Dear members, family and friends of 1st Fressingfield Scout Group,
I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Easter and are looking forward to the summer term, warmer weather, fewer covid-restrictions and hopefully the opportunity to meet, greet and share time with people.
I am so immensely proud of our Scout Group family, who have worked, played and shared (virtual) times together over a whirlwind of a year. From Executive Trustees, to Leaders, to young people, their parents and our wider community we have pulled through the year.
From next week we are tentatively returning to face to face scouting and section leaders will be circulating information and programmes in the coming days. I want to pay a particular tribute to all the young people who have stuck with virtual scouting and I hope that you are as excited as the Leaders are to seeing you all again.
As you would expect 1st Fressingfield Scout Group has not been still over the past few weeks and months, and I hope the rest of the newsletter gives you a flavour of what has happened and what is yet to come.
Yours in Scouting
Welcome to the family
I am delighted to welcome three new adult Leaders to the team (pending process):
Joe Walker, Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Tigers)
Lucy Kayne, Assistant Cub Scout Leader (Tigers)
David Mobbs, Assistant Scout Leader (Pioneers)
It is great to see our leadership team further strengthened and with new sections and more young people expected to join over the summer we are recruiting additional adult volunteers into various leadership roles. Fed up of your own house/garden? Want to meet people and contribute to your community? Interested? Drop me an email at
Camp and Cook
1st Fressingfield History
Over the past few weeks members and friends of the Scout Group have been researching the history of our Scout Group, 1st Fressingfield is mentioned as far back as 1908. That’s just one year after Lord Baden-Powell’s experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907, making 1st Fressingfield one of the oldest surviving Scout Groups in the World!!
Ciarán Carr (ASL, Adventurers) and Micheal Knights (AGSL/SL, Pioneers) have been instrumental in pulling together a significant amount of information and we are looking for more! Have a look at our fascinating history on our Scout Group Website here:
Equipment donation appeal
We are very grateful to the many people that have donated, and continue to donate, to our camp cooking equipment appeal, the response has been fantastic with much useful equipment donated, we are sure that much use will be made of it when we are allowed to camp again. If anyone has anymore, or small axes and logging or pruning saws please get in touch with Michael on 07761827053.
We are still collecting crisp packets and unwanted clothing for our two recycling schemes, all donations very welcome
St George’s Day 2021
Like Norfolk Scouts ran last year, the St George’s Day celebrations are going to take the form of a pre-recorded, socially distanced video that will be first aired, on YouTube at 730pm on Friday 23 April – We will share the YouTube link once we have it.
The theme this year will be the light on the end of horizon (as best we can predict) and will of course include messages from the County Commissioner, the DC’s and some young people. Each section will also be given the chance to renew their promises which will led by some young people from across the County.
We would like all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders to wear uniform for the online event. Explorers will be lighting a fire at the Scout HQ at 730pm on the 23rd to
‘physically’ mark the event and renew their promise with Skip.
A very brief update, with the continued generosity of so many we continue to edge forward with securing our new HQ building on our field. The Executive committee on behalf of the whole Scout Group have recently placed the order and paid the deposit for the new building. It is our intention that building works will start in June 2021, with the building ready for use from the 1st August 2021. There are still a few hoops and regulations to jump through (who knew building control, was sooo exciting!?) But, we are optimistic that we will finally deliver on this long awaited project.
I must pay a huge thanks to the HQ Development Committee, that with some key supporters have driven this process forward during covid.
FUNdraising must go on
There are lots of ways in which you can support your Scout Group, including:
We are also looking forward to having real fundraising events again, starting with the Explorer Scout 25 Orwell challenge speed hike – Please help by sponsoring the team and encouraging your family and friends to do so. Other events will be arranged as and when we are able.
Fressingfield Scouts’ Old Boys and Girls Network (FOBN) is simply a group for anyone who was involved with Scouting in Fressingfield in the past. It is an informal group with the simple aim of meeting up, reviving memories and catching up with old friends and colleagues. There are no membership fees or annual subscriptions, simply a register of names and email addresses, with a note of when and how you were involved. We plan to have a couple of informal get togethers each year as well as supporting Scout Group social activities. Scout Group regular Newsletters, updates and the monthly Parish Newsletter contribution will be emailed to keep you up to date with Scout Group activities.
Whether you were involved as a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venture Scout, Explorer, Leader, Helper or on the Group Executive (Parents) committee in the past please get in touch to join this informal network.
Here is an archive picture, we think from the early seventies, can you see yourself or can you name some of these young people.
And another from NORJAM 1983
If you were a member of the Group but do not wish to join the network, we would be very interested in any memorabilia such as badges, uniforms, books, and especially photographs you may have either as a gift to our archive or to copy. Please contact us if you have anything.
Contact Michael Knights
Dates for your Diary
All dates and events are subject to change (in line with government guidance and covid restrictions in force at the time). But here’s hoping
17-18 April: Norfolk Box-Jam (Virtual Jamboree) register with your section leader
23 April: St George’s Day celebration (YouTube at 730pm)
28-30 May: Group Camp (a blended camp of virtual and real-life activities) info soon
June: Building work for new HQ scheduled to commence
10 June: Scout Group Executive Meeting
27 June: Explorer 25 mile Orwell Challenge – Sponsored Speed Hike 24-31 July: Senior Sections (Scout/Explorer/Network) Summer Camp (tbc) August: New HQ scheduled to open.
06 Sept: Scouting Term begins after summer break