Parent Support Group

The role of the Parent Support Group

Fundraising supportThe Parent Support Group was set up to allow the leaders to take a step back from some of the fundraising and give them time to concentrate on what they’re kindly donating their time to do – entertain and educate our kids! When our kids are enjoying scouting activities we get some free time and so giving one or two hours back seems only fair. We are keen to avoid lots of meetings and just purely focus on doing a few fundraising events to generate some much needed funds for the whole group which pays for the day-to-day running of 3rd CB and keeps subscription fees down for all of us.

How can you get involved

The parent support group has only just been formed and we’d love to have some more parents get involved. Also, it would be great to hear about any great fundraising ideas you may have.

Doing your bit

Question MarkThe jumble sale example:

  • Help on the day
    For the whole event, or equally, just to help set up the stalls or clear the den after the event. Any assistance, even for part of the event, would be greatly appreciated.
  • Pop in to show support
    If you have plans that day, why not just fly in, say hi, grab a tea and a bargain and then fly back out the door.
  • Start the ball rolling
    It’s appreciated that some people may work at the weekends or have commitments on the day of the event. If so, perhaps you could make a small token donation to get the funds started. For those giving up their time to run the events it would certainly be a welcome boost to start the day with a few pounds in the kitty already.
  • Got an idea?
    All ideas are welcomed and will be investigated.

Don’t forget

Always keep 3rd CB front of mind if you, or someone you know, is giving anything away. Any unwanted Christmas/birthday presents, etc, can be used as great raffle prizes. Please send them to the Den, marked ‘raffle’, at any time of the year.

A drop in the ocean

fundraising-boatHowever successful one of the fundraising ideas maybe, it’s unlikely to come close to the amount corporate sponsorship could provide for the Group. If your company does such a thing, please take the time just to investigate the possibilities.

Find out more

No endless meetings. Just an hour or two here and there to help fund the great work the leaders do in entertaining and educating our kids. Ask how you can get involved and get onboard!

For more information, speak to one of the Parent Support Group (one of the leaders can point you in the right direction). Alternatively, email Andy at

Upcoming fundraising activities

May Ball
May 20 @ 18:30 – 23:59

The return of our incredibly popular May Ball on board HQS Wilton, The Essex Yacht Club, raising funds for the Group as well as an excuse for a good social event.

The evening will commence with a reception at 18.30 in the upper saloon, guests will then sit down to a delicious 3 course dinner, followed by a fun fundraising auction. Finally, there will be a raffle, and dancing to our resident DJ, Marcus Dean, to complete the evening. The dress code is Black Tie / Cocktail dress, with carriages at 1am. This will be a popular evening – our last ball in 2015 sold out very quickly, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets cost £25 per head, and all proceeds will go straight back into 3rd CB to support projects including the new boating centre, new sailing dinghies and keeping Scouting affordable at The Den. They are on sale from now until 7 May.

To book your place, please print and return the slip below with your payment as soon as possible to The Den or directly to Nicky. For any queries, offers of help, or raffle & auction donations please get in touch with Nicky at

PDF May Ball Letter & Ticket Application

St Clements May Fair
May 29 @ 10:00 – 16:00

A well established and central part of the life of Leigh-on–Sea, St. Clement’s May Fair is held in Leigh Library Gardens on the second Bank Holiday Monday in May.

3rdCB will have some stalls and games there manned by the Scouts raising funds for the Group, so please come along and see us.

The gardens buzz with a range of attractive crafts, gifts and information stalls. There’s a barbecue, tea tent and other refreshments. Bouncy castles and other amusements for the children, a lovely day all round.

Weather permitting this is a day when the tower of St. Clement’s is open. It’s a long way up but so worth the climb to see the incredible view.

Three Peaks Challenge
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

3rdCB leaders Kate Emery and Laura Gordon-Rust are climbing the three highest peaks in England Scotland and Wales: Snowdon, in Wales (1085m), Scafell Pike, in England (978m), and Ben Nevis, in Scotland (1345m). All this within 24 hours, raising money for 3rdCB and Glendale School!

Find out more about the event and sponsor them if you can at:

Old Leigh Regatta
Sep 10 @ 11:00 – 17:00
Scouts man the stalls at this year's Leigh Regatta
Scouts man the stalls at 2015’s Leigh Regatta

The Leigh Regatta in Leigh-on-Sea is an annual community & charity event organised by the Sea Scout/Explorer Groups based in the Old Town along with the Leigh Lions. Each year, the event raises money for nominated charities as well as for the local Scout Groups around Leigh-on-Sea.

The Old Leigh High Street will close for the whole day, allowing the Leigh Regatta to take full advantage of the space for all the entertainment, craft stalls, side shows, competitions and water events, including sailing run by EYC & LSC, the Scout Pentathlon, Cub Welly Hoying, live music, fun stalls and entertainers.

All Scouts & Explorers are asked to help on stalls, raise money and set up/pack up on the day. We also need support from parents and families on stalls and in the tea tent, and donations of prizes for our stalls which raise funds for 3rdCB. This is our biggest fund raising event of the year, if you can help out please talk to any of the leaders.

We’re after donations of cakes, teddies, jumble and old crockery, so if you like backing or are having a post-summer clear out, please drop them into The Den before the Regatta.

We’re also after adult help in the tea tent and on the Scout stalls on the day. If you have an hour or two free and are able to help out please drop us an email at with when you’re about to we can put a rota together, or just pop down on the day and talk to one of the leaders.

HW: 1600A – 5.9m

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