Exciting news for 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts this month – the Group’s fundraising activities and grant applications over the past two years have paid off, and in October we took delivery of 4 brand new RS Quest Sailing Dinghies at our HQ in Old Leigh.
The new boats offer a significant addition to the 3rdCB fleet – they’re specifically designed for training young people, meaning they’re lighter & easier to handle than our current Wanderer dinghies which have served the Scouts well over the past 24 years, as well as requiring less maintenance. They will take over as our main training dinghies from next season, with our instructor team continuing to teach the Scouts sailing to national standards under the Royal Yachting Association’s training scheme most weekends. Continue reading New sailing dinghies arrive for 3rdCB→
Sunday 10 September saw the return of the ever-popular Leigh Regatta, with families flocking to Old Leigh to enjoy the mix of games, music, food and entertainment. Leigh Regatta aims to raise funds for the Old Leigh Sea Scout Groups and other local charities, organised by the Leigh Lions in partnership with the Sea Scouts, and is our biggest fundraising event of the year.
Thank you to everyone who came down and supported us on the day, and especially to all the Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, parents, family and friends who gave up their time to make it happen by helping set up & pack away, baking cakes, manning stalls and donating prizes & jumble – we really couldn’t do it without you! Overall we raised £2,100 from the games stalls, jumble sale and tea tent (pretty good for a day’s work!).
In the Scouting activities, the Cubs won the welly throwing and tug-o-war competitions (although the parents let the side down and lost to 4th/6th Leigh). In the Scout Pentathlon (which became more of a triathlon due to the wind stopping us getting afloat), the Scouts competed in a sedan chair race, tug-o-war and topaz rigging race – winning all three events.
Our amazing Asst Cub Leader Kate Emery has been out in this hills this weekend (24-25 June), completing the National Three Peaks Challenge – climbing the highest peaks in England, Scotland & Wales in under 24 hours (23hours and 30 minutes to be precise). She took on the challenge to raise funds for 3rdCB and Glenwood School, and has smashed her fundraising target of £1,000, which will be split between the two charities.
At the finish line Kate said of her adventure “An amazing weekend, met some interesting people. Ben Nevis was my favourite, Scafell Pike was mentally challenging in the dark without my glasses, and Snowdon was a case of get your head down and get it done. Thank you for everyone’s support over the weekend.”
A massive well done Kate, and thank you to everyone who’s supported her!
A BIG thank you to everyone that came along to see us St Clement’s May Fair in the Library Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday, especially to all the young people and parents that helped set up and run the stalls; we hope you all enjoyed it too!
The games, including favourites like Pin the cap on the Sea Scout, Bat the Rat and Sweet Pong, raised £644 for the Group. We even had a visit from Sir David and the Lady Mayoress who joined in with Bat-the-Rat!
Essex Yacht Club turned Black and Gold for the evening on 20 May, when it played host to our May Ball fundraiser. Around 80 leaders, families and friends of 3rdCB stepped about the former mine sweeper for canapés and a sumptuous dinner, then danced the night away until the small hours for a fun filled spring evening.
The evening raised just under £2,500 for the Group, thank you to everyone that joined us on the Wilton and made it such a huge success, and especially thanks to Essex Yacht Club for hosting us, all the Scouts and Explorers who served the meal, Marcus for the disco, and the awesome Nicky Veitch for bringing it all together and making the whole night happen!
A few more photos of the evening are on our members Facebook Group here and here.
3rdCB have been selected by the Co-Op in Leigh Broadway as one of the causes in their Community Fund, running from April until the end of September. This means that by selecting us, co-op will donate 1% of everything their members spend on Co-op branded products and services to us.
One of our current projects is to raise money to upgrade our fleet of training sailing boats. We want to replace the Wanderers, which have provided excellent service over the past 20 years teaching generations of Scouts how to sail, with new RS Quests which will allow us to improve and expand the level of teaching afloat that we provide.
All you need to do to support us is sign in to your co-op account using the link below, or sign up if you don’t have an account (it’s all free), and select us as your local cause. Then remember to swipe your co-op card every time you shop in store – co-op will do the rest. Previous co-op causes have raised over £3,000, so please sign up and support us in this round.
Some of you may have noticed a big blond mop of hair wandering around the Old Town over the last few months. This is Tom, one of our Explorer Unit Assistants; he lost a bet to not cut his hair from Christmas to Easter.
To help raise funds for 3rdCB, he got friends to sponsor him to cut it all off, and over the Easter weekend it all went! Well done Tom for raising over £100 for us!
This event is now SOLD OUT! Thank you for all your support, it promises to be a great night.
We would love to invite you, your family and friends to our fundraising Band Night on 18 March 2017.
The evening promises to be great! The band ‘Below Sea Level’ are a very popular band who appeal to all ages and music tastes. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the band starts at 8pm finishing at 11.30pm in the lower hall of the Leigh Community Centre, Elm Road.
The bar will be open but feel free to BYO snacks, grab a table or dance the night away!
A huge thank you to everyone that was involved with Old Leigh Regatta on Sunday 18 September. The day was a big success and we raised over £2,500 for the Group from the Tea Tent, stalls and collecting tins. Thanks to all that helped with jumble, cake and teddy donations and to everyone that helped on the day too with the setting up and taking down the event as well as running the stalls, collecting tins and road barriers. We simply could not have run it without all your help. BIG THANKS!
Old Leigh was buzzing as families came down to enjoy the atmosphere and join in the run. A big thanks to The Daisy Bowlers and The Delta Jacks, who amongst others provided us with some great live music in the Mayflower car park to accompany 3rdCB’s games and stalls.
To top it off, the 3rdCB team won the Scout Pentathlon against 4th/6th Leigh. The two Old Town Groups battled it out in a sedan chair race, tug-o-war, rowning, sailing and the grand finale – the marsh race. A huge well done to all the boys that took park and maintained 3rdCB’s place on top!