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Future of Foulsham Guides at risk following retirement of leader

PUBLISHED: 15:06 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:06 30 July 2018

The Foulsham Brownies celebrate the end of term with a Harry Potter themed party. Picture: Supplied by Foulsham Guides.

The Foulsham Brownies celebrate the end of term with a Harry Potter themed party. Picture: Supplied by Foulsham Guides.

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The future of the Foulsham Guides is at risk if they cannot find a new leader to take over the Rainbow and Brownie groups.

Janet Leeson, division commissioner, (left) thanks Nicki Osborn for all she has done for guiding. Picture: Supplied by Foulsham Guides.Janet Leeson, division commissioner, (left) thanks Nicki Osborn for all she has done for guiding. Picture: Supplied by Foulsham Guides.

The groups have been serving young girls in and around Foulsham for the last 50 years but face disbanding if they cannot replace recently retired leader Nicki Osborn.

Janet Leeson, division commissioner, said: “Being a leader in guiding is rewarding and fun at the same time, there is lots of support available and a readymade network of friends and advisers to help.

“It’s a great asset to your CV and offers exciting opportunities for adults as well as for the girls they lead.”

To thank leader Nicki Foulsham, the Brownies and Rainbows celebrated with a Harry Potter themed party on Monday July 16 which included wizard food on platform 9 3/4 and the groups enjoyed games outside before presenting her with various presents including a rose bush for her garden.

The Rainbow unit also recently celebrated its 18th anniversary recently and marked the occasion with a rainbow-themed birthday party full of different activities.

One Foulsham Brownie said: “Every week is different. We learn to cook one week and make something the next. I love spending time with my friends, collecting lots of badges and trying new things.

“It’s fun, enjoyable, and I’ve learnt loads of new stuff.”

Girls as young as five can join the Rainbows before moving onto the Brownies at around seven-years-old.

Rainbow and Brownie groups are currently enjoyed by hundreds of girls across Norfolk and offer the opportunity to make new friends and learn new skills.

The Girl Guide Association was officially established in the UK under the leadership of Agnes Baden-Powell in 1910 and by 1912 there were also groups in Ireland, Portugal, Norway and the USA.

Volunteers can be of any age, stage and experience and most skills can be applied, with training given on the job.

If you think you could give some time to help out the Rainbow and Brownie units, contact central Norfolk division commissioner Janet Leeson by email at janetleeson.guides@gmail.com or register your interest at https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-volunteer/register-your-interest/.

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