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Archived blogs from Jenny Mullan, the County Commissioner for Suffolk (May 2010 until Mar 2017).

A VERY Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

What another fabulous year it has been for Scouting in Suffolk. There have been lots of highlights for me. The recent Carol Services always get me in the mood for Christmas. Was it only February when we selected the young people to go to the Jamboree? There have been so many memorable events with them. The Gala Dinner in November was just fantastic. I cannot speak highly enough of the whole team and I so look forward to seeing them all in Japan.

WHAT a fantastic Autumn we have been having. I know lots of you have made the most of the warm weather for some extra camps. I think Autumn is my favorite term. There is so much you can do to make your programmes sparkle apart from Bonfire night and, of course, there is the run up to Christmas, a magical time for young and old.

I HOPE you have all had a relaxing summer break. On the camps I visited everyone was having a super time. The Wet Weekend was a great success with more Troops camping this year and taking advantage of the fantastic water activities on offer.

I visited NORJAM and was pleased to see many Suffolk Troops and Units camping. It really was a super event. High winds and rain washed away some of the tents but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasiasm.

It has been a really busy time of late and having problems with my computer has been more than a little frustrating..

I had a super time with the 1st Carlton Colville Beaver Scouts when they celebrated their 30th birthday early in March. All sections of the Group were there to support them and make it a really special day. 

IT’S that time of year when we start looking at how much we have grown as a County. Although not all the figures are in yet, some Districts have done exceedingly well. We shall have to wait a little longer to see how the County has done as a whole.

One of the highlights so far this year has been watching the Jamboree Contingent work together. We really have a great bunch of young people and Leaders going to Japan to represent Suffolk.

Suffolk will also be well represented on the International Service Team. Keith Gleen, John Mabb, Barry Thomas, Tom Nunn, Matt Meyrick, Paul Goffin, and I have all been selected. I am so excited. We are all preparing for the adventure of a lifetime. Our tasks will be many and varied. Someone mentioned toilets but I am sure there will be some more fragrant (?) roles as well - I hope!

Another busy time. I can’t believe it is almost the middle of February.  Last Saturday, I popped to Hallowtree to visit the Jamboree contingent’s camp.

I really cannot express my admiration enough for the young people, the contingent Leaders and those such as Tina and Jose who were there to provide the catering for the weekend.  We are so lucky to have such a dedicated bunch of people who are enthusiastically preparing for the adventure of a lifetime.  I know they are all working hard in their own areas to raise the funds for it. 

The shooting and grass sledging were in progress when I arrived. Notwithstanding the rather mixed bag of weather, the young people all participated happily.  The impromptu disco at lunchtime was great fun and had me singing all the way to Bradfield where the District Scouts from Stowmarket were having their annual frostbite camp. 

It has been such a busy year for all of us and I have been so impressed with all the events I have attended during the past year

At the end of November I was honoured to be asked by 1st Oulton Broad Sea Scouts to open their new boathouse.  What a super facility!  The church Service beforehand also commemorated the 75th year of the Group, which is Royal Navy recognised.

The next big event was the selection of the 36 young people for the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015.  There were 120 Scouts and Explorer Scouts at Hallowtree.  All of them are amazing youngsters but sadly we could only select 36.  I popped into Boxford at the beginning of December when they had their first get together.  I really think we have a super contingent to represent Suffolk and there was lots of press coverage.

The Carol Services I attended were fabulous.  The Orwell District Service with the Salvation Army is always jolly.  The Church in Stowmarket surpassed expectations with 315 trees lit up for the Stowmarket District Service, while the carol service at the 14th Lowestoft HQ was a very cosy affair.  I loved them all.

I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Well, it has been a busy few weeks, mostly taken up with meetings.

I did get along to the fireworks at Christchurch Park.  They were quite spectacular.  Last week I was invited by the 36th Ipswich to their fireworks display.  I missed a lot of the fun, as I couldn’t find the field!  Nevertheless it was good to meet the Group and to catch up with old friends. 

What an amazing day last Saturday was!

Lowestoft and Waveney Valley had over 650 young people and 150 leaders at Fritton Lake Activity Park and Landguard Fort, Felixstowe and Bradfield Campsite, Bury St Edmunds had nearly as many young people and Leaders. I was privileged to be at Bradfield where Bury St Edmunds District had laid on a District Survival Camp for Scouts and Explorer Scouts with the Cubs and Beavers visiting on Saturday.

I hope you all enjoyed the Summer break and the fantastic weather. It seems that Autumn has blasted in, lets hope that we get our Indian Summer in October. I know lots of you camped in August and of couse we had Moot, our Scout and Guide camp at Bentwaters. For those of you who were there, didn't we have a fantastic time? So many activities for everyone, young and not so young to have a go. Events like this don't just happen, the hard work and commitment of the Leaders was phenomenal. I know that if I start thanking everyone I shall miss someone , so thank you to the organisers and the sub camp leaders and to everyone who made this an unforgettable experience for the Scouts and Guides. I will just say that John Kelway and his fabulous aerial runway builders owe me one!