Tweed Valley Brownie big birthday bash

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Brownies from Girlguiding Tweed Valley embarked on a cosmic Star Quest adventure to celebrate the 100th birthday of Brownies.

The girls, all aged seven to 10, joined more than 220 Brownies from West Linton, Peebles, Cardrona, Innerleithen, Galashiels, Tweedbank and Selkirk at Bowhill Country Estate to mark anniversary with a space-themed spectacular.

The all-girl celebration on June 8 saw the young stargazers travel through three time zones in the hunt for missing stars – taking part in challenges and enjoying new and exciting adventures en route.

The Star Quest fun day involved a range of activities from den building, rocket making, bouncy castles, a magic show, star-themed craft and food and facepainting.

Two girls celebrating their birthday cut the cake made by a local Senior Section member, Alannah Fox.

Ellie, 8, a Brownie from Galashiels said: “We had a great day celebrating the Big Brownie Birthday – 100 years is a long time! I particularly enjoyed stroking Peter Pepper’s magic rabbit and making Brownie friendship bracelets, as well as being with my friends. I’ll never forget this day.”

Whilst Ceilidh, 7, said ““It was a Yabba, Dabba Doo day!”

Kirsteen MacKenzie, Big Brownie Birthday co-ordinator added: “Seeing Brownies from all over our local area come together to celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday has been fantastic. Girls from different towns took part in a range of activities, from crafts and trails to trying space food and making rockets.

“And we must thank the generous support of everyone who helped make the day special, including the Duke of Buccleuch for these lovely surroundings, and the team at Bowhill, Best Intent Marquees, Jim Currie and Selkirk Scouts for their marquees, BARC for their buses, Border Loos, Michael Noon and his bouncy castles, Royal Observatory for rocket making, Hobbycraft for donating supplies, TRASH, Peter Pepper, our photographer Brian Cassidy, Booker Cash & Carry, and, of course, all the leaders from across the sections in Girlguiding Tweed Valley.

“A special thanks also to Debbie at Bordaloo and Alan Cowens from Philiphaugh Estates who kindly help avert a mini crisis on the Saturday!”

For more information about The Big Brownie Birthday and how to join Girlguiding – the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women – go to: www.girlguiding.org.uk