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Young People in Middle Rasen



Rainbows 5-6 pm .......... 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

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Middle Rasen School News

As we enter the summer term at Middle Rasen Primary School, it seems hard to believe that it is over a year since we returned fully after the Covid lockdown, and we have completed this amount of time in school without enforced restrictions.

The Spring term has been a happy one in school, with lots of hard work and celebrations taking place. In Class 1, we have seen children flourish in all areas, none more so than with their reading and writing; something that will always be a marked milestone in any child's learning. The children have been building on their knowledge of the seasons and have particularly enjoyed walks around the village to note the changes, as well as completing still-life water colour paintings of the Spring flowers.


Classes 3 and 4 (Lower Key Stage 2) produced a stage production, Rock Bottom, which linked to the children's topic work on the Stone Age. It was wonderful to be able to invite parents, family and friends of the children into school to watch it. The usual high standard of acting, singing and dancing was put together into a fantastic performance, and the rest of the school were lucky enough to be able to watch the dress rehearsal.


In Upper Key Stage 2 (Class 5) the class has been welcoming visitors as well as taking part in school trips to enhance the topic work about chalk streams. Will Bartle gave the children some information about chalk streams and then joined the children on a visit to The Watermill in Middle Rasen. Here, he gave a demonstration of kick sampling which saw Will taking samples from the river Rase, he also talked about how the watermill would have worked. Back in the classroom the children learnt about the importance of preserving the rare chalk streams that we are lucky to have in Lincolnshire and the wildlife that make chalk streams their home; this linked to science work on lifecycles. The children were also able to explore the samples with magnifying glasses and bug pots, using keys to identify creatures in the water. Finally, the children set up a mayfly experiment in the classroom to try and hatch some. 


On a whole school level, the children have been able to take part in the Easter Egg and Easter bonnet making competition, with winners from each year receiving chocolate eggs. On the final day of the Spring term, there was an Easter service in the church, with each class presenting either a song, poem or reading, celebrating the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar. Following this service, an Easter café was opened to parents, families, friends and their children, where refreshments were served, and a joint raffle took place with Middle Rasen Nursery.

Kerry James



Middle Rasen Toddler Group .

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 Nursery

Here at Middle Rasen Nursery we are in full swing at our summer holiday club where we have been jam packed with a variety of different activities that have been full of fun and lots of laughter. We have been cooling down with lots of paddling and splashing in the paddling pools, getting soaking wet and even managing to soak the ladies!  

We have had a whole week of sensory play where we have had the opportunity to get messy and stuck in every single day. This is one of our favourite things to do and we always share lots of giggles and priceless moments. There has been sand, crazy foam, coloured rice and lots and lots of paint, the dinosaurs even came alive and stomped in the paint overnight, making giant footsteps across the nursery for us to follow and see what they had being getting up to whilst we weren't around, it looked like they had been having having a party!  

We have been spending a lot of time outside, exploring the amazing wooded area where we found fairies, minibeasts and even saw the Gruffalo and his friends before sitting down to enjoy some lovely picnics with our friends.

We currently have spaces for our ‘Before school' and ‘After school' clubs and also have some spaces available in our lovely home from home Baby room. If you are interested in any of these places, please get in touch with us by email - or by phoning: 01673 844 111

Donna Drakes Aug 22





Guiding in Middle Rasen



Shannon White (07534112324)

During the summer Middle Rasen Guides and Rangers spent an amazing week camping at Poacher 2022 alongside over 6000 other Guides and Scouts from across the world. In the day they got the chance to do all types of activities including, learning to scuba dive, axe throwing, archery, crafts and many more. In the evening they could party at the disco, watch the open-air cinema or meet up with all the new friends they had made throughout the week. Middle Rasen Guides and Rangers meet once a week, if you are aged between 10-14 and are interested in joining guides, please contact Shannon on 07534 112 324. If you are aged between 14- 18 and are interested in joining Rangers, please contact Jeanette on 07961970579. 

Shannon White

Middle Rasen Brownies

Middle Rasen Brownies recently returned to face-to-face meetings and were finally able to award the Brownies with all their badges earned since October.  The photo in the printed Community Spirit shows some of the Brownies with their badges.  Well done to them all.!

We are now enjoying a term exploring the outdoors and celebrating being able to meet together again before returning to indoor meetings from September. New members are very welcome and the Unit is open to all girls aged 7-10 year.  Interest can be registered via the Girlguiding website:

Huge congratulations to Market Rasen Rainbow and Middle Rasen resident, Gracie.  She set herself a challenge during the first lockdown to complete all 12 Rainbow interest badges and recently completed this challenge.  During the last year Gracie has also completed the Lincolnshire North Sparkle & Shine badge, Camp at Home Challenge, she was the first Rainbow to complete the Girlguiding NEE 50th Birthday Badge along with 3 Skill Builders, 4 Theme Awards, her Bronze and Silver Awards plus lots of other little challenges.  Gracie is on course to complete her Gold Award before moving up to Brownies towards the end of the year, where she will be able to complete 18 interest badges!

Well done Gracie you are inspiring many Rainbows to follow in your footsteps.  Keep up the great work.   Tricia Neale

Middle Rasen Brownies Remember

Middle Rasen Brownies artistically created lots of commemorative stones in memory of all those who lost their lives fighting for our country. These beautiful stones were placed underneath the war memorial in the Porch of St Peter and St Paul's Church, Middle Rasen on Remembrance Sunday 2020!

Tricia Neal (849412) Middle & Market Rasen Brownies


In September we relaunched Rainbows alongside the Brownies and recently 13 Rainbows made their Promise watched on by their families.  Several Brownies also made their Promise too.   This term both sections have been working on their First Aid Skill Builder and are looking forward to getting out and about over the summer term.  

Anyone interested in attending Rainbows or Brownies can register their interest via the Girlguiding website:

We are also actively looking for Young Leaders (aged 14-18 years) and Adult Leaders to assist with the Units and other Units within the area.  Anyone interested can express their interest via Girlguiding website:



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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.

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30 Years of Middle Rasen Rainbows

I was sad to read in April's Community Sprit that Middle Rasen Rainbows was closing. (see below) Thirty years ago the Rainbow movement of the Guides was just beginning. Valerie Wright and the late Jackie Kitchen asked me if I would be interested in leading a group in Middle Rasen and Pat Golby kindly volunteered to be my assistant! We had to become guiders first, so underwent training before being enrolled as fully-fledged leaders!

In those days we met in the old church hut, which lacked facilities, but had a certain wartime atmosphere. There was a toilet that was rumoured to have it's own resident rat, although I cleaned the toilet before every meeting and never came across it! Our girls made far too much noise for him anyway!

In those days, rainbows weren't allowed to have sleepovers or work for badges, although they were given a rainbow badge when they were enrolled which brightened up their homemade tabards! We sang songs, played games and did masses of crafts! One thing that we were really good at was having parties! These we indulged in at every available opportunity! A visit to the pantomime at Christmas was another favourite!

When the old church hut was pulled down, we were included in a time capsule to be buried in front of the new Church hall. Whilst the new hall was being completed, the council kindly allowed us to use the Braemar community room rather than us being homeless!

During my seven years with the girls I had many helpers, especially Guides working for their Young Leaders badge. The first of these was Tricia Neal (Lamming) followed by Lizzie Jones, Gemma Fowles, Sarah Lamming and Rosemary Bedford. Thirzah, my daughter, often leant a hand too, as did many of our lovely mums! Over the years, Rainbows began to be included in larger guiding activities like those held in the Festival Hall and the Lincoln Showground. My sister, Karen, helped out with a group that opened in Market Rasen, until, unfortunately, she became too ill to continue.

Eileen Bedford took over from me and Linda White soon joined her. My time with the Rainbows left me with lots of fond memories. I feel really proud when “my girls” tell me that their daughters have followed in their footsteps!

Eileen, Linda and Karen continued to lead the girls on further adventures, until the recent closure. I feel sure that, although the group has come to a close, it will certainly not be the end and one day in the not too distant future a new group will have fun in Middle Rasen once again.

Elaine Jennings

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ April 2021 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

It is with a heavy and sad heart that I have to announce that the Rainbow Unit of Middle Rasen has closed.

During the first lockdown, we were meeting via emails and many of the girls worked really hard on their badge work and the activities that I prepared and sent out to them. 

When September came, we were really looking forward to having face-to-face meetings but this was still put on hold by HQ. I had lost a few girls as they were able to go onto Brownies and with so few numbers it wasn't viable to hire the hall to meet. We continued to meet virtually until Christmas, when I again lost girls to Brownies and started the New Year with just 2 Rainbows. 

After 17+ years of service to Guiding and being able to transfer the girls to Market Rasen Unit, I have decided to retire.

Last year we were hoping to have held a 30th Birthday party for Middle Rasen rainbows, as the unit had been active all that time, but as with so many celebrations that had to go by the wayside!

I have had some wonderful times with the girls over the years and it's been a great pleasure to watch the girls grow and mature with us before continuing at Brownies and then onto Guides. 

A big thank you to my co-helpers for their time - Eileen Bedford, Linda White, Shannon White who have all had skills for different things, but we were able to work together as a team and each give something to the girls. I have also had some young Guides come and help out for their Duke of Edinburgh awards and then go on to be young leaders themselves. 

I must say a big thank you to all the parents who have sent their daughters to us over the years, and, who knows, maybe one of them, when old enough, may open the unit again and have lots of fun just like I have had!

Karen Gramson

On behalf of Middle Rasen, I would like to say a very big thank you to you Karen, to Eileen, Linda and Shannon, for all your hard work and dedication over the years! My daughter, Alice, was a rainbow here 20 years ago – she loved her time with you all! It is very sad to see the unit closing, but we wish you all well in your retirement!

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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.



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.

Lincoln & West Lindsey Children's Centres Zoom Timetable


The FISDAC Academy

Jenny and Ian on 07875246427 have moved out of area but may be contacted by email , or just visit their website "" for an update..


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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