I don’t know where the summer went, but welcome back to the autumn term – it is great to welcome lots of new families to the Fressingfield Scouting family – I hope that your young people enjoy their time with us. By now you will have received the training programme from your section leader and you will see that we have an exciting and engaging programme ahead of us. Whether it is ghoulish halloween experiments, reaching for the stars at the National Space centre, tubing at the Norwich Ski centre, roughing it in the forest on a survival camp or developing pioneering skills away at camp we have something for every age and every ability.
These fantastic events, that happen week in and week out at our Scout HQ and away on camps and activity days only happen because our Scout Group has a fab team of volunteer uniformed leaders and supporting adults that work hard for your children. Additional help is always welcome and if you can spare any time at all please talk to a leader about how you can help us continue to grow and develop.
We also need to ensure that we have a regular stream of funds coming into the Group, can you please ensure that you are paying the monthly subscriptions at the correct rate, that you have agreed for us to collect giftaid on your contributions and that you support our fundraising activities whenever you can.
Thanks for your support now and into the future.
We have a wonderful evening of entertainment booked (please see the attached flyer) for adults – tickets on sale now. Please reserve and pay any section leader, Emma at the Hoxne Post Office or at reception at Mendham Primary and St Edmund’s, Hoxne Primary Schools.
What a camp!! We had a huge amount of fun which was matched with an equally huge amount rain. The team that went did remarkably well to survive the elements – the camp looked like Glastonbury without the music by the end of the week – with ankle deep mud, soggy tents, damp lines of clothing and equally wet (but largely happy) campers!
Putting the weather aside, the hiking (Scarfell Pike), Sailing (Lake Windermere), rock climbing, ghyll scrambling and much more was all tackled with enthusiasm. As we say goodbye to Great Tower Camp in Cumbria, planning is now well underway for a sunnier camp in the New Forest, Sussex. Activities planned are: a ferry visit to Brownsea Island (the home of scouting), hiking in the New Forest, archery, bouldering, crate stacking and zip wires, a visit to Paulton’s Theme Park and even a session snowboarding!
The Scout Group has launched a range of 1st Fressingfield Branded clothing, please find the booking form attached. If you would like to place an order – please return to your section leader along with the remittance.
Our planning application for the new Scout HQ is now in for formal public consultation, is is really important that we get the community behind us. We all recognise that any development in our villages can bring out passionate views on all sides. I and the Executive committee are convinced that our application for a Scout HQ and a moderate size housing development is sensitive to the area and in line with the broader needs of the community. There are three ways in which you can help while the planning application is being considered:
1. Log on to the Mid Suffolk District Council Planning and register your views, you can
access using this link: (expired)
2. Come along to the Public Meeting on the 14th September, at 730pm in the Sancroft Hall to hear about two developments affecting Fressingfield and support the Priory Road development that includes the new 1st Fressingfield Scout HQ.
3. Talk openly and positively of the need for these new facilities for YOUR children, make sure your family, friends and neighbours understand the valuable work the Scout Group does for your children.
PLEASE, help in any way that you can.
We are once again collecting clothing, shoes, handbags and bedding for Phil-the-Bag, please bring any donations secured in a plastic bag to the Scout HQ. Thanks for your support.
During July were we exceptionally lucky to be able to welcome Paula, Paula, Antony and Stephen to the UK. Our visitors from Mothers’ Mercy Home in Kenya – spent two great weeks with us (pictured here with some of the Explorers returning to Kenya at Easter 2016 – at Norwich Cathedral).
Our ongoing link with our friends in Kenya, is an important part of the Scout Group International Programme – ensuring that we extend the hand of friendship and understanding across the world. There will be several opportunities to support our Kenya Exchange Project in the next few months.
Our Group Annual General Meeting will be held on the 19th November, 7:30pm at the Goodwin Hall, existing Scout HQ. Please attend and show support for your Scout Group – business will include all the usual reports from the Chairman, GSL and Section Leaders. You will be able to see how we have spent and plan to spend the Group money. There are also two special presentations:
1. Update on the Scout HQ Planning application and development.
2. Our team of Explorers going to Kenya will be giving a presentation on their expedition plans.
We will also be appointing Section Leaders, Chairperson and electing Executive committee members including Secretary, Treasurer and associate members. Section Leaders will also be seeking nominations from the parents to represent each section alongside the section leader on the Executive Committee as a Trustee. This is a very rewarding task and I would like to encourage anyone interested to talk with me as soon as possible.
Parent representatives are needed for:
This year’s Gang Show is going to be bigger and better than ever. We are also looking for stall holders for our Christmas Market that will operate before the show and during the interval – tables can be booked for a £5 donation. Please book with your section leader.