A GIRLGUIDING group was finally able to meet face-to-face for the first time since lockdown.

Members of the Cawthorne Rainbows visited a local park for a socially distanced teddy bear’s picnic following four months of virtual meetings.

During lockdown, the group was forced to meet virtually, taking part in a Frozen-themed quiz, doing 100 jumps for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s birthday and even completing their first aid badge remotely.

Four of the Rainbows, who are members of the Cawthorne group, joined in the outdoor activities.

The unit leaders, Sophie Speight and Alice Lindley, were delighted to be with the girls again.

Sophie said: “It was great to see the girls in person again after so long.

“Although we’ve done weekly online meetings and the girls have done some of the Girlguiding Adventures at Home challenges on the website.

“It’s exciting to slowly and safely getting back to outdoor meetings.”

Zoe Stewart, division commissioner for Barnsley West Girlguiding, added: “Girlguiding is all about giving girls safe and interesting experiences – so a socially distanced picnic with their Rainbow friends was perfect.

“A full risk assessment was carried out and the paperwork was definitely worth it.

“We’re all just looking forward to being able to get back to full Girlguiding activities when it’s safe.”