Counties

Our Region is split into 17 geographical areas, known as Counties. Our Counties cover the whole of the North West of England, from the top of Cumbria, right down to the bottom of Cheshire, across to the Pennines and over the water to the Isle of Man. Each of our Counties has a lead volunteer, known as a County Commissioner. The County Commissioner has a term of office of 5 years and during this time is the person in charge of the charitable work of their particular County and all of the volunteers in their area. 

Girlguiding Cheshire Border

County Commissioner
Claire Worth

Email
claire.worth@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingcheshireborder.org.uk

Statement
Cheshire Border is the Southernmost county in the Region, bordering on Staffordshire and Derbyshire. They are an active and growing County with nearly 4400 members. Covering the area of the new Cheshire East Council, the County includes the towns of Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Knutsford, Congleton, Holmes Chapel, Alsager, Sandbach, Crewe and Nantwich. There is great variety from old market towns and industrial areas to rural villages. They offer a wide range of opportunities to girls and young women of all age groups and are particularly proud of their water activities section at Tatton Park and growing Senior Section numbers.

Accommodation 
Cheshire Border has two Residential and Activity Centres; Egerton Hall and Alsager Guide Hall and Pack Holiday Centre.

 

Girlguiding Cheshire Forest

County Commissioner
Rachael Aldus

Email
rachael.aldus@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.cheshireforest.org.uk

Statement
Cheshire Forest is the largest County in Girlguiding North West England, with a current membership of 6325. They cover the areas of Warrington, Halton, Chester and West Cheshire, plus Middlewich in East Cheshire! This is a diverse mixture of large towns and villages, with industrial and rural areas. The County is divided into 11 Divisions with 40 Districts. They are proud of the whole range of opportunities they offer to the girls and young women in their care.

Accommodation 
Cheshire Forest has a Residential and Activity Centre; Pettypool Activity Centre.

Girlguiding Cumbria North

County Commissioner
Julie Walton

Email
julie.walton@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingcumbrianorth.org.uk

Statement
Cumbria North is the largest geographical County in the Region and has the second lowest population density in England. The County stretches for a distance of over 80 miles from North to South and East to West, and encompasses both the Lake District fells and a large area of the Pennines. It covers the Districts of Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland and Eden and has only 3 urban areas with a population in excess of 20,000, one of which is the city of Carlisle. They endeavour to give all of their members as many opportunities as possible and are enjoying the many benefits of flexible guiding.

Cumbria South

County Commissioner
Sue Gudgeon

Website
www.girlguidingcumbriasouth.org.uk

Email
sue.gudgeon@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Statement
Cumbria South is a beautiful and diverse County where ‘the Lakes meets the Sea’. The County covers a vast area from Barrow in Furness in the West to Sedburgh in the East, Grassmere in the North and Arnside in the South. Leaders in Cumbria South offer their girls and young women a fantastic range of opportunities both locally and internationally, and they are very proud to ensure that they keep their 'Girls in the Lead'.

Accommodation 
Cumbria South has a Residential Centre; Parkhouse.

Greater Manchester West

County Commissioner
Ann Healey

Email
ann.healey@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.gmwguiding.org.uk

Statement
Greater Manchester West is one of the Region's smaller Counties. The County covers the Local Authority areas of Trafford and Salford. They are delighted that they are a very varied and diverse community. They work together to build communities so that their adult volunteers are well supported as they help the girls and young women in their care learn to plan and experience a very varied programme of activities. Their current long term project is developing their expertise in girl-led guiding at all levels throughout the community.

Accommodation 
Greater Manchester West has an activity centre and campsite; Ashley.

 

Isle of Man

County Commissioner
Karen Walker

Email
karen.walker@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingiom.im

Statement
Isle of Man County have a unique relationship with Girlguiding and are extremely proud to be a Girlguiding County in their own right in Girlguiding North West England. Girlguiding in the Isle of Man started in 1915 with a small number of girls and their determined leaders. Today they are the Island’s largest voluntary youth organisation. Girlguiding Isle of Man comprises of 62 groups, that’s 1,257 people engaged in weekly youth programmes of activities for girls and young women aged 5 to 26.

Lancashire Border

County Commissioner
Rebecca Minors

Email
rebecca.minors@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancsborder.org.uk

Statement
Lancashire Border covers the Bolton and South Bury areas. They are a small but very lively County, with 5 Divisions spread across a mixture of rural and urban populations. They have innovative programmes to excite the girls and young women in their care, and their Leaders are proud to be part of Team Lancashire Border.

Accommodation 
Lancashire Border has a Holiday Centre; Height Nook. 

 

Lancashire East

County Commissioner
Barbara Bryan

Email
barbara.bryan@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancseast.org.uk

Statement
Lancashire East is a County steeped in history and folklore; at its heart lies Pendle Hill with tales of witchcraft, to the West lies the fertile plains of the Ribble Valley and to the South and East, towns which ‘grew up’ throughout the industrial revolution. With over 5000 members, they are one of the largest Counties in Girlguiding North West England; with 7 Divisions, 612 adult Leaders and 190 Unit Helpers who make it possible, week after week, to give amazing opportunities to girls and young women in Lancashire East.

 

Lancashire North West

County Commissioner
Elaine Clare

Email
elaine.clare@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancsnw.org.uk

Statement
Lancashire North West runs down from the Cumbria border; beginning at Silverdale and running between the M6 and the A6 down to Chorley. There are 7 Divisions in total and 25 Districts. The County is very lucky to have three universities, which offers an opportunity for Young Leaders moving into the area to continue their guiding. This also ensures an ever changing mix of Leaders and range of ideas. The County is a mixture of rural villages, market towns and 2 cities, Lancaster and Preston, which ensures a very diverse population.

Accommodation 
Lancashire North West has both an Activity Centre and Campsite; Guys Farm Activity Centre and Silver Sapling Campsite 

 

 

 

 

Lancashire South

County Commissioner
Rachel Starkie

Email
rachel.starkie@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancssouth.org.uk

Statement
Lancashire South is in an area with rich heritage, moving confidently forward, where neighbourliness and a warm welcome are strong. The County has an Education Authority recognised as one of the most progressive in the country and above average exam results, there is lots of open land with very pleasant countryside and a unique range of wetland habitats for wildlife. Lancashire South was created from three nearby Counties on the 1st April 2007. The County badge reflects the heritage of Wigan with the pit wheel at the top of the badge and the Lancashire rose at the bottom (South). The blue on the badge forms the letter ‘S’ and represents the water element that runs throughout the County.

 

 

 

Lancashire South East

County Commissioner
Lynne Scales

Email
lynne.scales@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancsse.org.uk

Statement
Girlguiding Lancashire South East has more than 4,000 members who meet in Units across the 7 Divisions that make up the County.

Accommodation
Lancashire South East has three Centres which offer meeting spaces, indoor residential accommodation and camping. To find out more about the accommodation in Lancashire South East, please click here to visit their website. 

 

 

Lancashire West

County Commissioner
Jackie Holden

Email
jackie.holden@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidinglancswest.org.uk

Statement
Fun, Friendship, Thrills and Adventure! This is all guaranteed in the wonderful windmill County of Lancashire West. From the top of Blackpool Tower, around the boundaries of Fylde and Wyre, a warm welcome awaits you. If you are 5 or 65, they challenge you to join in our world-wide game of Girlguiding!

Accommodation
Lancashire West has its own Residential Centre in St. Annes; Kilgrimol.

Manchester

County Commissioner
Nicola Horsfield

Email
nicola.horsfield@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingmanchester.org.uk

Statement
Girlguiding Manchester currently has 4,600 members spread over a wide area, extending from the City Centre as far as Glossop, as far South as Wythenshawe and as far north as Middleton, covering Tameside plus North & South Manchester along the way. They are proud of the range of activities offered to the girls and young women in the County, and offer training and support for their Leaders, as well of lots of new and exciting opportunities.

Accommodation
Manchester has its own Outdoor Activity Centre; Seven Springs. 

Merseyside

County Commissioner
Ann Marie Cresham

Email
annmarie.cresham@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingmerseyside.co.uk

 

Statement
Girlguiding Merseyside covers a large area with a diverse population. It has 8 Divisions which cover all parts of Liverpool, Kirkby, Huyton, St Helens, Prescot and Rainhill, and Newton-le-Willows. Each Division is split into Districts who all work hard together to promote guiding in the area. Liverpool City was the European Capital of Culture for 2008 and the City and surrounding areas played host to millions of visitors. 7,000 of them were Girlguiding members when they hosted the 'World in One City' weekend in February. The City is famous for its waterfront, music and football teams. Away from the City, there are plenty of parks and Otterspool promenade. Prescot is the birthplace of the Rocket Steam engine. Out in Knowsley they have the Safari Park, and in the grounds of Knowsley Hal,l the home of the Earl and Countess of Derby. St Helens is also famous for its glass and ‘The Saints’, St Helens Rugby team.

Accommodation
Merseyside has an Activity Centre and Campsite. To find out more information please click on the following links: Woodbank Activity Centre and Scarisbrick Campsite. 

Sefton

County Commissioner
Angela Harding

Email
angela.harding@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingsefton.org.uk

Statement
From Bootle to Tarleton, Sefton County stretches along the coast between Merseyside and South Lancashire, and reaches inland to include Parbold Hill and parts of West Lancashire. They have sea, sandhills and endangered species in their coastline, and a mixture of rural and urban areas inland. With a membership of 4,500, they are divided into 8 Divisions, each with is unique characteristics. They welcome new girls and Adult Helpers to their County and offer fun, friendship and exciting challenges for all age groups.

Accommodation
Sefton County shares a campsite with Merseyside County and has its own Activity Centre. To find out more please click on the links - Scarisbrick Campsite and Shirdley Hill Activity Centre.  

Stockport

County Commissioner
Sue Beck

Email
sue.beck@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingstockport.org.uk

Statement
Girlguiding Stockport covers the borough of Stockport. A team of over 400 adult Leaders are committed to providing stimulating and imaginative programmes for 173 Units across all age ranges, bringing guiding to over 3000 girls in Stockport. If you are visiting Stockport and fancy a challenge, why not volunteer with Girlguiding. They are a friendly, forward thinking, challenging and innovative County. Whether you want to work directly with the girls, support Leaders, or can only spare one hour per month, there are many opportunities open to you in Stockport.

Accommodation 
Stockport has its own Residential Centre; The Inns at Rowarth. 

 

 

Wirral

County Commissioner
Linda Smallthwaite

Email
linda.smallthwaite@girlguidingnwe.org.uk

Website
www.girlguidingwirral.org.uk

Statement
Wirral County first came into being in 1972 when the County of Cheshire split into three; Wirral, Cheshire Forest and Cheshire Border. The County continues to have strong links with their neighbouring Counties, including Merseyside and Sefton. Since then guiding has gone from strength to strength and they have an active and flourishing County, especially in the age group for The Senior Section. Their County campsite, Hadlow Fields, is popular with Leaders from both inside and outside of Wirral and rings with the sound of girls enjoying the out of doors nearly every weekend of the year. They have also successfully held a number of International Camps. Visit them in Wirral and you can be sure of a warm welcome!

Accommodation 
Wirral has its own Campsite and Activity Centre; Hadlow Fields, and accommodation at West Kirby Guide HQ.