Well the summer holiday is well underway, I wish someone had informed the weather! Rain or shine I know that members of the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group are a hardy bunch and will enjoy the holidays. I am very much looking forward to the autumn term getting underway. Section Leaders will be sending out programmes very soon, but here is some Group news. As ever I am very grateful for your support.

Scout Group Executive:

At a very well attended AGM the following were appointed to the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group Executive Committee (Board of Trustees), over the coming year this group will be instrumental in developing our strategy and plans for our Scout Group – we have the mammoth task of getting on with the new HQ Development and we will need your significant support as this exciting project unfolds.
Group Scout Leader: Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
Executive Chairman: Dr Robert Williams
Executive Secretary: Dawn Carman-Jones
Executive Treasurer: Emma Craig

Assistant Group Scout Leader: Peter Smith
Beaver Scout Leader: Susie Remblance
Cub Scout Leader: Chris Carman-Jones
Scout Leader (Adventurers): Colin Clarke
Scout Leader (Pioneers): Jean White
Assistant Explorer Scout Leader: Lewis Craig
Network Section: George Austin

Associate member: Arthur Brown
Associate member: Sue Webster
Associate member: Michael Knights

Beaver Parent representative: Dr Emma Petty
Cub Parent representative: Robin Chew
Scout (Adventurers) Parent representative: Karen Hunt
Scout (Pioneers) Parent representative: Rachel Morris
Explorers Parent representative: Angie Ellis

Kenya 2019 – team selection confirmed:

I am delighted to announce that the following Explorers have been selected to take part in the 2019 Kenyan Exchange and Expedition. Harry Maguire, Tim Hurtley, Aimee Wraight, Charlie Steward, Alex North, George Tooley, Tomas Earl, Sam Morris and David Mobbs.

Quiz night:

Date for your diary: Fund Raising Quiz, Saturday 7th October, Hoxne Village Hall, 7 for 7.30, teams of 6. Join us for fun evening and stretch those minds – details and booking information to follow.

Headquarters update:

We have finally arrived at the end of the beginning and are now at the start of the beginning! With all planning consent and legal arrangements in place the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group is now in ownership of the 0.8 acre of land off Priory Road and the huge (but achievable) task of raising the funds to now get the building project underway has started. I will be producing at least quarterly newsletters for residents of Fressingfield to update on the progress (please see issue 1 attached).

Senior Section Summer Camp:

Well done to everyone who attended Summer Camp, 25 members from Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers had a great time at The Quarries, near Milton Kenynes. There are lots of pictures and comments on the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group Facebook page, if you are not a member sign up.

Explorers take to the skies:

Several Explorers will take to the skies over Suffolk from the Rattlesden airfield where we enjoy our second gliding session on Tuesday 15th August. Thanks to Rattlesden Gliding Club for hosting the event.

Easy Fundraising:

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There are no catches or hidden charges and 1st Fressingfield Scout Group will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Open evening awards:

We had a wonderful evening on our new site where members and family mixed together taking part in a variety of activities from axe throwing and bouncy castle, to tag archery and rifle shooting. It was great to see members of the District Network present along with Steve Martin, District Commissioner and Carl Meadows, District Explorer Scout Commissioner. Special congratulations to those young people and adult leaders recognised for their achievements.

Beaver Scout of the Year: Finley Seaman
Wolf Cub Scout of the Year: Ella McInnes
Tiger Cub Scout of the Year: Edward Smyth
Adventurer Scout of the Year: Callum Cowham
Pioneer Scout of the Year: Thomas Morris
Explorer Scout of the Year: Ciarán Carr

Wood beads presented to Chris Carman-Jones(Cub Scout Leader), Emma Craig (Assistant Scout Leader, Adventurers) and Dawn Carman-Jones (Executive Secretary)

Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service:

This is an important part of the autumn programme for 1st Fressingfield Scout Group. This year falling on Sunday 12th November, it is our expectation that all members will attend the Fressingfield Parade and Service. There is also a smaller ’detachment’ that represents the Scout Group at the Hoxne Service as well (details to follow).


This years Gang Show, will be on Friday 15th December (6:30-9:30pm) and will this year be hosted by the Hartismere School in Eye. All young people and leaders will start rehearsals when we return from the summer holiday and I hope that you can put the date in your diary. Hartismere is a bigger venue and we will be able to have even more people watching (and participating) in a fun and celebatory evening.

We will again hold our pre-Christmas market and are looking for ’traders’ to hire a table for just £10. There is no charge to attend the Gang Show, but we hope that you will donate generously to our HQ Development fund and Kenyan Exchange programme. More details to follow…

NORJAM (2018):

NORJAM is an exciting week long camp which brings together Scouts and Guides from around the World every four years at the Norfolk Showground just outside Norwich. With everything from archery to zorbing, and thousands of new friends to meet from across the globe, you really can’t miss NORJAM 2018!
Further details are on the NORJAM website and pictures from NORJAM 2014 are on their
Facebook page.

All Scout section parents should have received details, we have already had some deposits paid and the booking form will be reissued in early September. Cubs who will be Scouts by next summer are also being offered places. We need bookings and deposit by 20th Sept please.

The total cost for site fees, activities, transport during the week, food and cooking is £250 payable in stage payments between September this year and June 1st 2018.
Contact Pioneer Troop Assistant Leader, Michael Knights daganyafarm@tiscali.co.uk if you have any queries.

Dates for your diary:

07/10/17: Quiz Night at Hoxne Village Hall
27-29/10/17: Explorer Explorer Expedition training camp – North Norfolk
12/11/17: Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service
01/12/17: Senior Sections Bowling evening
08/12/17: Dress rehearsal for the Gang Show
15/12/17: GANG SHOW and Christmas market
09-11/02/18: Leadership Development Weekend (Explorers/Network/Leaders)
10/03/18: Family fireworks display to celebrate Commonwealth Day
04-06/05/18: GROUP CAMP – details to be confirmed
25-29/07/18: Explorer Summer Camp – Peak District & Alton Towers.
11-18/08/18: NORJAM for Adventurers and Pioneers