Gallery: Girls pause for thought in worldwide tradition

Members of the First Felixstowe Brownies work on World Thinking Day projects at the Salvation Army C

Members of the First Felixstowe Brownies work on World Thinking Day projects at the Salvation Army Church in Felixstowe on Wednesday, 27 February. - Credit: Archant

IT is one of the organisation’s oldest traditions, marked every year across the globe with girls and young women taking part in an array of activities and services.

And this year was no different as Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from the Colneis Division descended on the resort to celebrate World Thinking Day.

The event is traditionally held on February 22 which is the joint birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell, the founders of the boy and girl Scouting movements.

The aim of Thinking Day is for the youngsters to think of other people around the world and to think of those living in deprived areas – as well as celebrating their founder’s birthday.

It is also a chance for them to give thanks and to appreciate the international friendship they enjoy through the movement.

This year, members of the Colneis Division celebrated on February 27, as a result of the half-term holiday, and it was kicked off with a service at the Salvation Army in Cobbold Road, Felixstowe.

Julie Thorogood, Colneis Division Commissioner, said: “It all went very well and the children enjoyed themselves which was all part of the exercise.

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“We had a short service and then we all renewed our promises.

“I don’t know how many were there but I think every group was represented so that is marvellous.”

When the service finished, the members of the different groups then split up so they could take part in different practical activities at the Salvation Army and also at the Ranelagh Road Christian Fellowship Hall.

Brownies found out more about different countries before going on to create their own “passport”, which included information about national foods, flags, climate and important landmarks.

They then turned their attention a little closer to home.

Mrs Thorogood said: “We then asked them to say what the national landmarks were and places of interest in the UK. They had to come up with their own ideas.”

Members of the Rainbows were given the task of colouring in costumes for dolls while Rangers and Guides took part in a variety of friendship activities.

“It was all going on and they also had word searches and puzzles to do,” added Mrs Thorogood

Throughout the day, money was also being raised to help girls who are living in developing countries – a big part of Thinking Day.

The money raised from this event is not yet known but last year the group managed to net nearly £120 for the cause.

As an organisation, girl Guiding offers girls and young women the opportunity to take part in different activities and events throughout the year.

The Colneis Division goes from Old Felixstowe to Kirton and includes Nacton.

And Mrs Thorogood is confident children and young people will benefit greatly from the organisation.

She said: “There are always all sorts of things going on throughout the year so people can have a good time and learn new skills.”

For more information about girl Guiding, and how your children can get involved, please visit

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