Summer 2019 Newsletter

Welcome back to the summer term, although the weather is slightly cooler than the 30 degrees the Explorers experienced over the Easter break on their Kenyan Explorer Belt Expedition.

The team continues to work incredibly hard on developing our facilities at our new HQ site on Priory Road, particular thanks to Dawn Carman-Jones, Executive Secretary and Michael Knights, AGSL for their considerable support.

We continue to grow and develop our Group, which is only possible with the huge efforts of our team of volunteer leaders – to whom I am very grateful. If you would like to join the team I would be delighted to hear from you.

Yours in Scouting
Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
Group Scout Leader

New Obstacle course installed and being used:

Thanks to the £10,000 grant from the National Lottery the obstacle course is now in use at our new HQ site. This is an exciting development and our young members are getting lots of use from it already.

Funding raising update:

Norwich Duck Race: 1st Fressingfield has partnered with 1st Norwich Sea Scouts and are selling ducks at £2 per duck, the race as part of the Lord Mayor celebrations aim to have 10 000 ducks entered this year, with first place duck owner winning a cool £1000. Please send cash in a sealed envelope addressed “duck race” £2 per duck deadline to receive payments is the 30th June.
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 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.
Hoxne Market: Our next cake sale will be on the 28th September, dust off those aprons and ready-steady-BAKE to help raise funds to support our work.

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 was installed in March. 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.

You are warmly invited to an Action Day at the new HQ field where we will be installing internal fencing, flag poles, shed and generally maintaining the site. Please come along with gardening and tools. Sunday 2nd June, between 10am and 4pm. Refreshments are provided.


We are seeking to purchase four, six foot picnic benches for the new scout HQ field, each bench costs £250 and we are seeking sponsorship for the benches.

Benches will have a brass name plate fixed to them identifying the company, organisation or family sponsoring the bench. An excellent way to leave a long term mark with your Scout Group. If you are able to support us in this way, please contact John Coop, the Scout Group’s Executive Treasurer to arrange the donation. Remember to Gift Aid it and increase the effect of your donation by 20% without any additional cost to you. John.coop@hotmail.com

Group Camp 3rd-5th May:

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, challenging, engaging and FUN. You can be part of the fun by viewing our Facebook account. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1115351638489839/?ref=bookmarks

Beaver Waiting lists:

Our hugely successful Beaver (Ninja) Colony that meets on Monday evening is full and now operating a waiting list – unfortunately we have a significant delay with no new members being accepted until Easter 2020. We are working to increase our capacity to take more young people in this section, but need your help.
1. The Ninja Colony (Monday evening) urgently need more volunteer leaders to support Susie and the Team. If you can help there are a range of voluntary roles open.
2. We plan to finally open our second Colony (Warriors) that will operate on Saturday mornings, term time, from September 2019. With Tim Hurtley moving to become the BSL, he will require additional adult support to open this section.

Stradbroke Triathlon – 18th and 19th May:

1st Fressingfield Scout Group have for a number of years supported this community event and are again asking parents/supporters to help us at the event.
1. Marshalls on the route, main duties to cheer, direct and support the participant.
2. Catering team, main duties to provide a BBQ service on Saturday afternoon and Bacon Butties from 6am on Sunday. If you can help please confirm with Andrew as soon as possible, Andrew.aaldersdunthorne@talk21.com

New Leader:

I am delighted to welcome Keith Buet, who has joined our growing Cub Leadership team as an ACSL (Tigers).

Scout Group AGM and Kenyan Presentation – 27th June:

Advance warning, the Group will be holding our AGM on the 27th June starting at 715pm at the Goodwin Hall (Scout Hut), please show your support. Come and hear reports from our Section Leaders and Executive Committee.

There will be a presentation on the HQ development and our Annual Accounts.

The Explorers who went to Kenya over the Easter holiday will also be showing their film created by them reflecting on an amazing 16 days.

PLEASE, join us and support your support.

Open Evening and Group Awards – 19th July:

On Friday the 19th July between 7pm and 9pm we will be holding our annual Open Evening and Group Awards. Come along for a great evening of scouting open to all. Lots of free activities to join in with at our new HQ field on Priory Road.

Refreshments will include a BBQ, Ice Cream van and beer tent.

Entertainment provided by our young people will be on the Cowham’s Outdoor stage throughout the evening.

Join us to celebrate the achievements of our young people and leaders at the presentation session.


Details of our senior section summer camp will be distributed very soon…

Dates for your diary

03-05/05: Group Camp at Eaton Vale Activity Centre, Norwich
18-19/05: Stradbroke Triathlon – help to supply marshals and catering
01/06: Royal British Legion Fressingfield Fete
02/06: HQ Action day
10/06: Women’s Cycling Tour event in Stradbroke
27/06: Scout Group AGM and Kenyan Presentation
07/07: Norwich Duck Race
19/07: Annual Open evening and presentation of awards
25-30/07: Summer camp for Scouts and Explorers – Hadrian’s Wall Expedition

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