You can watch the Mayor of Hillingdon’s Weekly Update including the surprise she had when she joined 1st Ruislip Guides.
4th Ruislip Windmill Brownies: virtual meetings and an exciting visit from the Mayor of Hillingdon written by Rebecca Hynes
Over the past year we have been virtually meeting weekly with our Brownie unit. I am sure like many leaders we were apprehensive about starting virtual meetings with the uncertainty of how long they would last and whether the Brownies would adapt. However, we have been thrilled with their attendance each week and how involved and positive the girls have been. They have participated in many activities from making origami and puppets to talking about mental health and doing scavenger hunts.
Recently, we were lucky to have the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Teji Barnes join one of our virtual meetings. Before the meeting we asked our Brownies to send us some questions they would like to ask the Mayor, we received a variety of questions some about her experience as a Mayor and how much she enjoys the role. Others included community minded questions such as ‘Are you considering updating any of the parks in Ruislip?’ The Brownie was enquiring about a local park needing more equipment for her age group. The Mayor kindly offered to put us in touch with people who could help. Other equally important questions included ‘What is your favourite chocolate?’. The Mayor answered all the questions happily and informatively and also made an effort to ask the girls questions.
Our activity for the evening focused on resilience, chosen to reflect the resilience shown by a very young group of girls in the last 12 months. All the girls were asked to put 10 random items in a pillowcase prior to the meeting, a story was read out where animals were showing resilience through a weather storm. The story included objects such as earmuffs which the lion used to help with the noise of the storm, the Brownies then had to choose an item out of their pillowcase which most represented earmuffs. The Mayor was amazing during this activity and participated along with the girls. The Brownies and leaders really enjoyed this meeting.
Figure 1: Here the girls and the Mayor are choosing an item which closest resembles binoculars.
Our experience of zoom Brownie meetings has been positive, however, we are really looking forward to getting back to face-to-face meetings.
1st South Ruislip Brownies: The Mayor’s visit written by Neeraja Velautham and Shona Brownlee
1st South Ruislip Brownies were honoured to host the Worshipful the Mayor of Hillingdon, Teji Barnes during one of our weekly virtual Brownies meetings. Madam Mayor attended our session on 4 March when we were celebrating World Book Day and was very impressed with the Brownies’ book-themed costumes.
Our young girls asked Madam Mayor some very insightful questions such as how she became Mayor, what her job involves and how her role has changed due to CoVID. They also found out some fun facts such as how the Mayor has met the Prime Minister on numerous occasions, her career as a driving instructor and her love of city breaks! Madam
Mayor joined in our World Book Day activities and told us her favourite book is ‘The Kite Runner’ then joined in discussions with the girls about a heroine they would create to feature in their own books. 1st South Ruislip Brownies would like to thank Madam Mayor for giving up some of her valuable time to join us for the evening.