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Sharing the secret to 100 years of Brownies success

800 Brownies from across the county gathered at Guys Farm near Lancaster for a fun day to celebrate the organisation's 100th birthday.

800 Brownies from across the county gathered at Guys Farm near Lancaster for a fun day to celebrate the organisation's 100th birthday.

Thousands of Lancashire Brownies celebrated their 100th anniversary in style.

More than 1,100 girls aged between seven and 10 turned out in force to celebrate the centenary of the girl guiding group in an event at Guy’s Farm Activity Centre, Bay Horse, Lancaster.

And the assistant team leader for Grimsargh Brownies, 26-year-old Rachel Page, revealed the secret to the organisation’s lasting success.

She said: “It was a great day and a great success. All of the girls enjoyed it. The secret of the Brownies’ success is that they have adapted over time.

“Some people think it is an old fashioned group but we have changed with the times.

“We have outdoor cooking but we also had a mad science event, a treasure hunt and hairdressing. We have a variety of activities that can appeal to every young girl.”

Preston West won the battle of the separate Brownie groups as they collected the most stars in a space-themed mass treasure hunt at the Big Brownie Birthday Bash Star Quest event.

The event was opened by 100-year-old Margaret Rigby from Chorley – who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Guiding in the New Year Honours.

And Jess Parkinson, Leader of 2nd Lostock Hall Brownies, said the celebration reminded her why she volunteers

She said: “It was great to see the girls have a fantastic day as they tried all the different activities.

“Listening to them giggle and laugh with their friends reminds me why I volunteer in Girl Guiding”

Details at girlguiding.org.uk

 

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