Village Newsletter: February 2021

Date: 1st Feb 2021 Author: Ciarán Carr

The Christmas and New Year break is a good opportunity to look back on everything we have achieved during a turbulent year. What is amazing is the commitment of our leaders and the resilience of the young people. We have a video review of the year available to view on Youtube and, together with the new Newsletter this can be found on our website. We hope you enjoy it.

1st Fressingfield Scouting Year 2020

Two of our adult volunteers have been recognised recently for their commitment to the Scout Group: Susie Remblance, Beaver Scout Leader, has received her 5 Year – Long Service Award and has also completed the Leader Training programme and been awarded her Wood Beads; Angie Ellis, Executive Secretary, has been awarded the 5 Year – Long Service Award Executive Pin.

New Headquarters update: We had hoped that our new building would have been installed just before Christmas, after securing a loan for the final amount. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons that was delayed, however we are working hard to get things back on track. We hope when face to face Scouting is able to resume we will have a new and much needed building at our Priory Road site. While the building has been delayed, we continue to get the site ready, and have recently had UK Power connect the site to the national grid, so we now have power but also an electricity bill!

We are now working on the water supplies and waste connection and hope to have all services connected ready for the arrival of our modular building. The site is also now a registered address and we have a post box.

A grant from the Tree Council has enabled the purchase of further hedging plants to fill the gaps in the existing hedges and replace those in the new hedge that didn’t survive the hot weather. We also have a stock of heritage fruit trees – some already planted and the final ones to go between the new building and fence.

Three Pioneer Scouts achieved the prestigious Gold Award- congratulations to Jess Amps, Nicole Pentelow and Hannah Petty. This is a significant achievement and they didn’t allow COVID to disrupt them! During the last two years they have led teams, navigated, taught map reading and cooking, built and slept in a fantastic bivouac, hiked, worked together to help at Cub activities, twice led the various teams at our Pancake Café, enthusiastically attended most activities and generally supported each other and the Leaders. We hope they had their share of fun while all this was going on. Two things need particular mention. As part of the Gold Award they volunteered for Suffolk Wildlife Trust and enjoyed it so much they only stopped going back because of lockdown. They also formed a team to help at our fundraising quizzes and have become part of the quizmaster’s team for quizzes for other charities.

The section Leader Teams have been working on the programme for the term to Easter, these will be virtual, on Zoom, with the hope that the COVID restrictions will be eased to allow some limited, outdoor, Face to Face meetings after half term.

Thank you to everyone that responded to our appeal for unwanted cooking and firewood preparation equipment suitable for camping, we have been donated some really useful items. If anyone has anything else please get in touch with any Leader or Michael on 07761827053.

We are grateful to Fressingfield Parish Council for the donation of £350 and to the customers in Laxfield Coop for £67.56, the contents of our collection box on their counter towards the New HQ project.

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