Essex South East Guides celebrated the launch of the Girlguiding UK’s centenary in style on Saturday 5th September with a Party for 3,000 people with help from local Scouts.

Held a Belchamps Scout Centre, the Guides of south east Essex were among thousands of Guides across the county who celebrated the start of a year of celebrating the 100 years since girls turned up at a Scout rally at Crystal Palace and asked to join Scouts. Back then society was very different and girls joining in with the Scout activities wasn’t socially acceptable, so 100 years ago Baden-Powell along with his sister put together plans to create a girl only movement.

Karen Thompson, Guiding Centenary Champion said, “Guiding wouldn’t exist without Scouting and todays event wouldn’t have existed without Scouting either. We would like to thank the fantastic support that we had from our friends in Essex Scouts. Synergy Southend and Synergy Valley Networks provided two great activities for us, Crouch Valley District Scouts provided a number of party tents and a marquee and many individual Scouters gave up their time to put up tents and help on the day.