Phyllis Owens v Miss Allbutt
Calling for a referee
Phyllis Owens came to Canvey in 1941 and first joined the brownies in 1949 where she had to work with Miss Allbutt. It would appear from what Phyllis tells me that the pair never seemed to get on. She said Miss Allbutt was always getting her in trouble.
The brownies were in the Carnival in 1949 with Phyllis in charge, see picture on the right. On this occasion the Guides dropped the box (I assume the collecting box) and Miss Allbutt reported that one of the brownies had done it. It was even reported in the paper and the Commissioner was ‘down on me like a ton of bricks’ according to Phyllis.
In the 50’s she was in trouble again. Miss Allbutt told Phyllis to take the Brownies to Benfleet and they waited there for the Guides to arrive. However the Commissioner turned up instead and said ‘We have been waiting for you outside St Katherine’s’. Once again Miss Allbutt had got Phyllis in hot water.
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I remember this photo well, I am the guide holding the flag, my mother is theguide officer on the other side and the guide next to the church on that side is Kitty.
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