Darwen Division held their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th April 2018. A warm welcome from Division President Joyce Bell was followed by a summary of a packed twelve months for the Darwen members from Divisional Commissioner Anne Cooper.

The report illustrated how a wide and varied programme is being consistently delivered across all sections. Camping, day trips, and community events are regular features alongside badge work, pyjama parties and every craft imaginable. A great testament to the hard work and energy put in by every volunteer in the Division week after week.

The meeting was closed by Eleanor Collin, a Senior Section member from Darwen who shared stories about her amazing trip in the Summer to India as part of North West England Girlguiding’s International Programme. She was supporting the Mandore Project, which focuses on improving the infrastructure in schools in Rajasthan. Eleanor also had the privilege to see many of the beautiful and cultural sights that India has to offer.

Eleanor’s experience is a great example of not only the amazing opportunities being part of Girlguiding, and the Senior Section can offer but also how the girls challenge themselves to develop life skills and knowledge throughout their Girlguiding journey. This was reflected in the awards section of the meeting where three Senior Section members were presented with their Young Leader Qualification. Katie Hargreaves, Emma Collins and Eleanor Collin were all recognised for the hard work and commitment they had demonstrated whilst working towards this achievement, with Eleanor also being awarded her Creativity and Independent Living Octants.

There was more recognition as two 5 year awards were presented to Dawn Davidson and Sarah Cooney, and Fran Crawford was awarded her Leadership Qualification.

As always the Trefoil Guild delivered another magnificent buffet, which was gratefully received.

A successful AGM, reflecting on the past 12 months and celebrating the girls that are the future of Girlguiding.