Brown owl shortage puts group in danger

AFTER almost 30 years a popular Brownies pack is today in danger of falling to pieces as nobody wants to take over running it.Henley Brownies may have to close before Christmas if a replacement Brown Owl is not found.

AFTER almost 30 years a popular Brownies pack is today in danger of falling to pieces as nobody wants to take over running it.

Henley Brownies may have to close before Christmas if a replacement Brown Owl is not found.

Margaret Gerrard retires this week after almost 30 years in the post, supervising generations of Brownies.

But no-one has come forward yet to step into Mrs Gerrard's shoes, leaving the future of the group looking precarious.


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Unlike other groups, Henley has kept a steady number of around 25 members, also attracting those from neighbouring villages Ashbocking and Gosbeck. Even though new members will be enrolling this week, a party this Wednesday could be their last event.

Carol Woods, a unit helper with Henley Brownies, is concerned by the closure.

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She said: "The numbers have never dropped and sometimes there's been more than we could manage.

"We're disappointed as there's not a lot going on in the village. It's got a super community hall with a really good kitchen, two big main rooms and plenty of parking."

For those aged 7-11 the Henley Brownies have offered out-of-school activities such as computing, cookery and gymnastics, and last week provided a music and poetry recital at the annual senior citizens' party.

nIf you are interested in the post and want to keep the Henley Brownies going then contact Margaret Gerrard on 01473 831463.

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