3rdCB have been out in force fundraising in the run up to Christmas, with several events and activities raising money which will allow us to expand our facilities and training in Old Leigh, and keep Scouting accessible for all.
On Thursday 7 December a choir of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts gathered at Leigh-on-Sea Station to sing Christmas Carols to commuters on their way home. Singing favourites such as Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the group raised £228. Well done to everyone that came and sang, and thank you to c2c for having us, and of course all the commuters who donated money. Continue reading Winter Fundraising Roundup→
Three of 3rdCB’s RYA Sailing Instructors have added another string to their bow this month, by completing the Keelboat Instructor Endorsement. This additional qualification will enable 3rdCB to teach & assess sailing skills in the Group’s two larger sailing boats – our 25′ Drascombe Gig Frank B, and 18′ EOD Percussion, which are perfectly suited for longer range expeditions, in addition to our fleet of smaller dinghies.
Thanks to Jim from Essex Outdoors for coming down to run his final course with us.
On Friday 17 November, 3rd Chalkwell Bay was visited by a Staff Officer from the Royal Navy for our biennial review to ensure we meet the standards required for RN Recognition. There has been a change in format from previous years, and this time around there was no formal inspection – instead the Scouts from Renown and Solebay Troops moved around a number of bases learning about seamanship, the Group’s boats, map work and first aid to name but a few, with instruction by the leaders and Explorer Scouts.
It was quite a squeeze in the hall with over 100 Scouts, Explorers and leaders, but the reviewing officer – Lt Miles Halahan RN, the East of England Area Careers Officer – was clearly impressed with what he saw, and delighted to renew our recognition & affiliation to the Royal Navy.
On a cold clear Sunday morning in November, over 100 Scouts and Explorers of 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined with veterans, civil and youth organisations from Southend at the town’s Cenotaph, to observe 2 minutes silence in remembrance of the fallen.
Exciting news for 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts this month – the Group’s fundraising activities and grant applications over the past two years have paid off, and in October we took delivery of 4 brand new RS Quest Sailing Dinghies at our HQ in Old Leigh.
The new boats offer a significant addition to the 3rdCB fleet – they’re specifically designed for training young people, meaning they’re lighter & easier to handle than our current Wanderer dinghies which have served the Scouts well over the past 24 years, as well as requiring less maintenance. They will take over as our main training dinghies from next season, with our instructor team continuing to teach the Scouts sailing to national standards under the Royal Yachting Association’s training scheme most weekends. Continue reading New sailing dinghies arrive for 3rdCB→
Scouts from Renown & Solebay Troops competed for the Frank Bentley & Bill Johnson Cups on Saturday 21 October, competing in a series of physical and mental challenges in The Den and around Old Leigh.
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.
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.