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.
Merry Christmas all, and a very Happy New Year.