End of an era as Brownie stalwarts ‘retire’

End of an era for ist Brinsley Brownies
End of an era for ist Brinsley Brownies

It is the end of an era for the 1st Brinsley (St James the Great) Brownie pack where four stalwarts with a combined service of more than 60 years have decided to ‘retire’.

Work commitments and family issues have forced the decision on close friends Louise Craven, Tracey Rhoades, Vicky Swinscoe and Jo Staley, who will retain some involvement by joining the Eastwood Trefoil Guild.

Current Brown Owl Louise, who lives in Eastwood and works as a deputy safeguarding Manager for Ilkeston Academy, has been involved in the Guiding movement for 14 years while Tracey, from Kimberley, who is a receptionist for Premier Inns, has chalked up an impressive 25 years’ service.

Vicky Swinscoe from Brinsley, a support worker for Broxtowe Day Centre. has served 1st Brinsley Brownies for 14 years including a spell of five years as its leader, while Jo, who lives in Kimberley, was a Scout leader before serving for five years with the 1st Brinsley Brownies.

Despite the loss of four guiding lights, the future of 1st Brinsley Brownies, which was formed in 1959, depends much on two new leaders who have stepped up to take over the running of the youth group.

Eastwood District Commissioner Abby Parker said She was hopeful that the Brownie group would continue to flourish at its current Underwood Community Centre venue.

“Whether or not the two new leaders can continue the excellent work that has gone before remains to be seen.

“I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Louise, Tracey, Vicky and Jo for all that they have done over a long period of time to provide safe, assured, and kind leadership to the girls in their care .

“ They have done a brilliant job.

“Now we are keen to recruit leaders or adults who are interested in committing their time and talents to keep the Brownie pack going.”

Anyone interested in helping out should look at www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested.