HISTORY OF THE SCOUT GROUP

The 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group was originally formed in 1921 but unfortunately records relating to this era have been lost. In 1936 the Group was established again however due to the Second World War it was disbanded. In 1956 the Group was reformed and since then for over 60 years has provided Scouting to Grundisburgh and the surrounding villages. In 1963 a building in the village was transported to the Grundisburgh Playing Field to become the new Headquarters. This poster is on display at the Scout Hut showing the Roll of Honour when the Headquarters was opened on 8th December 1963.

Electric and water supplies were connected to the Scout Hut over the years, and in 1986 to 1987 further improvements were added, with the addition of storage space and rooms in the extension. Another Roll of Honour for the improvements is also on display at the Scout Hut.

At the end of 1998 the Scout Group was able to send 2 Scouts to the 19th World Jamboree in Chile as part of the Regional Contingent. In 2001 a Senior Section of Scouts was created. This section evolved into the new Explorer Unit when the Scout Association created Explorer Scouts for 14 to 18 year olds in 2002. In 2006 the Explorer Unit changed their name to Fynn Valley Explorer Unit with Scouts joining from 1st Otley, 1st Woodbridge and 1st Westerfield.

In 2007 we celebrated 100 years of Scouting with various events and camps. The Scout Group was able to send 3 Scouts along with Stuart Ross our GSL to the 21st World Jamboree as part of the Suffolk Contingent. This was a special Jamboree held in the UK to mark 100 years of Scouting.

The 21st World Scout Jamboree Opening Ceremony
Stuart our GSL at the World Scout Jamboree

Also in 2007 the Scout Group held its first Duck Race on the Village Green. This was such a successful day with 1000 plastic ducks floating down the river. The event has continued over the years and now has 2200 plastic ducks racing. In 2008 a new Beaver Colony for ages 6 to 8 years old was set up within the Scout Group. As a result the Scout Group grew by a third with lots of new members joining.

The new Beaver Colony being invested at St. Marys Church

In 2010 the Scout Group organised its first Family Camp at Boxford Spinney near Sudbury. Also in 2010 the Group started the new HQ project with a Sub-Committee. Fundraising events continued and these funds were put aside for the new HQ project each year. In December 2010 the Scout Group joined the Ipswich Scout Christmas Post scheme collecting cards for delivery in Ipswich and surrounding areas. In 2011 the Scout Group was able to send 1 Scout to the next World Jamboree in Sweden and after the success of the first Family Camp, a second Family Camp was organised in Thetford Forest.

In 2012 the Scout Group attended the 7th National Scout Archery Competition with members from 1st Kesgrave Scout Group. The archers were successful in winning trophies and in 2013 the Scout Groups trained harder with regular archery sessions and won even more trophies that year.

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The Archery Team and all the trophies from the 2013 Competition

Archery has continued to be a major activity at 1st Grundisburgh Scout Group with members still attending and winning trophies each year that the competition is held. Also in 2013 another Family Camp was then organised at Thriftwood campsite in Brentwood, Essex. This camp had over 160 Members, Parents and Leaders attending.

In 2016 the Scout Group held its first Fireworks Display on the Grundisburgh Playing Field. Each year this event appeals to families as we always aim to launch fireworks at 6pm and therefore not too late for younger children with early bedtimes.

In 2018 the Scout Group was named one of the beneficiaries of Nigel Batchelor’s Estate as per the wishes of his father John Batchelor. This Legacy, given to the Scout Group, has been designated as funds towards the New HQ project and will help significantly towards making the building a reality.

On 16th March 2020 the Scout Group, along with hundreds of Groups across the UK, were suspended from continuing any Scouting Activities due to the Covid-19 Pandemic that hit the World in 2020. As a result all fundraising events were cancelled, however, during this period of no activities various improvements to the Scout Hut both inside and outside were undertaken for the benefit of all our Scouting Members.