Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Posthumous medal for Brown Owl

A woman who ran a Henley brownies pack for almost 30 years has been posthumously awarded the town medal

A woman who ran a Henley brownies pack for almost 30 years has been posthumously awarded the town medal.

Jean Barrett became Brown Owl for the 1st Henley Brownie Pack in 1968 and ran regular events including a Christmas costume party. She also sold poppies for the Royal British Legion with her husband Noel.

Mrs Barrett, who lived in Northfield End, died in November 2013 aged 82. The medal was collected at the town hall last night (Wednesday 15th) by her son Chris, watched by many of her friends.

Mr Barrett, who lived in Henley until 2008, said: "It's an absolute honour to pick the medal up on her behalf, my mother would have been moved by the occasion.

"She never at any time sought attention for herself, it was all for others, especially the brownie pack. We are all very proud of all the hard work she did."

The town medal is awarded to residents who have achieved notable accomplishments or given at least 10 years? service to the community. In 2010, former Henley Mayor Terry Buckett was also awarded the medal posthumously.


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