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A century of girl guiding

5th Rastrick Brownies and the Mayor of Hebden
Royd Karl Boggis with their winning planet design 'world of chocolate'

5th Rastrick Brownies and the Mayor of Hebden Royd Karl Boggis with their winning planet design 'world of chocolate'

Girls from all over Calderdale have held an extra special birthday party to mark the 100th birthday of Brownies.

This year sees hundreds of thousands of Girlguiding members from all over the UK celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday – and Calderdale Brownies chose to hold their own celebration to mark the occasion.

Brownies decided what they wanted to do to celebrate and after months of planning with leaders, they welcomed the Mayors of Calderdale and Hebden Royd and Deputy Mayor of Todmorden, County Commissioners and former Chief Guide Jenny Leach to join in centenary celebrations.

At the party, held on January 18, at North Bridge Leisure Centre in Halifax, 500 girls attended Star Quest party with a variety of games and competitions and enjoyed a rocket shaped cake to fit in with the theme of the day - stars and space.

The girls also enjoyed disco dancing with Mayors joining in on the fun.

Group disco dancing, design an outfit to fly to the stars and design a new planet competitions added to the excitement of the day.

The Brownies from 1st Pellon Christ Church unit for seven - 10-year-olds said they had lots of fun and enjoyed partying with other Brownies.

Brownie leader and County President Yvonne Tooby said: “It was a great start to the 100 year celebrations.

“It was a brilliant party which was really well organised and well attended. My Brownies certainly enjoyed it.”

National chief guide Gill Slocombe said: “At a time when women had no vote, the first Brownies made the most of the space guiding offered to push boundaries, shatter stereotypes and discover their full potential – and they haven’t stopped since.”

 

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