Written by: Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne GSL


Dear Families, friends and supporters of 1st Fressingfield Scout Group,

Welcome to the final half term of the year and more importantly welcome to the summer! There is so much going on at the moment so please excuse the length of this newsletter, I hope that you find in informative. First exciting piece of news is that after several months of research, discussion and debate the Group has a new logo (top left) as the Scout Association has also recently ‘re-branded’ we are proud of our own logo that confirms our sense of global and local community and recognises the traditional aspects of scouting. The Scout ‘fleur de leys’ is an acknowledgement to our world scout membership while the image of the ‘Pilgrim with donkey’ shows our connection to Fressingfield village (it’s the village sign) and advocates the message of exploring. We hope you like it as well.

Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne
Group Scout Leader


Group Camp Success

The whole Group had a wonderful bank holiday weekend camp in the sun at Herringfleet recently, from paddling boarding to rifle shooting and tree climbing to lake boat rides we had a great time. Beavers on the archery range (pictured).


Welcome New Leaders

The Group has a great team of adult volunteers that take up a uniformed
role; these individuals contribute hugely to the fun and fellowship for us all.

So welcome to:
Susie Medland; Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Wolf Pack)
Jade Glencastle; Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (Ninja Colony)

Strong Executive for a Positive Future

At the recent Group AGM, the following Executive Committee/Trustees were confirmed. Welcome to everyone who is supporting the Group in this way. Thanks also to retiring Chairman Dr Robert Williams and committee member Mrs Karen Hunt.

Chairman: Clive Mobbs
Executive Treasurer: Emma Craig
Executive Secretary: Dawn Carman-Jones

Group Scout Leader: Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne

Assistant GSL: Peter Smith
Assistant GSL: Michael Knights
Beaver Scout Leader: Susie Remblance
Wolf Cub Scout Leader: Chris Carman-Jones
Tiger Cub Scout Leader: Julie Barry
Adventurer Scout Leader: Colin Clarke
Pioneer Scout Leader: Jean White
Explorer ASL: Lewis Craig
Network Representative: George Austin

Explorer Youth Rep: Ciarán Carr
Explorer Youth Rep: Harry Maguire

Beaver Parent: Emma Petty
Wolf Cub Parent: Katie Phillips
Tiger Cub Parent: Avril Mattocks
Adventurer Parent: Robin Chew
Pioneer Parent: Rachel/Jim Morris
Explorer Parent: Angie Ellis

Associate Member: Arthur Brown
Associate Member: Sue Webster

Group Growth

As the Group continues to develop and looks forward to moving to our new Scout HQ soon, we need to continue to ensure that we have enough opportunities for local young people to participate in scouting. Membership enquiries are up and many sections often run with waiting lists. To extend the number of places we have plans to expand our provision providing spaces for around an additional 100 children to join our Group!

Re-opening of our second Cub Pack ‘Tigers’, we are now operating two packs again with Wolves continuing on their usual Wednesday evening slot but they are now joined by Tigers that run at a slightly earlier slot on a Monday evening.

Saturday Beaver ‘Warriors’ Colony will open after the summer break, offering the opportunity of scouting on a Saturday morning for our youngest members. More details to follow.

Y&P School Scout section, in partnership with the Consortium Multi-Academy Trust we are opening a satellite Beaver Colony and Cub Pack at Yoxford & Peasenhall Primary. These sections will form part of the school curriculum and operate in school time (Friday afternoons), providing the opportunity to scout to around 60 new members. We are starting with a trial running up until the end of the school year and will be looking to formalise the sections in September if the trial is a success. This is an innovative delivery that has attracted regional and national interest. Welcome to all.

New Volunteer Leaders Wanted

With the growth of places for young people this also opens up the opportunity for more adults to join our team as volunteer leaders – this is a hugely rewarding way of getting involved with our Group. Leaders receive training, mentoring support, free uniform and discounted cost ‘adventure’. If you are interested please contact a member of our team.

We are recruiting for:
Beaver ‘Warriors’ Colony, Saturday morning
Cub ‘Tiger’ Pack, Monday evening

Headquarters – Building on Community Foundations Campaign

Please take a look at the attached link for our HQ sponsorship campaign. Have your name recorded forever on a special board in the new HQ and be assured in the knowledge that you helped ‘build that’. Please support this campaign.

Building on Community Foundations Appeal

Do you have a digger?

We are seeking a man (or a woman) with a mini digger to assist with some minor landscaping work at our new HQ site, to dig out the pond area, level an existing mound and create a small amphitheatre circular mound for our reflective space. If anyone can help during the summer holiday period I would be delighted to hear from you. Please email Skip at andrew.aaldersdunthorne@talk21.com We will also have some family days at the site to carry out some other tasks, more details later.

Cheers Adnams

Thanks to the Adnams Trust for providing us with a £750 for environmental and wildlife enhance works on the new HQ site. Planning has already started.

Car Boot Sale

On Saturday 19th August we will be running the popular morning Car boot sale on Diss Mere, we will need lots of supporters to act as marshals, operate the BBQ and of course car boot sellers – if you are able to support in any way please get in touch with Angie at angela.ellis74@gmail.com

Open Evening

SAVE THE DATE, as usual we will be holding our end of the year celebration of scouting with our Awards and Open Evening on Friday 20th July, 7-9pm. There will be lots to do, activities, games and refreshments on sale including a BBQ and beer! (details to follow). With young people and leaders being rewarded and recognised for their service this year.

Dates for your diary:

9th June (2pm): Dedication Service at Fressingfield Church for new organ
13th June (5-9pm): Women Cycling Tour (Stradbroke), providing BBQ
28th June (730pm): FSG Executive Committee meeting
30th June-1st July: Heveningham Country Fayre, ESU attending
20th July (7-9pm): Group Open Evening
21st July (8pm-late): ‘Red Mecca’ playing at Worlingworth Community Centre
25th-29th July: ESU summer expedition – Peak District
13th-18th August: NORJAM (ESU and Scout Troops attending)
19th August: Car Boot Sale at Diss Mere
w/b 10th September: Sections re-open after the Summer holiday break

Click here for all upcoming events…