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Village Newsletter: May 2021

Date: 1st May 2021 Author: Ciarán Carr

If the freeing of Lockdown restrictions goes as planned Scouting will be on the road back to normality and we hope to be camping by the summer!

After the Easter break we will be allowed to meet Face to Face for socially distanced activities, all venues will have to be assessed for COVID risk and approved beforehand so we shall be working with several restrictions. At the moment the Section Leader teams are working on their programme for the next half term and hoping the restrictions will be more relaxed by June. In the May half term break we are planning for our usual Group Camp. We are unlikely to be all allowed to camp overnight together, so camping will be in our own gardens with virtual get togethers on Zoom, but hopefully we will be able have some activities together during the weekend.

Thank you to everyone that has continued to save and donate crisp packets to our appeal. An awful lot of crisp packets have been sent for recycling and we have received around £360 which will go towards the purchase of kayaks made from recycled plastic. Please continue to collect and hand to any member, leave at the Goodwin Hall or village shop.

Progress with the new Headquarters is slow but we are still heading towards a successful conclusion, we will update you as soon as we are able.

The Scout archive project is going well, it seems Scouting was started in Fressingfield in 1908 by Roland James Milleville Raven-Hart the vicar’s son. That will make it one of the earliest Groups in the country, only one year after Lord Baden-Powell’s first experimental camp.

We are interested in knowing about the involvement of Doctor and Mrs Chase who were Scout and Cub Leaders in the sixties. Other than a few old Scouting books in our library with Dr Chase’s name inside and odd comments from former members we have no records, so we would like to hear from anyone that has any memories, anecdotes or even just dates when they were part of the Group.

If you can help with this or have any other material or memories to share please contact scouts@ciarancarr.co.uk or Michael Knights 07761827053

To see what we have gathered and found out so far check out the history page on our website https://www.1stfressingfieldscouts.org.uk/history

Here is another photo courtesy of the Fressingfield village archive, this time from the NORJAM Jamboree at the Norfolk Showground in 1983, does anyone recognise themselves?

Along side the archive project we are starting an organisation for former members.

Fressingfield Scouts’ Old Boys and Girls Network (FOBN) is simply a group for anyone who was involved with Scouting in Fressingfield in the past. It is an informal group with the simple aim of meeting up, reviving memories and catching up with old friends and colleagues. There are no membership fees or annual subscriptions, simply a register of names and email addresses, with a note of when and how you were involved.

We plan to have a couple of informal get togethers each year as well as supporting Scout Group social activities. Scout Group regular Newsletters, updates and the monthly Parish Newsletter contribution will be emailed to keep you up to date with Scout Group activities.

Whether you were involved as a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venture Scout, Explorer, Leader, Helper or on the Group Executive (Parents) committee in the past please get in touch to join this informal network.

Contact
Michael Knights
email michaelknightshoxne@gmail.com
01379 668060
Or
Eammon Andrews
email eammonandrews@gmail.com
01379 384207

To find out more about 1st Fressingfield Scout Group have a look at our website or speak to any Leader.

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