Our BIG Project was launched back in 2013 to develop the land next door to The Den into a new state of the art boating centre, giving us improved maintenance, storage & changing facilities, as well as additional dedicated teaching space.
As a result of continued growing membership the Group has expanded and now urgently requires additional facilities in the form of a new building and remodelled slipway. The additional provision will allow for a greater amount of training and development for a greater number of young people, particularly maximising the setting and access to the Thames Estuary.
The designs and drawings below are concepts for the new building, which are liable to change depending on the planning process and the amount of funds we manage to raise, but we hope they give you an idea of what we’re working towards.
Extending The Den for the 21st Century
The current cost of the project is in the region of £350,000 is needed to provide this, the majority of which we hope to raise through grants, donations and of our own fundraising efforts. We’re trying not to dip in to the Group’s current reserve funds as these are already used to heavily subsidised our Scouting (for every £1 paid in subs, the group subsidises membership by another £2!). There will be a workshop, boat storage, camp equipment storage, changing and shower facilities, training rooms, a first aid room and an extensive look-out balcony to enable us to oversee water activities safely. The main aim is to be able to extend our training opportunities for all ages and enable us to increase the number of young people that can participate.
We have always needed to fund raise to provide our current standard of training so some very intense projects will need to be undertaken to raise this extra sum. We have a team of supporters who have already started work on this £1,000 has been forthcoming from RBS, we have had an anonymous donation of £5,000 from parents who are not able to offer time to fund raising. Donations can be given in this way through the Charities site, CAF also arrange the Gift Aid so we benefit from tax relief too. Another parent is undertaking monthly fund raising though his Masonic Lodge and yet another has offered his services as a surveyor at no charge to us, another has offered help with plastering when we get to that stage in the building.
This is a wonderful start but there is clearly still a long way to go. If there are others of you who work for companies who sponsor youth projects, if you want to donate, anonymously or otherwise, have skills to offer, have some fund raising ideas or can help out at events planned, please let us know. This an exciting project and will be of benefit to youth members and others for future years.
SK ARCHITECTS Ltd have been appointed to evaluate the options for redeveloping the existing storage shed and surrounding area on Victoria Wharf for The Group.
Various options have been considered with initial designs having been developed with representatives of 3rd Chalkwell Bay. The proposals have reflected the context and scale of Leigh old town, the commercial and leisure marine activity and the existing Den Structure.
At this stage the proposals have been presented to the Committee where it was agreed to progress the outline designs to formulate a presentation document to assist attracting external funding and to formalize a Planning Pre-Application Meeting with the Local Planning Authority.
The Group is a Royal Yachting Association and British Rowing Association Recognised Training Centre, giving formal sailing, power boating and rowing training to national standards most weekends. The overall plan with this building project is to provide a base to extend this training from our location as well as a workshop to provide vital maintenance and boat work. This will not only be available to our group but to other groups and sections in the community, thus offering this level of training and opportunity to children aged 6-18 in the local area.
This new build will incorporate a large class room/teaching hall on the first floor that will offer further facilities to our group as well as other Scout and related groups in the local community. The build will have disabled access which will further increase the opportunities for community groups that will look for a hub to learn sailing and other boating and relevant skills. There will also be a large workshop on the ground floor where boat maintenance and general craft work will be done. This is to be an area in which new skills can be taught along with gaining practical experience whilst keeping the fleet of boats in good working order.
Accordingly, the 3rd Chalkwell Bay Scout Group have developed design proposals to realise the continued growth in membership and activities offered to the community.
Planning permission was granted by Southend Bourgh Council on 12 November 2014 for the project to go ahead. Now we need to raise the funds to make the dream a reality.
Donations can be made towards our project through the Charities Action Fund (CAF) website or through their tool below. CAF also arrange the Gift Aid so we benefit from tax relief and your donation goes even further.