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At the time of writing we are in the Christmas and New Year break, Leader teams are planning programmes for the new term, the Fund Raising team are planning a Quiz evening in Stradbroke Community Centre on 23rd February, a cake stall at the monthly Hoxne Produce and Craft Market on 30th March and the Commonwealth Day Firework Display on 9th March. To book a table for a quiz team contact Michael on 01379 668060 and look out for the posters for the Fireworks Display details.

Senior sections (Scouts and Explorers) rounded off the year with a very enjoyable Friday evening Bowling trip to Ipswich, and Cubs and Beavers had a Christmas Party with music, games and food.

As the final part of the Beavers Dementia Project 100 gifts were delivered to the residents of 5 care homes in the area. It was wonderful to see the generation gap close as the Beavers found so much joy in giving and chatting to the residents.

For much of 2018 1st Fressingfield Scout Group has been sponsoring a new venture to deliver Scouting to a whole primary school as part of the school timetable. Our new Yoxford and Peasenhall School Scouting sections were trialled over the summer term and after a review by our Group Executive and school leaders have become a permanent part of the school weekly timetable. Consequently 50 young people from Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School Scouting Section have been welcomed into the Group with Investitures taking place in December.

In February we have a Leader Development weekend where the Leaders and Explorers get together to learn new practical and personal skills, develop team working skills and undertake some strategic planning. Plans for the Explorer trip to Kenya at Easter will be finalised and travel arrangements completed. Group Camp is very soon after Easter and everyone’s ideas for activities will be discussed and a draft programme completed.