Happy New Year

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday. I know that 2015 is going to bring a whole host of wonderful experiences and challenges for 1st Fressingfield Scout Group. Section leaders have been meeting and planning in recent weeks and a truly packed programme has been put together (depending on the section): Police visits to rock climbing, motor sports to archery, shooting to star gazing, cooking to Jurassic encounters!! Of course we will be camping as well . Detailed programme for your section will be published soon.

Christingle at Fressingfield

Members of the Beaver Colony organised a Christingle Service in the Parish Church for family and friends. Thanks to the Revd Susan Loxton.


Morrison’s bag packing bags a haul

Thanks to all the leaders and young people from every section that supported the bag-packing weekend at the beginning of December – a brilliant £1522.50 was donated by shoppers at the Diss store. The money was split evenly between the Kenyan Expedition Fund and the HQ Development Fund. We have another weekend booked close to Easter.

Beaver activity day

There were smiles all round at the Beaver activity day held at Attlebourgh – the District event was attended by a number of 1st Fressingfield Beavers. Thanks to Lucy and Jean.



Our popular Group Camp will be open for bookings from February. Once again based at Thorpe Woodlands on the edge of Thetford Forest we are expecting that around 100 members will attend. It is likely that the event will fill up quickly. The camp will run over the 22-24 May. We have some new activities planned as well as old favourites. This is a wonderful experience for the whole 1st Fressingfield Scouting family to come together. Sunshine has been booked!

1st Fressingfield Scout Group did Remember them

Once again we turned out in large numbers to remember the fallen at services across our area. Over 70 members of the Scout Group paraded in Fressingfield, while further contingents represented the Scout Association at Hoxne (pictured), Syleham, Horham and Stradbroke.


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 you bring your young people to their section meetings. Please do ask your neighbours, families and friends for their donations too. We have collection bags available from the office. Please contact Dawn on dawn@dawncj.co.uk if you have any questions. Many thanks for your continued support.


Parents should have received a seperate letter from me along with a data capture form for all youth members. It is really important that we receive the completed forms as quickly as possible so that the Group can be compliant by the end of January deadline. Compass is a membership database that will greatly improve the efficency of the Group as well as hold personal information in a far more secure manner. If you have any issues to raise about COMPASS please speak with your section leader.

Summer Camp

A little further into the distance is the senior section summer camp; open to Networkers, Explorers and Scouts – we will be spending around a week (24-30 July) at Great Tower Scout Activity Centre.

Based in the Lake District we will be exploring the hills and Lakes. Hill walking and rock climbing (on real rock faces) as well as taking to the water …. sailing and for older attendees Ghyll scrambling (pictured on the next page).

More details and bookings will be taken from April 2015. There are 45 places only available.


Safeguarding of our members is our top priority

At 1st Fressingfield we pride ourselves on delivering quality safe scouting to all our young people. We would like to reassure our families that our Child Protection systems are robust and up to date. We have included ‘Safeguarding’ as one of the training sessions on our annual Leadership Development weekend in February. I have also attached a letter from the National Scout Association after the news report in December. If you wish to discuss this with me or any leader we are happy to help.

Cubs penny challenge

The Wolf and Tiger Cub Packs are working together on creating a penny pathway from our existing HQ at the Goodwin Hall to the proposed site for our new HQ off Sancroft Way. Any small change (doesn’t need to be a penny) would be gratefuly received. Here is a map of their progress to date… all money raised will go to the HQ Development Fund.


Inspirational speaker

We are currently in discussions with Simon Weston (Falklands Veteran) to join us as a guest speaker at a fundraising evening on Saturday 28th March at 7:45pm. The event will be held at the Diss Corn Exchange and is open to all. 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.

New Headquarters Update (Group Executive Chairman – Michael Pickstock)

More news on our work to secure a brand new Scout HQ and activity centre will be coming very soon. Watch this space…