The Scout Association has gone back to the future with the relaunch of the new ‘old’ Scout logos – fleur de lays. This means that our old minibus is now displaying the new logo!
We have yet another packed half term ahead of us, our friends from Kenya will be joining us for two weeks and we have summer camp to look forward to. At our weekly meetings we have everything going on from pet care, showing cattle, tennis coaching and outdoor cooking with Beavers. Cubs are out and active with games of all types. The Scout troops are shooting, archery, geocaching, learning field craft skills, honing pioneering skills and taking part in drop hikes. While our Explorers and Networkers focus on Kenya, navigation skills, hiking, hosting an incident hike for neighbouring ESUs, skill at arms, first aid training and taking to the go-kart track again. Phew…..we have to cram that all in seven weeks.
All parents, families and friends are warmly invited to join us for our biggest and best Group Open Evening and Annual Presentations on Friday 17th July starting at 715pm. There will be lots of fun and games, activities to try – have a go at archery and much more. There will be stalls and refreshments available. If anyone would like a table-top stall please book this with Andrew (07908 262623) at the price of £5 per table. We look forward to seeing you all – remember to bring Granny!
During half term, eight members of the Fressingfield Explorer unit took to the skies over Bury St Edmund’s and experienced a day of gliding. The sun was out and the sunnies were on and some ’top-gun’ strutting definitely occured! Thanks to Rattlesden Gliding Club for their support on the day.
While progress on the outside appears slow, the HQ Management Committee have been working hard to move this project on. The final ’legal’ issues are currently being resolved and the formal planning application is about to be submitted. We are now engaging with the Scout Association Trust Corporation regarding landownership and have started to submit project/grant applications to various funding bodies. We hope that the outcome of the planning application will be known in a couple of months – assuming we get the green light it will be full steam ahead.
Members of the Explorer Unit planning the 2016 Expedition to Kenya – will be taking part in the Needham Market Charity Raft Race on Sunday 7th June. Pop along to Needham Lakes to cheer them on and please support them by making a donation/sponsor – form is attached.
A small group of leaders and Executive members have been meeting to try and organise a programme of Fundraising activities, if you would like to join us, have an idea for fundraising or would be able to help out at an event please let Michael Knights, Ali Ewin, Emma Craig or Chris Carman-Jones know.
Fundraising Ideas being worked on at the moment include:
This is alongside the fetes and village events we will be attending this term and the Open Evening.
Over 70 members of the Group spent an amazing weekend at Thorpe Woodlands for our Annual Group Camp. We hope that all the young people had a great time and thank you to those parents who have sent thank you emails to the leaders – we always appreciate your feedback.
Next years Group Camp is now in the planning process and we will be heading to a new venue after three years at Thorpe Woodlands – more details of that later.
Thank you to all who supported the Phil the Bag collection – just under £200 was raised this time. We will continue to collect clothing, bags, shoes, belts and bedding (not duvets and pillows, but their cases are fine). However, we have been informed that we will no longer be supplied with the bags, so please leave your donations in secure bin bags being careful not to over fill them please – it is preferable to have 2 half-filled bags than one overflowing!
On a couple of occasions now, we have negotiated with other organisations who are holding jumble sales, for us to collect any Phil The Bag items that are not sold at the end of the day. If you know of any organisation holding a jumble sale and you are able to ask them, please let us know so that we can take our roll of bin bags and help them to leave their hall empty.
We secured 2907 votes and will now have to wait to find out if we have secured enough community support to go through to the FINALS. Thank you to everyone who registered and voted.
Bookings are now open for 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. Booking forms have now been emailed out.
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).