South Holland Brownies celebrate their 100th birthday

Nurse Abigale reporting for duty: Brownies dressed in wartime clothes are (from left) Holly Edison, Abigale Copley and Amy Huddleston. Photo: SG220214-126TW
Nurse Abigale reporting for duty: Brownies dressed in wartime clothes are (from left) Holly Edison, Abigale Copley and Amy Huddleston. Photo: SG220214-126TW
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Penguin keeper, space scientist... who knows what the girls of today will end up doing?

However, it’s something that 1st Pinchbeck Brownies have been thinking about – while Gosberton and Donington Brownies who belong to Eaudyke District, along with the Rainbows and Guides, have been considering the past too.

Reflections about history and the future have been sparked by the fact that the Brownies as an organisation celebrates its 100th anniversary this year – the same year as the centenary of the First World War.

Eaudyke District former district commissioner Helen Clarke – her daughter Sarah has now taken over – said the girls marked Thinking Day with a number of activities at Gosberton church hall.

It’s a day for thinking of other Rainbows, Brownies and Guides around the world, and this year the girls celebrated the 100th anniversary of the brownies with crafts and by completing parts of the Big Brownie Birthday Badge that relate to the First World War, such as making a gas mask box and ration card, creating 100-year birthday cards and icing cakes.

Some of the adults and children dressed up for the celebrations, such as in nurse’s uniform.

At Pinchbeck, the girls are celebrating their movement’s 100th birthday with trips and picnics. They have also been challenged to do things like think of ways they could improve their lives, and in response they planted seeds; consider the role brownies play in the community, and the girls have done things like write letters to these newspapers – extracts from some of them are included here; they also looked at brownies in different countries and iced biscuits in the Guide trefoil design.

Charlotte Avery, who helps at the Pinchbeck brownies, said: “They were playing career charades and acting out different jobs using props and we had the usual things like hairdresser and teacher, but we also had a penguin keeper, a space scientist and an ice skater, perhaps inspired by the Winter Olympics.”