Browned off and all on my own

Eight year old Rebecca Coleman is the only Brownie left at St Peter's Church group in Blackpool
Eight year old Rebecca Coleman is the only Brownie left at St Peter's Church group in Blackpool
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A LONELY Brownie is on the hunt for girls to join her after being left all on her own.

Little Rebecca Coleman is now the only member of the St Peter’s Church Brownie group, after her friends moved up to the Guides.

And it means the eight-year-old, from Marton, cannot take part in the activities other Brownies enjoy – and even faces losing the group for good.

Rebecca’s mum Debbie is leader at the group on Lytham Road, in Blackpool, and said: “We have put posters up in the area and I would have thought there would be more people coming to the group, but nobody is.

Trouble

“The trouble is we can’t pay the rent to the church with just one member because we only charge the girls £1.50 a week and it costs more than that to hire the room.

“There aren’t any other Brownie groups nearby, there’s the Boathouse youth club but that’s not the same as a Brownie group.”

Mrs Coleman said the group – where she has been Snowy Owl for just a year – has been more popular in the past, but the other seven girls who were members when she joined have now all moved up to the Guides.

The church does have an active Rainbows group – which girls attend before Brownies – but none of the little ones are old enough to join Rebecca in the Brownies.

And Mrs Coleman fears if the group shuts now it will never re-start, meaning those Rainbows will be left with nowhere to go.

She added: “I want anyone in the area to come and have some fun.

“Rebecca doesn’t want to be there on her own.

“There are two of us who run the group and I worry if it closes it will never come back – once it’s gone, it’s gone.

“And it means in future there will not be any Guides to go up.”

Anyone interested in joining the group should head to St Peter’s Church, on Lytham Road, on Monday night at 6pm.