, division commissioner for Winsford, said: "I have been informed by one of our local units that they are considering having to close due to lack of Rainbows and Brownies.

"I am very concerned about this as other units are also in a similar position.

"We are a growing area and I cannot believe that there are no girls aged between five and 14 interested in joining the guiding movement.

"It is a wonderful opportunity for girls to enjoy a female only space. The activities and opportunities they have are fantastic."

Brownies go on camps, holidays, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, explore other cultures and have outdoor adventures.

As well as trying activities in their meetings, girls choose from interest badges related to things they want to know more about.

"It is not expensive, £2 to £3 a week," said Shereen. "Because girls shape and lead everything we do, we know that we're offering the best opportunities and experiences."

Mum Emma Ball said: "The skills my three daughters have from guiding are invaluable. They meet other girls their age. They are always doing something, an activity, a trip to the cinema, art and craft days, trips to Pettypool and camp outs.

"The communication skills, the respect they gain from attending Remembrance Parades, the pride they have when they achieve their badges, but most importantly they make friends, have fun and gain confidence in themselves."

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Girls aged five to seven can join Rainbows, seven to 10 can join Brownies and 10 to 14 can enrol as Guides.

Any parents wishing to enrol their daughters can email Shereen at or register details at