Girl Guides Plant Rose Bush at Government House

March 16, 2010

Chief Guide Liz Burnley visited Bermuda this week as part of the centenary celebrations of Girlguiding.

As part of the visit, Mrs. Burnley planted two rose bushes at Government House, attended a dinner with the Girlguiding Bermuda Council and senior members and led a training session for 30 Leaders and visited various Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units.

The planting at Government House was of the island’s first Brownie rose bush, a buttercup yellow rose that was created especially to celebrate 90 years of the founding of the Brownies [girls aged 7 to 11 years] in 2004. The roses are being sold to the Guiding community in Bermuda as a keepsake of the anniversary celebrations.

bermuda girl guides rose planting

Standing left to right: Lady Gozney, Liz Burnley, Denise Woodhouse

Mrs. Burnley also assisted in the planting of two Bermuda cedar trees at West End Primary School with the 1st Somerset Brownies.

Lady Gozney, who is the Honorary President of Girlguiding Bermuda on the island, attended the rose bush planting ceremony and said:

On behalf of Girlguiding Bermuda, I would like to thank the Chief Guide for including Bermuda as one of two countries in her international travel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girlguiding. Her visit has provided much inspiration to the young women and leaders involved in Bermuda’s guiding movement. We are delighted to have two Brownie rose bushes growing at Government House to commemorate Liz Burnley’s visit and 90 years of Brownies in Bermuda.

Other activities planned for the centennial year include a princess party for the Rainbows [age 5 to 7 years] and a Brownie sleepover as well as fund raising events such as a dunk tank at the Agricultural Exhibition, bake sale, car wash, raffle and, in October, a fair.

The Bermuda Girl Guides, along with the Boys Brigade, Pathfinders, and Cadet Core recently held their Thinking Day Parade as part of the 100 year celebration.

For further details on the centennial celebrations, please telephone the Girlguiding Bermuda headquarters on 292-0675 or Island Commissioner Denise Woodhouse on 236-2479 or e-mail

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