To the uninitiated the name ‘THE GUZZLERS’ might conjure up thoughts of drunken rampages through the Old Town! Not in the least! The name is given to the Association of ex-members and those who have had some involvement with the 3rd CB in the past but still wish to remain in touch with the activities of the Group, even though it is no longer a main interest. The title also neatly sums up the experiences of the 1000-1500 boys and girls, aged from 6 to 18 plus who have passed through the Group since 1933, and who just might have consumed the odd jar and have, in their time, run up and down the High Street, but only in high spirits you will understand!
Upcoming Guzzler Events
Our Annual Group Open Day this year is on Saturday 30th June at The Den from midday till 4.30pm. As always, families and friends are welcome to come down and see what we get up to and get out on the water in some of our boats (sign up sheets and further information about this will follow).
This year we are running it as a fund raising event ‘Hen-Leigh Regatta’ (like Henley-on-Thames Regatta, get it??). There will be fun activities, games stalls a BBQ, Pimms, cream tea and a raffle…the top prize of which is two steward enclosure tickets to the ‘real’ Henley Royal Regatta 2019!
We hope you and your friends/families can come along and join in the fun.
Leigh Creek Guzzlers’ Summer Pub Night, Tuesday 24th July, at the Crooked Billet. Meet from 1900 /1930 to take in the sun and the sights and have a beer with a seafood snack from ‘Simply Seafood’ the fish & chip bar under the flyover which I hope is still in operation. Last year the weather was not too good but one hopes we will be able to sit outside and do a bit of lamp swinging.
Come join some friendly faces for a 3rdCB old boys/girls reunion.
THE GUZZLERS were formed in October 1982 to provide opportunities for members to remain in contact with each other, and the Group, to meet socially and use The Den as a base for occasional boating activities.
Since we were formed we have funded, via our annual membership fee, a variety of items for the Group. An Honours Board was designed and manufactured in 1988 recording the names of Kings/Queens Scouts, GSM/Ls and holders of Meritorious Service and other Awards, this was followed by a Patrol of the Month Pennant, 3rdCB banners for camp, an electronic Weather Station, Guzzlers Challenge Trophy and a sizeable contribution was made to enable the Group to purchase The Guzzler, a 14′ Tideway sailing dinghy, in 1994. In 2001 we paid for a replacement flag mast which was installed in the same year and in 2002 the Weather Station was replaced with more modern equipment.
Apart from the occasional sailing day at The Den, in June or July dependant on tides, we hold two Pub Nights during the year, the one in October is combined with a short AGM. Activities have included a successful staged trip down the Thames Estuary and East Coast to Ipswich for the Gaffers Week in an open whaler, extended weekend sailings to South Coast marinas and the near continent in the Rona Sailing Project’s Helen Mary R or Rona II and individually organised use of members’ boats. Notable other events include Trafalgar Night Dinners, a black tie affair at ‘The Smack’ and a Barge Weekend on Barge ‘Reminder’ for 15 members to celebrate 25 years of ‘The GUZZLERS’.
The Association, which has around 50 members, is run by a small committee and applications for membership can be made either by using the electronic form which can be found below and also a standing order form;
or by contacting the Secretary at the address below:
383 Sandyhurst Lane,
Kent, TN25 4PF