Members of Girlguiding in Oldham have marked one of the most significant dates in the global Guiding calendar – World Thinking Day – with a celebration at Oldham Parish Church.

The Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and members of The Senior Section gathered on 23rd February for the annual event, which gives 10 million Guides and Girl Scouts around the world the chance to find out about life for girls and young women in other countries, raise awareness of the issues that affect them and celebrate the diversity of guiding’s global membership.

This year’s World Thinking Day saw members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in 145 countries focus on raising awareness of the number of children and young people worldwide who do not have access to education.

Over 120 girls and young women of Oldham East Division marked the day by attending a special service at Oldham Parish Church.  Rev Derek Palmer officiated the service. Each unit brought their own flag and paraded them through the Church. Casey, a Guide from Shaw opened the service with a special poem followed by Brownies, Sophie, Rosa and Erin from Greenfield, who spoke about Brownies celebrating their centenary in 2014. Videos from Shelterbox and Build Africa were shown with the hope that units across Oldham East Division could help raise vital funds for these chosen charities.

Millie aged 9 said: “World Thinking Day was really fun – it was interesting thinking about girls in other countries and what they are doing too.”

Sue Eachus, Division Commissioner said: “World Thinking Day is a really important occasion for Girlguiding members. It’s a wonderful chance for us to reflect on the fact that we’re part of something huge that gives millions of girls, young women and adults a space to be themselves, have fun and make a positive difference, no matter where they come from.”

World Thinking Day takes place each year on 22 February – the birthday of both Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of Guiding and Scouting.