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!