Brownie and Girl Guide groups are urgently appealing for new leaders to come forward, or they may have to close one of their units.

Ex Brownies or Girl Guides living in the district, or anybody with the time to spare, who thinks that they have the ability to lead the young girls, is asked to come forward.

Without new leaders there will be fewer places on offer to girls in Epping Forest who enjoy days out, craft lessons and getting together with their groups.

If you think that you could step into the shoes of a Brown Owl, call Emma Farra on 01992 573 210 or visit