An Ainsdale Brownie group is on the hunt for new members.

Led by recent girlguiding award winner Benita Skillicorn, the group who meet regularly at Ainsdale Methodist Church are appealing for new members to swell their ranks.

And new Brownies can rest assured they are in the best possible hands if they join, with leader Benita having recently been handed a Queen’s Guide Award at the House of Commons.

To achieve the prestigious award the Guides took on a series of personal challenges in areas such as social action, voluntary work and travel and these had to be completed before they turned 26. Fewer than 150 Girlguiding members are presented with the award each year.

Benita took three years to finish her challenges and these included volunteering for three weeks in Madagascar where she worked with young girls on a project relating to clean water and the importance of hand washing.

She said: “Going to Madagascar is always going to be the thing that stands out from my Queen’s Guide Award. Making a difference to people there and seeing how they were so appreciative of everything we did for them was very humbling.

“Now I am focussed on the 33rd Methodist Brownies which I am taking charge of from September

“We meet on a Wednesday evening from 6:15 at the Methodist church in Ainsdale on Liverpool Road and are looking for girls aged between seven and ten to join.

“If anyone is interested they can contact me via”


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