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First Hale Brownies Sally Gemmell 01725 513283

Cherry Bromage 01725 510753

Sue Huckfield 01725 510679

History of Hale Brownies

Pat Newman started the Brownies in Hale in the mid 1950's, and some of that generation of Brownies still live in Hale - and their children have been Brownies with us.

After Pat left Hale to pursue a career in Holland the Hale Brownie Unit closed.

The Unit was re-opened in 1985 by Sally Gemmell and Jenny Hart, and Pat Newman rejoined us in the latter part of the 1980's.

The Unit has prospered, with a full pack of 24 to 30 Brownies and always a waiting list of children wishing to join.

The programme has always been active and varied, including Pack Holidays and weekend 'Sleepovers' every year.

Pack Holidays have included activities such as abseiling, canoeing, archery, and swimming, and day trips to places such as Longleat, the Hawk Conservancy and Marwell Zoo Evening Safari.

The Brownies also serve the community of Hale village by activities such as ragwort pulling; participation in 'New Forest Pride Week'; Easter 'Good-turn to residents of the Cornelia (formerly Jalna) residential care home. For the Easter Good-turn the Brownies typically make an Easter present and give flowers. These community activities have been done annually for many years.

The Brownies have also contributed to many other charities.