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Inspirational women join Brownies to celebrate international day

Correspondent 21st Mar, 2018

LOCAL Brownies are celebrating after completing a special challenge to commemorate 100 years of Votes for Women.

The girls from 3rd Alcester Brownies had been finding out about the Suffragette Movement and decided to hold a coffee evening for inspirational women.

“A key theme of Girlguiding is that we give girls a voice so it seemed really important for us to help the Brownies find out about women who had campaigned for their voices to be heard 100 years ago,” said Brown Owl Stephanie Jackson.

“The girls thought about what Inspire means to them and which women they consider to be excellent role models. Many of these were local women so we decided to invite them to share an evening with us.”

Guests included Maggie Payne who has promoted Alcester in many ways including being chair of Alcester in Bloom; Dawn Collings, a local vet who has shown that women can succeed in scientific professions; and local teachers who inspire the girls to learn.

Brownie, Katie Wood, said, “I wanted to invite Susan Kinnersley for all the work she does with Alcester’s Foodbank. She inspires me to help my community.”

All of the Brownies had also suggested their own mothers and grandmothers as inspirational women and the special evening fell between International Women’s Day and Mothering Sunday.

The Brownies and their guests enjoyed refreshments decorated in green, white and purple, the colours of the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign.

At the end of the evening, every guest was given a little bottle containing a wish that the Brownies had written.

Brown Owl said: “With such amazing role models, these girls will be able to discover the best in themselves and make a positive difference in their community which is really appropriate as this is what Girlguiding is all about.”

Anyone who would like to join 3rd Alcester Brownies should contact Stephanie on 01789 762345.

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