Brownies get creative to celebrate their centenary

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THERE was a constellation of creativity on offer when Brownies from all over Weymouth and Portland gathered to celebrate their organisation’s centenary with a special Star Quest event.

The girls, aged between seven and 10, met at All Saints School in Wyke Regis for an afternoon of fun activities, sports and singing.

There was also the chance to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy specially made 100th anniversary cupcakes.

Among the people joining in was Girlguiding UK’s County Commissioner for Dorset, Catherine Welch, who said in her welcoming speech: “I am very busy going to celebrations all over the county, but it is wonderful to be here and be part of the fun.”

The activities for the 140 Brownies included traditional sports such as hula hooping and skipping, making butterflies filled with chocolate sweets, creating paper dragons and foam red rosebuds – Brownies were originally known as Rosebuds – and making newspaper plant pots which they then filled with compost and planted a sunflower seed.

Star Quest was just one of many events taking place across Dorset to celebrate the Brownies’ centenary.

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