Last updated 20 November 2017
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Our Company was founded on 1st January 1907, and at that time came under the heading of Girls’ Life Brigade. The Company met at this time at Prince Consort Road Methodist Church. However, when this church closed, in September 1963, and many members moved their worship to Whitehall Road, Girls’ Brigade came with them and has remained here ever since.
We are the third oldest Company, who has continued to meet on a regular basis, remaining in the whole of the world, there only being two Companies founded the year before. The lady who started the Company, Mrs. Elsie Lynes, later emigrated to work in Singapore and along with two other ladies started the 1st Singapore Girls’ Brigade Company, there are now 86 Companies meeting in Singapore, and we at 1st Gateshead feel a strong connection with G.B. in Singapore.
There have also been many changes over the years in uniform , but throughout all the uniform changes, one things has remained, the smartness of the girls and Officers and their pride in wearing the uniform of their day, with new girls desperate to get their first uniform!
However, over all the changes that Girls’ Brigade in general and 1st Gateshead in particular has seen, one thing remains at the forefront of our Company nights, the girls and the development of their mind, body and spirit. We meet every Tuesday, during term time, in the Hall. All girls of school age are welcome to come along and join us.
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The Company in their current uniforms
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We raised money for 'Daft As A Brush'
Mrs. Elsie Lynes
The founder of 1st Gateshead Girls’ Brigade in 1907,
seen here in her Singapore uniform.
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1907 The Beginnings of 1st Gateshead
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Our Centenary Celebrations in 2007
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Parents Night 2015
Friendship Plaques made by our older sections
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