Over 200 youngsters gather in Mildenhall for World Thinking Day

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

More than 200 children from sections of Guiding, Scouting groups, Girl Scouts of America and Boys Scouts of America came together to celebrate World Thinking Day, in Mildenhall.

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

They spent the day exchanging cultures and experiences at St Mary’s Academy, in Trinity Avenue, on Saturday,

Children, aged from five to 14, experienced and participated in Indian dancing, African drumming, Burmese storytelling, art workshops and many more activities.

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

The event was funded by grants from Forest Heath District councillors and the Suffolk Community Foundation but participants were invited to donate to two charities: WAGGGS (World Thinking Day Fund) and WaterAid and each charity received £140 thanks to their donations.

On February 22 each year Guides and Scouts across the world think of each other and of their commitment to international friendship and understanding.

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Event co-ordinator Abigail Gilby said the day went “very well” with children from Mildenhall, Lakenheath and Brandon taking part alongside their American counterparts.

“However, there was fun with a slight mix up with the wording of ‘pants’ and ‘cookies’ by the American representatives which mean ‘trousers’ and ‘biscuits’ to the English contingent,” she said.

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel

Mildenhall Guides international celebrations. Picture: Marilyn Pfannenstiel - Credit: Archant

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