Brownies mark centenary with birthday bash

Big Brownie centenary birthday party Cairnhill Woods, Westerton.
Big Brownie centenary birthday party Cairnhill Woods, Westerton.

Brownies had great fun searching for hidden treasure and planting wild flowers at a

special event to celebrate the organisation’s centenary.

The girls from all sections of Westerton District Brownies enjoyed taking part in the extra special 100th birthday party at Cairnhill Woods in Westerton, Bearsden, last Saturday.

This year has seen hundreds of thousands of Girlguiding members from all over the UK celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday with their own events.

Westerton Brownies took the lead in planning a wild planting and treasure hunt event in conjuction with the Cairnhill Woods Group and East Dunbartonshire Council neighbourhood services.

Rainbows, Brownies, Guide and Senior Section members, along with their leaders, also dedicated some wooden toadstools, which had been carved by Iain Chalmers, to commemorate the occasion.

Liz Galashan, District Commissioner, said: “This was a great opportunity for our girls to share our celebrations and be involved in the local community leaving a lasting legacy for all to enjoy for many years to come.

“The celebration was rounded off by everyone sharing a delicious Big Brownie Birthday Cake in Westerton Fairlie Memorial Parish Church.

“Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges to girls aged seven to 10, giving them the space to try new things and make brilliant friends.

“The girls take part in a hugely varied weekly programme incorporating everything from stargazing, world issues and science to abseiling, canoeing and zip sliding.”

Girlguiding Scotland is part of Girlguiding UK - the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with around 546,046 members and recognised volunteers.

Girlguiding Scotland has 59,234 members, of whom around 9,000 are adult members.

Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 volunteers, they are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities.