The 195th Birmingham Brownies represented Midlands Region at a Big Brownie Birthday party at 10 Downing Street. We were very excited as we set off on our journey at 6.30 a.m. after being interviewed by BBC Radio WM, to talk about our special day.
We arrived in London at about 10.30 a.m. and met the Chief Guide, Gill Slocambe, in the Girlguiding Headquarters. We made lots of new Brownie friends from all over the Country and we walked together to Downing Street, carrying banners, balloons and generally enjoying the moment! On the way we saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. When we arrived at 10 Downing Street, we all excitedly knocked on the famous door to be let in!
We spent the whole afternoon in the glorious sunshine in the gardens of number 10, playing games like archery, “water bombs” and giant Jenga and eating cucumber sandwiches and ice cream! Finally the Prime Minister arrived! He spoke to lots of the Brownies and helped to cut the “100” Birthday cake! He was brilliant and we asked him lots of questions. We had lots of photographs taken and wrote down our wishes for girls for the next 100 years! We wished that all girls in the world get to go to school and they all have clean water to drink and plenty of food to eat.
After a wonderful afternoon – we even met the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s cat, Freya! – we walked back to Girlguiding Headquarters talking endlessly about our fantastic adventure. We arrived back in Birmingham, exhausted, but with loads of memories to last a lifetime!
Quotes from the Brownies:
What I enjoyed most about the trip to Downing Street was that for the first time ever I saw the Prime Minister! I was also happy to meet lots of new Brownie friends from all over the Country and it was my first day ever in London! We had an awesome day doing lots of different activities and the lunch was delicious! Laana
I really enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister. Thank you for taking me Eagle! Lillia
It was an amazing experience meeting the Prime Minister and I got to ask him a question. I said where did you go to school and he said Eton! Iman
I enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister and lots of Brownies from around the Country. There were lots of photos of previous Prime Ministers on the wall in one of the corridors of Number 10 – that was interesting! Isabelle
I really enjoyed it at Downing Street. It was a fantastic day! What I enjoyed most was spending time with the Prime Minister, David Cameron. I had the opportunity to go in the Cabinet Room too – that was very special! Thank you for a brilliant day! Rhea
It was very exciting and wonderful! I enjoyed making new friends and spending time with my own Brownie friends from my unit. Thanks a lot for letting me go! Raeann