Flying the flag for brownies and guides in Washington

FUN: 5 year old Sienna Lee has her face painted during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD
FUN: 5 year old Sienna Lee has her face painted during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD
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WEARSIDE youngsters were flying the flag for girl guiding – and they even had a little bit of help from the boys.

Leaders of the 1st Washington Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows kick-started efforts to raise funds to buy three new unit flags for the group with a fun-packed day of fundraising at the home of the Washington Scouts.

FUN: 6 year old Olivia Cameron-Ball (left) and Ava Roberts (6) go fishing for ducks during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUN: 6 year old Olivia Cameron-Ball (left) and Ava Roberts (6) go fishing for ducks during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

The party atmosphere was in full swing at Washington Scout Hut as more than 100 guiders and their parents packed into the venue to enjoy the fun, games and food on 
offer.

As well as tasty servings of hot dogs and fresh tea and coffee, visitors enjoyed a raffle, tombola, face-painting, a tuck shop and much more.

The event was also set up to raise precious pounds to pay for a bus to take the groups on a summer holiday day out.

Kirsty Barker, leader in charge of the Guides and Rainbow groups, said: “We need to raise about £700 for the unit flags, which we would like in time for use on Remembrance Sunday.

FUN:12 year old Abbie Lynn and Leader Emma Sams guess the weight of the cake during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUN:12 year old Abbie Lynn and Leader Emma Sams guess the weight of the cake during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

“We also need money to pay for a bus for a trip to Flamingo Land in June. The children chose the destination and there are 49 of us going.

“We have had well over 100 people here enjoying the day. Businesses have kindly donated prizes for the raffle and the Washington Scouts have also allowed us to use the scout hut free of charge for the event.”

The guiding movement is thriving in Washington, with 25 Rainbows, 24 Brownies and 20 Girl Guides supported by a team of hard-working volunteers.

Anyone who would like to support the bid to fund the bus hire for the summer trip and the purchase of new flags, can email Mrs Barker at 1stwashingtonguides@gmail.com

FUN: 5 year old Sienna Lee has her face painted during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUN: 5 year old Sienna Lee has her face painted during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUN: 5 year old Miley Allen makes a bracelet with her Step Mum Anne Marie Gregory during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUN: 5 year old Miley Allen makes a bracelet with her Step Mum Anne Marie Gregory during the Rainbows Fun Day in Washington Picture: DAVID WOOD