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Summer 2021 Newsletter

Date: 10th Aug 2021 Author: Ciarán Carr

By Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, Group Scout Leader

Dear Parents and supporters

I hope that you are enjoying the summer break, although the weather continues to try to convince us that is anything but summer! Although the Scout Group is not meeting until September, our leaders and Executive Committee have been beavering away (so to speak) in preparation for an exceptional year ahead of us.

We have been reorganising our leadership team in preparation to provide more scouting for more young people. We will be reopening our Wednesday Beaver Colony and Cub Pack from September as Monday Ninja Beavers and Monday Tiger Cubs are now full. We also have places at both our Scout Troops and the Explorer Unit. Please pass on the poster on the next page to any young person interested in engaging in a worthwhile and social activity.

We are also opening up a second ‘sponsored’ school scout provision, after our successful and popular provision at the Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School, from September 1st Fressingfield will be operating a school scout provision at Middleton Primary School as well.

Our leaders have also be brushing up on their training and exciting face-to-face programmes are being planned for all our sections. Details will be emailed out to parents in the normal way and appear on our website: https://www.1stfressingfieldscouts.org.uk/

We have also been very fortunate to recruit a further two new adult volunteer leaders to our friendly and supportive team. Scouting is hugely rewarding and if you are looking for a post-covidlockdown hobby, volunteering with 1st Fressingfield Scout will tick so many boxes. Want a chat?
email Andrew at Andrew.aaldersdunthorne@talk21.com

Finally, the HQ management committee have been working tirelessly to secure an amazing facility and home for our Scout Group. It is REALLY is becoming a reality, see the photographs of our progress in recent weeks below.

I hope that we will be in our new HQ around October time, BUT due to delays and the ever increasing cost of building materials our budget has been stretched and we urgently need a cash boost. I appreciate that we have asked much from everyone over the past 5+ years, but I am asking for your support to get us over the line. Every additional ££ raised will be invested in our new facilities – PLEASE help if you can. PLEASE share the crowdfunder link with everyone you know, the further we get our message out the easier it will be.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fsg-hq

Yours in Scouting Andrew 

A significant amount of ground works have been completed at our HQ site off Priory road, foundations, electricity supply, drainage all installed alongside a large hard standing car park.

Images of our new HQ building, being refurbished prior to delivery in mid-September, a bright, light and safe environment for all to enjoy.

The refurbished building has been designed for our bespoke needs and is receiving a full makeover.

The new HQ building includes a large multi-purpose hall, lecture room, medical room, activity room, large kitchen, office, storage and toilets and showers. The building is fully accessible and all situated in our acre plot of activity space and trees.

After the build is installed further activity spaces will be developed along with additional native planting. We are all soooooo excited 

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