The 1st Westbury Brownies recently visited the Laverton Insitute in Westbury, where they cleaned and polished the mayor's chair and the stair bannisters, and met the mayor David Windess.

This was part of the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge: the Brownies nationally are 100 years old this year and are doing a lot to celebrate.

In Westbury the pack have had Mary Bartlett, who used to run the 1st Westbury Brownies in the 1970s and 80s, give a talk.

She brought along photographs, old uniforms, a camp blanket covered in a lot of old badges and lots of other interesting items.

The Brownies also took over from the leaders one evening and the leaders became Brownies, and they have also had an evening of team building games.

In July they are having a Big Brownie Birthday Party at the White Horse Country Park.

Before that, they are planning an exhibition in June in The Westbury Heritage Centre: Girlguiding Westbury White Horse District are looking for Brownies/ Brownie Guiders of the past who have a collection of Brownie photos, books, uniforms, badges etc they would be willing to lend.

Anyone who can help is asked to send an email to