Portsmouth Brownies create beach art for 100th birthday

(l-r) Cerys Ingham, Holy Blake, Lucy Austin, Amber Kendall, Clare Austin, Jenny Stevenson and Karen Woolllard. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-336)
(l-r) Cerys Ingham, Holy Blake, Lucy Austin, Amber Kendall, Clare Austin, Jenny Stevenson and Karen Woolllard. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-336)
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BROWNIES helped celebrate 100 years of the movement by taking part in a beach art project.

Youngsters involved in local groups from the north and east Portsmouth district turned out to Eastney beach on Saturday to create a ‘Brownies 100’ display from a raft of items they found on the shore.

142732_BROWNIES_20/9/14''Cerys Ingham.''To celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. Brownies from the 22nd St Francis Brownies create a piece of beach art on Southsea beach.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-351) PPP-140920-140143001

142732_BROWNIES_20/9/14''Cerys Ingham.''To celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. Brownies from the 22nd St Francis Brownies create a piece of beach art on Southsea beach.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-351) PPP-140920-140143001

Among those who took part in the event, organised by the 22nd St Francis group, was Holly Blake, eight.

She said: ‘We play games and we sing our songs. We get badges.

‘We just came here and started collecting different stone and started to write ‘Brownies.’

Cerys Ingham, eight, who also took part, said: ‘It’s really good.’

142732_BROWNIES_20/9/14''Brownie, Holy Blake. ''To celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. Brownies from the 22nd St Francis Brownies create a piece of beach art on Southsea beach.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-370) PPP-140920-140304001

142732_BROWNIES_20/9/14''Brownie, Holy Blake. ''To celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. Brownies from the 22nd St Francis Brownies create a piece of beach art on Southsea beach.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142732-370) PPP-140920-140304001

Not quite as many youngsters turned up as had been hoped for, possibly due to the overcast weather,

However those who did turn out for the event, from three local Brownies groups, made the most of their time on the beach, and some people took a packed lunch along with them too,

Guider Claire Austin said the beach art project was part of a number of activities that have been held to mark the centenary year of the Brownies.

She said: ‘We went to Action stations as part of our 100 years celebrations in 
July.

‘We’re going to Sandy Acres in October for the weekend to stay at a guiding campsite the other side of Wickham at Shedfield.

‘We’ve done various celebrations.

‘In April we had a county wide trip to Butlins [in Bognor Regis] .

‘That was very good.’

The Brownies were originally called the Rosebuds but were renamed in 1915.

They are a junior section of the Girl Guides for girls aged under 11.