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Easter 2022 Newsletter

Date: 15th Apr 2022 Author: Ciarán Carr

Dear Parents and families

As we emerge from the darkness of winter (and covid), it is great to see the new HQ in the day light and with a little less mud!! We continue to raise funds to help run our Scout Group and your generous support is always welcome. Please try to support us in any way that you can, I am very aware of the impact of rising costs on everything from electricity to bread. Scouting is inclusive and no young person should be excluded because of circumstances beyond their control.

As a Scout Group we are always here to help, but as a charity and supported only by volunteers our resources are also limited and we are equally impacted by the increased cost of things. We rely on you to help us provide quality scouting provision for all. Over the Easter break there are two particular ways you can support us.

1. Donate some of your time on the 20th April between 10 and 4pm, bring along spade, gardening gloves etc and help other volunteers and young people work at getting our HQ and outdoor area ready for summer. There are lots of jobs to do from cleaning the building, tidying and re-stocking stores, gardening and more. Bring a picnic and make a day of it. There will be limitless tea/coffee available.

2. Seriously (really seriously) consider whether you can help us to provide more scouting to more young people by becoming a uniformed volunteer leader. We are desperately looking for adults that can help us open our new Squirrel (4-6 years) Drey and strengthen our Beaver (6-8 years) Colonies. We have key leaders to run the sections but need additional adults to help supervise.

For now I hope that you have a wonderful Easter.

Yours in Scouting

(Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne).

St George’s Day Parade

On Sunday 24th April between 2 and 4pm 1st Fressingfield Scout Group will be joining our Groups from across the District to a special Parade and celebration. Details have been circulated and I hope that you can join us.

Executive Secretary wanted

After several years as the Scout Group Executive Secretary, Angie Ellis, will be stepping down at the AGM in July. If you can help support our Executive Committee as the new Secretary I would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch in the usual way.

Final call for empty crisps packets

Our fundraising through the recycling of crisp packets is coming to an end. Walkers have decided to close the scheme as they feel recycling is now widely available. We are really proud to know that through our participation in the scheme, we have helped take a whole tonne of crisp packets away from landfills and the sea and in the process raised £575 for our Scout group. We will send one last shipment before the end, so remember to bring in all your packets by Monday 18 April.

Easy fundraising

Did you know you could raise funds for the Scouts without spending a penny? Fundraising is critical for our scouts group. We have secured an amazing building for our new HQ and have great plans to develop the outdoors. We have obtained many grants but the majority of the costs so far have been met through a loan, which needs repaying.
That’s where you can help, when shopping online. We are set up with the following two schemes, which will give back a percentage of your purchase to our scouts group.

  • https://smile.amazon.co.uk/: it’s Amazon, with a smile. Just set us up as your charity.
  • https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/: access your retailer website through easyfundraising and the scouts will receive a donation if you have set it as your charity. Many high street shops have signed up:
    • Boots will give up to 2%
    • Argos up to 4%
    • John Lewis up to 3%
    • Apple 2% on any purchase including phones.

There is literally thousands of shops registered from travel sites to groceries, insurance, entertainment, sports and outdoors etc… There is even Microsoft and Nintendo shops so you could fundraise when buying the next xbox or switch game.

We have also got a collection bank for clothes at the HQ and are in the process of setting up a lottery, so watch this space!

Help us – help them

As parents you will be aware, all scout leaders are volunteers and like you we have jobs, families and other hobbies. We are busy and sometimes struggle to find the time for scouting but we all share a passion to see young people, your children learn new skills, make new friends and have fun in scouting.

Everyone can contribute something to the Scout Group and as we are in the period of ‘resolutions’ why not consider if you can volunteer as well. I won’t say it is without its challenges and frustrations but I can say that for a manageable commitment you will gain so much from it. Fun, friendship and real buzz when a young person learns something new or does something different! Volunteering as a leader, supporter, executive member is a thoroughly rewarding thing to do, you benefit, we benefit and ultimately your child benefits.

1st Fressingfield Scout Group has a volunteer team of around 30 adults, from 18 to 60(something), but we have 150 young people as well – we are also extending our provision later this year to include a new Early Years Section ‘Squirrels’ for boys and girls aged 4-6. To continue to grow, offer more opportunities to even more children we need you! Make a resolution today to Help us – help them. Give me (Andrew) a call on 07908 262623 or email at andrew.aaldersdunthorne@talk21.com to discuss how you could get involved.

Scout Group dates for your diary

(Please refer to individual section programmes for even more events)

20th April: HQ Service team activity day (10-4pm)
24th April: St George’s Day parade and celebration (all sections)
29-30th April/1st May: Group Camp (all sections)
8th May: Explorer Unit 50mile cycle challenge – sponsored event
14-15th May: Stradbroke Triathlon (all sections)
02-05 June: Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend (all sections – details of event to follow)
19th June: Father’s Day Orwell Walk challenge (all sections)
1st July: (6pm) Group Open Day and presentations (all sections)
7th July (715pm) 1st Fressingfield Scout Group Council meeting / AGM (all sections)
23rd-30th July: Senior Sections Summer Camp (Adventurers/Explorers/Pioneers)
October: 20 years of Explorer Scouting anniversary – special events to be confirmed
13th Nov: Remembrance Sunday Service
9th Dec: (eve) Gang Show (all sections)
17th Dec: (am) Santa fun run

Scouting provides a second family to lots of young people. It’s a safe place where they can aspire and grow.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls