1st Henley Brownies celebrated their 10th birthday on Thursday last week at Harpsden Village Hall, after the pack was reopened in January 2007.
Ex Brownies and their families and leaders joined current Brownies to celebrate with a Brownie and number 10 themed quiz before a photo slide show of highlights of the last 10 years. Over 10 years the Brownies have been involved in community initiatives and events including Henley in Bloom on the Move, HiT Litter, Mayor’s pancake race, Remembrance Parade and Chelsea Fringe Floral Flotilla.
The Brownies have also had the opportunity to do lots of different activities including canoeing, wakeboarding, climbing, bmx and quad biking to name just a few. They’ve also enjoyed weekends away at PGL centres plus a sleepover in the Natural History Museum in London in 2014 to celebrate 100 years of Brownies.
At the end of the evening, leader Michaela Clarke presented awards to Anya Marston and Olivia Simms for Brownies who had gained the most badges (20). Steph Matthews who now lives in Australia was presented with an award for the most cheekiest and funniest Brownie (Isabella Matthews collected the award on her behalf). Steph sent a message, “I truly hope Brownies continues as I hope every girl gets to experience what we all did. Thank you Brown Owl for everything you have done for me and everyone else. Sending my love all the way from down under.”
Michaela said, “Over 10 years, I’ve had 103 Brownies in the pack. I feel honoured to be part of this number of girl’s lives and shared perhaps some of their special childhood memories. I hope they will also take something they’ve learnt in Brownies that they’ll use later in life. It was a wonderful evening to look back and celebrate the last 10 years and to see some of the ex Brownies again and to hear their memories of their time in Brownies. Here’s to the next 10!”