There were some JP Leaders awards handed to those not able to be at the JP night plus,
June Eaton received the Good Guiding Award and Madeleine Lyus received her 40 year long service award. Gillian Chapman Essex Silver Brooch and Sylvia Partridge the Anglia Brooch.
We did it ! We had 100 teenage members of Girlguiding Essex West roaming around central London and we didn’t lose one. And girls are already asking when they can do it again.
Most of the 20 teams managed to get around to all the given locations and the photos were brilliant, with mascots sitting with Guards on horse back and with police men directing traffic.
The winning team was Waltham Abbey, who were presented with the county Rose bowl. The girls said they had a brilliant day but didn’t think they would win. Every team also went home with a box of Roses chocolates and a souvenir badge.
The best thing for the organising team was the fact that so many girls had had a good day and left buzzing about STILE. Veronica Riches
A Great Day
It was a great day, we met at Liverpool Street station where each team were given a pack containing maps, instructions and questions. It was up to us what route we took and the transport we used to navigate around the sites and answering questions and taking photos of our mascots in some unusual places.
It was cold and windy but we didn’t mind as it was such a laugh. We saw so many things and walked so many miles.
We had to finish at St Ethelburga’s in Bishopsgate; this was a church that had a Yurt in its garden for all faiths to use. We all tucked into hot drinks and waited for the marking to be done. Abigail Ongar SS
Doing it Essex Stile
9th Sunday was a day to remember, it was when Stile was held. Stile is a day going around London, collecting answers to questions and taking the silliest photos you can.
Stile was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. When we got to Liverpool street station the first thing I saw was an advertisement for The Fault in Our Stars, which honestly made me shed a tear or ten.
Once we had gotten our map, tube map and questions, we began our quest. The first place we went was the Barbican, which was a train and a walk away. We got our silly photos and headed off in search for the museum of London. Where we found a fantastic photo of the Queen and we also took some silly photos.
A few stops later and we were at St. Bartholomew’s, which brought up some unwanted emotions as that’s where Sherlock took the big leap. My group had to drag me away (I got a sneaky photo though).
Soon enough we were at Trafalgar Square, where we had the great experience of getting on one of the famous red buses! But unfortunately what we didn’t realise is that the next stop was where we could answer a question, so the journey didn’t last very long.
After that we walked down to The Houses of Parliament, taking many photos of Big Ben. Then walked along the Thames bank to the Aquarium and London eye, taking some photos and being bombarded by the wind.
After that it was lunch time, which we described to be equally like the Hunger Games, but a pigeon version. As the men on a table near us were feeding the pigeons their chips. It was chaos trying to keep our napkins from flying away.
After that we walked down to the globe theatre and Tate modern, taking in the lovely view of the rest of London. Next stop was St. Pauls Cathedral. As we were walking down we got caught in a patch of rain and then hail. We were drenched! But as we neared the Cathedral we could hear the bells being rung (It may or may not have deafened us a little bit).
After that we headed to Camden, avoiding the long flight of stairs that headed our way. Soon enough our trip was over and we had to get the bus back to the meet up place. We were all very sad that it was over, but we all had a very good, memorable day. Which finished on a high, as we got given, lovely badges made by one of my guide leaders, Wendy and some Roses chocolates (Which are irresistible).
Stile is going down as one of my favourite days in 2014. We had fun, laughter, chocolate and sore feet (It was worth it though).
If there is going to be another day out like stile, I urge you to take the opportunity by the hand because I genuinely had a lot of fun.