Apart from marking another step in the decline and fall of Western civilisation, this story caught my attention because it quotes the Guides' division commissioner, Gill Oxtoby.
Carol singing brownies have been banned from a Hemel Hempstead shopping centre because they are considered a health and safety risk.
Little girls from the West Herts guides have sung for pensioners at a special late night Christmas shopping event in Marlowes for more than a decade.
But the centre's managers decided they would not be invited to this year's event because they would obstruct fire escape routes.
When I attended the long-demolished Fields End Primary School in Hemel Hempstead in the 1960s, its headmaster was a Mr Oxtoby. I wonder if by any chance they are related?