Brownies move to a new home

1st Sidley Brownies
1st Sidley Brownies

A GROUP of Brownies have moved into their new headquarters after leaving their home for the previous 40 years.

The 1st Sidley Brownies were formed 92 years ago and spent the last four decades meeting at Sidley Children’s Centre in Sidley House.

However, increased rent meant the troop had no option but to find somewhere else to meet

As rent prices at the centre were due to be increased in April, they faced closure if they could not find somewhere else to meet – with a local school coming to the rescue.

Having heard of the girl’s plight, Glenleigh Park Primary Academy saved the day by kindly allowing them to meet on their premises. This move has enabled Sidley Brownies to continue running and they are now able to take more girls.

Any girl aged between seven and nine years old are welcome to head along and join in the fun and the new combination of the new base and the Brownies activities come highly recommended.

Speaking at the first meeting in their group’s new home, one young Brownie called Amy enthused: “It’s really big and we have room to run around and we have a field to play in,” while an equally pleased Tanisha said: “More facilities mean more fun at Brownies”

It was a sentiment shared by the group’s assistant leader Caz Coomber. They told The Observer: “The girls were sad that we have had to move Sidley Brownies out of Sidley.

“However, on the plus side we now have a lovely large hall and plenty of room for the girls to run around in which means we can open our unit to more”.

Gwen Potter, unit leader, added: “We will miss the location at Sidley House, but Glenleigh Park has been so welcoming and accommodating, I am sure we will be very happy.”

Anyone who would like their daughters to get involved in Brownies or the Girl Guide movement in the Bexhill area should go to to find out more and register their interest.