Looking Back: June 28 edition

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n THE 1st Newbold-on-Avon brownie pack celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

But according to these pictures, there was definitely a brownie pack in Newbold at least 75 years ago - and these young girls must have been some of the early members.

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Fifth from the left is Jean Curtis and her sister Barbara is third from the left.

The picture was found by Jean’s son Paul, along with her Brownie test card, which has various activities signed off in 1937.

Their tests included all sorts of skills from knowing the composition of the Union Flag, how to wash up the tea things and how to do up a parcel neatly to sewing on buttons, knowing the alphabet in semaphore and laying and lighting a fire.

Newbold people may remember Jean, who was born in 1926, whose married name was Groom. She is now a resident of Overslade House care home.

Barbara’s married name was Raven and she lived in Nuneaton. There were nine siblings. Their elder sister, Dorothy, can be seen on the Newbold May Day celebrations picture from 1936. She is the one peering around the flagpole, slightly to the right as we look at it. Jean is also on the picture, in the centre, again wearing glasses.