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Village Newsletter: July 2022

Date: 1st Jul 2022 Author: Ciarán Carr

The 1st Fressingfield Scouts provides wonderful opportunities for young people of all ages to contribute to their communities, gain confidence, and learn new skills. But we can’t do this without input from our friends and supporters. There are some simple ways that you can support the Scouts without it costing you a penny:

Use easyfundraising.org.uk
Get to your favourite online shops or businesses by going via www.easyfundraising.org.uk. The first time you visit you’ll be invited to search for a cause, so please search for and select ‘1st Fressingfield Scout Group’. Once you’ve set up your account, you’ll find a huge number of online shops and businesses via easyfundraising.org.uk, and each time you buy from them you’ll be supporting the Scouts.

So, thinking about your summer holidays, all of the major travel retailers are on #easyfundraising; TUI, Booking.com, Expedia, First Choice, Hotels.com, Cottages.com, James Villas, easyJet holidays, Eurocamp, Opodo, P&O, PurpleParking, plus 250+ others! The average family holiday could raise over £110 for 1st Fressingfield Scout Group! – and it’s all completely FREE! So please, please, please remember to use easyfundraising when you book so we don’t miss out! To find out more, visit: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/offers/big-donations/

We are delighted to announce that we are ready to launch Squirrel Scouts for boys and girls aged between 4 and 6 year olds, from Tuesday 7th June (term times only) the sessions will be between 4.15-5.15pm on a Tuesday afternoon at our Scout Headquarters, Priory Road, Fressingfield.

If you intend to register your child with us, please be aware we have limited places and as this is a new addition to Scouts we will be operating a first come first served basis with a waiting list. Details at https://www.1stfressingfieldscouts.org.uk/about/squirrel-scouts

Our Cubs have been very busy! They arranged a very informative talk about Swifts which was well attended by parents. Thanks to the Explorers who helped with the refreshments and clearing up. Cubs have been focussing on cycling recently with cycle maintenance sessions and a visit to the bike track in Harleston

The Explorers spent a very productive evening in Fressingfield with shovels, brooms and wheelbarrows clearing the footway from the Sancroft Hall to the Swan, and have received a lot of positive feedback for their efforts. The Explorers who are preparing for the Kenya trip next Easter ran a barbeque at the Stradbroke Triathlon to raise funds towards the expedition.

Three senior members of Pioneer Troop Scouts spent a Saturday evening helping at a fundraising quiz for the Friends of Hoxne Church. Again there has been much positive feedback for their community service.
Adventurers Scouts have been practicing their knotting building rope and pole structures.

Both Scouts sections and the Explorers have been practicing their air rifle and archery skills, making good use of the light evenings.

Our members and friends were busy over the Jubilee weekend. A party of Scouts, Explorers and Leaders attended the Norfolk Scouts Water Activities Weekend four day Camp at Decoy Broad and had a fantastic time although the last day was rather wet! We had a Beacon Lighting Ceremony on Thursday at our Headquarters with bar, barbeque and tree planting work carried out. Thank you to Cowham’s Car and Commercial for providing the tower for the beacon.

On Friday we ran a barbeque at the very successful Hoxne Playing Field Jubilee Family Fun Day and on Saturday provided First Aid cover and a couple of side shows at the Fressingfield event. Unfortunately, because of the weather,
the organisers had to cancel our barbeque at the Stradbroke event on Sunday.

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