Four New Groups in the Eastern Region Opened During Year One of Project

Thursday, 28 June 2018

As our DCMS and Big Lottery funded New Groups Project in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire begins its second year of operation, we have four new Pioneer groups successfully up and running in the region with even more Pioneer and Venturer groups to follow soon.

Our team of Development Officers have been hard at work bringing Woodcraft Folk activities to new communities, working closely with new and existing volunteers across the three counties. Norwich and Cambridge districts have each opened an additional Pioneer group reaching children aged 10-12 in new areas of these cities. Whilst in the towns of St Neots and Diss, Pioneer groups have been set up to establish new districts during the first year of the projects. Both of these districts will look to open Venturer groups in the second year of our project funding to allow young people of a wider age range to take part, as well as providing an opportunity for older Pioneers to stay involved as they turn 13. 

With the summer months upon us, outreach at a range of community events is in full swing with Development Officers and volunteers spreading the word about what we do everywhere from school fetes to music festivals, country shows to community picnics. We’re also organising plenty of our own events with taster sessions in Peterborough, Thetford and Ipswich coming up and PlayOuts planned in Bury St Edmunds and St Neots. Lowestoft hosted a very successful activity day last month from which new young people have joined their Elfin and Pioneer groups for the last weeks of term. Plans are also underway for a presence at the Burston Strike School Rally in September with volunteers and young members from Norwich and Diss taking part.

We’re excited by the passion and enthusiasm of the volunteers who have come forward, whether they’ve previous been involved with Woodcraft Folk as a child or volunteer or those who have joined us for the first time but have tremendous support for what we do. Without these individuals our new groups wouldn’t have got off the ground, and over the next two years we’re looking for even more individuals like them in order to open a total of 18 new groups in the region.

If you live or work in Norfolk, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire and are interested in supporting, volunteering with or joining one of our new groups get in touch with Pippa Gardner, Project Co-ordinator at or 07422966197 to find out more. Our upcoming taster sessions and PlayOuts can be found listed in the calendar and registered groups are listed on our map.