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Saturday 31st January started cold with a light covering of snow on the ground. A well-wrapped group of girls and leaders met at the church at 10am for a walk in the woods--but which woods would it be!

We headed down Butts Road, crossed at the 'green man' and strode out in our wellies alongside the Butts Green. Then across the road and right down Whitedown Lane until we ran out of pavement. Oop! Shouldn't have crossed after all! Back over the road and along towards Kings Road, then over the road again to enter Ackender Woods.
Which way now? Rosalie and Eliza's dog walking route or straight up the hill? Up the hill it was until we reached the stile, then 'All gather round and listen to Kym'. What can you find? A green leaf, something brown, something prickly...what else? When that was done, 'Can you build a mini-beast shelter like Kimberley's?' We're all getting a bit cold now. Time to head back for hot chocolate and biscuits!

The next events coming up are a trip to Gravity Force for some of the girls on Saturday 21st March and the joint parade service with the Boys' Brigade on Sunday 22nd March. We hope to see you there at the 10.45am service.

FAREWELL — WELL NOT FAREWELL!

Jo Hunter, has been a member of The Girls' Brigade, and its predecessor, The Girls' Life Brigade, since just after the Second World War! As a 4 1⁄2 year old she joined up in September 1946 and now 68 years later has finally stopped attending the 2nd Alton GB on a weekly basis after a quarter of a century. Although still helping out when required. As a gift of gratitude the princely sum of £125 was raised and given towards the work of a Christian charity Jo has supported over many years called Toybox Charity. They take 'street children' off the streets in Latin America and provide schooling and a home.

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