Centenary celebrations for Brownies


Brownies from Galashiels district celebrated the 100th birthday of their movement by inviting Rainbows, Guides, senior section and leaders to their party in the town’s Volunteer Hall on Saturday.

Everybody sang “Happy Birthday” before the cake, made by Rainbow leader Lindsay Stavert and senior section member Allanah Fox, was cut by Alison Henry, district commissioner, and Brownie Erin Stoddart, whose birthday it was.

During the past term all sections have worked towards the Janet Mackie Memorial Shield competition, with this year’s theme being “Easter”. Prize winners –Rainbows – Emma Duncanson (2nd Gala Rainbows); Brownies – Ceilidh Anderson-Hardie (3rd Gala Brownies); Guides – Rosie McLeman (1st Gala Guides); senior section – Cara Smith (1st Tweedbank senior section).

Gail Fox, county commissioner for Tweed Valley, announced that Morag McCormick will be the new district commissioner for Galashiels for the next three years. She also presented Alison Henry, outgoing district commissioner, with a certificate and badge of thanks in appreciation of her support for Girlguiding.

Parents were then invited in for the rest of the afternoon to see different activities that all the girls take part in at their weekly meetings – from creating an elephant from empty plastic milk cartons to making balancing parrots. On display were uniforms from the past, and photographs of past and present Brownies and Guides in Galashiels.