Joint Rainbow Coordinator
My guiding life started in Headington Quarry, Oxford when I joined 1st Headington Brownies, we moved to Kidlington and I continued my Brownie journey with 1st Kidlington Brownie Pack. From Brownies I went onto 3rd Kidlington Guide Unit and became their Young Leader and eventually gained my Leadership Qualification and became Assistant Leader.
In June 1988, I was asked if I was interested in starting the newest members of the guiding family, Rainbows, and in September 1988 1st Kidlington Rainbow Unit held their first meeting. Due to working full time we met on a Sunday morning, ‘flexible guiding’! Fay Taylor-Ball and I are currently the Leaders of 1st Kidlington Rainbow Unit and I’m just waiting for a Rainbow to join; whose Mum was in the unit in the past 30 years!
From 2008 to 2012 I held the post of Rainbow Advisor for Oxfordshire a highlight of this post was that in 2012 some 250 Oxfordshire Rainbows held a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ in the grounds of Christchurch, in the centre of Oxford. A great afternoon, and wonderful to see so many ‘little red people’ in one place, it was a great sight.
I was asked, along with Fay Taylor-Ball, to be Anglia Rainbow Coordinator in 2015. Together with Fay, we devised the ‘Under The Sea’ challenge badge to celebrate 30 years of Rainbows, which rolled out in 2017.
I get great pleasure in seeing a quiet, shy 5-year-old join Rainbows, and with support and encouragement grow into a confident 6 and 7-year-old, knowing that Guiding has contributed to that Rainbows’ development. The enthusiasm and enjoyment the Rainbows have for life – nurturing their inquisitiveness, never ceases to amaze me, knowing that skills learned through Guiding will support them in their future.