Girls from various Brownie groups in Heywood met up at St James Hall on Tower Street in the summer holidays for a Big Brownie Sleepover to celebrate Brownies turning 100.

Girls had a fun packed sleepover in the hall, which included pillow fights, camp fire songs and painting plates and cups, which they got to take home as a memento of this special occasion. All girls who took part got a special badge which was designed by Molly Finn, 7th Heywood St George’s Brownies.

Heywood Division Commissioner, Julie Holt said “I was a little apprehensive about spending the night with more than 30 Brownies, but they were all exceptionally well behaved and I am looking forward to doing it again. Also a good outcome from the event was a few brownies after talking to the young leaders have realised moving up to Guides isn’t going to be too scary either. The favourite activity seemed to be the pillow fights and the mug & plate decorating. I’d like to add my thanks to the leaders for all their help and support in making this event a big success”.

Evelyn Reid, who celebrated her 9th birthday on the Friday said “It’s a great way to spend my birthday”and Aimee (9 on Sunday) said “It’s the best early birthday party ever!”

Lucy Kilduff from Heywood 1st All Souls Brownies, age 8 said “The sleepover was absolutely awesome, my two brownie best friends Heidi and Jess came too and we got to stay up a bit later than normal and have a giant pillow fight. My favourite activity was decorating plate and cups to take home.”

Girlguiding gives girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills.