Brownies & Rainbows Groups  

BROWNIES Contact Person:

Paula  Hassall


Tel: 0161 950 3476. Mob: 07708365901

Origin/roots of Brownies: Girls demanded an organization for them after Baden-Powell had started scouting for boys.

Local origins/ date of foundation:
Three have been brownies for three separate periods since about 1925. Current pack has been open 14 years.

Activities it undertakes:
craft, games, visits by relevant organisations, annual weekend away, badges

Membership locally/nationally/worldwide:
Guiding exists in many countries

RAINBOWS Contact Person:
Mary Beardshaw


Tel: 0161 900 0745. Mob: 07867824039

Origin/roots of Rainbows: The Rainbow section of the Guiding movement began in 1987 for girls who have reached their 5th birthday and leave after their 7th birthday, the nearest holiday when a place becomes available for them to join the Brownie section.

Local origins/ date of foundation: The 11th Swinton St Charles Rainbows formed in1992 meeting in the former Parish Hall each Thursday from 6pm until 7pm. We now meet in the School Hall, same day and time.

Activities it undertakes: A varied programme suited to all ages and abilities. Various badges can be earned based on Rainbows roundabout materials provided by Girlguiding UK. We share activities with other Rainbows, Brownie and Guides units in our local area providing a god experience of meeting with other girls from different groups.

Membership locally/nationally/worldwide: We belong to the Swinton North District, Greater Manchester west Division and nationally – Girlguiding UK.

Useful website addresses:

St Charles' Parish, Moorside Road, Swinton, Manchester M27 9PD
Parish Priest: Rev Mgr Paul F Smith STL 
Assistant Priest: Fr. Gavin Landers BA(Hons) STB

Tel: 0161 794 1089 Email:

The Week Ahead

 Sunday 25 March .  Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Mass 6.00pm (eve), 8.45am and 11.00am.   

 Monday 26 March.    Monday of Holy Week.  8.30am Mass.     

Tuesday 27 March  Tuesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass .  

 Wednesday  28 March.  Wednesday of Holy Week. 8.30am Mass.

Thursday  29 March.    Maundy Thursday.    7.00pm Mass of the Lord Supper.

 Friday  30 March.   Good Friday.  12.15pm    Walk of Witness in Swinton Precinct. 3.00pm celebration of the Lord's Passion.

 Saturday 31 March.  Holy Saturday.   No Mass in Saint Mary's cemetery chapel today.  (no 6.00pm Mass this evening)                                       8.30pm Mass of the Easter Vigil.

Sunday 1 April.  Easter Sunday. 7.00am   Dawn service on Town Hall steps.   Mass  8.45am and 11.00am. 





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