Celebrating 100 years of Girl Guiding

ONE HUNDRED years of Girl Guiding was celebrated in Great Dunmow. More than 280 girls aged between five and 16 marked the start of the anniversary year with a march to Helena Romanes School. There they took part in an activity afternoon including games, c

ONE HUNDRED years of Girl Guiding was celebrated in Great Dunmow.

More than 280 girls aged between five and 16 marked the start of the anniversary year with a march to Helena Romanes School.

There they took part in an activity afternoon including games, circus skills, bouncy castles, cake decorating and a traditional sing-along.

The group joined more than 600,000 girls across the country to mark the century. Girl Guiding started in September 1909 when Lord Baden-Powell held a rally at Crystal Palace for the members of the Boy Scouts, the movement he had started two years earlier.


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Some 11,000 boys turned up - and so did a small group of girls, who informed Lord Baden-Powell that they were scouts and wanted to do the same exciting things as their brothers.

Lord Baden-Powell asked his sister, Agnes, to set up a movement for girls and in 1910 the Girl Guide movement began.

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