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Village Newsletter: June 2021

Date: 31st May 2021 Author: Ciarán Carr

Since the Easter break we have returned to Face to Face activities on a socially distanced restricted basis, meeting mainly at our new HQ site, it is great to be back together. We have been air rifle shooting, crafting Dragon pictures for St. Georges Day, making and flying kites, hiking, lighting fires, and cooking sausages and marshmallows and just generally catching up with each other. We hope the restrictions will be more relaxed in June.

In the May half term break we are planning for our usual Group Camp. We are unlikely to be allowed to camp overnight together, so camping will be in our own gardens with virtual get togethers on Zoom, and we plan to have some activities together during the weekend.

The Camp and Cook Mission which we started during the first lockdown has been completed by 18 people to date, 3 Leaders, 1 Explorer, 4 Scouts, 9 Cubs and a Beaver. The Mission is to camp and cook in a home camp in every month of the year, Gold is awarded if all camps are outdoors and Silver if any are indoor camps in a den, no beds allowed and no cooking using electricity. Members have slept in igloos, bivouacs and tree houses as well as tents and woken up to bright sunshine, gusty winds, rain, fog, blizzards and ice. Beavers camp in an indoor den and only have to prepare their own breakfast rather than cook for a Bronze.

The Eastern Daily Press have £20,000 to give away to local charities and we need your help to collect tokens to increase our share of the pot. All you need to do is collect the tokens printed in the EDP and participating papers from April 26 to July 3.

These will then be collected, counted up, and the money will be shared proportionately to how many have been used for each of the different charities.

Any money 1st Fressingfield Scout Group receive will be used for the ground works to enable the installation of our New HQ building.

We have recently made significant progress with the New Headquarters project and we hope to have the modular building on site by the end of the summer.

Here is another photo courtesy of the Fressingfield village archive, this time of a break in a football match with visiting Scouts from Eye, is from 1978 at a Spring Camp at Horham

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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