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World Thinking Day

World Thinking Day has been celebrated since 1926 on 22nd February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts; a day for focusing on our Guiding Promise and international friendship.

February 22nd was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell who was World Chief Guide. On Sunday 21st February girls and young women from across the city, together with our Scouting friends raised our flags at the Birmingham Council House in a joint celebration of World Thinking Day and Founders Day. Many of our members wore their uniform to school or work today to ‘shout out’ about our organisations”

All Aboard Tuptonia

The 195th Birmingham Brownies had a fantastic day in Birmingham City Centre during the Summer holidays!

Eight girls and two leaders set off on the bus to meet Tuptonia (the narrowboat owned by Birmingham and Northampton Counties) We gently made our way to Selly Oak on the canal, playing “I Spy” on the way.

We got held up in the canal traffic jam, as some workmen were repairing the tow path and we had to wait ages for them to move! We all got the chance to sit outside and steer the boat. We had our lunch on the boat and then finally arrived back at Cambrain Wharf on Broad Street.  Thanks to Ray and Rosemary, our skippers, for a brilliant journey.

In the afternoon we went to the Sea Life Centre and saw all the amazing fish, sharks and turtles. It was awesome! We took lots of photos around the canal on Broad Street as part of our Arts Explosion project.

We had a brilliant day – it’s great being a Brownie!!

 

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Big Brownie Birthday Trip to 10 Downing Street

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!

Midlands Brownies on route to Number 10

 

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

 

 

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News from Birmingham Trefoil Guilds

Mrs Jean Massey, a member of Hall Green Guild recently celebrated her 100th birthday with friends from the Guild.  Jean was a Guide Guider in Hall Green for many years and later became a member of the Trefoil Guild.

 

Birmingham County Trefoil Guild held its annual meeting earlier this year at Tally Ho Police Social Club and we were joined by Jo Dowling, Midlands Region Chairman.  After the business section in the morning this was followed by an excellent three course lunch.  In the afternoon we were entertained by “The Bloxham Triplets”; Mary, Margaret and Georgina, all past members of Birmingham guiding and now members of the Trefoil Guild.  They told us of a whole variety of happenings and showed us many items from their childhood in Hall Green where they were and still are, very well known.

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