The Girls Brigade in Balerno started in 1995 thanks to the Marion Milne whose leadership, skill and dedication has inspired a generation of girls in Balerno.  The company has come full circle and on 7th May the congregation gave thanks for 21 years of service.  Presentations were made to those who helped Marion with this inspiring venture.

This is what Marion says

After 21 years of On the 7th May The 10th Edinburgh and Lothians Girls’ Brigade which was affiliated to Balerno Parish Church closed in December 2016 after 21 years.

On Sunday 7th May during the morning service a presentation was made to the leaders and the church.

I have been a member of the Girls’ Brigade for more than 50 years starting off as a Junior at Stenhouse / Saughton church at the foot of Chesser Avenue and working my way to through the ranks being commissioned as an officer in 1979. When I married and moved to Balerno I helped out for a few years in the company attached to Currie Kirk.

I first met Janet when we were girls in the Stenhouse company and then Janet’s two girls came through the ranks in the Currie company with Vikki joining the Balerno company and undertaking her officer training with us in Balerno. Vikki is still attached to a company in Aberdeen where she now lives.

During the time in Currie I was approached by Nancy Petrie who was a development officer with Girls Brigade and I had worked with Nancy during my time as Training Organiser for Edinburgh. Nancy had been speaking at an Edinburgh Presbytery meeting and the minister of Balerno at the time! Rev Martin McKean had been interested in starting a GB company as the BB company under the leadership of Ken Bissett had just closed.

I asked Janet to come along and help and Kay Coull offered to help for six weeks from the church session.

Here we are 21 years later a large number of girls have been through the company, young adults have been commissioned, we have had lots of fun, made lots of friends and done many things and been to places with GB which we are thankful for.


The presentation was made by Flora McAdam, Beate Dennis, Margaret Forsyth and Elizabeth McIvor who had all been supported he company in various ways over the years.

Marion Milne