1st Ordsall Brownies at 10 Downing Street

1st Ordsall Brownies at 10 Downing Street

1st Ordsall Brownies were part of a 100-strong group of girls from all over the UK who passed through the famous front door of Number 10 on Thursday 31 July to celebrate the 100th birthday Brownies.

The Brownies gave Mr Cameron a tiny taste of the range of activities Brownies get up to in 2014 – with adventurous activities such as archery as well as giant games, plate spinning and armpit fudge.

The Prime Minister David Cameron thanked the Brownies and Girlguiding’s 100,000 volunteers for their dedication to giving girls all over the UK a head start in life, whatever their background and circumstances.

He said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating the Brownies’ 100th birthday in Downing Street.

“Being a Brownie is about having fun, being adventurous and learning a huge number of skills from watersports and cycling, to science experiments and crime prevention.

“But at the heart of what it is to be a Brownie, is the promise to give back and serve others. In this centenary year Brownies have been volunteering across the UK as part of the Big Brownie Birthday Badge Community Challenge.

“Happy 100th birthday and here’s to another great 100 years ahead.”

During the party, each of the Ordsall Brownies wrote down her hopes for how girls’ lives will change in the next 100 years. These ranged from the serious – such as, girls gaining access to education, and remembering all the Brownies that have gone before them in the last 100 years – to the more zany, like Brownies going exploring and earning badges for rocket building by 2114.

The birthday wishes were gathered in a special book to be kept by Downing Street so that visitors, dignitaries and decision-makers can view the girls’ wishes for years to come.

Brownie Tia-Leace Ashal, 8, said: “The garden party was amazing and good because we got to make new friends. My favourite part was doing science experiments and playing with goo – I got it all over me!”

Leader Heather Emerson, who attended the party with the Brownies, added “It’s been fantastic today – This is such a great organisation to be part of. Being able to show Brownies that they have a history is really important, as the 1st Ordsall Brownies is a new group and we’re bringing Brownies back into the local community.”

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe added: “Brownies is all about fun, adventure and showing just how big a difference girls can make – and they definitely succeeded in bringing a bit of that spirit to Downing Street today. It’s important that girls know they can make their voices heard, and it’s great that today their wishes are being heard at Number 10 – though I’m not sure even the Prime Minister could arrange for the Brownies to have their weekly meetings on Mars.”

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