Brownies in plea for members

ALL BY THEMSELVES: Acton Brownies are facing closure after 40 years as they only have three members left from a group which once had 25.
ALL BY THEMSELVES: Acton Brownies are facing closure after 40 years as they only have three members left from a group which once had 25.

A VILLAGE Brownie group faces closure due to falling numbers unless more girls join up soon.

Acton Brownies, which has been running for around 40 years, has seen its members drop to just three in recent months.

Derinda Gardner, 34, or Brown Owl as she is known to her Brownies, is the guider in charge of the shrinking group.

She said: “We used to have a unit of around 25 children but it has gradually dwindled down. We have tried putting posters and leaflets out to boost numbers. We won’t be able to carry on after Spring with just three members.”

Mrs Gardner has been involved with guiding since the age of seven. She says she doesn’t know why the group has struggled.

The Acton group take part in canoeing, pack holidays, climbing, and most recently Christmas cake baking and crafts, all while working towards their famous badges.

“It is something the village has had for a long time. It would be a shame for Acton to lose it,” said Mrs Gardner. “With all the different things we offer, you get to try a load of different activities.”

For more information on Acton Brownies, call 01787 374576.