Baton Twirling Corps Seeks New Twirlers

Emily Babb 1A Baton Twirling Group that was founded in Eastleigh and which regularly appear in local carnivals is looking for new members.

The Spencerettes were formed in 1969, by Bob and Dorothy Spencer. Their  Grandaughter, Emily Babb,  a student at Barton Peveril college in Eastleigh, joined the group at age 4 and is now Corps Coach for the Spencerettes.

As Emily explains;

“I used to watch my mum, Gill, teach the Spencerettes and really wanted to join in. It wasn’t long before I got the bug and now I compete regularly at home and in the United States.”

“In the UK I compete at intermediate level, but twirling is so much more advanced in the States that I’m classed as a novice when I enter competitions over there.”

“I’m hoping to take a gap year after college and spend more time training in America, while pursuing my ambition to become a professional photographer.”

“Twirling is a great combination of gymnastics and dance that becomes something really different once you add a baton. It’s great fun and well worth a try.”

Earlier this year Emily competed in the Twirl Mania International Championships in Florida for the eighth time, winning one of her classes and finishing third overall in the novice section of competition.

As well as training for several hours each week herself, Emily now runs a three-hour class for girls aged eight to 13.

For further information about joining the Spencerettes or booking the corps for a function, contact Gill Babb on 02380 647364 or by email at

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.