GUIDES and Brownies have taken to the airwaves to make contact with children across the world.

The Ist Highworth Guides and Ist Highworth Brownies celebrated Thinking Day on the air, at the village hall, in Blunsdon, on Saturday.

The annual event, which marks the birthday of Scout and Guide movement founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell, was Guides’ attempt to make contact with overseas counterparts through the radio.

Organiser Dick Humphries, known in the Guide movement as ‘Badger’, has been an ambassador for Girl Guides UK for 51 years.

He said: “In the past groups have made contact with children as far away as Canada. But this year is special because we are celebrating the 100 years of Girl Guiding.”

The 40-strong Highworth group, who were aged seven to 14, were taught morse code on the day and helped by the Swindon and District Amateur Radio Club.

To celebrate the centenary of Guiding, the group has been given a unique call sign to use when communicating – GG100IHG.

While their friends were chatting over the airwaves, other Brownies and Guides entertained themselves with cross stitching, badge making, quilling, bracelet making and yoga.