Suffolk Bushcraft Group Monthly Meeting Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May 2014

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2 Night Monthly Suffolk Bushcraft Group Meeting Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th May 2014

1st year Anniversary Meet of meeting at Stansfield..

All Welcome, Newbies, all levels of experience, Tree and Ground Dwellers.

Location
A 10 Acre mixed Woodland that is very quiet and secluded, and lends itself to wild camping, both in Hammocks and Tents/Tarps, just outside of the village of Stansfield,

Regulars that have been to the Site before - 12:00 onwards - First person on site to report at Office before going to the woods, so The landowner knows we have arrived, No arivals after 9:30pm.....

New commers to Site - Meet at Compasses Pub, Stansfield, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 8LN. By Arrangement, normally finishing about midday on the Last day. Please be on time as the Woodland is hard to find, (Please be be aware that due to the location of the parking/site being next to House's the Very Late 9:30pm arrival will not be available as we like to keep traffic to a minimum,)

Cost
The Camp Site charge per person for the weekend, and Paid following Breakfast on Saturday, In Cash please on arrival, Please bring the correct amount.

Adults - Upto two nights £10 and Group Fund Fee's (£5) = £15

10 to 18 years of age - Upto two nights £5 and Group Fund Fee's (£2.50) = £7.50

Under 10's there is no charge.

Under 18s
Are welcome to attend, they are the responsibility of the Parent/Guardian that they came to the meet with, also please keep children under control. Please Note this a remote woodland in Suffolk, it is about 1 Mile from a road, and some time only accesable by foot across a field (about 1/2 mile), please read the full description of the place, it may be worth a visit before bringing under 18's, just to make sure its not too wild for them.

Behavior
Our meets, are good natured and light hearted, with safety in mind, we aim to carry this on with self regulation, if it does not then the offending person will be asked to leave immediately.

Facilities
This is a very wild site...There is a Basic Farm Flushing Toilet and Shower at a Farm Yard about 1km away, the nearest Tap is about a 600m from the Woodland.

Personal Hygiene - there is now a Long Drop toilet in the woodland, and a flushing one at the Farm, please bring your Hygiene kits (loo roll ect),

The Communal Area has a number of seat/ small tables, a rustic bushy Table seat next to a clay oven to make food prep a bit easier then doing it on your lap, during meets a Tarp will be put up over the fire area, The fire pit has a concrete base, with a Tripod and Extension with a griddle over the fire for everyone's use.

There is also a Pole Lathe and a Shave horse for use, you will need to bring any tools you require.

There is a lean to one man natural shelter that can be used, in a secluded area, if you would like to use it for a night, that would be on a first come, first serve basis, it may need re-roofing prior to use.

Housekeeping
There is NO Facility to leave rubbish on site or at the farm, please bring a Rubbish Bag for your waste and take it home; we have had occasions were other peoples pitches have been cleaned up by others, You Carry In – You Carry Out.

We do have a rule of no rubbish to be burnt on the fire during time people are cooking or using the fire area for food drink preparation, Please respect this.

Fire Places and Fire scar’s to be kept to a minimum, this will depend on activities, if you make a Fire Scar for any reason, other than communal one, then it is your responsibility to clean it up, The Main communal Fire is Everyone’s responsibility to clean up after.

NO Green Wood to be cut........

Vehicles and Access and Parking to site
There is NO Vehicle Access to the site at the moment - Car Parking for the woodland will be about 800m away from the woodland in a Working Farm Yard, please do not block Gates and Barn doorways.

Cars are not allowed onto the site, and Must be parked in the Parking Area... DO NOT attempt to drive past this area... the Track we use is NOT Suitable for any other Vehicles other the OFF ROAD Vehicles..... The ones allowed to the site will be agreed....

Depending on weather teh Car rule may well change the ground was dry enough to drive down and drop off... I will Make a decisson on the day on Access to the woods by Car, this will only be for drop of of kit ONLY DRIVE DOWN IF INFORMED IT OK TO DO SO.

Group Meal,

Group Meal its a Green Chilli being cooked by Mark, a Traditional Colorado recipe, thank you for that Mark :), if your interested add your name to the meal list.

As it is a year since we can use the Woods at Stansfield, It has been mentioned a nice sit down meal to celebrate would be fun :), anyone up for the challenge on organizing this

(The Group meals are supplied but the person making them, then the cost is divided between the participants, please remember Cash is required).

In case of Unforeseen events that may cause there to be no group meal, please allow in your catering for that emergency meal.

Air Guns/Archery
As a Bonus for the Regular Attendees to Monthly Meets will be able to use Air Guns (Non FAC - under 12flb only) for Target use only in a designated area, they will be subject to Chronograph before use by the Range Control Officer,and any decision on the use of Air Guns and Range that he makes will be final, and has the right to refuse the use of the gun or any person using a gun.

Archery will be available as a Bonus activity for Regulars Only on the same Basis as Air guns, Max Bow power 30lb@28" unless you are a Full Member of a Archery Club, and a member of a Feild Archery Govening Body such as NFAS, GANS EFAA, This will be checked, Target Piles only No Broad Heads ect. We have a boss and now have two 3D Archery Targets. No Cross Bows are allowed at this point in time.


The Archery Targets are ONLY for use with Bows/arrows, They are NOT to be used for anything else.

IF YOU ARE NOT A REGULAR ATTENDEE TO THE MONTHLY MEET PLEASE DO NOT ASK IF YOU CAN SHOOT... IT IS ONLY FOR THE REGULARS.

Please inform myself if you intend on bringing an Air Gun/ Bow prior to arrival.

Any person not adhering to these conditions may be asked to stop the activity.

Other Info
Please keep to the simple rules and treat it with respect.

Wood can be gathered from around the site, Dead Wood only to be used. No green wood cutting allowed

Please note that the Group Shed is for Group equipment, personal Equipment may be left as a last resort between two meets, but the sole responsibility for the items left in the shed lays solely with the person they are left by, the Attenders, Landowner and the Group are in no way responsible for loss damage or theft of the items.

Of course Micky being taken is compulsory....

I know people Like taking Photo's and sharing experiences, and some do not like the Photo's on the Internet, so Please bear this in mind when posting after the event, also I you do not want your picture on the internet then please make all aware....

Slippers are welcome.....

Also don't forget, people do bring swaps and items for sale, so a meet can be a great place to get some kit.. reason to bring a little bit of cash with you.

All Attendee's, attend and take part in any activities at their own risk....by attending you agree to this term.

First Aid
There are no First Aid facilities on site, so you will need to bring your own suitable First Aid kit, not just some plasters.

The nearest A & E is 20 minutes drive at;

West Suffolk Hospital
Hardwick Lane
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk IP33 2QZ,
Switchboard: 01284 713000

Skill Share Topic/s.
This is where we Share Skills and pass on information about a subject, all at the meet are welcome to attend and take part, the sessions are headed up by an Attender, Input by others are welcome as there are different ways of doing things,

NO Skill Share as of yet - please come forward to offer to run one :)

If you plan to attend, then Paste and Copy the Just the Attendance List and place name on bottom of list add Arrival date and time, I will add to the Main Post.

List of Attending
1. Big Stu - Arriving Friday - 14:00
2. Hedgecrafter (Russell) arriving Sat 09:00
3. Chris -Friday 16:00
4. Mark - Arriving Friday - 14:00
5. Steve - Arriving Friday - 14:00
6. John - Arriving Saturday 09:00ish
7. Carl
8. Kevin - arrive Fri 14:00+
9. AndyW - hopefully Friday, will confirm ASAP
10. Sean - Arriving Fri 18:00 ish (no group meal)
11. James. Arrive sat. Midday
12.
13.
14.

Visiting
1.


Other Dates
23rd May to 26th May 2014 - 4 Night Boone Challenge.
6th & 7th June 2014 - Monthly Meet - Communial Shelter Build
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th July 2014 - Monthly Meet -Skill Share TBA
Friday 25th to Sunday 27th July 2014 - Family Suff-Moot - Provisional if there is the interest.
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014 - Monthly Meet -Skill Share is Sharps, Fire lighting and lays and Tarpoligy
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th September 2014 - Monthly Meet – (Saturday will be the Response Pack Challenge)

Interest For Family Suff-Moot
1. Big Stu
2. Chris O, Mrs Ozzy and Jr Ozzy
3. Iambosscat, Mrs Bosscat and the two little Kittens
 
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Big Stu 12

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At the April Meeting it was spoken about that the May Meeting would be a full Year since we started to Build a Base at Stansfield , during the Chat it was though thatt it would be nice to have a Celebratory Meal for this one.

The chat lead to may be a Full Roast dinner of some description, with tables may be a bottle or two, what are your thoughts and are you interested, This will need to be a joint effort to get it going maybe with someone heading it up...

Lets get a Party going as the weather is Improving maybe see a few family's/partners there :)..
 
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Hedgecrafter

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List of Attending
1. Big Stu - Arriving Friday - 14:00
2. Hedgecrafter (Russell) arriving Sat 09:00
3.
4.
5.
6.

Visiting
1.


Interest For Family Suff-Moot
1. Big Stu
2. Chris O, Mrs Ozzy and Jr Ozzy
3. Iambosscat, Mrs Bosscat and the two little Kittens
4. Hedgecrafter, Mrs Crafter and microcrafter.
 

ozzy1977

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List of Attending
1. Big Stu - Arriving Friday - 14:00
2. Hedgecrafter (Russell) arriving Sat 09:00
3. Chris -Friday 12:00
4.
5.
6.
Visiting 1.
 

MarkinLondon

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Assuming that I can find a ride, then I'm in. I can get to Cambridge without too much drama, though I'd be taking a train from Luton to London and then to Cambridge, both on Friday and then on Sunday. So STEVE, let's go!

And I'm all in for a big goofy meal. I can bring a bottle of wine or two, assuming that we have a some sort of carcass slow roasting over a fire all day.

I'm also digging the gear swap idea. I could easily swap a brass stove or a big paraffin lantern for something that I need. Figuring out what I need/want will be the funny part. The only thing that I'm thinking of is a larger hatchet. I'd love a restored 1000g Kent with a hatchet-sized helve.
 

Hedgecrafter

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Mark, do you want me to keep an eye out at the boot fare?
I always see them. If I know they are going to get moved on then ill pick up a couple for swaps.
 

MarkinLondon

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Mark, do you want me to keep an eye out at the boot fare?
I always see them. If I know they are going to get moved on then ill pick up a couple for swaps.

Yes I would! A 1 pound (or 1.5) should work out well. Then I can deal with the helve issue. A 16 inch seemed to be the most practical for me.

I can certainly clean up and sharpen the head, so as long as it has no nicks I should be fine.


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Hedgecrafter

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Ha. I'm Russell. That got the food.
Don't worry, I'm still only 1/2 way to remembering everyone. It's tricky when everyone has 2 names.
 

Big Stu 12

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Yes I would! A 1 pound (or 1.5) should work out well. Then I can deal with the helve issue. A 16 inch seemed to be the most practical for me.

Thats a size I like find it a good all rounder

1 still have 2 2lb lots of bambi in the freezer.

maybe an Idea :)...

In a way I would liek to use the dustbin agian as its not a way of cook we use much.. :) saying that we can cook anything in the dustbin really

Ah man!! I'm almost willing to give up the Boone challenge for this, I was there last May and will have to miss this or the Boone. Arrghh!

Its a hard choice Bud.. shame you cant do both.. or could you do one night at one and two nights at the other :)
 

Big Stu 12

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Less the Three weeks to the Monthly Meet, and still no Skill Share, anyone take this on Please. Lets not let these drop
 

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