5. The Brownies
In the United Kingdom, Brownies were originally called Rosebuds. Rosebuds was started in 1914 and was originally for girls aged 8–11. Rosebuds was renamed to Brownies in 1915. In 1937 Princess Margaret became the first royal Brownie. Brownies is the second youngest section of Girlguiding in UK; for girls aged 7–10. They work in small groups called sixes. Each six is either named after Fairies or woodland creatures. A six is led by a Sixer and has a Second who acts as deputy. The Brownie programme is called the Brownie Adventure. It is split into 3 parts: you, community, world. Brownies work towards interest badges, as of 2016 there are 57. These can be done in meetings with the unit or at home or in clubs such as swimming. Brownies can also work towards their Adventure badges. These are gained over a period of time and require girls to complete many different activities, such as going on an adventure, taking part in an activity with another unit and earning an interest badge.
There are a few Brownie songs that some packs sing at the beginning of the meeting:Come let us make a Brownie ring, a Brownie Ring a Brownie Ring
Come let us make a Brownie Ring, we hear our Brown Owl Calling.
Under the Brownie bridge we go, bridge we go, bridge we go
Under the Brownie bridge we go, because we are the….. (name of six is entered)
And of course there was the promise:
I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people
To keep the Brownie Guide Law.
The character Grotbags originally appeared in the Rod Hull television show Emu’s World in 1982, and she remained the principal ‘baddie’ throughout the rest of the decade in the programme’s various other incarnations (Emu’s All Live Pink Windmill Show, Emu’s Wide World, and 1989’s EMU-TV), plus the subsequent animated series Rod ‘n’ Emu. In 1991, Central Independent Television awarded Grotbags her own solo spin-off, which was created by Carol Lee Scottand puppeteer Richard Coombs, written by Bob Hescott, and directed by Colin Clews.
A total of 29 episodes were made, with each revolving around Grotbags and her minions at Gloomy Fortress, and their day-to-day lives.
Michael Barrett (born 4 March 1948), known as Shakin’ Stevens, is a platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who was the UK’s biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s. His recording and performing career began in the late 1960s, although it was not until 1980 that his commercial success began. His most successful songs were nostalgia hits, evoking the sound of 1950s rock and roll and pop. In the UK alone, Stevens has charted 33 Top 40 hit singles including four chart-topping hits “This Ole House”, “Green Door”, “Oh Julie”, and “Merry Christmas Everyone”; his last Top 40 single was “Trouble” in 2005 apart from his Christmas song, which has re-entered the UK Top 75 chart each December since 2007.