Welcome to this packed newsletter – I hope that you enjoy reading it and get inspired to support your Scout Group. There are so many ways in which you can get involved.

New Leaders

All our uniformed leaders are volunteers, giving up time to provide excellent opportunities for our members and your children. 1st Fressingfield are blessed to have an exceptional team of over twenty adults that work all year – I am so grateful for their support. Leaders receive free uniform, training, personal development opportunities and sense of immense well-being. New adult leaders are always welcome, if you are interested in volunteering please call Andrew (Group Scout Leader) 07908 262623. In the mean time I am pleased to welcome the following new adults to our fantastic team. Jess Chamberlain, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader Suzanne Gardner, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader Jordan Glencastle, Assistant Scout Leader (Adventurers) wef 15/07/17

District Youth Commissioner

I am delighted to report that Cameron Hopkinson, ACSL with 1st Fressingfield, has been selected to be one of two District Youth Commissioner for Southern Norfolk Scouts.

Group Executive Annual General Meeting

Invitation to the Annual General Meeting of YOUR Scout Group.
Thursday 15th June 2017, 730pm to 830pm.

Dear Parent, carer,

I would like to warmly invite you to attend the AGM of the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group Executive. On Thursday 15th June starting at 730pm.

The Agenda will be brisk with written reports presented by the Section Leaders, GSL, Treasurer and Chairperson. There will be opportunity to ask questions of the leadership team formally and
also informally after the meeting as we will be serving light refreshments. The Executive will also update you with the plans regarding our HQ redevelopment.

The Leaders give up their time willingly to support the Scout Group and your children and I hope that you will be able to show your support by joining us. There is of course of practical ways in which you can support the Group, the AGM also offers you the opportunity to join our Executive Committee as a member and Trustee.

The Executive will meet four times over the year and is responsible for ensuring that the leadership team have the resources needed to give your children a wide range of opportunities and activities. As well as a Governance role.

There are a number of officer posts and ordinary member places available, including Chair, secretary, treasurer. If you are interested in joining the committee and supporting the group through the next exciting stage of our development, please email me as above. If you simply want to pop along and listen to the reports and have a chat we would love to see you.

Kenya 2019 – team selection meeting

On Thursday 15th June, immediately after the Group AGM (730-830pm), there will be a briefing session for parents that are interested in their Explorer Scout joining the Kenya 2019 Expedition Team. This is an important Q&A session to start the process for team selection.

Headquarters update

As parents will be know we have finally been granted full planning permission for our new Scout HQ off Priory Road in Fressingfield. The Executive Committee and Leadership Team have already started planning for the future – our budget for the whole project is around £350 000, a huge figure but we are determined and with your support it is achievable.

We have already spent around £10 000 on planning and professional fees and have £9 000 already sitting in our development account.

Group Camp

Well done to everyone who attended Group Camp, 76 members of the Group had a wonderful time at Eaton Vale Activity Centre. There are lots of pictures and comments on the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group Face Book page, if you are not a member sign up.


Skip to run the Edinburgh Marathon

Bank holiday weekend will see Skip, heading up to Edinburgh to run his first ever marathon… running for the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group HQ development fund – I hope to raise several hundreds of pounds – I am aiming to limp over the line in under 5 hours. Please support me and circulate to others… you can donate on online by finding me on twitter, Facebook or by using this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/andrewaalders-dunthorne1

Thank you for helping me reach my target.

Open Evening

Everyone is invited to attend our annual Awards and Open Evening, this year we expect to be on the new HQ site on Priory Road. Join us to see the site and learn of our plans. We will be presenting our Top Awards and then parents, family members and guests will be able to participate in a wide range of activities from pioneering, shooting, archery, tag archery, camp fire circle, games, fundraising activities, BBQ, strawberries and cream and much more. Bring the whole family and celebrate yet another successful year of scouting with 1st Fressingfield.

Stradbroke Triathlon

20th and 21st MAY. Stradbroke Triathlon 2017.

We’re looking for loads of volunteers (young people from all sections, leaders, parents, guardians, grandparents, uncles, aunties, friends) to help raise some cash for the new Scout Hall.

We are looking for BBQ chefs (or anyone willing to give it a go), Marshalling people (big and small) and water station helpers (some Beavers and their parents did a brilliant job last year).

It would also be good to have a few people as PR people to inform the public about of plans. Last year we raised quite a lot of money but we missed loads of opportunities mainly due to only a few of us being involved.

What’s in it for us?

  • The opportunity to raise funds for the new Scout Hall, climbing wall, shooting and archery range. The more we raise the quicker we can build it and enjoy it
  • A subsidised session at Fritton Lake later in the summer – maybe tree climbing or kayaking. Young people who help out will have the first opportunity to sign up
  • An opportunity to tell the community about our Scout group, our plans for a new Scout hall and maybe recruit some more people to join us (especially Adult leaders)
  • It’s FUN. Parents meet other parents, leaders etc
  • Helping the community and being part of the community
  • If young people help out it counts towards your badges

    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, thetrainline 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.

    Summer Camp

    Senior Section camp is this year near Milton Keynes. Details have been distributed. We will be hiking, swimming, sledging in the Snowzone, climbing, caving and a tree Ninja experience. We will also be spending a day on the wild side with a day at Woburn Safari Park.