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Yardley Division Campfire

Over 150 members of Girlguiding – Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and leaders came together on the evening of the summer equinox for a campfire. This was Yardley Division’s celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The day had begun with torrents of rain, but by 5pm when the campfire was ablaze, the sun was shining, and we were able to have a wonderful evening sharing songs and learning new ones from each other- most of them very loud or very silly. The Queen herself failed to attend despite being invited, but we did have the company of the County Commissioner.

Woodlands Adventure – a Mountain-top moment!

One of our Brownie Leaders writes:

“This photo is my mountain top moment from Woodlands. I took 10 brownies and they were split as 7 swimmers and 3 non swimmers.  I went with the non swimmers, they were my younger brownies.  Manasa (pictured) said to me at the beginning. Is this a wood or a forest? I said I thought a wood. She then said I have never been in a wood before, is it safe?

She was very cautious through the morning but slowly gained her confidence. We did the assault course after lunch. It became clear at the first hurdle that she had never climbed before, she had no idea how to place her feet or use her body to climb. The woodlands staff were amazing with her as were the other brownies. The picture is her at the top of the last scramble net which she climbed on her own with no help. She did not stop smiling for the rest of the day. I am still smiling writing this now. This is why I love guiding.”

Birmingham Pride

We went to Birmingham Pride this year to share the message that girls can be proud to be whoever and whatever they want to be and that they can do anything they want to do. I loved being there as I support this message wholeheartedly and was excited to share this message with the people of Birmingham.

Being in the parade was so much fun! We danced and sang and showed our support to the LGBT community with our banners and shirts. The whole experience was great and everyone was so happy and excited that the atmosphere was amazing.

At our stall we met plenty of people interested in what we do and how they can be involved and gave out plenty of information as well as badges and stickers to help get our name out there.

Overall it was a great experience that I really enjoyed. We had so much fun and really showed what we stand for to the community of Birmingham. I hope that we can attend again next year and that I am able to take part and have as much fun as we did this year.

Zoe Wood, Ladywood Division