Scout group needs extra help

A FELIXSTOWE sea scout group is facing closure because it does not have enough volunteers to help run its weekly meetings.The 1st Felixstowe Sea Scout Group is almost 90-years-old and is based at its own premises at Bath Road in the town.

A FELIXSTOWE sea scout group is facing closure because it does not have enough volunteers to help run its weekly meetings.

The 1st Felixstowe Sea Scout Group is almost 90-years-old and is based at its own premises at Bath Road in the town.

Although regularly attended by 20 boys between the ages of ten and 14, the group is desperate for volunteers and a scout leader to help with the running of its weekly meetings.

Scout leader Paul Bailey said: “It would be such a shame for the young people of Felixstowe to lose this facility.


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“The achievements of the young people involved are inspiring.

“But it is just not feasible for groups to be run by a single volunteer.”

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The group meets each Friday between 7.30pm and 9.45pm, and provides young people with the opportunity to join in activities such as hiking, climbing, camping, and achieve awards while learning valuable life skills.

Topics such as DIY, sport, fitness, electronics, theatre, cooking are all included in the programme of events arranged at the group, but the group is presently being run single-handedly by Mr Bailey, a parent of one of the youngsters attending.

Mr Bailey said: “I would love to hear from any local people with a few hours a week to spare on Friday evenings and are willing to help out.

“No special qualifications are required - just having enthusiasm and an interest in helping young people to make a positive difference to their lives.”

The Management Committee of the group are meeting at the hut on Friday January 12 to discuss the future of 1st Felixstowe Sea Scouts however without additional support the group may have to close.

Anyone interested in helping out with the group is asked to contact Tim Tarnell on 01473 272500 or 07710 013110.

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