Friend­ship and fun at girls’ group

TO­DAY WE TALK TO 1ST GATESHEAD GIRLS’ BRIGADE

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What will you do with this year’s Wish money?

The money will help to fund new equip­ment which is needed to prop­erly carry out the badge work the girls do each week.

We would like to raise funds to pur­chase a tablet which the girls can use on a weekly ba­sis.

Sports and craft ma­te­ri­als al­ways need up­dat­ing and re­plen­ish­ing too.

Tell us about your group.

We are a Chris­tian uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tion meet­ing in the heart of Ben­sham, Gateshead, for all girls of school age. We meet ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing term time. Al­though we are a small group, we are al­ways happy to wel­come new mem­bers to join us for fun and friend­ship.

This year we cel­e­brate our 110th an­niver­sary mak­ing us the third old­est Girls’ Brigade in the world, some­thing we are very proud of.

What kind of ac­tiv­i­ties take place at your group?

A wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties take place ev­ery week in­clud­ing games, crafts, bi­ble sto­ries, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, singing and dancing.

Who is the long­est serv­ing mem­ber of your group?

Our team leader joined the group when she was five years old! So at 54 she is our long­est serv­ing mem­ber, be­ing a leader for 36 years. Al­though an­other leader came from an­other group and she has been a leader for 37 years.

Tell us about the big­gest or best ac­tiv­ity or event your group has or­gan­ised.

That would have to be all of our fundrais­ing for char­ity over the years.

What is your group’s proud­est mo­ment to date?

When we cel­e­brated our cen­te­nary. Think­ing of all the girls and young women that have been brought to know Je­sus as a friend over 100 years was most def­i­nitely our proud­est mo­ment.

The lady who started our group, Elsie Lynes, also started the 1st Sin­ga­pore Girls’ Brigade. There are now 83 Girls’ Brigade groups in Sin­ga­pore.

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