HUNDREDS of Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across Chester celebrated World Thinking Day with a colourful celebration of culture, music and dance from around the world at a World Arts Festival at Upton High School.
The event on Saturday, celebrating World Thinking Day – the day when Guides from around the world join in thinking about their Guiding counterpart across the globe – was extra special because it fell in the middle of Girlguiding Uk’s Centenary celebrations.
Guides in Chester have been very active celebrating this important milestone in Guiding history and the World Arts Festival is one of a number of large events bring Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from across Chester together in celebration.
Activities at the World Arts Festival included Bollywood dancing, Chinese calligraphy, learning the New Zealand Haka, making Japanese dolls, Caribbean storytelling and American cheerleading. All the activities are lead by a team of specialists drafted for the occasion.
Attendees were also asked to bring a shiny pound coins to the event with the aim of raising money for less fortunate children in other countries by collecting at least ‘100 Thinking Day Pennies in our 100th year’.
Chester Grosvenor Division’s Janet Butler said: “This was a really successful event. The girls all had a great time.
“We covered dance from India and Scotland, Haka from New Zealand and cheerleading from the USA. The sight of 90 Brownies on stage being led in the Haka by a native New Zealander was a real highlight.
“Our Carribean storyteller was also fantastic and had the Rainbows absolutely rapt. It definitely was a wonderful opportunity for all our Guides, Brownies and Rainbows to think about their fellow Guides across the globe.
“I would also like to thank everyone who attended for their kind donations on shiny pennies. We raised £280 for the World Thinking Day Fund to support Guiding health projects and education in developing countries.”
Girlguiding in Chester is split into two divisions – Chester Grosvenor Division and Chester Kilmorey – with a total memebership of over 1,000.
There are Rainbow units for girls aged 5-7, Brownies for 7-10, Guides for 10-14, Seniors for 14-25 and Trefoil Guild.
There are always opportunities to get involved as a leader or unit helper, and if you would like to find out more please contact Janet Butler on 01244 676544.