A History of YALDING, Kent, England

Following the founding of the Girl Guides in 1910, the Brownies were formed in 1914 for 8 to 11 year olds. Originally called Rosebuds, the name of Brownie was adopted in 1918.
The first mention found of a local group is in 1961, under the leadership of Mrs A Hallam and Mrs Reader, meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 4.45 to 6.15. Mrs Reader asked to withdraw her role as Assistant Brownie Guider in 1968. Kathleen Neate had joined the team in 1964 as Little Owl, and after being assistant for a few years took over as Brown Owl in the early 70's when Rob Hallam relinquished her role. Membership had grown to twenty when Kathleen left the pack in 1984, when it was run by Kate Davis. In 1980 a jumble sale raised £ 20 which enabled them to have a trip roller skating. Kathleen became involved again in 1990, but numbers have gradually reduced since then to the present pack of twelve. Activities have included days out to different pleasure parks, plus meeting other Brownies at the District Brownie Revels. The Brownie Pack has always been keen at fund raising, which has been towards such causes as Mencap, Downs Syndrome, and Guide Dogs.

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In the Parish Magazine for January 1904 is the following article headed `YALDING and HUNTON CHORAL SOCIETY'.
In response to a very generally expressed wish for the opportunity of practicing Choral Music the above society is being formed. It proposed to rehearse the Cantata, `May Day' (Sir G A Macfarren), and a selection of Part Songs. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday Evenings at 7.30, in the Boys' National School, Yalding. Ladies and gentlemen having some knowledge of music, and wishing to become members, are requested to send their names to the Secretary as soon as possible. Fee for the present Season (including use of music) TWO SHILLINGS AND SIXPENCE. Members will have the privilege of purchasing the music at a reduced charge.
Conductor - Mr F L Kett, F I S C. Organist at Hunton.
Accompanist - Mr C E Blunden, Organist at Yalding.
Secretary - Mr W Baseden, Yalding.
This was the only mention of such a group, which of course was mainly for the gentry.
A further notice stated that arrangements were being made to start a Choral group during the Autumn of 1942, and a preliminary meeting was held at 8 pm on Friday October the 9th, but with a gap in our records no further reports were found.