5th Hornchurch Guides BP awards last night, along with Bronze DofE and a Jack Petchy awards. County Commissioner Chris Skinner and President Margaret Henderson joined other dignitaries at St Georges Church Hornchurch for a carol concert followed by these very special awards.
Heather Street from Hornchurch division went back to meet the Canadians she met last year, this time she talked about Guiding in the UK with spark and brownies from 25th Niagara Falls. She also taught them a few campfire songs, aunt Hoover being one of them.
I first had the idea of mum getting an award, when Jan Knight presented one of our Guides with an award. I then went away and googled awards in our area and this was the one that kept coming back to me. I then read more into it and decided what category to nominate her for. I then emailed all the Brownie parents and the Guide parents with the idea as well as some of her history of guiding which I managed to get out of her without her knowing what for.
Various parents came back to me saying how fab this was and they would nominate. And yesterday we found out that 17 other people had nominated her and then mine making it a record breaking 18 nominations which they've never had before in the awards.
I hadn't heard anything for ages and in fact had forgotten all about it when the other week I received an email saying that mum was chosen and was in the top five for community champion award. I then knew I had to tell her. It was the best kept secret for ages. Her words on the phone to me were 'oh oh oh... I think I'm going to cry'.
I came home especially for the event on Monday, and yesterday we all got dressed in our best clothes and headed to the Lord Ashby Building in Chelmsford for the event. We arrived and were given our name badges and taken to the special seating area and were given drinks. Before the presentation started we were treated to entertainment from 'Funky Voices Choir' and someone from the X factor. Mum was then taken away for her photo which may be published in Essex Life Magazine. We were then told to take our seats and she was so nervous, she was shaking so much. They came to her category and read the four names that got highly commended and then they read her name with a massive long section on her 18 nominations, her history in guiding, the love the brownies and parents all give her as well as some really lovely quotes from different nominations from the parents. Mum kept saying 'she felt like she had stopped breathing when they read her name' I cried.
She was presented with a lovely certificate, a glass trophy and a goody bag from the sponsors. Mum kept saying she felt very humble and that there were so many more people in the room that were true heroes.
We then were taken for a buffet dinner. We had such a good evening and all the way home she kept saying she still couldn't believe it.
Well done but more importantly a big thank you to all you give guiding. It's clear that your colleagues and parents certainly appreciate you as much us we do. - Jan Knight
Nicky is so dedicated to the Girl Guide movement, she has so much love and respect for the girls and gives so much of her time. I am constantly amazed at the activities she provides, the creations they make, the visits and all they achieve for such a ridiculously small fee and I believe this is because she is so gifted at getting so much out of her Brownies
I just thought you might like to see how South Hornchurch District have been celebrating the Big Brownie Birthday. Yesterday the 28th May 2014 we embarked on our Euro hop adventure - a day trip to Paris. The day started early with us all meeting at 6.30am to begin our journey. After passports and EHIC's were all accounted for we set of to St Pancras and the Eurostar. We checked into the Eurostar and went through security and passport control (a first for some of our Brownies) before taking our seats on the train. On the train the girls had activity books on the Eiffel tower to pass the time and were served snacks courtesy of Snowy Owl who was only mistaken for a member of train staff once! On arrival in Paris we made our way to the Eiffel Tower on the Paris Metro with only one minor detour via the wrong platform. The metro was a bit more of a tight squeeze than the tube, but we did like the double decker trains!
When we arrived at the Eiffel tower we tucked into our lunch while Snowy got our tickets, she had threatened to make us walk up the stairs (all 600 of them) but luckily she was nice to us and let us get the lift. Up we went to the second floor where four of our old brownies who have just gone upto guides made their Guide promise. After a walk around the tower and some stops for pictures we headed back down and boarded our cruise boat for a trip down the Seine. We had fun listening to the commentary in various languages and wiping out the on board gift shop! We disembarked the cruise and made our made dash through the only rain of the day back to the metro to make our way back to Gare du Nord and the Eurostar home. We arrived back at St Pancras 13 hours after we began our Journey very tired but with lots of stories to tell of our Big Brownie Birthday Adventure.