CULTURES FROM around the world were brought together under one roof at the Civic Hall in Uppermill as around 160 girl guides gathered for ‘World Thinking Day’.
The event is celebrated annually on 22 February which is the birthday of Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell.
This year, girls from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Seniors from 16 units across Saddleworth came together to get hands on learning about other World Guide Centres.
Catherine Brierley, Saddleworth Girlguiding District Commissioner, launched the event by playing ‘Happy World Thinking Day’ messages in videos from other countries.
Then a special lantern was lit by members of the Senior Section and Becky Ashmore, Assistant Region Chief Commissioner for the North West.
Becky explained: “We’re visiting each of the 17 counties in the region and have chosen Saddleworth in this county.
“We’re lighting this lantern to light up the room and connect everybody together.”
The girls then spent the afternoon trying out various craft activities to get an understanding of the five different World Guide Centres.
For the UK section, Bricks4Kids provided lego to build landmarks including Big Ben, in the India section colourful peacocks were created followed by tasty sombrero biscuits in Mexico.
The Senior Section organised a chocolate game in the Switzerland section and the girls got on their feet with some dancing and drumming in Africa, provided by The Vale in Mossley.
Catherine said: “World Thinking Day is an extremely important date in the Guide calendar. It is a time when we come together and think about other Guides across the world.
“This year we are also very pleased to welcome Becky to light the special lantern and we feel very lucky and honoured to have been chosen.”
Finally, all units came together in the centre of the hall with their own lanterns to renew their Girlguiding promise.
And a new District award was presented to Hetty Butterworth in memory of Guide leader Sue Eachus who died in September 2015.
Units for Rainbows (5-7 years old), Brownies (7-10 years old), Guides (10-14 years old) and Seniors (14+) run across Saddleworth.
They are run by adult volunteers and more are always needed to allow more girls to join. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Catherine Brierley: 07761 571546.