Islands’ Brownies Off To Mainland For Belated Centenary Celebrations

The Islands' Brownies

The Islands’ Brownies

The islands’ Brownies are off to the mainland tomorrow to celebrate the centenary of the movement.

For the fourteen girls and eight adults, this is the first chance they’ve had to mark the occasion after being unable to attend organised celebrations earlier this year in Cornwall.

Troop leader, ‘Tawny Owl’ Fiona Robson, says the logistics of getting the group to the camp at the Foxlease Activity Centre in the New Forest have been quite challenging.

After flying to Land’s End, they’ll be taking a coach, three trains and a taxi during the eight-hour journey. At one point they have just seven minutes to make a connection!

Fiona says the £6,500 cost of the trip has been massive too, including over £2,000 to get to Land’s End and an eye-watering £300 for a ten-minute taxi ride from the station at Brockenhurst to the campsite.

She praised the girls for their “brilliant” fundraising skills over the past 18 months, managing to raise the entire sum.

They’ll have a busy programme of events, taking in bush skills like building a shelter and lighting a fire on Friday and visiting the New Forest Wildlife Park on Saturday.

They’re holding a tea party on Monday afternoon to celebrate the centenary with a special visit from the Guide’s National Chief Commissioner, Solange Rebours.

The girls won’t be camping though. Fiona says their youngest members are only eight years old and haven’t slept outdoors before, so they’d be miserable if it rained.

She’s booked them into the Old Coach House at Foxlease.

Fiona says it can be hard work planning a trip like this but you realise it’s worth it when you see how much the girls enjoy the experience.

The Brownie troop “desperately” need more helpers, she says, particular people who can take on some of the organisational load.

Anyone who can help out should contact Fiona.