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Haverhill Scouts look forward to resuming meetings after a long hiatus




Scouting looks set to return in Haverhill seven months after having to stop because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The 1st Haverhill Scouts has contacted parents to ask if their children would like to resume the weekly meetings which will begin again on Thursday, November 5.

Jack Tappin, the 1st Haverhill Scouts leader, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer Scouting again for the children of Haverhill.

1st Haverhill Cub Scouts on an orienteering trip to Thetford in 2018. Submitted picture
1st Haverhill Cub Scouts on an orienteering trip to Thetford in 2018. Submitted picture

“The lockdown has been a difficult time for many, and while we’re having to do Scouting differently to comply with Government advice, we’re looking forward to offering Scouting in a safe environment.

“I’m sure the children are looking forward to getting active outdoors again too.”

Due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions, added Jack, the Scouts will be undertaking a number of mitigation measures including social distancing, face coverings, and bubbles of children limited to 15, thus meeting on alternate weeks if there is sufficient demand, after week one.

Kayaking fun for the 1st Haverhill Cub Scouts. Submitted picture
Kayaking fun for the 1st Haverhill Cub Scouts. Submitted picture

Meetings will be shortened to run from 7.30pm to 9pm and children asked to arrive in scruff kit (no uniform) with just their neck scarves, as it is intended to hold meetings outside where possible, to ensure social distancing.

To minimise risks, weather permitting, groups will concentrate on outdoor activities, therefore, all young people will need to be appropriately clothed for the weather.

Scouts need to be provided with a face covering which must be worn during all indoor activities, including using the toilet facilities; this requirement does not apply to Beavers or Cubs. Hand sanitising facilities will be available for all sections.

In the letter to parents, Jack said: “We will also be without some of our leaders who will continue to shield for safety reasons.

“Thus if there are any parents who are interested in volunteering, even if just for a few weeks, that would be hugely appreciated.

“Of course the current situation with Covid-19 remains fluid, so there may be further changes to our planned return, and I’ll keep you informed if so.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to welcome your child back to Scouting next month.”

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