Dunstable Brownies reached for the stars at birthday bash

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About 200 Brownies from Dunstable and the surroundingarea gathered at Brewers Hill Middle School for the last of three big birthday events to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Starquest, as the day was themed, was about a journey to experience activities past, present and future.

The event was launched by the Mayor of Dunstable, Councillor Terry Stock, who welcomed the Brownies and reminded them of a little bit of their history before he waved them off on their adventure.

During the day, each Brownie travelled into space sitting among the stars and planets in a visiting mobile planetarium. They learned new circus skills from stick twirling to plate spinning and tried their hand at the fast-paced dance moves of a Zumba class.

There was an opportunity to take part in many space- themed craft activities. Each Brownie created her own “out of this world” bag to carry all of her mementoes home from her mission. There were bejewelled star-shaped picture frames, painted stars and fairy cakes decorated with ‘cream cheese’ from the moon and sugar stars.

Other activities included a scavenger hunt, giant garden games and old-fashioned group games out on the field.

All the Brownies were brought safely back from their mission and into the school hall where a giant pass-the-parcel took place. As the music started a very large box appeared. When the music stopped the first surprise was a Girl Guide popping out of the box to wish the girls good luck with the game. As the parcel circulated each pack opened up one layer. Within they discovered a gift from another pack, so each unit went home with a keepsake of the centenary year from their Brownie friends.

With a final rendition of Happy Birthday, the mission was accomplished!