Written by: Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne GSL


Spring 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the spring newsletter from 1st Fressingfield Scout Group, I hope that you find it useful and informative. The Scout Association has recently conducted its annual membership census and I am pleased to advise you that the Group has grown yet again with a combined, young person, Explorer Unit and Leadership team of almost 150. This is a huge achievement and puts us as the second biggest Group in the District of 14 groups. But with these numbers and a growing interest in scouting, many of our sections are now full and for us to offer more opportunities to more young people we need more adults to volunteer and help us deliver an exciting, challenging and rewarding youth programme. If you are interested in joining our excellent team of volunteers please contact me.

Yours in Scouting
Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
Group Scout Leader


Leadership Changes:

John Coop, has joined the Group as our new Executive Treasurer.
Jean White, Scout Leader (Pioneers) has left the Group. We thank Jean for her considerable contributions to the Group and wish her well.
Michael Knights, will move into the role of Scout Leader (Pioneers).
Chris Carman-Jones, will be moving from Wolf Cubs to take up the role of Assistant Scout Leader (Pioneers).
Cameron Hopkinson, will move into the role of Cub Scout Leader (Wolves).
Ciarán Carr, has moved from Explorers to an adult role of Assistant Scout Leader (Adventurers).
Tim Hurtley, has moved from Explorers to an adult role of Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Wolves).
Jan Procner, has returned to the Group and has also joined as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Wolves).
Jade Glencastle, has joined as Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (Ninjas).

Grant News:

We are very fortunate to have received two grants to support our scouting.

£10,000 from the National Lottery to fund an obstacle course on our new HQ site – the equipment will be installed in March.

£1000 from the Suffolk Community fund, this grant will be used to purchase a mobile LGP oven that can be used to support camps and cooking sessions for our young people.

Fundraising Update:

23rd Feb: There are still tables available for our Quiz night at Stradbroke Village Hall, details can be found on the Group website or by emailing Michael Knights. daganyafarm@tiscali.co.uk

Crisp bags: We are a collecting centre for recycling of crisp bags, big or small – please save the bags and deposit them in the bin provided at the Goodwin Hall (Scout Hut).

Phil-the-bag: Unwanted clothing, shoes, textiles etc can be left at the Goodwin Hall, please leave bagged up with a leader. We are paid a donation on the weight that we collect.

WANTED – quality new items for a Grand Summer Draw: We will soon be printing raffle tickets for a grand draw and would really welcome any items that would make quality prizes. Please contact Andrew on 07908262623 to pledge an item.

Commonwealth fireworks cancelled: Unfortunately due to a number of reasons we have cancelled the planned display and fair for Commonwealth day on the 9th March. Details for 2020 will be shared later.

HQ Development:

The winter has slowed progress a little, although several planning meetings have been held and number of opportunities are currently being explored. A great turnout for our Action Day in December got a significant amount of landscaping and clearance work complete. THANK YOU to everyone that came and helped during the day.

As mentioned earlier a new obstacle course will be installed in March and will be available to use soon. We have some other smaller scale projects to complete as we move into the summer including fencing the pond and wildlife area, building the outdoor chapel and sowing some wild meadow flowers around the fringes of the field.

Explorers Head to Kenya:

On the 6th April, 11 members of the Explorer Unit will be heading off to Kenya to work with our partners and friends at Mothers’ Mercy Home. The orphanage offer shelter, support and education to over a hundred young people many rescued from the streets of Kenya.

The Explorers will be immersed in African culture for over two weeks, we will be taking donations of clothing, school shoes and school stationary items. Any donations will be gratefully received.

Group Camp:

Our annual Group Camp will this year be held at Eaton Vale Activity Centre, near Norwich. All sections – Beavers through to Explorers will experience a packed weekend of activities based around the great outdoors – programmes are being developed but you can be assured that the programme will be challenging, engaging and FUN. Details to follow soon.

And Finally:

I am delighted to advise you that 1st Fressingfield Scout Group has been nominated to the High Sheriff’s Awards – in the ’Your Suffolk Voluntary Organisation Inspiring Young People Award’ section.

Organisations that have been shortlisted will be notified in early March, if we progress any further I will advise you, but for now we should all be proud that our our work has been recognised to receive a nomination.

Dates for your diary:

23rd February: Quiz Night at Stradbroke Community Centre
05th-08th March: New obstacle course to be installed at HQ site
06th-22nd April: Explorer Expedition to Kenya
29th April: Phil the Bag collection day (all donations before this date please)
03rd-05th May: Group Camp at Eaton Vale Activity Centre, Norwich
18th-19th May: Stradbroke Triathlon – help to supply marshals and catering
19th July: Annual Open Evening and presentation of awards
TBC: Summer Camp for Scouts and Explorers

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