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What’s going on in 3rd Chalkwell Bay

Bag packing weekend raises over £2,000

As part of our fundraising effort for the new boating centre project, the Group spend a weekend at Morrison’s in Hadleigh, helping customers pack their shopping for small donation. There was a really good turn out from the Scouts and Explorers, with a few Cubs along as well, and lots of parents coming in to say hello whist they did their shopping. In total we raised over £2,100 during the weekend. Well done to everyone that came along, and thank you to Morrison’s for having us and making us so welcome.


Planning approval for new boating centre

Concept art, looking north-eastOn Wednesday 12 November, Southend Council granted planning permission for the construction of the new boating centre at The Den. Whilst we still have a long way to go – most notably in raising the funds – to make this project a reality, this is a big milestone and allows us to start approaching companies and organisations for grants.

The new building on the site of Knapp’s Yard, next door to the existing HQ, will give us much needed additional teaching, maintenance and storage space, allowing the Group to continue to expand into the 21st century. Contrary to a few media reports, this is an additional building, and not a replacement for the current Den. Read more…

New Troop Names

Renown and Solebay Troop CrestsWith the transfer of the Sea Rangers to become a second Sea Scout Troop within 3rdCB, we needed a way of distinguishing between the two troops.

The Girls’ Monday Troop will continue to use Solebay as their Troop name (Solebay being their old Sea Ranger Crew name), the Boys’ Friday night Troop have adopted the name Renown as their Troop name. This is named after one of the cockle boats which went out to Dunkirk from Leigh during WW2 to assist with the evacuation of British Troops, and was destroyed after striking a mine on the way home, going down with all hands. Continue reading New Troop Names

Sea Rangers become Scouts

crest-solebayOn Monday 3 November the Group’s Sea Ranger section, SRS Solebay, are transferring over on mass to become a second Sea Scout Troop at The Den. Solebay formed in 1981 to offer a girls section at The Den before they were routinely accepted into Scouting, but as the organisation and support has shrunk on a national level the difficult decision was taken to move over the Scout Association.
Continue reading Sea Rangers become Scouts

Old Leigh Regatta – £2,766 raised!

2014-regatta_towThe donations have been counted, and we raised a massive £2,766 on the day from the Tea Tent, stalls and collections by the Sea Scout and Sea Rangers. This is in addition to the Explorers’ £320 share from the Krazy Kitchen & Coconut shy.

This is an amazing amount, especially from just one day, and we would like to say a huge thank you to the many young people, parents and helpers that came down to support the tea tent, stalls and work on the barriers. Without you we could not have run our side of the Regatta and raise such a high amount.

Next year will hopefully be back to both days and we will need help again from parents. Many of you on the day said that you would be happy to help and get involved. More information will be given out as and when things develop for next year’s event. Again, huge thanks to all involved.

Old Leigh Regatta

Huge thanks to everyone who visited and supported this year’s Old Leigh Regatta. It’s been a really great day, topped off by winning the Scout Pentathlon against 4th/6th Leigh (in every event!). A special note of thanks to everyone that helped out on stalls and in the tea tent, and that was down early this morning to help set everything up, and pack it all away again this evening.

The money is still being counted to see how much we’ve raised so watch this space.


Percussion’s back in the water

After many months of hard work and fundraising by the Explorer Unit, the Group’s EOD, Percussion,  is back in the water. After a thorough test sail during the week, the Unit took her, along with the Gig, a Wanderer and a couple of support boats over to Yantlet Beach in Kent for an overnight expedition, sleeping out under the stars.

Here’s a quick video of the fleet under sail on the way back home on Sunday morning:

Many thanks to everyone from 3rdCB and Essex YC that helped out by donating their time or money to the project.