Brownie guides cut the cake to celebrate Big Brownie Birthday

Borehamwood Times: The Big Brownie Birthday was celebrated at the weekend in Schopwick Place, Elstree, with Brownie packs from across the town joining in the party. Picture: Thomas Ash The Big Brownie Birthday was celebrated at the weekend in Schopwick Place, Elstree, with Brownie packs from across the town joining in the party. Picture: Thomas Ash

Brownie guides enjoyed a bit of fun in the sun as they celebrated their organisation's 100th anniversary.

Girls from across Borehamwood attended a party in Schopwick Place, Elstree to mark the Big Brownie Birthday at the weekend.

Brownies enjoyed a quiz in the orchard, camp fire songs and Maypole dancing, along with the opportunity to view the exhibition of past Brownie photographs and memorabilia.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Stuart Nagler welcomed all to enjoy the afternoon, which was organised by Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.

The event was well attended, including the Mayor of Hertsmere Carey Keates and Hertsmere Borough Council leader Councillor Morris Bright, along with past and present leaders of the Brownies, Guides and Scouts.

Mayor Councillor Pat Strack, who helped organise the event, said: “I would like to thank all those who helped to make the Brownie Centenary Celebrations at Schopwick so momentous. Many District Trefoil Guild members, Brownie leaders, past leaders Brownies and their parents enjoyed the sunny afternoon of activities and entertainment."

There are currently five Brownie packs in the town but more volunteers are wanted to set up new groups.

To start a pack, a community needs at least two 18 to 65 year old women willing to volunteer to be leaders and at least eight 7 to 10 year olds wanting to be Brownies.

District commissioner Penelope Polins said: “We would dearly love to see new packs opening at our various places of worship and also in the areas that we don't currently cover on the Northern side of town. Across the UK there are currently 50,000 on the national waiting list and we would love to try and help Borehamwood and Elstree make a dent in that number."

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7:27pm Tue 15 Jul 14

bumblecherry says...

AAARRRGGGHHH!
"Schopwick Place is where the worldwide Brownie movement started"
NO IT IS NOT.
PLEASE CAN YOU STOP REPEATING THIS AS IT IS NOT CORRECT?
Percy Everett lived at Schopwick Place and became a friend of Lord Baden-Powell who started the Scout Association in 1907, the first Scout Troop in Hertfordshire was in Elstree.
Percy Evertt's daughter, Dr Winn Everett, started the 1st Elstree Guides in 1921, eleven years after Girlguiding began and seven years after the start of Brownies.
Joanna Todd (District Commissioner for Girlguiding Elstree & Borehamwood 2003-2013 and holder of the Guide Local History Badge)
AAARRRGGGHHH! "Schopwick Place is where the worldwide Brownie movement started" NO IT IS NOT. PLEASE CAN YOU STOP REPEATING THIS AS IT IS NOT CORRECT? Percy Everett lived at Schopwick Place and became a friend of Lord Baden-Powell who started the Scout Association in 1907, the first Scout Troop in Hertfordshire was in Elstree. Percy Evertt's daughter, Dr Winn Everett, started the 1st Elstree Guides in 1921, eleven years after Girlguiding began and seven years after the start of Brownies. Joanna Todd (District Commissioner for Girlguiding Elstree & Borehamwood 2003-2013 and holder of the Guide Local History Badge) bumblecherry
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10:20pm Wed 16 Jul 14

bumblecherry says...

Thank you Victoria for taking out the bit that was wrong! :D
Thank you Victoria for taking out the bit that was wrong! :D bumblecherry
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