100th birthday for the Brownies


Girlguiding Angus recently held their annual meeting.

County Commissioner Fiona Dalziel talked about Guiding today and in particular about the Brownies being 100 years old year.

Fiona shared some of her memories of being a Brownie and those of her mother. The Brownie programme has changed over the years with Brownies now doing badges such as Science Investigator, Circus Performer and World issues - as with the other guiding sections the programme has evolved over the years to be relevant to today’s girls.

Fiona shared with those present a slide show highlighting some of the amazing opportunities and activities there had been for members of Girlguiding Angus over the last year such as camps, international trips, adventurous activities, crafts, learning new skills and most importantly sharing experiences and making new friends.

Fiona thanked the dedicated team of volunteers in the County who enabled the amazing opportunities to be available to the girls. In the coming year she stated that ‘we will strive to offer Guiding opportunities to more girls and adults’. She then presented two leaders with 10 year long-service awards – Brenda Angus from Brechin and Lesley Paterson from Montrose.

Girlguiding leaders, who are all volunteers, come from a wide variety of backgrounds from full time stay at home mums through to CEO’s of large companies. One of Girlguiding Angus’s leaders, Jennifer Tonks a Guider in Arbroath, gave a fascinating insight into her work – Jennifer is part of the planning team for Glasgow 2014 and she spoke about her specific role as lead planner for the Commonwealth Games at Barry Buddon and of on-going work to look at lasting legacy in the area from the games.

Carol Edwards a Guider from Montrose and one of the Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioners then gave an illustrated talk of a trip she and six other Girlguiding Angus leaders went on last year to Sangam the Guide World Centre in Pune, India. While they spent some time sightseeing and experiencing some of the Indian culture the leaders were primarily based at Sangam where they worked on Community Projects with Sangam’s Community Partners. The leaders had a truly memorable experience and certainly hope this would not be their last visit to Sangam and India.

Girlguiding Angus would like more girls and adults to experience the opportunities that Guiding has to offer - we currently have vacancies for girls and adults in some areas. To find out more information and how to join Girlguiding – the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK – go to http://www.girlguidingangus.org.uk or e-mail goosieoffice@btinternet.com .