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Fakenham Wensum is fifty

Scout members past and present celebrate 50 years of the current Fakenham Scout Group. 

On Saturday 8 December members of the Fakenham Wensum Scout Group opened their doors to previous members and the local community to celebrate the ending of the group’s fiftieth year. 

There has been a number of celebrations throughout the year, which included the Group hosting the District St. Georges’ Day celebration and adopting a brand new Group badge on their neckerchief. 

Group Scout Leader, Bobbie Stevenson, welcomed all the guests including Town Mayor, George Acheson and Deputy Mayor, Gilly Foortse and gave a brief summary of the recent history of the Group.  

County Commissioner, Matthew Burrell said “Scouting has to be relevant to now, however we are lucky to have a rich history stretching back over 100 years. It is always lovely to take some time to look back at what has changed and what stays the same.”  

He continued “What we have found is that young people are incredibly interested in the recent social history of this country and it is great that we can come together to share these memories” 

Fakenham Wensum, has seen a revival over recent years having been at risk of closure the dedication of new leadership, trustees and the support of the local community has seen the numbers grow to over 60 young people.  

In February an Explorer Scout Unit will also be opening in the Group’s recently renovated Headquarters. 

During the event Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts talked to past members of the group who shared photos, documents and artefact.  

The Scouts spent time interviewing all of the guests as part of a heritage project related to the group’s special anniversary. 

The group is currently seeking additional volunteers to join this local success story to help them continue to provide the excellent programmes that are attracting young people and to ensure that they can continue to grow to meet demand. 

If you are interested in joining please contact Norfolk Scouts hq@norfolkscouts.org.uk  

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