On Saturday 12 May 2018 girls from all over the Surrey Downs District joined together to celebrate the 125th year of Girls’ Brigade with a barn dance.
The District stretches from Alton in Hampshire at the western end, to Addlestone in Surrey at the eastern end, with groups at Farnham, Fleet, Guildford, and New Haw. Girls and leaders from all the groups attending the event met at the hosting group in Woking.
Girls and leaders started arriving at 1pm, with those travelling furthest having lunch before the activities started. The girls were then split into 2 groups; one group decorated a piece of bunting and the other group learnt some basic steps for a barn dance. Mid-way through the afternoon they had devotions with lots of singing and 'fizzy' prayers. Then, after refreshments, the groups swapped over.
The afternoon ended with a barn dance for all, leaders included, to the music of local folk band Six Beats in a Bar. Each girl took home a piece of bunting decorated by someone else so they could remember that GB is not just in their own town but spread around the area.
Team Leader from 2nd Alton Kym Burgess says 'All I can say is that the barn dancing must have been fun as I had a very quiet car full on the way home.'
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