8th. Maidenhead Rainbow Guides 2015

Rainbows are the youngest section of Girlguiding UK, from 5 – 7 yrs old. Our unit has 15 girls and meets for an hour each Friday during term time at the Parish Centre. The leaders are Marie Taylor (Hamster) and Heather Noyce (Hedgehog), supported by Abigail Dennis (Butterfly). Due to family relocation, it is likely that Marie Taylor (Leader in Charge) will be moving abroad in the summer and the unit will require a new leader to ensure its long term survival.

We started the year celebrating Rainbow Riots at Holyport Memorial Hall. This year it had a zoo theme and the girls were able to get up close to a range of small animals. We have met with other Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from the area for our District Christmas Celebration at St Peter’s Church in December and the Division Thinking Day celebration at the Magnet in February.

At Christmas we had a fundraising evening as part of our badge work. We raised enough money to adopt a Squirrel on Brownsea Island, one of the challenges for our Squirrel badge. This badge was put together by the 4th Maidenhead Methodist Guides to raise money for their 50th anniversary celebrations next year. The evening was very successful and we were pleased to be able to donate £56 to the Brett Foundation. We have also completed our Butterfly Badge, Seahorse Badge and Roundabout Get Healthy Badge this year.

We planted seeds for our mums for Mothering Sunday and will be renewing the flowers in three pots in the Quadrangle when the weather improves. We have also been out and about this year. We have had a Silent Disco, taken part in the Farm to Fork Trail at Tesco in Windsor where we got up close to some fish from the fish counter and also thoroughly enjoyed the Maidenhead Drama Guild pantomime at the Town Hall just before Christmas. In amongst all this we have found time to celebrate St George’s Day, have an indoor campfire, make pizzas, enjoy ice cream at the pretend seaside and still fit it the annual favourites of annual silly sports day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Punt Hill and Christmas party.

If you know of any adults or older teenagers that are keen to get involved and keep our unit running, please get in touch. If you know of anyone who would like their daughter to join Rainbows, they will need to go to www.girlguiding.org.uk, click on the parent’s tab and follow the route to register their daughter. Most Rainbow Units in the area have very long waiting lists so if the child is already 5, it is advisable to register them on a Brownie waiting list.

Alwyn Kimber