A grandmother who has dedicated more than 50 years to volunteering was today recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honour for services to the community.
Marjorie Fotheringham, aged 69, established the sixth Doncaster Thorne Brownies when she was just 16-years-old and has been committed to keeping the group going ever since.
The mother-of-three, who still lives in Thorne, has also applied the same enthusiasm and dedication to volunteering at St Nicholas Church, Stonegate.
Marjorie, who has also been appointed Brownies’ district commissioner, today told of her delight at being made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
She said: “I’m very flattered to receive it, I can’t believe it. I’ve spent all my life doing Brownies and working for the church, it’s just what I do.
“Some of the mums and children who attend Brownies don’t know my real name, so they call me by my Brownie name, Brown Owl. It’s how most people know me.
“It was really hard not to tell my family about the MBE. My husband Brian, who died eight years ago, would have been very proud of me.”
Over the years Marjorie has helped hundreds of girls through the Brownies and now works with second generations of families in her role as assistant guider.
“It’s lovely. Sometimes, people bring their daughters in and they remember me from when they went through Brownies themselves.”
Marjorie’s two daughters and four grand daughters all attended Brownies and she is hoping the latest addition to her family, her one-year-old great grand granddaughter, will follow in their footsteps.