We now have a Go Fund Me page thanks to Emily for anybody wishing to donate towards our new Scout hut, (link now functioning again)
Duck race 2016
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone that volunteered for, donated to and supported our duck race…despite the grotty English weather you did us proud by turning up in great numbers to ensure another successful and rather exciting event! We couldn’t do these things without your help and support so again thank you all.
The explorers have a new leader! Rob Smith, (photo to follow), has volunteered to step up and lead the troop. It’s fabulous to welcome him to the group and hope he enjoys it as much as the rest of us.
Duck Race 2016
You’ll all be pleased to hear that after a blip last year our duck race will be going ahead this year. Put 25th June as a date in your diaries and come along to the village green and check out what all the fuss is about!!!
We are holding our annual AGM on Thursday 14th July.
St George’s Day Parade
The group attended the annual parade , which this year was held in Woodbridge. Well done to all of those who braved the chilly, damp weather to attend. We had a disappointing turnout, particularly from our youngest section and we hope to have better next year!
25th February 2016
What a start to the new year. Nearly 50 members attended the annual group outing to the Village Panto ‘Alice in Wonderland’….oh yes they did!
We have been celebrating ‘Burns Night’ in style at Beavers with Bagpipes, Scottish food and Highland Games.
The Cubs have been busy creating their own totem poles and wolfs heads to celebrate ‘100 Years of Cubs’
Our Duck Race this year will be going ahead and will take place on 25th June 2016, as usual it will be held on the Village Green. The event will open at 4pm, ducks race about 5.30pm or sooner if all tickets sold.
We made an impressive £214 from taking part in 2015 Ipswich & District Xmas Card Scheme, so a massive thank you to all who supported this.
The National Archery Championships is in Hertfordshire 7th/8th May 2016.
In 2016 the 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group are celebrating 60 Years of Continuous Scouting (1st started 1921 then again 1936) then 1956!!
Textile Collection Bin still doing well and emptied regularly when possible.
Some Scouts, Explorers and Leaders will be on Cycle Camp April/May.
Our GSL Stuart Ross had the great honour of awarding our two Beaver Leaders with their Wood Badges to mark the completion of their adult leader training.
Just let you know that the Scout Group Recycling Bin on the Pavilion Car Park is very full, we have been taking some textiles out to save elsewhere until it is emptied, hopefully next week when the collection driver comes back from his holidays!
If you want to leave items wrapped in strong waterproof bags behind the Bin we will take them away as soon as possible.
I will let you know when it has been emptied.
Many thanks for your support as this is a very important part of our fundraising towards a new HQ.
In June we held our Annual General Meeting and BBQ, which this year was followed by a group camp on the playing fields which allowed all members of the group to attend and enabled some of our youngest members to not only experience their first night away from home but their first experience of sleeping under canvas.
The Scouts took part in a “blind drop” in June had to navigate their way back to the Scout hut from their various locations, luckily they appear to have been taught well and all Scouts made it back with the last arriving a mere 15 minutes late, so well done!!
The Cubs did their civic duty, rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in to washing the signs in and around Grundisburgh Village.
The Cubs and Scouts had a night of entertainment at 10 pin bowling, apologies to anyone who turned up that night wishing to have a quiet game!
The Beaver section finished the term in style with a “Wet Night” which saw the leaders, young leaders and Beaver Scouts getting a thorough soaking, (pictures are in the photo section)
The group took part in the annual Village show, hosting several stalls including a duck tombola and the incredibly popular Soak a Scout stall, which saw many Scouts and leaders, (including Stuart Ross our Group Scout Leader) get very wet indeed!
The Scouts and Explorers
All four Sections have taken part in Mother’s Day Parade at Grundisburgh Church and St. George’s Day Parade at Framlingham.
In February Beavers had an exciting sleepover in the Hut, 4 new Beavers have joined us, we celebrated the Chinese New Year, our Young Leaders ran a Communication Night, had craft activities, bouncy hopper jousting and a very successful Badge evening with lots of Badges earned. On 9th/10th May we are on District Beaver Camp at Sizewell with other Beaver Colonies for a pirate themed adventure. Soon we will be having a visit by St. John Ambulance and a visit to Tesco Martlesham for a ‘Farm to Fork’ evening, (see photos), also den building, (see photos), camp fires and Village hike. Unfortunately we have said farewell to Beaver Colony Assistants Annette Houghton and Sally Grahn after they gave us much support and help, we thank them both and wish them well.
Cubs have continued with their Promise Challenge Badge requirements by visiting St. Mary’s Church in Grundisburgh and the Hindu Temple in Ipswich. Cubs also enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt and a Spring Scavenger Hunt in addition to gaining loads of Badges after the Badge Night.
We are looking forward to many outdoor activities this Term with the highlight being the Cub Camp at Hallowtrees, Ipswich, at the end of May, (see photos).
Scouts also had an Easter Egg Hunt, the Expedition Challenge went well hiking from Stowmarket and Needham Market back to Grundisburgh. Some older Scouts enjoyed Phoenix Camp at Bradwell Park with Explorers.
On 9th/10th May our Archery Team are again in Hertfordshire at the National Scout Archery Finals and hopefully will be bringing back many Medals and Trophies.
We will not be holding our annual Duck Race in July this year and at the moment we have not set any alternative date, although the Scout Group will be having fundraising stalls at the Village Show.
Unfortunately we have found glass bottles in the Scout Groups Textile Bin, not just one or two but several in a carrier bag and others laying separately amongst the clothes. Please, please, whoever did this – read what it says on the front – ‘No Glass’. If the Recycling Company decide to cancel our Contract this will affect our fundraising drastically.
All Sections of our Group enjoyed great Xmas Parties with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts attending Kingpin Bowling, Explorers going Paintballing, Crazy Golf and Roller Skating.
In January over 50 of us attended the Village Panto with some of the Scout Group members in the cast, it was a great Panto and very funny with excellent acting.
Archery Training for the National Championships has started with a good number of participants, and recently a great article in the local newspapers.
We will be at the Grundisburgh Mothers’ Day Parade and St. George’s Day in Woodbridge.
Jenny Sewell has said farewell after much support and help to us in her role of Beaver Colony Assistant, we will all miss Jenny and hope she can come back again someday.
Beavers have visited the Observatory in Nacton, had a ‘Space Night’ at the hut when Joel Tatham gave a very interesting talk about the ‘Planets, Comets and the Solar System’.
The Police came and spoke about ‘How to Keep Safe’ and we also had a ‘Night of Knots’ learning how to tie knots. We are looking forward to making Pancakes, having an
International Themed Sleepover and learning 1st Aid with the St. John’s Ambulance.
Cubs visited ‘Pets At Home’ in Martlesham, had Lego Robots, Night Hike and International Scouting Nights. They will be visiting St. Mary’s Church in Grundisburgh and the Hindu Mandir in Ipswich to complete their Promise Challenge Badge, also walking around the area for the Local Knowledge Badge and the First Aid Badge should be fun with one of our parents doing some ‘plaster casting’.
Scouts took part in the District Air Rifle Competition and did very well coming 5th out of 10 Teams, only two points behind 3rd place, they will also be swimming with a chip supper, the Expedition Challenge hiking from Stowmarket and Needham Market back to Grundisburgh, Orienteering, Easter Egg Hunt, Incident Hikes in the Village and Cycle Camp with some Explorers.
Explorers have been swimming at Crown Pools with a chip supper, a night at the Panto, and pancake making in the hut. Early March they will join the older Scouts on Phoenix Camp in Bradfield Park, Bury St. Edmunds, and before the Easter holidays an Easter Egg Hunt, then Cycle Camp early May.
XMAS CARD POST
A big thanks to all our Collection Point Sponsors – Mrs Williams, Doctors Surgery, Grange Farm, Wotsits and Woodbridge Library, and to those who used our Card Scheme at Xmas by supporting us in this way, we made £205 towards our fundraising (£194 in 2013).
Scout Group Secretary
APPEAL FOR HELP
We are seeking potential volunteers to help us proceed further with our plans to build new premises to serve as a Meeting place for the Scout and Guide Movements and also for Clubs, Organisations or private hire if other venues are not available.
We need individuals who could form a willing band of helpers with particular skills in Planning, Legal advice and assistance, Construction and Building trades and would value their input with this project.
If you would be interested please contact Pat Ross – 01473 735352/07929 730709
On Saturday 24th January; Andy Taylor, Josh Peat, Oliver Cavanagh, Lawrence King and Ryan Swain competed in the district air rifle competition at Aldeburgh Scout HQ. Against some very stiff competition the team came in a very credible 5th place and were just 1 point behind the teams in both 3rd and 4th.
On Friday 30th Jan about 60 Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders had a very enjoyable evening at the Pantomime. GADS opening night performance of “Its Panto Jim But Not As We Know It” was very much enjoyed by all who attended, and 1st Grundisburgh would like to thank all who were involved with the production for a great night.
The bin was installed late January/early February 2011 and is located in the Car Park at Grundisburgh Playing Field and is collected roughly every couple of months. The bin accepts, old and unwanted textiles.
We’re paid 0.25 pence perk kilogram. The overall weight collected since the first collection (March 2011) is 13,000 kg which equates to £3,250!
Keep recycling your old textiles!