St Anne's Turton Brownies celebrate 60th anniversary

The 10th Bolton (St Anne’s Turton) Brownie Pack celebrates its 60th anniversary

The 10th Bolton (St Anne’s Turton) Brownie Pack celebrates its 60th anniversary

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

BROWNIES past and present will come together when the 10th Bolton (St Anne’s Turton) Brownie Pack celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The pack will mark this milestone at Turton and Edgworth CE Primary School in Bolton Road, Edgworth, on Tuesday, January 21, from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Former pack members will be reunited with old friends and leaders and can reminisce by viewing the logbook on display.

The event holds particular significance for Sue Wilson, who saw many youngsters come and go during her 25 years as Brown Owl of the pack.

Mrs Wilson, aged 66, of Moorfield, Turton, retired as leader two years ago and is now an assistant with the group.

She said: “I’m very much looking forward to marking our anniversary. I hope to see as many Brownies and ‘Owls’ as possible.

“It’s been so rewarding being involved in the pack. When people say to you ‘your Brownies are absolutely marvellous’, it makes it all worthwhile.

“I’ve spent a lot of time organising things and working hard to help brownies over the years, but it all works out in the end.

“It’s still busy, but it’s very enjoyable.”

Mrs Wilson’s successor Debbie Knight, aged 51, of Thomason Fold, said the event will prove an invaluable experience to young and old.

She said: “It will be fantastic for Brownies past and present to see how things have changed, and how they have not changed at the same time.

“The Brownies still have the same core values as all those years ago, which I think gives the pack its sense of identity.

“I hope that when the children meet the adults that came before them, they will be encouraged to continue with guiding. Hopefully, they will encourage their daughters to join the Brownies in years to come.”

The pack meets every Tuesday at Turton and Edgworth CE Primary School.

Nationally, this year marks the centenary of the Brownies, formed by Lord Baden-Powell, as girls sought their own version of the Scouts. They were originally called the Rosebuds.

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