Welcome to 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scout Group. Founded in 1931, 3rd Chalkwell Bay operates from our purpose built headquarters in the Old Town of Leigh on Sea in Essex, where we run a huge array activities and training for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 and beyond. We are recognised by the Royal Navy as one of the top 100 Sea Scout Groups in the country.
As a Sea Scout Group a lot of our activities are based on the water, and we have a large fleet of our own boats including Wanderers, Topazs & a Laser Stratos, plus a collection of safety and rowing boats to name a few. We are an RYA and BRA Recognised Training Centre, giving formal sailing, power boating and rowing training to national standards most weekends. We also offer an array of land based activities and traditional Scouting skills such as hiking, climbing, camping, and visits away.
The Group has five sections, Beavers for 6-8 year olds, Cubs for 8–10½ year olds, two Sea Scout Troops for boys & girls aged 10½ – 14, and the Endeavour Explorer Sea Scout Unit for 14-18 year olds. All sections are led by a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers and qualified instructors. There is also an old boys (and girls) association called the Leigh Creek Guzzlers, which is open to anyone who has ever been associated with the Group, and the district Scout Network Unit for 18-25 year olds also meets at The Den.
On Sunday 18 December we held our annual Toy & Carol Service at The Den, along with the congregation from New Road’s Fishermen’s Chapel. It was a busy morning in the Old Town and our HQ was packed with young people and their families to sing some of our favourite carols; we hope you all enjoyed the singing and service.
At the end of the service the District Commissioner, Dan Parsons, presented 3 Chief Scouts Awards – the highest training award in each section – to Ruby, Emma and Sydney, as well as 10 year service awards to Solebay Scout Troop leaders Karen and Pip.
In the weeks running up to Christmas, the Group has been collecting toys for those children less fortunate than ourselves in the town, which will be distributed by the Marigold Centre in Southend. There was a huge stack filling the corner of The Den, donated by the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, leaders and parents – thank you very much for your generosity, which will make a genuine difference to children elsewhere in the Southend area.
Cub Scouting’s Centenary Year came to a close in style this week.
3rdCB’s Cubs, along with all the other Cubs in the district were invited into Southend’s Council chamber to renew their promise, led by our own Akela (who also happens to be the Asst District Commissioner for Cubs).
Happy birthday to all current and former Cubs, and hears to another 100 years!
December has been a busy month for fundraising at 3rdCB. We started off with a new venture – singing Christmas Carols to commuters at Leigh Station on their way home. Led by Ralph Faulkes (aka Mr Baloo) the choir raised £407 over a couple of hours on a cold Tuesday evening – thank you to all those who came along and sang, as well as the generous commuters of Leigh, and to C2C for having us.
The next weekend we were in Morrison’s in Hadleigh helping shoppers pack their bags and spreading Christmas cheer in return for small donations. These worked out at over £1325 over two days thanks to the kindness of Morrison’s customers, along with a letter from the store’s Community Champion praising the efforts of the Scouts and inviting us back again soon.
Finally, Scout parent Giles Starkey has been busy on behalf of the Group as well. Giles was sponsored to sail 2,700 miles across the Atlantic from Grand Canaria to St Lucia as part of the ARC Rally on the 48′ yacht EH01. Giles raised over £1,250 for the Group’s new boating centre project (there still time to donate if you haven’t already), and arranged further donation of £3,500 from his employers at First State Investments – Thank you very much for all your work Giles.
If you have any ideas for fundraising activities, would like to donate, of if your company would be filling to support us, please get in contact. All funds raised are going towards our New Boating Centre Project and general operating costs to keep Scouting in Old Leigh affordable for all.
3rd Chalkwell Bay joined veterans, dignitaries, cadet forces and many others from the community at Southend Cenotaph on Sunday for the town’s Remembrance Service. Around 130 Scouts, Explorers and leaders had the honour to march with veterans to the war memorial overlooking the Thames Estuary and pay homage to those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Cubs and Scouts from 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined others from across Southend West on Sunday to celebrate achieving the top Scouting award in their sections – the Chief Scout’s Award.
The 7 3rdCB Cubs & Scouts were presented with their Chief Scout’s Silver and Gold award certificates by the District Commissioner at The Cliffs Pavilion. They each had to work towards a variety of challenges, ranging from trying new outdoor and adventurous activities, to helping in the community and showing how they’d kept their Scout Promise.
Congratulations and well done to all who achieved this prestigious award during the year!
A huge thank you to everyone that was involved with Old Leigh Regatta on Sunday 18 September. The day was a big success and we raised over £2,500 for the Group from the Tea Tent, stalls and collecting tins. Thanks to all that helped with jumble, cake and teddy donations and to everyone that helped on the day too with the setting up and taking down the event as well as running the stalls, collecting tins and road barriers. We simply could not have run it without all your help. BIG THANKS!
Old Leigh was buzzing as families came down to enjoy the atmosphere and join in the run. A big thanks to The Daisy Bowlers and The Delta Jacks, who amongst others provided us with some great live music in the Mayflower car park to accompany 3rdCB’s games and stalls.
To top it off, the 3rdCB team won the Scout Pentathlon against 4th/6th Leigh. The two Old Town Groups battled it out in a sedan chair race, tug-o-war, rowning, sailing and the grand finale – the marsh race. A huge well done to all the boys that took park and maintained 3rdCB’s place on top!
We’re very sad to pass on the news that Pat Smith, one of the Vice Presidents of 3rd Chalkwell Bay and a very long time supporter of the Group passed away on Sunday 28 August after a short illness. We’re all deeply saddened by the news and our thoughts are with her family, many of whom were also members of the Group.
Pat’s funeral will be held on Monday 17th October at 1245 at St Barnabas Church, Church Road Hadleigh, followed by a burial at Southend cemetery. The wake will be at the Cliffs Pavilion from approx 1415. Family flowers only; donations to 3rd Chalkwell Bay.
We’re very pleased to have passed our recent Royal Yachting Association Inspection “with flying colours”, allowing us to continue teaching dinghy sailing and powerboating to national governing body standards, and issue globally recognised certificates to our Scouts, as well as their Scouting badges. Continue reading RYA Accreditation Renewed→
An old 3rdCB summer tradition of Ray Days was resurrected during the summer holidays. A team of 16 Scouts, Explorers and leaders left The Den on the ebbing tide in the early hours of Saturday morning and took our fleet of sailing and motor boats out to the middle of the Thames Estuary off Westcliff. As the tide dropped the the Marsh End Sands were revealed, separating the Ray Gut and Southend from the deep water Sea Reach shipping channel. When the tide is out the sands give a solid beach to land on, play games, cook BBQs and sail off; the Ray is also very sheltered allowing for some good sailing & swiming. Continue reading Ray Day Fun in the Sun→
Renown and Solebay Troops joined almost 10,000 other Scouts and Guides from around the world for their Summer Camp at Essex International Jamboree in August 2016.
It was the first time the Scouts have been to a jamboree in a very long time and it was very different to what we usually do, but with activities from quad biking to raves, and shot gun shooting to sweet making there was something for everyone and a definite hit with the Scouts. Continue reading Scouts join 10,000 others at Essex Jamboree→