The activities ranged from races on the mud to painting a portrait of Baden Powell at arms length, and speed-making an omelette to sand-sculptures on the beach, as well as many more. The winner of the Cups, named in honour of our former leader and president, and for the father of our current Group Scout Leader, will be announced at the Group’s Presentation Evening in January.
3rd Chalkwell Bay celebrated the Harvest Festival at our Church Parade to the Fishermen’s Chapel on New Road in October. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers brought along a collection of food donations which will be passed on to HARP, a homeless charity in Southend and distributed to those less fortunate than us in the town.
At our AGM held on 13 September 2017, we also welcomed a number of new parents onto the Group’s Executive Committee, which looks after the management and finances of 3rdCB.
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Sunday 10 September saw the return of the ever-popular Leigh Regatta, with families flocking to Old Leigh to enjoy the mix of games, music, food and entertainment. Leigh Regatta aims to raise funds for the Old Leigh Sea Scout Groups and other local charities, organised by the Leigh Lions in partnership with the Sea Scouts, and is our biggest fundraising event of the year.
Thank you to everyone who came down and supported us on the day, and especially to all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, parents, family and friends who gave up their time to make it happen by helping set up & pack away, baking cakes, manning stalls and donating prizes & jumble – we really couldn’t do it without you! Overall we raised £2,100 from the games stalls, jumble sale and tea tent (pretty good for a day’s work!).
In the Scouting activities, the Cubs won the welly throwing and tug-o-war competitions (although the parents let the side down and lost to 4th/6th Leigh). In the Scout Pentathlon (which became more of a triathlon due to the wind stopping us getting afloat), the Scouts competed in a sedan chair race, tug-o-war and topaz rigging race – winning all three events.
During the summer holidays we like to get the Cubs out on the water using the Group’s collection of sailing boats. This year we managed two sessions on 23-24 August which proved a great success, getting 25 Cubs out on boats to experience sailing, which they all thoroughly enjoyed. Back at The Den they were able to jump in to the sea off the jetty for a swim, and have a BBQ to round off the day. Thank you to Dan Parson and Chris Daly for organising the two days, as well as to all the leaders, Explorers and Scouts that helped out.
We like to give the older Scouts a challenge away from the younger ones every so often, so this year we ran a lightweight sailing expedition to our Patrol Leaders during the summer holidays. In August a small team of Scouts, Explorers and leaders sailed a fleet of wanderers over the Thames Estuary to the Isle of Grain in Kent. There we set up camp on the deserted beach, and collected driftwood to make a fire. Before dinner the team hikes to the nearest town (about 45 minutes away) to explore, then headed back to our beach to prepare the evening meal (burgers!), before sleeping under the stars, in bivvies on the beach around the fire! The following morning we cooked breakfast, packed all the equipment back into the dinghies and headed back across the shipping lane to Leigh.
One of the highlights of the Scouting calendar is the annual summer camp. The year the Cubs were back at Glemham Hall, and was the biggest camp they have had in a while – 28 Cubs and 6 Beavers! The weather wasn’t fantastic but that didn’t seem to matter they all had a wonderful time camping going on hikes, cooking sausages over open fires and singing around the camp fire.
The two Scout Troops were just down the road at Marlesford Hall, another favourite. The Scouts lived under canvass and cooked on open fires in patrols, completing a packed programme including an assault course, a visit to Aldeburgh, Patrol hikes, and an enterprise afternoon to see which patrol was the most business minded. The Scouts also worked towards a variety of badges: outdoors challenge, camper and chef badges for most, whilst the older ones learn how to survive in the wild on the survival skills badge.
The Explorer Unit headed south for a change to a new site in Folkstone, located within a small clearing within a wooded area, giving access to an almost endless supply of wood (the Explorers do like their fires!). The location allowed a couple of visits into Folkestone for a day at the beach as well as a trip to a swimming pool, and a visit Dover Lifeboat Station which was very informative and educational. Despite some very enjoyable camp meals cooked over open fire, the Explorers all identified the Chinese takeaway as the meal of the week.
On Sunday 9 July we threw open the gates to The Den for our annual Open Day at our HQ. It was lovely to see so many families & friends join us in Old Leigh; we had almost the the entire fleet afloat with sun, sea & a BBQ. There was the chance for families and friends to get out on the water and see a bit of what we do.
Thanks to everyone who came and visited, we hope you enjoyed the day; thanks also to all the team who made the whole day happen and such good fun.
For those that weren’t able to make it, one of our very talented parents made a short video. Thanks Sarah.
Our amazing Asst Cub Leader Kate Emery has been out in this hills this weekend (24-25 June), completing the National Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest peaks in England, Scotland & Wales in under 24 hours (23hours and 30 minutes to be precise). She took on the challenge to raise funds for 3rdCB and Glenwood School, and has smashed her fundraising target of £1,000, which will be split between the two charities.
At the finish line Kate said of her adventure “An amazing weekend, met some interesting people. Ben Nevis was my favourite, Scafell Pike was mentally challenging in the dark without my glasses, and Snowdon was a case of get your head down and get it done. Thank you for everyone’s support over the weekend.”
A massive well done Kate, and thank you to everyone who’s supported her!
You can find out more, and still donate to support Kate, at mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kateemery
Renown Sea Scouts have done their good deed for the week. Friday’s Troop meeting during half term was planned as Mud Olympics, but when we got to The Den there was huge amounts to rubbish that had been dumped in the sea around Victoria and Bell Wharfs near to our HQ in Old Leigh. Before starting the evenings main activities the Scouts duly got stuck in and cleaned the area up, before the incoming tide spread it all along the foreshore, and making it safe for others to go out without risking cutting themselves on the broken glass. Job done, the Scouts got on with the more entertaining Olympic Games on the mud.
This was never intended as a fundraising or publicity stunt, but after the story was quickly picked up on social media (782 shares and 4.3k “likes”) and local news, people from around the country were keen to make a donation to the Scouts – these totalled £325! We were a bit taken by surprise by all the fuss, for us this is just normal business, and we’re really very grateful to those who made a donation which will go towards replacing our fleet of sailing dinghies. Thank you all!