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What’s going on in 3rd Chalkwell Bay

Group Open Day

All Beavers, Cubs, Sea Scouts & Explorers, and of course all their families and friends, are invited to join us at The Den for the Group’s annual Open Day on Sunday 9 July, from 11:00. It’s a great chance to see what we get up to, get out on the water in some of our boats, meet the leaders and other parents, and enjoy a summer BBQ in Old Leigh.

Scouts cleaning up the Old Town

Scouts cleaning up rubbish thrown onto the mud around Victoria Wharf.

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!

All the fun of the May Fair

A BIG thank you to everyone that came along to see us St Clement’s May Fair in the Library Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday, especially to all the young people and parents that helped set up and run the stalls; we hope you all enjoyed it too!

The games, including favourites like Pin the cap on the Sea Scout, Bat the Rat and Sweet Pong,  raised £644 for the Group. We even had a visit from Sir David and the Lady Mayoress who joined in with Bat-the-Rat!

Co-op Community Fund supporting 3rdCB

3rdCB have been selected by the Co-Op in Leigh Broadway as one of the causes in their Community Fund, running from April until the end of September. This means that by selecting us, co-op will donate 1% of everything their members spend on Co-op branded products and services to us.

Replacement Training BoatsOne of our current projects is to raise money to upgrade our fleet of training sailing boats. We want to replace the Wanderers, which have provided excellent service over the past 20 years teaching generations of Scouts how to sail, with new RS Quests which will allow us to improve and expand the level of teaching afloat that we provide.

All you need to do to support us is sign in to your co-op account using the link below, or sign up if you don’t have an account (it’s all free), and select us as your local cause. Then remember to swipe your co-op card every time you shop in store – co-op will do the rest. Previous co-op causes have raised over £3,000, so please sign up and support us in this round.

More information and how to sign up is at

Kate’s climbing the Three Peaks for charity

Cub Leader Kate Emery is doing the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the three highest peaks in England Scotland and Wales: Snowdon, in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike, in England (978m), and Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1345m). All this within 24 hours, raising money for 3rdCB and Glendale School!

Find out more about the event and sponsor her if you can at:

Scouts’ Renew their Promise

On Sunday 23 April, 3rd Chalkwell Bay joined all the other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, and their leaders in Southend West District to renew their Scout Promises on St Georges Day.

The district marched in the sun along Marine Parade to Wesley Church in Leigh for a short service, watch by many Leigh locals on the sunny spring day. After promising to do their best, it was back along Marine Parade with the assorted Groups’ colours flying, to meet the many families that were there to watch.

Well done to everyone who was there for your efforts in making 3rdCB by far the largest contingent, and in our humble opinion the smartest of the assorted Groups.

More photos are available on our members-only Facebook Group.

Tom gets the chop for charity

Some of you may have noticed a big blond mop of hair wandering around the Old Town over the last few months. This is Tom, one of our Explorer Unit Assistants; he lost a bet to not cut his hair from Christmas to Easter.

To help raise funds for 3rdCB, he got friends to sponsor him to cut it all off, and over the Easter weekend it all went! Well done Tom for raising over £100 for us!

There’s still time to donate at 

Tom’s hair – before and after!

Dancing the Night Away

On Saturday 18th March 3rdCB took over Leigh Community Centre for a band night fundraising event. Below Sea Level entertained over 200 parents, family, friends & leaders from the group for the evening  with their wide range of covers that filled the dance floor.

Ticket sales, the raffle and 100 square raised over £1,160 for 3rdCB, which will support a range of projects including our new boating centre and new sailing dinghies, as well as keeping our Scouting affordable.

Thanks to everyone who supported us tonight, particularly all the local businesses who kindly donated prizes, Leigh Community Centre for having us, and especially to Sarah Hodder for organising the whole fantastic evening.