A trip down memory lane for former Glenrothes brownie

8A South Parks Brownie Group, Glenrothes
8A South Parks Brownie Group, Glenrothes

It was a trip down memory lane for one former Glenrothes resident when she came back to the town of her youth as part of the Girl Guides centenary celebrations.

Elizabeth Meacher’s first experience of the Girl Guide movement was when she joined a local Brownie group 54 years ago, she loved it that much that she’s been involved ever since.

Elizabeth now holds the distinguished office of Fife Commissioner for the movement and was back on her old stomping ground when she joined a visit by 8A South Parks Brownie Pack to the special Guides centenary display at the town’s Heritage Centre.

And the memories soon came flooding back for the commissioner.

“It’s wonderful to come back to where I grew up and to be here with the youngsters that are the same age as when I first got involved,” she told the Gazette.

“The Heritage Centre staff have put together an excellent and very informative display which depicts the changing face of the Guiding movement in the town through the years, the collection of original badges and uniforms bring all those memories flooding back, it’s very informative.

“We’ve all been particularly impressed by the eye-catching window display which sums up perfectly the fun and camaraderie that being in the Brownies and Guides is all about.”

With around 3500 girls affiliated to the Guide movement across Fife, around 1500 of them Brownies, Elizabeth says the popularity has increased in recent times.

“The problem we have is there are not enough volunteers and group leaders, we have lots of girls wanting to get involved but simply can’t so we’re appealing for adults to get involved in whatever way they can.

“The demand is certainly there and its a hugely rewarding pastime for everyone, children and adults alike,” Elizabeth explained.

The Girl Guiding movement, of which the Brownies became a part, was formed in 1910 and led by Agnes Baden-Powell.

It was in 1914 that a junior section for girls, under the age of 11, was formed. Initially called ‘Rosebuds’ before changing name to ‘Brownies’.

The anniversary exhibition at Glenrothes Heritage Centre continues until the end of May.