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Village Newsletter: October 2020

Date: 1st Oct 2020 Author: Ciarán Carr

Fressingfield Scout Group continues to provide activities, friendship, new experiences and personal development to our members.

Virtual Scouting is all that we have known for months, but we are now able to provide some face-to-face Scouting. There are strict rules, a risk assessment and approval system for every meeting, and we will continue with virtual meetings and activities blended with face-to-face outdoor Scouting opportunities.

All face-to-face activities must be outdoors, and socially distanced, at the moment. As the C-19 situation hopefully improves, restrictions will relax and we will be able to use inside spaces as well. Our issue with this is until we secure the final piece of funding for our new HQ we will be unlikely to return to indoor meetings as the Goodwin Hall, (our existing rented building), would not be Covid compliant with regard to toilet provision and hand washing facilities. With all the restrictions in place our Group fundraising has effectively stopped and that has delayed us.

During the summer we began our return to face to face Scouting, first out of the block were the Explorers, in searing heat, seven members of the Unit completed a 20km hike in 5 hours through the beautiful local countryside and had an activity day at the HQ site for a variety of activities including the lining of the pond in the wildlife area, ready for planting up and colonisation by wildlife over the autumn. The Scout Troops are working together and went on a photography trip to Dunwich Beach. It was great to be out and about together again. Pioneer troop Patrol Leaders accompanied by their Explorer friend went on a 10 mile Project Hike on footpaths from Eye to Stradbroke calling at 6 churchyards on the way and carrying out wildlife assessments.

Section Leaders have been working on blending the virtual sessions with a small number of outdoor activities. Outdoor sessions will be based at our new site. Scouts are planning martial arts training with fencing, later on a pumpkin carving session and an after dark photography walk around the village. Cubs will be trying out a code breaking scavenger hunt and cooking on a camp fire.

Virtual activities are continuing with Scouts having quizzes, map reading activities and planning for the future. Over the summer Cubs have been running “Scouts in the Sky” where each week they learn about a different country and try out some traditional games and food from that week’s destination, this will continue in the first half of the term.

As you may be aware, we are extremely close to securing our New Headquarters. We have just £80,000 to raise before the building can be delivered, installed, and connected to the local infrastructure.

We have recently launched a CrowdFunder campaign, www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-hq focusing on the smaller remaining total required. Please help us if you can by: donating, commenting to show we have community support or just by sharing. If you would like further information please contact scouts@ciarancarr.co.uk

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