Commissioner’s award for Kenilworth Brown Owl

7th Kenilworth Brownies
7th Kenilworth Brownies

A life-long Guider has been praised for her community commitment after helping a struggling Brownie pack thrive for over two decades.

Rachael Bramwell took on the role as leader, or Brown Owl for the 7th Kenilworth Brownies in its time of need.

Rachael Bramwell, Kenilworth Brown Owl

Rachael Bramwell, Kenilworth Brown Owl

Now, 23 years on she is celebrating with her elated group of girls after being honoured with the Midlands Chief Commissioner’s award for services to the community.

Rachael first stepped in to save the pack from closure after the girl’s leader was unable to continue running weekly meetings, trips and camps.

Since then she has seen the youth troop go from strength to strength, and said she and all the Brownies are absolutely delighted with the news.

Speaking about the honour, the 46-year-old mother said: “Receiving this award has been a lovely surprise; more so because the Brownies have been so excited by it.

“Brownies is a lovely club to be involved with as the girls are always keen to try new things and have lots of fun.”

Rachael, who has been involved in Guiding in Kenilworth since the age of eight when she joined the Rainbows, said the St Francis club take part in activities ranging from cookery to recycling and fashion projects -with highlight of the year in pack holidays .

She is also involved with the bi-annual Kenilworth Gang Show, missing only one show in 30 years and even taking to the stage when she was six months pregnant.

There are 22 groups for Brownies, Rainbows and Guides in Kenilworth.

With volunteer numbers dropping, help is always needed to keep clubs running.

Contact the commissioner on 858983 for details.