12:22pm Wednesday 18th September 2013
LITTLE girls in Neyland could soon have a chance to learn new skills and make friends at a fun after-school club.
Shelley Lee, 27, and Samantha Evans, 28, both from Neyland, are hoping to revive 1st Neyland Brownie group in the new year, and are looking for girls aged seven to ten to sign up.
The pair both attended Brownies when they were younger, under “fantastic” group leader Melanie Owen, but the club finished in 2001 and had been dormant ever since.
If enough members sign up, it is hoped the new group will start meeting in St Clements Church Hall from January.
“I feel a group such as this is important in continuing social interaction, building confidence, boosting self esteem and developing additional skills outside school,” said Shelley, who works as a community nurse.
From crafts to cooking, first aid to fire training, circus skills to science experiments, Brownies can earn badges for a range of activities, and get the chance to go on day trips and camping holidays.
“We want to keep it as close to the original groups as possible,” said Shelley. “We used to love it, but there’s nothing like it in Neyland now.”
“It helps you find out who you are and gives you a purpose,” said mum-of-one Samantha, who will become the group’s Snowy Owl. “It gives you something to look forward to and be proud of.”
Shelley added that, if the group is popular, there is potential for starting Rainbow and Guides groups in future too.
Brownie groups usually run during term time, but the pair hope to organise trips and activities during the summer holidays too.
However, as a registered charity, all events will rely heavily on fundraising and sponsorship.
For more information on becoming a Brownie, or to sponsor the group, contact Shelley on 07889 591697.
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