On Wednesday 12th October, Beth Cairnduff was presented with a beautiful bluebell vase for her fifty years’ service as a Brownie leader. Beth is a well known and much loved figure at Shimna, running the Brownies here on Wednesday evenings.
Beth’s record of service is second to none. Having retired as a teacher of Chemistry at Belfast Metropolitan College, and Brownie leader in Belfast, Beth moved to Co Down, and immediately set about founding First Mourne Brownies, along with others who founded First Mourne Rainbows and re-established First Mourne Guides.
Ellen McVea, member of the College’s Board of Governors, writes: “Shimna Integrated College has been delighted to host the three organisations since their foundation in 2014 and to see them thrive. When COVID interrupted the active programme of activities and badge winning, Beth sustained the Brownies with a Zoom programme of practical activities from planting seeds to baking potato farls. As soon as restrictions were lifted, Beth had the Brownies back at Shimna making use of the grounds for outdoor activities, including checking out the native species trees the Brownies, Rainbows and Guides had planted. Rainbows, Brownies and Guides celebrated together with Beth, with cake, balloons, banners, buns, flowers and all the lovely cards the girls had crafted for her."