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Brownies show they’ve got talent!

In the last 2 months Brownies across Bridgend and Porthcawl have been honing their performance skills to take part in a Brownies Got Talent competition. The competition which is sponsored by Bridgend Soroptimists involved over 100 Brownies from 5 different Brownie groups in Newton, Kenfig Hill, Llangynwyd, Coity and Litchard.

Finalists and judges for Brownies Got Talent 2023

Each of the girls performed in front of an audience and the acts included singing and dancing, playing an instrument, doing magic, gymnastics, dog obedience, story-telling and even whistling! Every participant gained their Performing badge and also received a Brownies Got Talent certificate.

Nine girls won through the unit and division heats to take part in the Grand Final and competed for the Brownies Got Talent trophy in front of an audience of around 100 people. The three ladies set the difficult task of judging the final were Gaynor Hoare, President of Bridgend Soroptimists, Donna Jacka, Assistant County Commissioner for Girlguiding Central Glamorgan and Jean Roderick, a member of SI Bridgend and former Girlguiding County Commissioner.

Gaynor Hoare said, “It hasn’t been an easy task judging these talented girls. This is the fifth time the competition has been sponsored by Soroptimist International Bridgend. We wanted to encourage the girls, all between 7 and 10 years of age, to ‘have a go’, to demonstrate and develop their talents and to build their confidence. That has certainly been the case and it has been a very entertaining and worthwhile project.”

Donna Jacka agreed. “I was honoured to be a judge for this year’s competition. It’s really great that there are so many enthusiastic Brownies out there who want to take part. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of strangers and perform, and gives the girls so much confidence. It was also a pleasure to see how the girls supported each other throughout the competition. Thank you to Bridgend Soroptimists and to our volunteer leaders who helped to make this such an excellent event.”

The winner of the Grand Final was Isabella Mein from 1st Kenfig Hill Brownies with an entertaining and ‘cheeky’ performance of the song Naughty from Matilda the Musical.