100th Big Brownie Birthday on the beach

Hundreds of Brownies from across the Island joined their leaders for the last of the special events which have celebrated the BIG BROWNIE BIRTHDAY – 100 years of the Brownies during 2014.

GirlGuiding 100 years on the beach :

This in from Suzanne on behalf of GirGuiding Isle of Wight. Ed


After the Masked Ball held in January at Cowes Yacht Haven and Star Quest held at IW Steam Railway, Havenstreet on mid-summer’s day, the final Island event was a beach party -and more – held on Appley Beach, Ryde.

All the Brownies were welcomed to the event by Assistant Island Commissioners Lyn Rogers and Lesley Clifford. During the afternoon a number of special games were arranged together with every Brownie making a sandcastle decorated with a commemorative flag.

Flying the flag
Girlguiding’s World Flag was hoisted on the beach and at the end of the event all the Brownies and leaders formed a large horseshoe shape in front of their unit flags.

Here action songs were enjoyed and two leaders renewed their Girlguiding Promise and were presented with leadership certificates by Island Commissioner Deborah Meadows.

Smashing a record and making their mark
Following this, all those present renewed their Promise and it is believed that this is record for the largest number of those renewing their Promise on a beach.

However the highlight of the event was the forming of Big Brownie Birthday (BBB) 100 on the beach. Following marked-out lines the hundreds of Brownies and the leaders marched into position and this unusual beach sculpture was captured in photographs taken from the top of Appley Tower with kind permission of IWC and Martin Jenkins.

This event and the other special events to celebrate the 100 years were organised by the Brownie Section Commissioners: Felicity Harris, Rachael Banting, Katie Charlton, Angela Smith and Collette Atkins and Brownie leaders.

Monday, 22nd September, 2014 7:28am

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rai barker

Great photo…i remember being a brownie..it was great fun..team work..learning usuful skills.. Friendship..camping and singing… A great organization..and good preperation for adult life ..Next time id like to join in photo .please..we could spell out brownies..with old and new..current :-) brownies from the island