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in Celtic folklore, household spirit associated with farmsteads. Brownies help with chores, but, if criticized, they will make mischief, such as spoiling crops. If payment other than food is offered a brownie, he vanishes from a farm forever.

brownie

(in folklore) an elf said to do helpful work at night, esp household chores
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She always had time for other people and volunteered so much of her time to help others, particularly when she was a Brownie Guide leader.
Whilst living in Holmfirth she nursed at the Holme Valley Memorial Hospital and also ran two Brownie Guide groups at the Phoenix Youth Centre (now known as Holmfirth Community Centre).
Brownie guide, Alison Brown said: "The girls love camping and learn many new skills, for example, how to pitch a tent, outdoor cookery, lighting fires, knots, and survival skills - all of which help with further qualifications they may want to tackle when they are older, such as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
When the couple's two daughters Carol and Julie were old enough, she became a Brownie Guide Leader within the district, division and county.
She said: "My mother was a brownie guide, my sister started a guides group, and I was a guide lieutenant at school, so it certainly runs in the family.
A child might be reminded of being in the Brownies and the promise you had to make as you skipped round the toadstool, to do your duty to the Queen and keep the Brownie Guide Law.
The heartwarming gesture is being orchestrated by Huddersfield Brownie Guides to mark World Book Day tomorrow and they're hoping the move will see some of the books travel far and wide.
Brown Owl Gaynor Satherley, from the Brownie Guides 1st Whittington group said: "It is really exciting time, especially for the girls.
BROWNIE guides got a helping hand fundraising thanks to the efforts of staff at their local Wilko store.