Ruckinge Rainbows visit Cotton Hill House

Children from Ruckinge Rainbows visited Cotton Hill House this week to sing for its residents.

11 girls, aged five to seven, came along with their group leaders to perform a range of songs from ‘Alice the camel’ to ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ and even took requests. After the sing song everyone enjoyed refreshments including biscuits and squash for the Rainbows and hot drinks for the grown-ups. The girls also handed out thank you cards to each resident then performed an energetic encore of Old Macdonald, which was enjoyed by all.

This event begins a series of activities to create closer ties between young and elderly residents in the area.

Established in 1994 the Rainbows are the youngest group in the Girl Guides. Leader Leslie (known as Buttercup) said: “We encourage the girls to interact to form new friendships and we do lots of activities so they have a taster of things they might not otherwise do.”

John, a resident at Cotton Hill, said that he had enjoyed himself ‘very much’ and that his favourite song of the evening was ‘If you’re happy and you know it’.

Rainbow performer Lily, who celebrated her seventh birthday that day, said she thought the residents were ‘very good’. The Rainbows unanimously declared ‘Old Macdonald’ as their favourite song to perform, particularly enjoying all the actions!