As part of the commemorations marking the 75 anniversary of the Normandy Landings on D-Day 1944, one intrepid Scout from 3rdCB ventured to France with his family to pay homage to his Great Grandfather.
Bill Law, a paratrooper with the 7th Light Infantry Parachute Battalion, jumped into France on 6 June 1944 as part of Operation Tonga, just two days after his 20th birthday. He was one of 630 who landed near Pegasus Bridge in an effort to capture the strategic crossing as allied troops landed on the nearby beaches. 75 years later his great grandson, also called Billy, joined veterans and families at the 7th Parachute Btn’s memorial, proudly wearing his namesake’s medals to lay a wreath in his memory. After the service the family planted an olive tree at the Pegasus Bridge Museum in honour of Bill, who by the time it was disbanded in 1948 had been the longest serving member of 7 Para, and passed away in 2007. Billy junior had the opportunity to meet some of his great grandfather’s friends and comrades to talk about their experiences. Continue reading Scout pays homage to D-Day Veteran Great Grandfather→
This year’s water activities programme is now ready to go, with RYA Sailing Courses and open boating for all Scouts & Explorers to join in with. All courses based on national governing body standards and taught by qualified instructors, leading to formal qualifications as well as Scout badges.
As you may be aware, we are due to undertake some significant building works at The Den, hopefully starting in the next few months. This is likely to impact on our ability to run boating courses at The Den, and as such we have had to cut down on the number of courses we are able to run this year.
Eight Scouts from Renown Troop have achieved the top training award in Scouts this year: the Chief Scout’s Gold Award. It’s the culmination of their time in the Troop and lots of hard work; to gain the award the Scouts had to complete 9 separate challenge badges, including an expedition away, as well as at least 15 nights away and 6 different activity badges. Well done all – thoroughly deserved!
Our biggest fundraising event of the year was held on Sunday 9 September – Old Leigh Regatta!
The sunny day drew huge crowds into the Old Town for a mixture of live music, family games (run by the Scouts), a wide variety of food and drink outlets, including a vast display of home made cakes in the 3rdCB Tea Tent from our parents. Visitors joined in watching traditional favourites, the Cub welly hoying competition, Scout Sedan Chair Race, water games from the beach, and cockle & banana eating contests.
Thank you to everyone who supported us for the day, either by helping on stalls, in the tea tent, marshalling and on the road barriers, setting up & packing away, donating jumble or making cakes. We raised £2,300, with a bit more still to come from the collecting tins. We really couldn’t do it without your help and it makes a huge difference to the activities & facilities we can offer to the Scouts.
Ever seen 1,400 plastic ducks racing down Leigh Creek? You have now!
Our Scouts have been out helping the Lions Club of Leigh-on-Sea with their annual duck race in Old Leigh, shepherding the swarm of yellow ducks in their race along the creek. Starting at Bell Wharf as the tide started to flood, the flotilla made its way to the finish line by the Peter Boat, where they were gathered up in one of our rowing dinghies and transported back to The Den. The ducks are sold at £1 each to raise money for local charities, with a prize for the first 3 across the line.
This year’s Summer Camp was a Group camp with all 5 sections camping together at Euston Hall in Suffolk. The Beavers even joined us for a couple of nights and got involved in camp fire songs, incredible amounts of running around, and lots of fun and games (they certainly wore the leader team out!) We had beautiful weather all week – apart from the last night where a thunder storm hit and Club Solebay went into full party mode as the Scouts hid from the rain. The following morning was also rather gloomy for striking camp giving the added excitement of the Explorer marquee taking off with Explorers and Leaders clinging on to hold it down!
We were especially fortunate this year to have the opportunity to spend a day at the Army Air Corps station at Wattisham Airfield. We were able to take a look at unit’s weaponry, have a tour of their Apache attack helicopters, and have a go with the fire hose from the onsite fire engine! A big thank you to everyone from the station who organised the day. Continue reading Fun in the Summer Camp Sun→
Saturday 30 June saw our annual Open Day at The Den, this year with a Hen-Leigh Regatta theme.
Great to see so many people come down to see us in the old town. Across the site we had fun and games for all ages, and if you got hungry there was a BBQ, Paella and so many cakes on offer. For the more adventurous we ran sailing and motor boat experiences (even if it was pretty windy on the day). We were also treated to visits from Southend Lifeboat and Essex Police Marine Unit with their RIBs to show us a what they do (the Scouts were very upset they couldn’t have a trip out on them).
At the end of the day we drew the raffle for a selection of Henley-themed prizes, including the top prize of VIP tickets the real Henley Royal Regatta next summer – congratulations to everyone who won prizes, drawn at random by a variety of young people. Overall we raised £601 for 3rdCBs funds to help support our Scouting Adventures in Old Leigh. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and cakes, and for buying raffle tickets and all the food, it really does make a big difference to the activities we can offer.
Finally, a huge thanks to Sarah, Amy, Sonia, Megan and all of the team for all of their hard work in organising the event, and who made the day so much fun.
It is with with a heavy heart that we report that Nigel Baker, retired Group Scout Leader of 3rd Chalkwell Bay, passed away this weekend.
Nigel was a strong larger than life character who led 3rd Chalkwell Bay for over 35 years, as well as many other Scouts and Leaders from across Leigh and South East Essex.He had a massive impact in both local and national Scouting, not to mention the hundreds of young people that he worked with. Our thoughts are with Christine and the Baker family.
All connected with 3rd CB are welcome to pay their respects at Nigel’s funeral at 13:20 on Wednesday July 11th at Southend Crematorium.