My World Thinking Day in London

On World Thinking Day, Abby, member of The Senior Section, took part in a special event at the resting place of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell in Westminster Abbey

Abby Pritchard, member of The Senior Section
24 February 2016

An event in memory of all they did for guiding

When I got offered the opportunity to travel to London to represent The Senior Section at Westminster Abbey I jumped at the chance! It was such an amazing experience to be part of the wreath laying for World Thinking Day to remember that we're part of a guiding community around the world.

Experiencing London

A few days before World Thinking Day itself, on Saturday 20 February, along with my Leader and another member of The Senior Section from a different unit, I boarded a train from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington.

We started our day in London with a 45 minute walk through Hyde Park, past the palace itself, to Girlguiding HQ on Buckingham Palace Road. We had a tour of the new building for ICANDO and it was brilliant.

When we arrived at Westminster Abbey, we met up with the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from across the UK that were representing their Divisions. We compared travel stories and found out that the Brownies had woken up at 4.30am so they could make the most of a full, fun‐packed day in London - having never been before!

Our tour guide, James, showed us around and it was amazing to see how many people had memorials or were even buried within the Abbey. The stained glass windows were spectacular and the Chapel ceilings were breathtakingly detailed.

The wreath laying

It was soon time for the part of the day we had all travelled up to London for - the wreath laying. We were taken to Lord and Lady Baden Powell's memorial stone and the Brownies laid the wreath to represent guiding members everywhere.

The date of World Thinking Day was chosen because it was the shared birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, who started Scouting and Guiding, and his wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell, who was World Chief Guide.

I think it's important to remember the Baden-Powells because it's partly thanks to them that I meet with my Senior Section Unit in Bristol every fortnight, do all sorts of activities and get to go on camps. Because of guiding I have also had leadership opportunities and I'm now a Young Leader at the 105th Bristol Rainbows.

After the ceremony, we were treated to a lovely meal. It was nice to talk to other Leaders and see what different units do. We then jumped in a taxi and had to run through Paddington to make our train back to Bristol!

Overall, it was a fantastic day and such a good experience that I can share with the rest of my unit and other Guides that I meet. My favourite part was the tour of the Westminster Abbey because I've never been there before. It was such a good experience, and a great way to remember World Thinking Day and other Guides across the globe.

Memories of World Thinking Day 2016

Girlguiding members from across the UK sent messages wishing everyone a Happy World Thinking Day. Read a collection of their messages in our storify.