Brownies mark a milestone

Newthorpe Brownies celebrate their fiftieth anniversary
Newthorpe Brownies celebrate their fiftieth anniversary

Newthorpe Brownies has celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The girls marked the occasion with a party at Newthorpe Baptist Church, where they have met for over half a century.

Leader Angela Hudson – who is also marking 20 years as the group’s Brown Owl this year – said it was great to mark the milestone after being there so long.

“I joined the Newthorpe Brownies myself 28 years ago so it was just wonderful to be here to celebrate the 50th anniversary,” she said.

“We played traditional games like pass the parcel and musical statues and had dancing and party food. It was really lovely.”

The girls also plan to celebrate with a garden party for the community in the summer and a VIP party at the Escape Play Centre in Giltbrook.

This year is also the 100th anniversary of Girl Guiding across the UK, and the Newthorpe group plans to do 100 challenges before the end of the year to mark a third huge milestone.

They will be taking on various craft challenges, going on trips away and re-creating some of the old games and challenges Brownies did years ago.

After Angela left the Brownies and moved up to the Guides, one of her challenges was to do three months work helping out in the community. She chose to go back to the Brownies and help a young girl with Down Syndrome, and it was then she was asked to train as a leader.