Brownies – archived reports

1st Warley Brownies Unit Report –  October 2013

During the summer holidays, the Unit enjoyed a successful Harry Potter themed summer Pack Holiday at Thriftwood Scout Campsite.  The Brownies took part in activities which included archery and pedalos on the lake.

This term the Brownies haven chosen to look at the Brownie Culture and World Culture interest badges.  The badges teach the Brownies about their local environment and aspects from countries around the world.

We started our badge work on Wednesday 11th September, by visiting the Brentwood Museum.  The Brownies learnt about life during the 1900’s in Brentwood and the surrounding area. The Brownies explored the lifestyle, culture and industry active during this period and even had the opportunity to use a hand operated sewing machine which they all enjoyed.

On the 9th October, the 1st Warley Brownie Unit is looking forward to celebrating its 90th birthday.  I am thrilled to be able to be a part of such a wonderful occasion and the Unit is looking forward to celebrating this event with a disco for the Brownies followed by a more formal evening.

Fiona Bennett, Warranted Guider

1st Warley Brownies Unit Report –  February 2013

The Unit has been busy working towards the Brownie Stargazers Interest Badge.  The Brownies conducted experiments which looked at gases and velocity and the results and conclusions made interesting reading.

brownies1Using recycled items the Brownies made some weird and wonderful aliens!

The Badge was completed with a visit from an inflatable planetarium which was fantastic.  The Brownies thoroughly enjoyed the evening and asked some searching questions.

The Unit put together a five-a-side football team to take part in an evening event hosted by the 1st South Weald Guides.  Despite being the only Brownie Unit to take part, the girls only conceded one goal throughout the course of the tournament.  Well done to Lili, Molly, Olivia, Isabelle and Katy!

Fiona Bennett – Warranted Guider

1st Warley Brownies Unit Report – November 2012

Following the October half term, the Brownies have been focusing on their Nativity play which they will be performing at our last meeting on Wednesday 12th December.  The Brownies have been busy making invitations, practicing carols and rehearsing their play.

Looking ahead to our meeting on the 28th November, we are delighted to be holding an enrolment evening for four of our newest Brownies.  During the course of the evening three of our Brownies will be undertaking their Entertainers Badge, whilst another four will be undertaking their Hostess Badge.  I am sure it will be a great evening.

On behalf of the Unit, I would like to wish all the friends and members of Christ Church a very Happy Christmas, and our very best wishes for the New Year.

1st Warley Brownies Unit Report – October 2012

Our last meeting before the half term holidays was organised and run by our Senior Section members who volunteer at our Brownie Unit.  The theme of the evening was “Harry Potter”, so we had plenty of witches and wizards, and of course a few witches cats.  The evening was full of Hogwarts themed fun and games and even colour changing refreshments.  Magic!

1st Warley Brownies Unit Report – September 2012

The Unit enjoyed a successful Summer Pack Holiday at Thriftwood Scout Campsite, during which the Brownies learnt to bake, cook on an open fire and even had a go at Archery!

At our first meeting in September, the Unit was delighted to welcome to its first meeting four new Brownies, Rushil, Charlotte, Millie and Kiera.

This term, the Brownies haven chosen to look at the Out & About Brownie Interest Badge to complete during their meetings.  This badge teaches excellent life skills which include map reading, the Green Cross Code, Country Code and even the Water Safety Code.

At our meeting on 19th September, the Unit met in Brentwood High Street.  A short Town Trail was set for each of the Sixes to complete in an hour.  The Trail took the Brownies to the Council Offices, the William Hunter Memorial, the Library, St Thomas’ Church and to the remains of the Thomas a’ Becket Chapel.  On the way past these landmarks the Brownies had to sketch and answer questions on other historical facts which included the horse trough and fountain and the Millennium Clock.

 

The Brownies, the Leaders and our wonderful parent helpers all had a fantastic time.

 

Fiona Bennett

Warranted Guider

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1st Warley Brownies Unit Report – January 2012

A happy new year to everyone at Christ Church!

The Unit started back at Christ Church on 11th January and welcomed its newest Brownie Isabelle who has joined us from a local Rainbow Unit.

The Unit started the year by looking at the Brownie Designer Interest Badge.   This badge enables the Brownies to design a wide variety of items such as a holiday t-shirt, a badge for a special occasion and an advert for Brownies (an example of which can be found on the Brownie Board in the CC Centre).

The Brownies work so far has been outstanding and they have had some brilliant ideas and produced some excellent artwork.  All the girls worked well in small teams and created fantastic t-shirts ready for the next Brownie Pack Holiday in July.

Looking ahead, the Unit will be celebrating Thinking Day which takes place on the 22nd February each year and remembers all those involved in Girl Guiding around the world.

 

Fiona Bennett

Warranted Guider, 1st Warley Brownies

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1st Warley Brownies Unit Report  – December 2011

The Unit has had a busy and exciting year which drew to a close with a Unit Pack Holiday at Skreens Park over the weekend of the 9th, 10th and 11th of December.

The highlight of our weekend was a trip to Cadbury’s World where we toured the factory, tasted the extremely good chocolate and had a ride on the Cadabra cars.  It was also an opportunity to learn a little about the origins of chocolate and the evolution of Cadbury’s World in addition to visiting the manufacturing plant and seeing the final product packaged ready for dispatch.

The Brownies and the four Guides that joined the Unit for the weekend worked hard with the chores around the Centre which they did with a smile.

The weekend finished with a Christmas lunch which Brownies, Guides and Leaders all enjoyed!

It’s been a wonderful year, and we are all looking ahead to January and the New Year.  On behalf of the Unit I would like to take this opportunity to extend our wishes to Christ Church and its congregation for a joyous Christmas and a new year which brings health, peace and happiness.

Fiona Bennett

Warranted Guider, 1stWarley Brownies

 

November 2011 Report

October has been an exciting month: I was delighted to enroll two new Brownies, Yasmin and Sophie, into our Unit.  Supporting the enrolment evening four Brownies completed their Entertainers Badge with some wonderful performances and five Brownies took their Hostess Badges and looked after the Unit’s guests extremely well.

During the term, the Unit has been working towards the District Musical Evening which took place on the 15th October at St Martins’ School.  The Brownies performed “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” from the Wizard of Oz which was a great success on the night.   The Brownies worked very hard on their performance, and I was extremely proud of them all.

Looking forward to November, the Unit is pleased to welcome four new Brownies.  I am sure that they will settle into the programme that the Brownies have planned for our meetings during this month. The themes range from an “Art” evening to a “Brownies Got Talent” evening so it should be great fun!

Fiona Bennett, Warranted Guider

 

September 2011 Report

With the summer holidays still with, I thought this would be a good opportunity to share with you the aspirations of the Brownie Leaders and the challenges that Guiding has to offer girls.  The Brownie programme centers around the Brownie Adventure which is divided into three areas; You, Community and World.

You:  Brownies develop confidence and self-esteem through having new experiences and learning new skills. They build friendships and learn to share and cooperate with others by working together in small groups called ‘Sixes’. They get a say in what happens at Brownies through discussions or ‘Pow-wows’, which help them develop decision-making skills and the ability to put their views across.

Community: We encourage girls to become active citizens by helping them understand and participate in their communities. This could mean raising money for charities or visiting local places of interest.

World: Our programme encourages girls to learn about the wider world. Activities could involve celebrating a festival from a different culture, finding out about endangered animal species, or learning how they can combat climate change.

I am sure that the forthcoming year will present exciting and new challenges for the Brownies including a musical evening in which the girls will be performing an extract from the Wizard of Oz.  Brownies resume on Wednesday 7th September 2011.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider

Unit Report for December 2010

In the run up to Christmas the Brownies continued to run their Six meetings.  This month saw “Brownies Got Talent” which was run by the Gnomes.  As a Unit we watched and learnt the Jive, after which each Six took it in turns to reproduce the dance in front of some tough judging

All the Brownies (and the Guiders!) did their best, and had a great time putting their dances together.

The Pixies took charge of our final meeting at the Centre with a Christmas themed games evening which was a great success.

The games included “Who Can Make the Fattest Santa” with balloons, “Collecting Rudolph Noses” without hands, and finally “Blowing Snowballs” with straws.  We all enjoyed the evening and there was lots of laughter from everyone!

Church Parade & The Mayor’s Civic Christmas Carol Service

The Unit was delighted to have been asked to sing a carol at the Family Service in the morning and again at the Mayor’s Civic Christmas Carol Service in the afternoon.  The Unit was very fortunate to have the talents of Mary-Jane helping the Unit to put together a new carol “Great Day in Bethlehem”.  The Brownies and Mary-Jane worked very hard to produce a wonderful and enjoyable performance.

Our final meetings are to be held with the 1st South Weald Rainbows who are hosting a Christmas party, followed by a trip to the Queen’s Theatre pantomime to see Aladdin.

It’s been a wonderful year, and we are all looking ahead to January and the New Year. Following a busy Centenary year in 2010, 2011 is Anglia’s 40th anniversary which I am sure will provide the Unit with plenty of challenges.  On behalf of the Unit I would like to take this opportunity to extend our wishes to you all for a very happy new year which brings you peace and happiness.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider

Update in November 2010

Our Guiding centenary came to a close on 20th October 2010 at 20.10. It has been a wonderful year full of opportunities to learn new skills and take part in new activities which I hope the Brownies have enjoyed. The finale was held at the Orsett Show Ground where it was estimated 2,000 girls arrived for campfire songs, fireworks and the chance to renew their Promise.

District Decades Day – On Sunday 17th October, the Brentwood West District held a centenary day at Thriftwood Scout Camp which was co-ordinated by Sylvia Partridge, our District Commissioner, and Laura Kennard, a Guider who runs and is involved with many of our local units.

Each of our Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units provided an activity which represented one decade from the last 100 years. With an estimated 125 girls attending, it was a busy day for everyone, but the weather was wonderful and all the girls had a fabulous time learning semaphore, racing on space hoppers, creating colourful tie and dye materials, designing uniforms for the future and working out their carbon footprints. With more activities to try, the day finished with a “thank you” to the Guiders for making the day possible, campfire songs and each of the Unit’s farewell songs.

Fiona Coleman Warranted Guider

Update in October 2010

Brownies started once again on 8th September. It was a new start for our new Sixers and Seconders since our older Brownies had left for Guides in July, and of course, for two of our newest members Emma and Mimi.

During our second meeting on 15th September, the Brownies looked at “recycling” and the impact it has on our society. This took us out of the Unit for the evening and to the recycling centre on The Drive. This was just one section of the Brownie badge work for the “World Issues” interest badge which the Unit is working towards.

Walking back to the Unit, the Brownies took part in an organised “litter picking” exercise in the park followed by a picnic and a chance to try out the swings and zip wire!  Despite the hard work, the Brownies all had an enjoyable time.Church Parade 12th September: On behalf of our Unit I would like to say a very big thank you to all those who made a donation for the after Service refreshments. With your help we raised a marvelous £32.38 which we are donating to the Red Cross in aid of the Pakistan Flood Appeal.

Fiona Coleman Warranted Guider

Update in August 2010

On the 13th June, the Brownies took part in a fundraising effort on behalf of the Willow Foundation called “Take time for Tea”. The Brownies all made cakes and biscuits for which the Church congregation gave donations totaling a wonderful £87. The Willow Foundation was delighted with the contribution, and has asked to come to a Unit meeting to speak with the girls.

Our meeting on 23rd June was held at Thorndon Park. It was a warm summer’s evening, and the Brownies had a wonderful time enjoying the outdoor space. We started with games in the woods, followed by a scavenger hunt and finally, with all of the items that had been collected, the Sixes were asked to make a fairy house.

On the 7th July the Unit organized a trip to Brentwood Fire Station. All the Brownies had made a fire safety evacuation plan of their homes which they brought to the Station which the Fire Fighters thought were brilliant! The Brownies took it in turns to tour the fire engine (inside and out!), use the hose and the thermal imaging equipment in the smoke room. The Brownies took part in a fire safety quiz, and all were awarded their Fire Safety interest badge.

Essex Women’s Advisory Group (EWAG): I am delighted to be able to write that the Brownies came in second place in the competition to design a Brownie outfit for 2110 from recycled products – see picture on back page of the magazine. The final took place on a hot sunny day at Hylands House on Saturday 10th July 2010 with the awards presented by Fatima Whitbread.

Update in July 2010

May Essex Women’s Advisory Group (EWAG) I am delighted to report that the Brownies have successfully gone through to the final round of the competition to design a Brownie outfit for 2110 from recycled products. The final will take place at Hylands House on 10th July 2010.The Unit held a meeting with the older Brownies cooking hot dogs for all the Brownies. The younger Brownies learnt how to set a table, and we all, thoroughly enjoyed the results!June: Willow Foundation The Brownies would like to thank all those who supported the Unit in their efforts to raise funds for the Foundation through donations for refreshments served after the Family Service.Circus Skills Day On 5th June, the Brownies took part in a district event with over 700 Brownies from other units in Essex. It was a wonderful sunny day full of opportunities to learn how to juggle, spin plates and ride unicycles. To the delight of the Brownies there were stalls with candy floss, face painting, hair braiding and crafts, and of course, a bouncy castle or two!Sainsbury’s Active Vouchers On behalf of the Unit I would like to thank all those at Christ Church who supported the Brownies. I am delighted to report that with the donated vouchers we will be able to purchase a parachute and accessories which we are all very excited about!

Sixers & Seconders Evening

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider

Update in June

March The Unit was delighted to welcome four new Brownies as we started to work towards our Book Lovers Badge. The Unit chose to look at Roald Dahl’s, George’s Marvelous Medicine. The Unit visited Brentwood Library and organised activities within the Library to complement the badge work. Finally, the Unit visited the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford during the Easter holidays and watched a performance of George’s Marvelous Medicine, which everyone enjoyed.

April Earth Day: The Brownies made some wonderful Earth Day wobblers with lots of ideas ranging from planet earths, recycling signs and pom-pom insects on leaves. The results were fabulous and the Brownies had great fun.Essex Women’s Advisory Group (EWAG) A competition to design a Brownie outfit for 2110 from recycled products was taken on by the Brownies with great enthusiasm. Each Six designed an outfit, and the Brownies voted for the one they liked the best. The Gnomes were successful with their design and will lead a group of Brownies to put the design together for the closing date of 31st May 2010.

Sainsbury’s Active Vouchers:

On behalf of the Unit I would like to thank all those at Christ Church for their continued support. Willow Foundation:

At the Family Service in June, the Brownies will be supporting this worthy cause. Any funds raised through donations for cakes and tea will be passed to the Foundation. Please come along and support us.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider

Report for April 2010

World Thinking Day, 22nd February, is when Guides and Girl Scouts everywhere remember each other and their commitment to international friendship. It was first celebrated in 1927. The date chosen marks the joint birthday of the Founder and the World Chief Guide, Lord and Lady Baden-Powell. On World Thinking Day, Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world do something special to celebrate such as an act of worship, an international party or a service project. 1st Warley Brownies and 1st Warley Guides took an active part in the Christ Church Family Service on 14th February with readings, prayers and the renewal of their Promise in a celebration of Thinking Day. It was a lovely event, and we hope the congregation found it enjoyable too.

February saw our new Brownies, together with our new Leader in training, enrolled in a traditional Brownie ceremony on the 24th of the month. There was a great deal of support from family and friends, and we were delighted to welcome to the Unit our District and Division Commissioners.

The Brownies worked together to perform two short plays, The Sunflower and The Brownie Story, which we hope our audience enjoyed.

On the 3rd March, the 1st Warley Brownies welcomed seven new Brownies to its Unit. This brings the Unit numbers up to 30, which is the largest number of attending girls ever! I am delighted that Brownies has captured the imagination of so many families, and hope that it continues to do so. With this in mind, the Unit are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Vouchers, in an effort to purchase some much needed equipment. If anyone has any vouchers to spare, the Unit would be very grateful for them. Thank you.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guide

Report from March 2010

 

Looking forward to the Girl Guiding Centenary year, our Unit is looking at and implementing many of the Brownie Traditions, as well as investigating World Issues. In January, the Unit was delighted to welcome three new Brownies, Millie, Holly and Lola.

January

 

Brownie Traditions Badge: As a Unit we have decided to return to the traditional Sixes; Sprites, Pixies, Elves and Imps. We were very lucky to have a visit from two representatives of the Trefoil Guild who explained a little bit more about Brownie meetings and what Brownies used to wear, play and sing in times gone by. It was great fun, and brought back some very fond memories for the Guiders!

February

World Issues Badge: The Brownies have looked at issues such as Fair Trade products; poverty; access to clean water and medical help. The Unit arranged for a speaker from Oxfam to join the Unit for one meeting which gave us all a great deal of insight into the challenges faced in developing countries. A very big thank you to Jess for joining us for the evening, and operating the electrical equipment in the Church.

The following meeting we were joined by a dentist, Mrs King, who spoke to the Brownies about the importance of clean water and hygiene. Mrs King explained how people have to make do without access to clean water, and of course, no Brownie left without a reminder on how to keep their teeth and gums looking healthy!

It’s been a great start to the year, with lots to look forwards to. Thank you to all those who have helped and continue to help and support our Unit.

Fiona Coleman

Report from Jan 2010

With Christmas only a few weeks away, the Brownies have been busy rehearsing and performing their nativity play, carol singing and making Christmas cards and decorations for their family.

December For the Unit nativity play the Brownies wanted to do something just a little bit different, so our play was entitled “And the Animals Talked”. It was a tale about the nativity from the other side of the straw bales, and it centred on the animals in the stable, what they saw and how they felt.

The costumes were all home made, and I would like to extend my personal thanks to my mum, Mrs Richardson, for all her hard work in putting them together. Thankfully the talent in the family doesn’t stop there, as my sister, Mrs Hayward, made all the animal masks.

The evening of the nativity went very well, and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as we did.

On the 5th December, the 1st Warley Brownies joined the Brentwood West District carol singing at South Weald Park. It was a chilly day, but thankfully, we were asked to sing inside the Visitors Centre. The girls sang for an hour, and despite a small turnout made up for what we lacked in numbers in volume. All of the money raised from this event has been sent to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, who as a Unit, we continue to sponsor.

At our meeting on the 9th December, the Brownies put their talents to good use and produced some delightful decorations and cards for home. It was an enjoyable evening for us all, with Christmas music and a Christmas treasure hunt to finish the night.

On behalf of the 1st Warley Brownies we would like to wish all those at Christ Church a very merry Christmas and good wishes for the forthcoming New Year. I would like to thank you all for your continued kind support, which has made such a difference to our Unit, and the opportunities which as a Guider, I am able to offer the girls.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider

Report from July 2009

Introduction With the refurbishment of the Church Hall, the Unit has relocated to Thriftwood Scout Camp where we have capitalized on the outdoor location, and thankfully, the wonderful weather! We have been fortunate to be able to welcome six new Brownies to our Unit, who were enrolled on 17th June 2009.

The Brownies have been looking at and successfully completed the Wildlife Explorer badge, in addition to looking at the Out and About badge.

The Unit has been busy raising its profile within the community by participating in the Weald Show with the 1st Warley Guides, and organizing a number of fund raising events for local and national charities.

April onwards The Unit has been looking at and completing the badge work for the Explorer Badge over a number of months whilst at Thriftwood. This has included making nets and taking part in pond dipping and insect sweeping, making woodland log books, as well as learning to identify four different types of trees, leaves, and insects. The Brownies thoroughly enjoyed the different elements of this badge work, and at the same time have learnt some useful information regarding the Countryside Code and the Water Safety Code.

May During the school half term in May, the Unit organized and the Brownies took part in a Sponsored Swim which was hosted at the Holiday Inn, Brentwood. The girls worked exceptionally hard in the pool and each swam the equivalent of a quarter of a mile! Through their efforts, they completed their Swimmers Badge and raised an amazing £110 in aid of the National Deaf Children’s Society. This money went directly to a deaf Scout group in Chelmsford, who visited the Brownies and gave a talk on the work of their Unit and the day to day difficulties experienced by those with impaired hearing.

June This month saw the enrollment of six new Brownies which brings the Unit to its maximum number of Brownies, which, I am delighted with. It is always a pleasure to welcome to the Unit, not just the girls, but the families as well who are very supportive towards the Unit’s endeavors.

The refreshment rota for the Family Service fell to the Brownies during June, and with the help of the Church, it was agreed to donate any money raised from serving cakes and tea after the Service to the Willow Foundation. In it’s tenth year, the Willow Foundation’s annual June campaign “A Piece of Cake” raises awareness and money for seriously and terminally ill young adults aged between 16 and 40. The Unit was delighted with the kind support from the parents of the Brownies and the Church congregation, and raised a wonderful £58. The Brownies have since featured in many local newspapers, and have been included on the Willow Foundations website. If you would like to visit the website of the Foundation for further information on their work or to see the Brownies, please go to http://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/pieceofcake2009 .

July The Unit is holding a Carnival Themed evening at The Pines Guide Campsite, which can be found at the junction of Ingrave Road and The Avenue, on 8th July 2009 from 5pm to 8pm. The Brownies will be running a number of carnival themed stalls, in addition to a raffle and a “bring your own” style picnic at 6pm. The evening is aimed at Guiding Units, and families and friends, which of course include our Church community and their friends and family. Those who would be interested in joining us for the evening and require further details should contact Fiona on 07931 927425 or by email on 1warleybrownies@googlemail.com .

Report by Fiona Coleman Warranted Guider 1st Warley Brownies

Update from June 2009 – 1st Warley Brownies and The Willow Foundation

In the lead up to the Girlguiding centenary in 2010, every Rainbow, Brownie and Guide, is being challenged to “Change the World” in which we live by raising both awareness and funds for leading national and local charities.The “Change the World” project is designed to give all girls a chance to take part in meaningful community action through fund and exciting activities.

1st Warley Brownies has chosen a number of charities to support through 2009, which are the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and the Willow Foundation.

NDCS:  The Brownies chose to support the charity at a local level through the Essex Deaf Children’s Society.  The EDCS supports deaf children’s societies and clubs which are run entirely by volunteers.  Our Unit has been in close contact with the 1st Chelmsford Scout Unit which is specifically organised for deaf children, their siblings and friends.

 

On 26 May 2009, our Unit took part in a sponsored swim, kindly hosted by the Holiday Inn.  All the funds raised, together with public donations, will be donated to the EDCS.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association:  The Brownies support the Essex group, led by Brentwood resident, Mrs Brenda Weaver.  Mrs Weaver has joined our meetings with her guide dogs, Maxie and Vienna, which always brings with it a huge amount of excitement and smiles.  Mrs Weaver has provided the Unit with an excellent insight into the charities work and the costs involved in training a Guide dog.

To date the Unit has helped to raise £50 for the charity.  Looking forward, it is the Unit’s aim to hold a sponsored walk in September 2009, to raise further funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, during which it is hoped we will be joined by Mrs Weaver and Maxie.

The Willow Foundation: This is a national charity that funds and organises special day experiences for seriously ill young adults aged between 16 and 40 years of age.  In its 10th year, the Foundation is running its annual June campaign “Piece of Cake”.  Organisations and individuals are encouraged to hold tea parties to sell cakes in order to raise funds which are donated to the Foundation.

The 1st Warley Brownies thoroughly enjoy participating in the Family Services at Christ Church, especially when providing and serving the refreshments.  They even love the washing up!  So, I felt it would be a great idea to marry the two events together at our Family Service on 14th June 2009.

I hope that you will be able to join us for refreshments after the service, knowing that any donations you kindly make, will be going to a very worthy cause.

Fiona Coleman, Warranted Guider, 1st Warley Brownies

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