Welcome back

I hope that you have all had a good summer holiday, 1st Fressingfield Scout Group is now open for business for another packed year. Over the summer we had a really successful summer camp in Youlbury, Oxfordshire where the sun beat down us relentlessly. Leaders have been meeting and planning the events and programmes for the year. We have been dealing with a number of new membership requests that has pushed our membership to now around 150! A small team, led effectively by our Chairman Michael Pickstock have been working on the new HQ development and we are edging closer to a truly exciting stage, more about the later.

And the winners are…

Congratulations to everyone who received awards at the Open evening back in July. Special well done to:
Beaver Scout of the Year: Jessica Amps
Wolf Cub Scout of the Year: Alex Stephenson
Tiger Cub Scout of the Year: Yannick Pickess
Adventure Scout of the Year: Harry Maguire
Pioneer Scout of the Year: Lily Ewin
Explorer Scout of the Year: Richard Betts

BRONZE Chief Scout Award (Beavers): Jessica Amps and Sophie Davies

GOLD Chief Scout Award (Scouts):
Brett Cotton (Adventurer)
Oliver Havers (Adventurer)
Elliot Hopkinson (Adventurer)
Paige Thomson (Pioneer)
Kyle Edwards (Pioneer)

PLATINUM Chief Scout Award (Explorer):
Soloman Barker
Owen Craig
Lauren Edwards
Jordan Glencastle
Imogen Stringer

DIAMOND Chief Scout Award (Explorer): Ronan Craig

Kenya 2016

Explorers are now starting to prepare for our second African Adventure with nominations now open for young people to bid for a place to join the team. A briefing session will be held for parents of young people interested in attending this absolutely incredible opportunity. (Details to follow)

Beaver Jumble Sale

Well done and thank you to the Beaver Colony for raising £170 at their massive jumble sale.

A welcome return

Julia Green will be coming back to Tiger Cubs from September, returning to her role as Cub Scout Leader after her maternity leave.

Good luck

Pav Procner (Cub Scout Leader) and Lewis Craig (Assistant Explorer Scout Leader) will be heading off to University in the next few weeks. They have been absolutely brilliant throughout their time as Scouts, Explorers and more recently adult leaders. While this isn’t goodbye from them, as both are retaining their leadership roles within the Group and are returning when they can. They won’t be around as much as they have been in the past. The Group is particularly grateful to Pav who stepped into the role of Cub Scout Leader while Julia Green was on maternity leave. We all wish them both the very best of luck as they start a whole new adventure and look forward to seeing them at Christmas!

New Equipment and leader training

We have been very fortunate to have been ’loaned’ a trailer with kayaks and all safety equipment. The kit previously owned by a now closed youth group has been given to the Scout Group on a long-term loan basis. Chris Carman-Jones has now arranged training for ten of our leaders and we hope once that has been completed that we will be taking to the water very soon.

Colin Clarke and Marc Aalders-Dunthorne will also be taking up training in the coming weeks attending an intensive archery training course in Bedfordshire. Archery will then be back on the programme using the equipment bought by the Group and also kit gifted by Executive member Arthur Brown.

Phil The Bag (Again!!)

We are continuing to collect clothes, shoes, bags, belts and bedding for Phil The Bag. Please bring your donations to the Scout HQ as your bring your young people to their section meetings. The next pick up will take place during the week of 13th October, but we will start collecting again immediately afterwards for the next pick up. Please do ask your neighbours, families and friends for their donations too. Please contact Dawn on dawn@dawncj.co.uk if you have any questions. Many thanks for your continued support.

Summer Camp

It seems an age ago, but actually only five short weeks back around 25 members attended summer camp, where we enjoyed glorious weather. Hikes, wide games, swimming, high ropes, assualt course and 3G swing were just some of activities we undertook. Camping and cooking outdoors including preparing a fish supper – gutting, scaling and pan frying trout. A day out at Thorpe Park rounded off a great week away.


Next camp – just round the corner

On the 3rd-5th October we will be holding our next weekend camp – some sections are involved, more details will be provided by your section leaders soon. Explorers and Adventurers are holding a survival camp, make-shift bashers, wild food prepared over open fires and limited ‘modern’ equipment. Pioneers are running an outdoor challenge camp, camp craft and pioneering skills.

Headquarters development update; by Michael Pickstock Executive Chairman

Progress in our search for a new Headquarters in place of the venerable Goodwin Hall is very encouraging. As reported at our Open Evening recently, we have been made a very generous offer of an ideal one acre plot in Fressingfield on which could be sited a purpose designed, timber-built HQ building and ample space for scouting activities, all capable of satisfying the Group’s needs now and in the years ahead. However, much depends on the granting of Planning Permission and that is dependent on satisfactory reports from County Council Highways Department, Suffolk Archaeology and Eco surveys to ensure that such development would not risk harm to protected species of plants and animals, including bats and the Great Crested Newt. So excitement must be tempered with caution. However, the future looks brighter and your Executive Committee, who are coordinating the project, remain optimistic. Be ready to show your feelings when District and Parish Councils asks for proof of “a groundswell of public support” for the project.

Scout Group Executive Committee Annual General Meeting

On the 6th November starting at 7:30pm please come along to the AGM of the Scout Group. Part of the evening will be business with reports from the Chairman, GSL and section leaders.
Emma Craig will present the accounts and explain how we use your money to support the delivery of excellent scouting in Fressingfield. We will also have an important update on the new HQ project. Young people will also be giving two presentations on the evening: 1. Slide show and talk on Summer Camp 2014 and 2. A briefing on the plans for Kenya 2016 Expedition.

Please consider whether you are willing to join the Executive committee (Board of Trustees) – section leaders will be asking for parent member nominations in the coming weeks – if you would like to discuss what that would involve please contact the GSL, Andrew.

Inspirational speaker

We are currently in discussions with Simon Weston (Falklands Veteran) to join us as a guest speaker at a fundraising evening on 27th November. Details of the event and venue will be circulated shortly when all has been finalised. Please keep this date free for what promises to be an amazing and inspirational evening with a man who has such courage, determination and strength of character. It will be an emotional evening with tears of sadness and laughter. Having heard Simon speak at a recent event in Bedfordshire, I know it will be a night to remember for us all. If you are interested in knowing more please contact Dawn Carman-Jones on dawn@dawncj.co.uk. We will be looking for sponsors, help on the evening and with selling tickets, as we continue to raise funds for the Scout HQ Development Fund.


Not to be missed – 12th December – GANG SHOW. We are also looking for stall holders for the Christmas market at the same event. If you have seasonal wares to sell – tables are just £5.