Over Thinking Day weekend, Girlguiding hosted a two day event at Alexandra Palace in London in celebration of Thinking Day and the Big Brownie Birthday. The event, Celebrate, was attended by nearly 8000 members of Girlguiding and had a wide range of activities for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, members of The Senior Section and Leaders to take part in. Activities ranged from climbing walls, a silent disco, science experiments to playing musical instruments, girls thinking about who their role model would be and international activities.
Over the weekend 7 members of Friends of Sangam ran Indian themed activities in the ‘Passport to Adventure’ area at the event. These activities included henna designs on biscuits, Warli art luggage tags and card as well as henna with facepaint. All of these activities proved to be very popular with everyone, from Rainbows to Leaders! These activities proved to be a great talking point for the FOS (UK) members to talk about their experiences at Sangam, and to encourage others to hopefully visit Sangam in the future. Even one Rainbow said she would like to visit one day!
A very big thank you goes to those FOS (UK) members, Jane Wardropper, Trish Robinson, Susannah Hodge, Barbara Peart and Liz Aveston for all of their efforts in organising and running the activities over the weekend, and a special thank you to Jane for all of her involvement in getting FOS (UK) involved with this great event.
For more information about the event, please have a look at this page on the Girlguiding website.
The Executive Committee will be meeting in March and the next annual gathering and AGM will be being held at Waddow Hall, Lancashire in October.
In October 2013 members of FoS (UK) and the Executive Committee gathered together in Malvern. Not only was the venue in a beautiful part of the country in the Malvern Hills, but also had tangible connections with Lord and Lady Baden-Powell.
Local Guides and Brownies gave up their Friday evening to come and entertain the attendees with music, poetry, circus skills and Bollywood dancing, as well as giving interesting snippets of information about the area.
Saturday began with the AGM, following which the venue became a hive of bustling activity as we prepared for local Guides, Brownies and Rainbows to arrive for an afternoon of activities designed to give them an Indian experience. After Lunch it was all systems go as the Guides, Brownies and Rainbows arrived. Activities included making elephant masks and models, Bollywood dancing, garland making, Warli art, henna, sari tying and an elephant trail to the Summer House where B-P is said to have slept when visiting his daughters here when it was St James’ girl’s school. There were also FoS (UK) items and Indian crafts to buy. After the girls had departed everyone changed into their Indian Punjabi suits and sarees to enjoy an Indian meal followed by a quiz.
On Sunday morning some attendees enjoyed a tour of the centre of Great Malvern, others visited Holywell and the bottling factory and some individuals went walking in the Malvern Hills. After lunch it was time to depart and everyone bade a fond farewell to friends old and new and expressed their thanks to the organisers of the gathering. It is thanks to volunteers, who come forward to organise these gatherings around the country each year, that members are able to share their experiences of Sangam, introduce others to the opportunities that Sangam offers, and further the work of Sangam with our financial support and in this way keep alive the Sangam Spirit. So many, many thanks to Trish and her fantastic team!
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