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Young People in Middle Rasen


Rainbows 5 - 6.15 pm* @ TheVillage Hall, Wilkinson Drive .......... Brownies 6 - 7.30 pm * @ The Church Hall, North Street

Guides 6.30 - 8.30 pm @ The Village Hall @ ........ Ranger Guides fortnightly @ The Village Hall

* term time only

News and contacts for ... Rangers, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

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1st/3rd Monday 2.15pm in the Parish Church

A time for in the Church for carers and tiny tots, followed by refreshments and chat in the Church Hall.

Middle Rasen Toddler Group .

A group of parents and their young children meet every Friday morning during term time from 9:30 to 11:30am at Middle Rasen Church Hall. Just £2 per session. It's a chance to offer support and friendly advice to each other and an opportunity for the children to socialise with other children, play with new toys, do a craft activity and have a sing song. Juice & biscuits are provided for the children and parents have a welcomed mug of tea or coffee. There is a soft baby corner and breastfeeding mothers are made welcome.

Simply put, the group has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and all parents & carers of pre-school children are welcome. . There are plenty of toys for the children to play with and you get a chance for some more grown up chat. For more information contact Gail Lee (885812)


Middle Rasen School News

With June upon us, the staff and children of Middle Rasen Primary School are entering the last term of the academic year, and the calendar of events has been as full as ever.

Year six children completed their SATs, and all staff were very impressed with the amount of hard work and determination the children showed. To celebrate this, Mrs Moreton and Mr Dobbs rewarded the children with a much-deserved trip to the water park at Tattershall Lakes. It appeared that the teachers enjoyed the splash around as much as the children.

Oak Class 4 have been on the annual residential visit; this year to Kingswood in Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire. All of the children took part in a range of outdoor adventure activities, including water sports, climbing and abseiling. The teachers were very impressed by the ‘have-a-go' attitude shown by all of the children, and the fantastic teamwork that they demonstrated during their time away from home and school.

Years 3 and 4 were victorious in a Scatterball tournament that took place at Caistor Yarborough School recently. Middle Rasen took three teams and came back to school proudly sporting two first places, with Harry Clark receiving the good work award for his fantastic teamwork during the tournament.

Friends of School raised more essential funds for school by recently hosting a film night for all children. They were served popcorn and drinks while enjoying Wreck It Ralph .

Please join us for the summer school fete which will be taking place on Friday 5 th July 4.30pm – 6.30pm.




Middle Rasen Nursery – School's Out Holiday Club


Once again Middle Rasen Nursery will be running their summer holiday club. The Holiday Club is open to all children aged from 0-11 years and we will be tailoring our activities to make sure there is something for everyone.

With themed days, crafts, splash days, trips out, special guest visitors and more, we have lots of fun planned for this summer.

We are open from 7:30am - 5:30pm daily Monday to Friday , with special offers for block sessions. We provide breakfast from 7:30-8:45am and snacks through the day at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. All you will need to provide is a pack-up for lunch at 12:00.

Whether you use the nursery daily, for Breakfast and Afterschool club or haven't met the team before there's plenty of fun to be had with friends at the School's Out Holiday Club this summer so please do pop in and say ‘Hello!'

We will be welcoming our staff member Hannah back from maternity leave in time for the holidays too so we'll have a full team ready for the summer fun!

For more information please contact Sam on: 01673 844111 or email


Guiding in Middle Rasen


Middle Rasen Rainbows

Karen Gramson (07815180481)

Rainbows meet at the Village Hall, Wilkinson Drive. Our meeting times are 5pm - 6.15pm. 

Well that's another year over with the amazing unit of girls that I am so lucky to be the leader of. 

We have had a great time, even when the weather has been against our planned activity of tent pitching - we did it inside!! We have also completed an engineering challenge badge - the girls had to construct a building from cocktail sticks and marshmallows, safety posters, consider modes of transport and costs, they all worked really well.. We say goodbye to Katie and Hollie and wish them well as they continue their guiding journey in Brownies.  A huge thank you also to my leaders - Shannon, Linda, Eileen and Floss, without them all we would not be able to run each Monday. A well-earned rest now until September.


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The Rainbows have been very busy since returning from the Easter break and half term holiday. We have welcomed Ebony into our unit and she will soon take her promise. The last couple of weeks we have been getting creative making sand picture Rainbows and also making Snake hand puppets. We have given out a variety of interest badges as the Rainbows have been very busy at home. We had a night on the field playing games and also making birds nests. We are now looking forward to the next few weeks and will see what else we can get up to!


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I will have some places after the Easter holiday, so if anyone would like to apply they must be 5years old to start but can go on the waiting list at any age - I do have a 1 year old on already!!  To apply you need to go onto register and then the rest is sorted out from Headquarters.

Well what a busy term we had. We have welcomed some new rainbows, Isabella, Evie and Olivia, and we said goodbye to Peyton, Lila and Bethany, who have gone up to Brownies. We had a trip to see Madagascar, the musical at Grimsby which was very good! We have been getting used to the new national scheme and all the rainbows received their skill builder badge and also some activity badges. We had a very sticky pancake night with some very strange fillings! With Mothering Sunday coming, we have made a gift and card for our Mummies and to finish the term, we have Easter Eggs to make! We are all looking forward to the lighter evenings when we can get outside for more fun and games next term!


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Rainbows have been very busy since resuming in September. We have said hello to some new girls, Caitlin, Jessica, Layah and Amelia and goodbye to Angel, who has gone onto Brownies. We have completed a Rainbow roundabout badge, made scary bats for Halloween, learnt how to cross the road safely, can recognise road signs, dangers in the home and have played some  of our favourite games.  We also had a Fairy day, which was great fun. We made fairy gardens, key rings, bookmarks, wands, cakes, fairy doors with keys, fairy dust and lots more! The day started at 10am and finished at 6pm, very tired but happy fairies (and leaders) went home that night!!

We have also taken part in the Remembrance Sunday parade in Market Rasen and are now enjoying our build up to Christmas and our end of term party.

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Well yet another half term has passed by with lots of busy rainbow meetings. We have made birth congratulation cards for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, weddings cards for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, learnt about William Shakespeare and St George. We took part in a headquarters survey regarding the future of guiding, had a games night and to finish off a fantastic visit from Louise at Happy Hooves with some lovely small animals. We had Chinchillas, a ferrett, Pigmy hedgehogs, Tortoises, An African land snail and a beautiful barn owl who was called Squark and was only 5mnths. The rainbows asked questions and helped to walk and bathe some of the animals and hold the barn owl. I wonder what next half term will bring?

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Rainbows have had another full programme with lots of crafts, fun and games. We said goodbye to Katie and Aeronwen who are now having lots of fun in Brownies, and welcomed Angel and Imogen into Rainbows. The girls have completed a badge 'All About Me,' learnt about St Patrick and made some lovely cards and gifts for Mothering Sunday. 

To finish this term we decorated Easter bonnets and went home with lots of chocolate treats. 

Karen Gramson

2nd Middle Rasen Brownies

Tricia Neal (849412)

Brownies from Middle Rasen joined 2nd Market Rasen Brownies for their recent Pack Holiday. This year's theme was 'Brownies Got Talent',

While away the Brownies worked towards their Brownie Holiday, Cooks, Musician and Entertainer badges. Activities included: Hand chimes, cooking biscuits, designing and making costumes and programmes along with cooking their meals and looking after our Holiday Home. The Brownies then showed off their talents at our Talent Show on the Saturday evening.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about Brownies or any other girlguiding section further details are available at:


Shannon White (07534112324)

End 2018

We've had a really busy year again this year and thanks to the glorious summer we've spent a lot of time outside. 

But as Christmas drew ever closer we enjoyed a lovely weekend at Moot Hall, Holton Le Moor.  17 of us descended on the Victorian building to enjoy a weekend of arts and crafts, great food, walking, singing and Christmas films.

Joined by our own Elf On The Shelf, who got up to far more mischief than all the Guides put together, we all headed home on the Sunday afternoon ready for an early night!  Thank you to all our Leaders who worked so hard to make it such a wonderful weekend. 

Over the year many people have supported us and we're always so grateful.  We'd especially like to thank Middle Rasen Parish Church for their recent donation, which has helped towards the purchase of Christmas crafts and activities.

As always, if any young girls between the ages of 10 and 14 would like to join us in the New Year, we'd love to meet you.  We meet at Middle Rasen Village Hall on a Monday evening from 6.30 pm until 8.15 pm.

We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and wish everyon a Happy New Year!

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Recently, to celebrate the Lunar New Year; the girls learnt the Chinese alphabet and learnt how to spell their names by writing them on bookmarks, which were decorated beautifully. They also tried authentic Chinese food to help celebrate the New Year! Furthermore, the Guides, in preparation for Mother's Day, practiced their sewing skills, going towards the traditions badge and made their mums some wonderful hanging ornaments, which they will love. They also decorated some cards that looked spectacular!

Ellie-Mae – Middle Rasen Guides

On the 8th January 2018 the Guides learnt about the importance of different communication around the world. We did this by learning about Braille, Morse code, sign language and semaphore. The girls enjoyed creating messages in braille about world peace. Some of the messages they wrote were; 'Let there be no conflict in the world 1 , and 'Make the world a no-war zone'.

Ellie-Mae Myles

In the summer 2017, the 2nd Middle Rasen Guides attended the week long International Guiding and Scouting residential Jamboree,. One of our more senior guides, Floss, was given the opportunity to present the opening and closing ceremony, as the 'Face of Poacher'. This involved introducing over 4000 participants and 5000 leaders into the proceeding week. After the closing ceremony, Floss attended a meet and greet session with the dance troupe, DIVERSITY, which served as an amazing opportunity for Floss. Everyone at 2nd Middle Rasen Guides is proud of the fantastic job that Floss undertook with confidence and grace.

Ellie-Mae Myles


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The girls at Middle Rasen Rangers have loads of fun choosing and arranging their own activities within the Guiding program. In the last twelve months we have had girls training and completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award (see picture taken near Legsby), some have now moved on to start work on the prestigious gold award whilst we have more now training for their Bronze. We are now fundraising and applying for grants for our own equipment.

They have taken part in a County camp for guiding members their age (14 – 25, call the Senior Section), where they had the opportunity to take part in kayaking, air rifle shooting, archery and Japanese braiding. They have organised an evening's ice skating, a fund raising fashion show, international food tasting and helped run events for the 2 nd Middle Rasen Guides. They have also been to Sheffield arena to see the popular group JLS.

In January they organised a weekend away and one of our girls achieved her Senior Section Holiday Permit by coordinating the arrangements and program for the weekend.

Many of the girls are also training as Young Leaders with Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units in the Market / Middle Rasen area and we have three qualified Young Guiders in more training.

We meet once a fortnight on a Monday and are always open to new members, you can contact us on 07961 970579.

Jeannette Reilly, Ranger Guider.



100 years ago, a small group of courageous girls stepped forward at the 1909 Boy Scouts Rally in Crystal Palace Park and asked its Founder, Robert Baden-Powell for “something for the girls”. The result was the Girl Guides.

Local Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Guiders from our local units joined up with members from all over the County, past and present, to celebrate this event in a very modern way by taking a trip to Pleasure Island , Cleethorpes. Everyone had a great day trying out all the rides and watching the shows. Then in the afternoon over 2300 joined together to renew their promise.

Any girls aged 10 years and over are welcome to come along to guides to find out more of what is going on. For more info contact Katie Wright (843658).


It was an evening of celebrations at the last meeting of the year for Middle Rasen Guides. Not only were they celebrating Christmas, but also twenty years of Guides in Middle Rasen. Among the invited guests were Sheila Lamming who started the Guide unit, Division Commissioner Mrs Jan Stimpson, and two former guides - Alice and Becky. Both were presented with their Baden Powell certificate, which they had worked for at Guides.

Everyone sang Happy Birthday as Alice and Becky cut the birthday cake. Then Guides and visitors enjoyed the party food, which the girls had provided. Party games were played, and the most original party hat was judged. The evening concluded with the enrolment of two new Guides, and a sad good-bye was said to Guider Katie. However, Linda and the Guides are looking forward to two new Guiders joining them in the New Year. when an exciting programme of meetings will start on Monday 11th January at 6.30pm.


Alice Hodgson looks back at the humble beginnings of the Girl Guides at Barkwith

As Guiding looks forward to celebrating its Centenary next month it is interesting to recall that one of the first ever Patrols was formed at East Barkwith in April 1912. Miss Nora Denny who was the daughter of the local doctor, had been involved with guiding from 1910 and she started with seven girls. They were duly registered at headquarters in October 1912 as the East Barkwith patrol of Baden Powell Girl Guides with the certificate signed by Agnes Baden- Powell and the first six girls made their promise on November 1 st 1912.

Barkwith's Registration Certificate signed by Agnes Baden Powell 21 st Oct 1912

A jumble sale was held to raise some funds and made £6.0.6 and the shopping list for the first camp held at Mablethorpe includes coal 1s 2d (5p), paraffin 9d, candles4d and beef 4s 2d (40p). Each guide contributed 3s 6d for the week, Miss Pike and ‘Mother' each gave 5s (25p) and Dr Denny paid the rent for the cottage they stayed in £1 10s (£1.50). The shared transport for the first stage of the journey to Louth to catch the train involved taking turns to ride with Mrs Denny in her tub trap and Mrs Duckering with her pony and dog cart or on the two bicycles, returning the same way.
The Rev'd Ferry gave them the use of a room at the Rectory for meetings and Mrs Smithson gave a big hearth rug and lent a table and tablecloth. They also had a lamp, camp stools and a fireguard and the girls, worked for dairy and sick nurse badges and took part in a competition with Horncastle guides in first aid, signalling and cooking. A committee meeting was held at Barkwith House in March 1914 and the first report recorded there were then ten guides and they had sent parcels of garments and dressed dolls to Dr Barnardo's Homes at Christmas 1912 and 1913. Letters were also sent to a little invalid girl in Newcastle each week with a doll at Christmas and a parcel of toys when at camp all subscribed by them. No camp was held in 1915 due to the war and it was difficult keeping the Company in existence as there was no one to help them when Miss Denny was absent nursing. In November 1915 Dorothy Barwick gained the War Service Badge. Miss Denny went to live in Vancouver later where she set up a private school with her friend but she retained her interest in guiding and took the idea of white haversacks to her guides in Canada. The Red Cross ordered them to remove the red crosses during the war. Miss Denny also kept in touch with friends in East Barkwith until her sight failed.

Miss Denny with the first Patrol 1914 outside Barkwith House

The Barkwith Group of parishes was formed in 1960 and cub, scout, brownie and guide units were again set up by the Rev Tony Simpson and helpers with the Barkwith Guide Unit registered in June 1967. It eventually moved to Wragby when most of the girls were travelling from the town and when new leaders wanted Wragby to have a unit of its own, the name was changed and the 1 st Barkwith title was adopted by a new unit formed at Donington on Bain. Sadly it did not survive long as there were not enough girls or leaders to retain interest and to keep the old patrol going.

The FISDAC Academy has moved out of area.


Normally the club ran every Sunday during term time at Middle Rasen Village Hall with weekly Street Dance, Cheerleading or Multi-Sports classes. Jenny and Ian on 07875246427 have moved out of area but may be contacted by email , or just visit their website "" for an update..


It is no so long since there was an active Karate club in the village. Instructors are CRB checked as part of the worldwide group GO-KAN-RYU Karate. The Middle Rasen club was run from the Village Hall with a regional instructor ‘Sensei' James Davie, who co-ordinates all clubs in the area.

If you are interested in taking up karate or joining a group, then please contact Sensei' James Davie first on 07659124950. If appropriate he will then arrange for someone to visit you and explain where the local club is and outline the charges. Currently there is a one off Lifetime registration fee of £49 which covers things like insurance. After that each session has a charge. There are concessions if more than one family member joins. A karate gi (suit) is around £30 to buy.


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