Girls Brigade

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Fun and Keeping Fit with the Girls Brigade

The Girls Brigade started in the Sandymount Presbyterian church in Ireland in 1893 as a club for girls that prompted physical fitness and an understanding of Bible stories.

In Glasgow a similar club called the Girls Guildry began in 1900 and in England in 1902 the Girls Life Brigade began. Although all these clubs had different names the main aims were the same, physical and spiritual fitness for girls and young women.

In June 1968 all three clubs united under the one name and the Girls Brigade we know today was born. The aims have remained the same and the modern day Girls Brigade motto is – SEEK, SERVE AND FOLLOW CHRIST

The 2nd Hamilton Company of the Girls Brigade meets in Hillhouse Parish Church every Tuesday night between 6.00pm and 7.30pm. From P1 through S1 and above we all meet together and still follow the aims set down so many years ago.

Our Captain is Susan McLean and she can be contacted at the church on a Tuesday evening. Susan and all the officers and girls will give anyone wishing to join a warm welcome, just come along any Tuesday.

Girls Brigade Uniform

We are a uniformed organisation and would urge you to purchase uniform for your daughter.
All girls and officers were different coloured swear shirts and polo shirts. Suitable dark trousers/joggy bottoms, navy skirts, school shoes on official outings and footwear suitable for games on company nights.
At the very minimum we would ask you to purchase a sweatshirt for your daughter, white school polo shirts can be used until one is purchased.
Orders for sweatshirts and polo shirts can be made any Tuesday evening.  These can be paid up over a few weeks and orders must be paid in full before we can purchase them from Head Quarters.



34 girls and officers attended our camp at Whithaugh Park, Newcastleton from 24th-26th June 2011.  Although the weather wasn’t always on our side everyone had a great time, the rain and midges didn’t dampen our spirits.

One of our activities included raft building.  In teams the girls built their own raft using their own choice of materials.  Some floated, some didn’t!  Have a look at some of our photos to see the fun we had.

A busy Saturday was topped off by a fantastic pamper party, where all girls were treated to a range of salon treatments by their very glamorous officers and brigader girl Lauryn.  These included hand massages, nail marbling, make-up and hair braiding, foot massage and much more.

The weekend was a great success and this was down to the great attitude, friendship and fellowship shown by the girls as well as the hard work and effort of the officers Jean, Niki, Isla, Marion, myself and Morag from Linlithgow company and helper Heather.  A big thanks goes to everyone, I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to the next camp already.


Susan McLean


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