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Girl guides celebrate centenary in Cornwall with gathering at Port Eliot estate

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

  • GLORIOUS SETTING: The Brownies at Port Eliot estate, where the celebrations were held.

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ONE hundred years of Girlguiding in Cornwall was celebrated with a party for almost 2,000 girls and their leaders on Saturday.

Hosted by Countess St Germans at the Port Eliot estate at St Germans, the Star Quest event involved members of Cornwall Girlguiding coming together from all over the county.

In addition to the Brownie units, Guides, Rainbows, Senior Section and Trefoil Guild members were in attendance, with the Trefoil Guild members also being given an exclusive private tour of the house after meeting Countess St Germans.

Kicking off with a huge opening ceremony on the lawns in front of the house, the girls then spent the day tackling trails around the estate, making their own Brownie Birthday Memento Books, learning some nifty elephant-themed craft – the St Germans coat of arms includes an elephant – and enjoying the sprawling Fun Zone of swing boats, bouncy castles, stilt-walking, bubble makers, giant Jenga, splat the rat and more.

One of the highlights of the day was when each of the 120 units remade their Girlguiding promise together in the Port Eliot maze before finally coming together en masse for an extra special closing ceremony to celebrate the milestone anniversary, sing and dance.

Chris Davey, county commissioner for Cornwall Girlguiding, said: "What an absolutely amazing event. All I've seen all day is masses of smiling faces as the girls had lots of fun, made new friends and tried a fabulous array of activities. We owe Countess St Germans a huge thank you for letting us hold this very special event in the grounds, and for making the Brownie Birthday so memorable for all our members."

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