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Village Newsletter: February 2023

Date: 1st Feb 2023 Author: Ciarán Carr

We have had a few fundraising events with Pioneer Troop and Tigers Cubs having a cake stall at Weybread Church Christmas Fair and the Explorers running a very successful Fun Bingo evening to raise funds for their Kenya Expedition next Easter. Tiger Cubs (and their parents!) have also been incredibly busy making then selling Christmas craft items at markets in Laxfield and Fressingfield as well as the Gang Show. Because of the cold weather and icy conditions there were fewer participants at our second Santa Fun Run however everyone had a good time and we raised a reasonable contribution to our funds from entry fees, refreshments and a couple of generous donations. Thank you to everybody that supported us at these events.

The Sections’ main focus since October has been working on their contributions for our biennial Gang Show which was in Hoxne Village Hall. The evening went very well with a close to capacity audience, all Sections contributed and most members either performed on stage, helped behind the scenes, or ran craft and refreshment stalls.

Other activities have been Pioneer Scout Troop decorated the Scout Group’s Christmas Tree for the Hoxne Church Christmas Tree Festival and both Cub Packs combined for an evening Tubing in Norwich.

Many new members have been invested into the younger sections as the Scout Group continues to grow. Most Sections either finished the year with a party of some sort or cancelled their last meeting and deferred their end of term activity to next year because of the cold weather and poor road conditions.

In most sections the Leader teams, (usually after getting some ideas from the Young People), are working on next term’s programme. They will try to include some badge work with teamwork and skills development.

On Shrove Tuesday 21st February from 7.15 to 8.30 Pioneer Scout Troop are running a Pop Up Pancake Café at the HQ. If you need more pancakes, or if you fancy a look around the building and to see our Young People in action please come along. Tigers Cub Pack will be running some sideshows during the evening to keep everyone amused.

And finally, a request from our Executive Committee.
Are you much of an eBayer? Do you use the online marketplace to get rid of stuff you no longer want or need, and to pick up second hand bargains, or maybe as an alternative place to buy new bits and pieces? When you sell on eBay you can ‘sell for a cause’ and opt to donate a proportion of your sale price to charity, including to the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group.

Items that benefit charity may sell faster, even at a premium price. Donate 10% or more and your item will feature an attention-grabbing charity ribbon—it may even be listed in the Charity Shop. Plus, you reduce your eBay seller fees and enjoy tax savings.

So just one more easy way that you can help the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group to support and develop young people – from 4 year old Squirrels, through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers- to help them learn, grow and give back to the community. For more information on selling for charity on eBay visit https://tinyurl.com/sellforcharity and to go to the 1st Fressingfield Scout Group page on eBay visit https://tinyurl.com/eBayFressingfieldScouts

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