Saturday 30 June saw our annual Open Day at The Den, this year with a Hen-Leigh Regatta theme.
Great to see so many people come down to see us in the old town. Across the site we had fun and games for all ages, and if you got hungry there was a BBQ, Paella and so many cakes on offer. For the more adventurous we ran sailing and motor boat experiences (even if it was pretty windy on the day). We were also treated to visits from Southend Lifeboat and Essex Police Marine Unit with their RIBs to show us a what they do (the Scouts were very upset they couldn’t have a trip out on them).
At the end of the day we drew the raffle for a selection of Henley-themed prizes, including the top prize of VIP tickets the real Henley Royal Regatta next summer – congratulations to everyone who won prizes, drawn at random by a variety of young people. Overall we raised £601 for 3rdCBs funds to help support our Scouting Adventures in Old Leigh. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and cakes, and for buying raffle tickets and all the food, it really does make a big difference to the activities we can offer.
Finally, a huge thanks to Sarah, Amy, Sonia, Megan and all of the team for all of their hard work in organising the event, and who made the day so much fun.
And they’re off! Our two teams of runners have completed the HARP 24 hour race on 23-24 June.
HARP 24 is a 24 hour running race held at Westcliff Rugby Club to raise funds to update and expand the facilities at our HQ in Old Leigh, and to support the wonderful work of HARP Southend with our town’s homeless. The idea is to run as many laps as you can within that time with one member of the team constantly on the go. It was great to have so many visitors come over say hello and cheer the team on .
The team of leaders and parents have done really well raising funds – we’ve smashed the original target, let’s see if we can make it to £2,000 – there’s still time to donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/3cb-harp24/ so please dig deep and donate to support 3rdCB and the amazing HARP Southend.
Our first fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 17 March – Chinese dinner out at Fortune Garden on London Road. We had a great night, with fantastic food, fun company, and best of all we raised £619 for the Group which will be used to help us run more activities for the young people of Leigh-on-Sea.
Thanks to Fortune Garden for hosting us and serving such amazing food, to everyone who come along and supported the evening and donated prizes to the raffle, and of course to Amy for all her hard work in organising the evening.
More exciting events are planned for this year, and we hope to see you all at the next one soon.
As part of the Group’s fundraising efforts for this year, we’re looking to revive the efforts of the HARP24 team of 2016 and look to put a team(s) together for this years event.
The event takes place at Westcliff Rugby club on 23rd-24th June. The teams run (as best as possible) a non-stop relay for 24 hours. This can be run or walked, and there is no target on the number or speed of laps. The objective is to have a personal challenge, have fun (maybe dress up?), and raise some funds for Harp and 3rd CB. No-one should feel they can’t contribute. Continue reading Runners wanted for HARP 24 Hour Race→
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→
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→
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.
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!
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!
Essex Yacht Club turned Black and Gold for the evening on 20 May, when it played host to our May Ball fundraiser. Around 80 leaders, families and friends of 3rdCB stepped about the former mine sweeper for canapés and a sumptuous dinner, then danced the night away until the small hours for a fun filled spring evening.
The evening raised just under £2,500 for the Group, thank you to everyone that joined us on the Wilton and made it such a huge success, and especially thanks to Essex Yacht Club for hosting us, all the Scouts and Explorers who served the meal, Marcus for the disco, and the awesome Nicky Veitch for bringing it all together and making the whole night happen!
A few more photos of the evening are on our members Facebook Group here and here.