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Frank Bentley & Bill Johnson Challenges

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.

More photos of the day are on the Facebook Group.

Harvest Festival in support of HARP

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.

Annual Report 2017

2017 Annual ReportThe Group’s annual report for 2016/17 is now out, with details of what we’ve been up to over the past year.

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.

You can download a copy of the report below:

PDF Annual Report 2017

Old Leigh Regatta

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. Lots more photos from the day are on the members Facebook Group.

Sea Cubs get afloat

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.

Yantlet Sailing & Camping Expedition

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.

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