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Hundreds set to attend brigades’ birthday event

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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BURTON is set to host a major event next month to celebrate more than 120 years of the Girl’s Brigade.

Members from the Midlands area have planned an action-packed fun day at de Ferrers Academy to mark the organisation’s 121st year and will ne attended by more than 300 members.

Paula Whitley, who coordinates the GB groups in the midlands area, said: “We are looking forward to a fun packed day. It will be great to see all the girls together in one place having loads of fun.”

The fun day will take place on May 17 at The de Ferrers academy, when 325 members between the ages of four and 18 years are set to attend.

The event was originally due to take place in 2013 – in the brigade’s 120th anniversary year but had to be postponed due to the overwhelming number of people wanting to attend and a larger venue needed to be found.

At the event at the de Ferrers academy there will be a range of activities including a rotating climbing wall, archery, welly-wanging and a bouncy castle.

Mrs Whitely said: “Girls’ Brigade groups all over England and Wales provide rewarding, stretching and positive opportunities through which around 15,000 children and young people, between the ages of four and 18 years, grow and develop in confidence and skills in a Christian environment.”

The Girls’ Brigade was started in 1893 in Dublin as a result of women responding to the needs of girls in their local community.

It grew into the worldwide Christian movement that exists today with over 80 groups in the Midlands area.

The day will finish with everyone coming together for a celebration praise party.

If you’d like to find out more about GB you can go to its girlsb.org.uk or email Paula Whitley region3gb@hotmail.co.uk to find out details of your local group.

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