Have a great Easter

I am writing this newsletter the day before I head off with a team of Explorers and leaders to Kenya for 2016 Expedition. Many will know that the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group has a long standing exchange programme with Mothers’ Mercy Home outside Nairobi. This is the second time we have visited the orphange and the team will be working in and around the facility for the two weeks of Easter. You can follow our journey – by friending 1st Fressingfield Scout Group on Facebook.

A very warm welcome awaits us.

Beaver cake sale – raises cash to sponsor a guide dog puppy

Beavers were joined by Peppa Pig in Harleston to sell cakes – £250+ was raised with enough money to sponsor a guide dog puppy and place a donation into the scout group funds. Well done!


HQ Update – Planning application to be considered

The planning application for the proposed new Scout HQ and associated housing will be considered by the Planning Committee of Mid Suffolk District Council on the 30th March 2016, at the Council Offices in Needham Market – the meeting starts at 9am. WE NEED YOUR HELP, anyone that is able to attend the meeting please do – a strong show of community support may well be
the difference between approval or rejection. We have some speakers lined up but I understand that as long as you register, members of the public can contribute as well.

We all know how important a new facility will be for the Scout Group and YOUR CHILDREN. Please do attend the meeting – if you are as passionate about your children’s opportunity to participate in scouting locally as we are.

Just look at the contents of this newsletter if this doesn’t show the need to keep our Scout Group alive and well in Fressingfield – well frankly the world’s gone mad!

Cub Packs – fight fire

Our Cubs recently visited the Stradbroke Fire Station and had a great time – learning about fire safety – this fantastic photograph captures the moment perfectly. Thanks to the Officers and crew at Stradbroke Fire Station.


Beavers complete emergency service day

1st Fressingfield Beaver Colony joined others from across the District for an emergency services day. Our youngest members learnt about home safety, what the police and fire service do, listened to water safety and officers of the RSPCA. A lot of fun was had with the St John’s Ambulance recreating nasty wounds to treat.

Just some of the Colony taking a well deserved break!!

St George’s Day celebrations

This is an important part of the scouting calendar and we hope for a great turnout from our Group. Please see the poster below for details and your Section Leader will give you more information – closer to the date.


Welcome to new leaders

I am pleased to report that Emma Craig has been appointed as one of the Assistant Scout Leaders with the Adventurer Troop while Seb White is also appointed as an ASL with the Pioneer Troop.

1st Fressingfield Scout Group Branded Clothing

The Scout Group has a range of 1st Fressingfield Branded clothing, booking forms are available from the Scout HQ. If you would like to place an order – please return to your section leader along with the remittance. We do not supply uniform items – these can be purchased from ‘Trading Post’

VACANCY – Group Executive

There is a vacancy for a Pioneer Parent on the Executive committee – it is important that all sections are represented if you are able to volunteer please speak to the Pioneer Scout Leader – Chris Backhouse as soon as possible.

Group Camp 27-29 May 2016

This years Group Camp will be at the Hallowtree Scout centre, Nacton near Ipswich. We will be engaging in a range of different activities suitable for all our sections – while the programme is yet to be agreed. Activities are likely to include; skiing, watersports, Orwell river walk, visit to Jimmy’s Farm, motorsports as well as traditional scouting skills, camping and wide games.

Numbers attending are usually around the 100 mark and Beavers to Leaders will be attending. Places are limited and some activities are age related. Bookings are now being taken and we are filling up fast


As part of our commitment to investing in and empowering our leaders of the future, creating engaged citizens and to the YOU-shaped agenda – we held our first Fressingfield Residential Assistant & Patrol Leader Experience (FRAPLE) our best and brightest scouts gathered at the Thornham Walks residential centre and spent a weekend looking at leadership skills, community engagement and programme planning for their patrols and Troops. These 12-14 year olds, demonstrated clearly why scouting skills are so important for personal development. Thank you to the Pioneer Troop adult leaders for running the residential opportunity.


Waiting lists

We are looking for additional adults to volunteer to support our Group as leaders. We would like to strengthen the Cub leadership team and are intending to seperate the two Cub Packs (Tigers and Wolves) onto two different evenings, therefore expanding the number of places we can offer. We can only do that with additional support.

All sections – Beavers, Cubs, Adventurers, Pioneers and Explorers are full and operating waiting lists for new members. While the occasional place will come available we are unable currently to take new applicants straight away.

Minibus campaign – success

1st Fressingfield Scout Group is now the proud owner of a replacement minibus, thanks to the contributions of various Parish Councils, Cllr McGregor and Cllr Hadingham, donations from other local organisations and the fanstatic efforts of the Scout Group at the sponsored swim events. Special thanks go to Robin Chew, Executive Committee member that lead the successful fundraising campaign and to our friends at Cowhams Car & Commercials for their advice and support.