A New Queen’s Guide

The first weekend of half term saw 1st Tadcaster Guides and 3rd Copmanthorpe Brownies set off to London for a weekend of fun and adventure. Emily Ducat a leader with 1st Tadcaster Guides was to be presented with her Queeen’s Guide Award during our stay at Pax Lodge. Whist Brownies set off from York on the 5pm train the Guides didn’t leave until an hour later.  Due to an error with the seat tickets the Guides were upgraded free of charge to First Class!  Emily was sure I’d arranged it especially for her as part of the weekend celebrations; if only our budget would run to first class every time!


Saturday started with tube ride to Victoria to visit ICANDO to collect our London Challenge packs.  Next onto the Tower of London, a very cold and windy morning but the girls warmed up with a welcome hot chocolate after our tour; we even ate our packed lunch in the comfort of the Tower coffee shop. Lucie Summers made her Young Leader Promise on the Tower Green; the very site where executions took place.  There is now a memorial sculpture and quote dedicated to those who were condemned to death by order of the state.




On a wet afternoon we visited Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and M&M World in Leicester Square before returning to Pax Lodge and pizza for tea. Emily was presented with her Queen’s Guide Award by Castle Division Commissioner Bev Wise. It was  a lovely family moment as Emily’s sister Laura Sullivan joined us for the weekend and was there to see Emily receive her award. Lots of laughs, lots of cake (even one with her picture on) and lots of fun.



Sunday started bright and cold but dry as we set off to see Westminster Abbey, Whitehall and on to 10 Downing Street. Escorted through the barriers by a lovely police officer we headed for the famous door for numerous photographs and lots of questions. The girls were disappointed not to see Larry the Downing St cat, but he had been sent home for fighting with the cat from next door!  On then down Whitehall to Horse Guards where we arrived just in time for the change of horses; there was a very tall and scary sounding officer shouting orders! Lunch near Trafalgar Square then on to the Sky Garden at Fenchurch St.  Its a remarkable building where the 360° view of central London from the 35th floor is amazing; unless you aren’t good with heights.

Sadly now time to head for Kings Cross via Pax Lodge to collect our bags and our journey home with just enough time to visit platform 9 ¾ and the Harry Potter shop. My thanks to all the leaders and girls for a fabulous weekend, one I’m sure the girls will remember for a long time – where are we going next Emily?

Lesley Strathie

3rd Copmanthorpe Brownies