Girl guides in Grantham celebrate 100th birthday

Brownies enjoy a Funtastic day to celebrate 100 years of the organisation.
Brownies enjoy a Funtastic day to celebrate 100 years of the organisation.
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Brownies from Grantham and surrounding villages took part in a huge sleepover as part of a special adventure to mark 100 years of Brownies.

A group 150 Brownies, all aged seven to 10, joined together to celebrate the big Brownie birthday - which will see Girlguiding members from all over the UK take part in sleepovers, camps and holidays in unexpected places.

Organiser Adelle Glossop, Girguiding Grantham rural district commissioner, said: “The event took a year to plan and I could not have wished for it to have gone any better. The girls chose the name of ‘Funtastic’ and we certainly achieved our objective of 24 hours of fun.

“This was the first time a sleepover like this has been done in Grantham division, and we had enormous support from organisations and individuals in addition to Girlguiding volunteer leaders to make it happen.”

The girls enjoyed a range of activities such as climbing a 30ft inflatable lighthouse, a giant slide, tightrope walking, a magic show, a science party, golf, circus skills, making teddy bears and much more before sleeping in marquees erected in a paddock belonging to Mr and Mrs Roberts at Bottesford.

The activities were drawn from the Brownie adventure programme, which builds girls’ confidence and self esteem, encourages them to become active citizens and teaches them about the wider world. It also gives them a space to have fun and be themselves with other girls.

For more information about the big Brownie birthday and how to join Girlguiding - the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK - go to