Thank you to everyone who came to our Christmas Carol and Toy Service on Sunday 14 Dec, especially those who brought toys along for the Marigold Centre and HARP, which will be given to those less fortunate than ourselves in the Southend area. Music was provided by Taste, a Christian Rock Band, giving a slightly different flavour to the morning. Juliet Kilpin from the Fishermen’s Chapel on New Road ran the service and dedicated Solebay Troop’s new colour in the process.
This was also the last formal event for our outgoing Group Scout Leader, Carol, who retires at the end of December after 14 years at the helm of 3rdCB (and many more before that in Scouting). We wish her all the best, but are sure this won’t be the last we see of her.
A few photos from the service are on our Facebook Group, and a video of the carols-with-a-difference is on our YouTube channel.
We’re returning to Derbyshire over Easter for the Scouts hiking and activity week, based out of Castleton in the Derbyshire Peak District. Dates are departing on Saturday 28th March and returning on Friday 3rd April (Good Friday) 2015.
There will be a varied programme including hill walking, wild camping, swimming and we are hoping to include other activities such as cycling and low level climbing. The centre nestles under the Lose Hill and is a short walk from Edale and the Kinder Scout plateau. There are many challenging walks within close reach of the centre. There will also be the scope, weather permitting, to try out high camping that is an experience that will leave some great memories (older Scouts only). The level of walks is decided by age & experience and led by an experienced leader. Read more…
From the start of 2015 there are going to be a few changes in the Groups leadership team.
After 13 dedicated years as Group Scout Leader (GSL), Carol Tissington is standing down from the role at the end of this year. Ian Johnson will be taking over from her as Skip, and Jon Whiteley stepping up to become Scout Leader of Renown Troop. Eric Funa will also be standing down as Cub Leader, with Tricia Smith taking the reigns as Akela. Continue reading Leadership Changes
As part of our fundraising effort for the new boating centre project, the Group spend a weekend at Morrison’s in Hadleigh, helping customers pack their shopping for small donation. There was a really good turn out from the Scouts and Explorers, with a few Cubs along as well, and lots of parents coming in to say hello whist they did their shopping. In total we raised over £2,100 during the weekend. Well done to everyone that came along, and thank you to Morrison’s for having us and making us so welcome.
On Wednesday 12 November, Southend Council granted planning permission for the construction of the new boating centre at The Den. Whilst we still have a long way to go – most notably in raising the funds – to make this project a reality, this is a big milestone and allows us to start approaching companies and organisations for grants.
The new building on the site of Knapp’s Yard, next door to the existing HQ, will give us much needed additional teaching, maintenance and storage space, allowing the Group to continue to expand into the 21st century. Contrary to a few media reports, this is an additional building, and not a replacement for the current Den. Read more…
The Scouts and Explorers took part in this years Remembrance Service on a cloudy November morning this year, representing Scouting in Southend to remember those that fell in battle.
More pictures for members and parents in our closed Facebook Group.
With the transfer of the Sea Rangers to become a second Sea Scout Troop within 3rdCB, we needed a way of distinguishing between the two troops.
The Girls’ Monday Troop will continue to use Solebay as their Troop name (Solebay being their old Sea Ranger Crew name), the Boys’ Friday night Troop have adopted the name Renown as their Troop name. This is named after one of the cockle boats which went out to Dunkirk from Leigh during WW2 to assist with the evacuation of British Troops, and was destroyed after striking a mine on the way home, going down with all hands. Continue reading New Troop Names
On Monday 3 November the Group’s Sea Ranger section, SRS Solebay, are transferring over on mass to become a second Sea Scout Troop at The Den. Solebay formed in 1981 to offer a girls section at The Den before they were routinely accepted into Scouting, but as the organisation and support has shrunk on a national level the difficult decision was taken to move over the Scout Association.
Continue reading Sea Rangers become Scouts
The donations have been counted, and we raised a massive £2,766 on the day from the Tea Tent, stalls and collections by the Sea Scout and Sea Rangers. This is in addition to the Explorers’ £320 share from the Krazy Kitchen & Coconut shy.
This is an amazing amount, especially from just one day, and we would like to say a huge thank you to the many young people, parents and helpers that came down to support the tea tent, stalls and work on the barriers. Without you we could not have run our side of the Regatta and raise such a high amount.
Next year will hopefully be back to both days and we will need help again from parents. Many of you on the day said that you would be happy to help and get involved. More information will be given out as and when things develop for next year’s event. Again, huge thanks to all involved.
Huge thanks to everyone who visited and supported this year’s Old Leigh Regatta. It’s been a really great day, topped off by winning the Scout Pentathlon against 4th/6th Leigh (in every event!). A special note of thanks to everyone that helped out on stalls and in the tea tent, and that was down early this morning to help set everything up, and pack it all away again this evening.
The money is still being counted to see how much we’ve raised so watch this space.