New Brownie unit proving popular

Brownies and leaders from the new unit.
Brownies and leaders from the new unit.

A new Brownie unit has opened in Pocklington and is already proving very popular.

The Sixth Pocklington Brownies is run at All Saints’ Church in Pocklington and is the third Brownie unit for the town.

Kate Blake, who set up the unit, started it as both her daughters wanted to be Brownies but the waiting list for the other units was at least two to three years. Three other mums in similar positions came forward to help lead the unit - Emily Annetts, Sarah Watts and Rachel Hatter.

The unit opened with 18 girls and by January next year the numbers will have risen to 24. So far the unit has completed badges such as healthy heart and hostess and been on trips out to the cinema with a pantomime visit to come at Christmas.

On starting the unit Kate said: “The support from the other leaders and the mums of the Brownies has been wonderful and we have a great time each week with very enthusiastic girls.”

When asked about the commitment to this voluntary role she said: “To start a unit does involve some work but between us and with the support of the local guiding commissioners it has been very smooth.”

She added: “Volunteering for Girlguiding is a pleasure and very rewarding”.

If you are interested in your daughter becoming involved with guiding or would like to volunteer some time yourself, please visit or email the local district commissioner at