BROWNIES from Alcester joined more than 700 others from across Warwickshire and Solihull for the first of several events to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday, marking 100 years of the Brownies.

The event was held on Thinking Day, a tradition upheld around the world every year on February 22 by girl guides and girl scouts to learn about each other and to raise money.

The Brownies thought about the past 100 years, and they were also encouraged to think about their future by designing a new interest badge, ranging from 'Safari', and 'Stargazing' to 'Ice Skating'.

Brownies from 3rd Alcester made origami cranes as part of the day.

Centenary champion, Mandy Partridge, said: “What better way to start our birthday celebrations than Thinking Day, the joint birthdays of our co-founders Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, which is special to all guiding members throughout the world.”

Birthday celebrations are planned for the next six months, with the Brownies set to walk the Centenary Way as well as several events throughout the county.