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CASH-strapped Brownie groups have been given an early Christmas present from an Ipswich councillor.Kevan Lim, Suffolk County councillor, promised Brownies in Ipswich he would do his best to fund their new books and he has fulfilled his duty.

CASH-strapped Brownie groups have been given an early Christmas present from an Ipswich councillor.

Kevan Lim, Suffolk County councillor, promised Brownies in Ipswich he would do his best to fund their new books and he has fulfilled his duty.

The books have been released as part of the launch of Brownie Adventure, the new Brownie programme and include badge books and handbooks.

Brownies from the 8th Ipswich, Christchurch pack and the 16th Ipswich, St Pancreas pack will not have to pay for their new guides.

Sue Matthews, brown owl for 8th Ipswich brownies said: "The books are wonderful, they are really colourful – fit for today's girl.

"It's wonderful to get this funding as we do struggle funding wise."

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The funding came about when the Brownie's division commissioner, Margaret Mellor approached several organisations and councillors about the possibility of subsidising the books.

Mr Lim responded and has organised cheques for £250 to be sent to each pack from the locality budget which was set up to support local groups.

Mr Lim said: "I felt that it was a good request and a very good idea which is why we did it.

"The Brownies do a lot of useful work in the town and I thought it would be good to help them."

The new Brownie Adventure was launched with a special party on Friday, and the girls were treated to their new books as a surprise.

Mrs Matthews added: "The girls knew nothing about the books and little about the new programme so it was a big surprise for all. They found the books very attractive and a lot of fun."

"It was a lovely party and the girls enjoyed themselves playing a variety of games. The essence of the brownies is to have fun but there was a little competition as well."

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