A happy anniversary for Cowes Rainbows

Cowes Rainbows, the youngest members of Girlguiding, have recently celebrated their 30-year anniversary with a party and presentations of Rainbow Rabbit.

Rainbows are for five to seven-year old girls, before they can become Brownies and Guides.

Rainbows started in the UK in 1987 and in 1989 Cowes formed its branch.

Helen Watson was leader and in 1994 Tracy Witney joined as a second leader and they have led the Rainbow Unit in Cowes ever since. Over the years hundreds of girls have belonged to the Cowes Unit, many progressing to Brownies and Guides not only in Cowes but elsewhere on the Island and beyond. All those attending the celebration party enjoyed games, some played were based on those played at the first meetings, and today’s Rainbows were informed about past uniforms and activities.

Cakes were enjoyed and all those present were presented with Rainbow Rabbits which were the first mascots for Rainbows in the 1980s. Today the Rainbow mascot is Olivia, a rag doll in Rainbow uniform. Every week Olivia travels home with a different Rainbow and she is much travelled as not only does she visit the Rainbow’s homes in Cowes but also goes with Helen on trips abroad. Following their party, the next adventure for the Rainbows is a visit to a pantomime. Rainbows meet during school term time in most Island towns.

Girls aged 5-7 are welcome to join, see www.girlguidingisleofwight.co.uk