Former Scout leader Keith Brownhill dies

Keith Brownhill
Keith Brownhill

A well-known former Scout leader and rugby club captain has died aged 78.

Keith Brownhill, of Henderson Close, passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 15.

He was noted for his work with both the Scouts and Hastings and Bexhill Rugby Club, having led the 6th Hastings (Blacklands) Scouts for 45 years.

Born in Wakefield in 1934, he became a Scout and then a Scout leader in Beeston, Nottingham before arriving in Hastings in 1967. Keith was only asked to help out at the 6th Hastings but found himself running the group from the second week of his arrival in the town. He was also a fixture for many years on the drinks station at the finish of the Hastings Half-Marathon.

He married Ann in 1960, who is also very involved with Scouting having served as the District Commissioner for the Hastings area for eight years.

Keith also provided more than 40 years of service to Hastings and Bexhill Rugby Club. He held a number of positions including 3rd and 4th XV captain. For more than 10 years he was the club’s team secretary ensuring that the club put out full teams each week. He worked for 27 years for Hastings Borough Council as an Environmental Health Officer from 1967 until his retirement in 1994.

Peter Southee, previous chairman of both the 6th Hastings Scouts and the Rugby Club, said: “Keith will be fondly remembered and deeply missed throughout the Rugby and Scouting communities. Keith was someone who worked at the grassroots. He put in an enormous amount of work, much if it unseen, into the running of the both the rugby club and the scout troop.”

Keith’s funeral will be held tomorrow (January 30) at St John’s Church, Upper Church Road, St Leonards. It starts at 2.15pm.

Family flowers only. Donations to St Michael’s Hospice can be made c/o Hinkley Funeral Service, 50 Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3SH.