Christmas and the New Year celebrations are now a distant memory, as we plough into 2018 the Scout Group as so much on, Sections have published exciting and full programmes. I have just completed the annual census and unfortunately the group membership has fallen by around 20 members on 2017, we remain a strong group with over 100 uniformed members and we will be looking to recruit new members in the coming months. We have an exciting link developing with a school and we hope to launch our second Beaver Colony ’weekend warriors’ that will meet on Saturday mornings later in the year. More details of both of these exciting developments soon.
Whatever your involvement in our Group THANK YOU.

Gang Show 2017

Several hundred people attended the 2017 Gang Show in Hartismere School just before Christmas, it was a fantastic evening and all the performers were great. A special mention must be recorded for the Explorer Scout Unit who put on a great version of ’The Lion King’.

Congratulations to the whole group and particularly those who were presented Top Awards on the evening. Well done to Michael Knights (ASL Pioneers), Donna Aalders-Dunthorne (ASL Adventurers) and Jean White (SL Pioneers) for all achieving their wood beads. Congratulations also to Ciarán Carr and Dawn Carman-Jones for receiving a County Commissioners’ Commendation for service.

Well done Teddy Chew

Congratulations to Teddy Chew on his appointment as the Senior Scout in the Adventurers Troop.

Quiz night

Thanks to everyone who turned up and supported the quiz in Stradbroke. Particular thanks to Michael (ASL Pioneers) and his daughter Jenny for organising the whole event. Over 100 people attended and in excess of £750 was raised for the HQ Development fund and the Kenya Exchange project.

Headquarters update

Our progress remains painfully slow, but we truly are at the end of the beginning and are about to start the beginning of the end. We really hope that some physical development on the site will start in the next few months. The Archaeological survey on the site dug a total of 8 trenches and (luckily) discovered nothing of significance. Our next steps are to secure the site with a security fence, carry out a tree survey and undertake any necessary work and then start to soft landscape the site. A fire circle, outdoor chapel and a small assault course are some of the likely first facilities to be installed while we apply for some of the larger grants that will allow us to start the main build. It has taken a huge amount of work to get to this stage and an estimated £15 000 of investment has already been spent on the project. I hope that the whole scout and wider community will rally behind us moving forward.

Hoxne Parish and Mid Suffolk District grants

We are very grateful to Hoxne Parish Council and some local Mid Suffolk District Councillor for their generous support to grant around £1000 to invest in our target shooting facilities.

Southern Norfolk District Scouts

I am also delighted to advise you that a further £1000 has been pledged by the Southern Northern District Scout to fund equipment and training to our Group to offer ‘Fencing’ as a further sporting activity for our members.

Commonwealth Fireworks

Susie Remblance (BSL) with a team of supporters has been working hard to put on a public fireworks display – we hope that you will be able to join us for the evening. Details can be found here.


Details of the new General Data Protection Regulations can be found here.
Section leaders will be able to assist you further with any questions that you may have with this piece of legislation.

Easy Fundraising

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for 1st Fressingfield Scout Group? There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, the trainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/1stfressingfieldscouts/ and join for free.
2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.
3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause for no extra cost whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and 1st Fressingfield Scout Group will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.

2017 Fressingfield Scout Group Calendar

These are still on sale and all proceeds will go to the Kenya Exchange programme.
£5 each

Digital upgrade

Ciarán Carr has been appointed as the Group’s Digital Champion and we have been investing in a better digital presence online, the Group now has a:
Website: http://www.1stfressingfieldscouts.org.uk/about/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1115351638489839/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClKKp_eAHKSNFm9NzKx5bEA

Evening with the Muppits

Join us at Syleham and Wingfield Hall on Saturday 17th February 8pm til late for an evening with the Muppits, a great local band. Bar, raffle, 50:50 bucket and hot food available. Tickets are £6 pp in advance and £7 pp on the door. All proceeds to sponsor 1st Fressingfield Kenyan Exchange project. Join us for a great evening – call 01379 586151 or 01986 785105 for advance tickets.
For more information, click here.

Dates for your diary

02/02: Explorers sponsored swim for Kenya
09-11/02: Leadership Development weekend near Milton Keynes
12-16/02: HALF TERM: No section meetings
17/02: Evening with the Muppits Band (see above for details)
10/03: Commonwealth Day Fireworks Display (see attached for details)
17/03: Fressingfield Village clear up
24/03: Hoxne Village clear up
24-25/03: Morrisons (Diss) Bag packing for HQ Development & Kenya
30/03-13/04: EASTER: No section meetings
04-06/05: Group Camp (more details to follow)
28/05-01/06: HALF TERM: No section meetings

Click here for all programme events.