Brownies mark 100 years

Poppies have been planted at St James Church, Broughty Ferry
Poppies have been planted at St James Church, Broughty Ferry

The 64th Dundee Brownies have marked the 100 year Brownie Birthday and commemoration of the start of the First World War with a touching memorial in the grounds of St James Church, Broughty Ferry.

Each of the Brownies was given their own section to plant some poppy seeds and a cross emblazoned with the name of a member of the church who died in conflict over the years.

Leader of the unit, Rhoda Smith said: “It was a great day and a fitting way to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers.

“Each Brownie got a slab for themselves and had fun filling it in.

“There was such a buzz, half of the Ferry must have heard us!”

The Brownies are celebrating 100 years throughuout the year of 2014 with birthday bashes and

After Robert Baden-Powell set up the Boy Scouts in 1907, the girls ‘gatecrashed’ their first rally in 1909 attracting the attention of Mr Baden-Powell.

They asked him to offer something for girls as well.

By 1914 a junior section for girls under 11 was formed, called the Rosebuds, which was renamed Brownies in 1915.

In 1937 HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Princess Margaret enrolled as a Guide and Brownie respectively.