Brownie in Bedfordshire town designs badge to celebrate group's 100th anniversary

Old picture shows 1st Ampthill Brownies' inaugural meeting in 1920

By Clare Turner
Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 10:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 10:56 am

Schoolgirl Lavinia Waller has designed a special badge for Ampthill Brownies to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the town’s first group.

But the eight-year-old missed a party to mark the occasion due to social distancing rules - with only 13 of the group’s 24 able to join the celebrations at Redborne School’s Culture Centre

Tawny Owl Jo Ross said: “We still managed to have a lot of fun with party games and party bags.

First Ampthill Brownies in the 1920s with their leaders Mrs Orme and Miss Lily Grimmer

“And all the girls will now be able to proudly wear the lovely badge that Lavinia designed.”

The 1st Ampthill Brownies held their inaugural meeting on October 26, 1920, under leaders Mrs Orme and Miss Lily Grimmer, who stayed until 1979 and ended up division president.

Jo added: “We’d like to have invited many of our former Brownies and helpers along to celebrate.

“But unfortunately that was impossible because of social distancing.”

The badge designed by Lavinia Waller

However, County Commissioner Karen Keeling and Division Commissioner Sophie Dackombe were among the guests.

Jo is now appealing for more volunteers to help run the group. If you are interested, you can register here

Brownies Zoom meeting – Lavinia is top right. Second from right at top is Tawny Owl Jo Ross