Brownies bid fond farewell to Brown Owl

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A GROUP of Scarborough Brownies sang songs and performed a special concert to mark the retirement from the role of their Brown Owl after 23 years service.

Jenny Boyes, who was the leader of the 1st Seamer and Irton Brownies, said she was overwhelmed by the fuss and had planned to bow out quietly.

She said: “It was a bit of a shock. I didn’t expect all the fuss. It was lovely seeing them all because they always like performing. It was really nice that they made the effort giving me a send off.”

Jenny said they had given her some wonderful presents and she would treasure a special plate which contained all the Brownies’ names.

She added: “I’m still going to help out a little bit – if I am needed.”

Her successor will be Julie Heslington who answered an initial appeal for a new Brown Owl in the Evening News and was pleased with the way the evening went. She said: “They were singing, dancing and there were some readings. One girl even wrote a poem about how much she loved the Brownies.”

There are currently 24 Brownies in the group and Julie is helped by three other leaders and two Guides.

The leader of the Rainbow unit is also due to retire in June and the group is looking for a suitable volunteer to take over.

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