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Proud Brownies celebrate their golden anniversary

1st Pegswood Brownies leaders, former members and current members at the 50th anniversary event.

1st Pegswood Brownies leaders, former members and current members at the 50th anniversary event.

Former members of a village community organisation enjoyed sharing their memories at a special event to mark a significant milestone.

The 1st Pegswood Brownies recently celebrated 50 years at Pegswood First School, the venue for the vast majority of its meetings.

Those who joined the group for girls aged between seven and 10 have learned a range of useful skills and made some good friends.

Dorothy Cuthbertson and Evelyn Smith were among the first set of members and later generations of their family went on to join the Brownies.

Evelyn said: “Although there were not as many badges as there are now, we still did plenty of things including knitting, cooking, home safety and looking after an animal.”

Dorothy added: “I really enjoyed my time in the Brownies, especially as there wasn’t much else available for children at that time.”

Today, the badges also include world issues, communicator, agility, sports and road safety.

Brown Owl Julie Stephenson, who is also a Pegswood Parish councillor, has been in the role for 37 years and she was hailed as “a big inspiration for everything she does in the village” by Gordon Johnstone of the Pegswood PTA.

Julie added: “It was amazing to reminisce about old times with so many former Brownies. I still enjoy being a Brown Owl as much as when I started.”

 

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