Brownies are back in business

A BROWNIE group which was in danger of folding is celebrating after recruiting new members.

Interest in the 1st Acton and Waldingfield Brownies had dwindled over the years, leaving the pack facing closure with just one member – eight-year-old Lucy Chapman – left on her own.

But after hitting the headlines, including an appearance on BBC One’s The One Show, the group can now boast seven new members.

Group leader Derinda Gardner said: “It’s brilliant for the girls because they have all made new friends and they are a lively bunch.”

Their promotion of the group, including a presentation to pupils at Sudbury’s Woodhall Primary School, has proved effective and meant they can expand the activities on offer.

The Brownies have recently been on a stargazing night-hike, as well as looking at guiding around the world.

The girls have made their own passports and found out interesting facts about guiding, played games and tried traditional foods from different countries each week, getting the passport stamped as they go.

“It’s good because the girls are constantly coming up with different ideas on what we could do and they all decide between themselves what the best option is and how they’re going to go about it,” said Mrs Gardiner. “We’re a proper team now.”

A Brownie pack holiday is being planned for September.

There are more than £500,000 girlguiding members in the UK, with membership increasing by one per hour.

Chief guide Gill Slocombe said: “Guiding offers some amazing experiences, from the excitement of the first Brownie campout to working in countries such as The Gambia and Honduras on international development projects. It is no wonder girls are joining us.”