Last week’s big guiding events happened without me, but they’re definitely exciting enough to share.
On Friday the Earl and Countess of Wessex (who is, of course, the President of Girlguiding and a Brownie helper) visited town. We found out less than 2 weeks before, and in the middle of the Easter holidays, but thanks to some speedy communication between my District Commissioner and the town Mayor, and swift messages from leaders to parents, we got together a good-sized group to meet her. They braved the rain, joined the crowds lining the streets, and a Brownie presented Sophie with a bouquet (beautiful, made by a Brown Owl). I missed it as I was at work, but it’s brilliant to see the pictures of Sophie and Edward with our girls and leaders. When people meet the royal family, they tend to remember it for the rest of their lives, so it’s very special to have had this chance.
The next day was possibly even more exciting. To celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday, and in a wonderful feat of organisation, my county took over an entire train to London. Hundreds of Brownies and their leaders piled on at the station and into carriages. There was a competition for the best-decorated carriage (won by a group from my Division!) so the train was full of bunting, flags, banners, cakes, balloons and excited girls. My Facebook feed has been full of wonderful pictures of this all weekend. When the train arrived in London the Brownies were met by the Chief Guide, and each group was free to do their own thing until it was time for the train to return. My local Brownies went on an open-topped bus and the London eye. It looks like it was a wonderful day out, and again something that the girls will remember through their lives. I’m in awe of everyone who worked hard to make it happen.