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5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts increase their community engagement and have successful Regatta

News Article5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts increase their community engagement and have successful Regatta

The past few months have been extremely busy for the group with 5 weeks on a reservoir practising sailing, kayaking, pulling and rafting with all sections taking part.  We have supported another river clean with Transition Woodbridge and gone all out for the Regatta.

Volunteers turned out to help take part in a river clean organised by local group Transitions Woodbridge, a community-led group that aims to strengthen the local economy and prepare for a future with less oil and a changing climate.

Together with the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts, supporters and organisers collected over 11 bags of rubbish containing among other things; a broom head, a length of carpet, pontoon polystyrene, fishing and nylon rope and cigarette butts.

Over 30 people attended and covered various areas across the town including the other side of the river bank thanks to the sea scouts rowing over to help.

Organiser Jane Healey of Transition Woodbridge said of the days result: “There were 26 bags last year so there’s been an improvement. I’m really absolutely thrilled, it’s different every time. Thanks to everyone who came and also to Jason of Rubbish Walks for recording the event”

5WSS were chosen as the charity for the Regatta and were able to collect donations along the river wall.  This along with our annual BBQ, refreshments, cakes, raffle and boat rides raised over £2000 which will go towards the running cost of the group and our building renovations project.

This was the first year we supplied boat rides to the general public which was very well supported by our Explorer section (14-17 year olds).  The Explorers helmed the trips and helped manage the public.

Jane Stone Explorer leader said: “The maturity and skills the Explorers have shown this weekend is amazing and makes us all so proud.”

Barrie Hayter Group Scout Leader said: “The generosity of our local businesses donating Raffle prizes allowed us to raise £550 towards our renovation project. The event so successful due to the hard work of the leaders, parents, grandparents and children. “

5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts operates from a building that was donated to us in the 1970’s that is in need of major renovations to ensure the successful running of the group into the future.

The group has members from 5.5 years all the way to 18 years old.