WORLD Thinking Day with Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides from the 17th A Leigh unit

By Times Reporter in Community News

‘WORLD Thinking Day’ is an important annual event for Brownies and Girl Guides around the world.

This takes place on the birthday of founder Lord Baden-Powell, and is an opportunity to think about others around the world.

In support of this year’s event, Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides from the 17th A Leigh unit met on February 27 at Hadleigh Methodist Church, on the theme of \communication’.

With the help of the local amateur radio group Essex Ham, more than 20 Brownies, Guides, Seniors and Team Leaders sent greetings messages over special radio frequencies to other amateur radio enthusiasts across Essex.

The experience helped youngsters of the 17th A Leigh unit to get their ‘On The Ai’ communicators badges. The event also included a video showing astronaut Tim Peake performing experiments on the International Space Station, and the importance of radio in our daily lives.

Pete Sipple, from Leigh, was one of the team from Essex Ham who helped the youngsters with the radio contact. He said:

“It was great to have to opportunity to help this keen group of youngsters to send their first radio messages for World Thinking Day,” he explained.

“Radio was invented here in Essex, and today’s smartphones, TVs wi-fi all rely on radio technology. By introducing youngsters to technology at an early age, we hope to fire up their enthusiasm to consider a career in science, technology or engineering in the future.”

Amateur radio is a hobby that lets you experiment with radio and electronics and is fun for all ages. An introduction course starts in Benfleet in April and you can find more details about how to get started at

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