After months of planning and preparation, guiding members in Great Ouse Division were relieved when the wet weather subsided and the sun shone for their Queen’s 90th Birthday event. 120 girls and 25 adult volunteers gathered together for an afternoon of activities and celebrations.
The Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of the Senior Section travelled through each decade since the Queen’s birth enjoying traditional crafts and games. They played skipping and cup & ball games for the 1920s; made horse head pencil toppers from odd pieces of material in make do and mend style for the 1940s; made mood sand pictures for the 1960s; raced space hoppers and played stuck in the mud for the 1970s; made badges for the 1980s; and made bead & ribbon bracelets for the more recent decades.
The event finished off with a picnic and special birthday cupcakes, after which everyone sang the National Anthem and Happy Birthday for the Queen.
The Division were honoured to be joined by Joan Tanton, a former Guide and current Trefoil Guild member. At the age of 91, she enjoyed being the Great Ouse Queen for the afternoon, walking around the event and telling the girls all about the activities they were doing. In fact, many of the Rainbows thought she was the Queen and special they were for her to attend their event! Some even told their parents “I met the Queen today!”