The Group’s annual report and accounts for 2019/20 is now available, with details of what we’ve been up to over the past year.
Our Annual General Meeting on 7 July was a new experience, held virtually over Zoom, and managed to carry out all the required business very effectively. We’re glad to retain almost all of the existing Executive Committee in the posts, where they look after the management and finances of 3rdCB, but sadly bade farewell to Sue Middleton who has stood down after many years of supporting the Group. Thank you Sue for all your hard work, but we know it won’t be goodbye.
Following a virtual meeting with Scout HQ and Scouting across the UK on 24 June, it is clear that we will not be able to run any of our normal Summer Camps this year. We realise that this is a disappointment but probably not a surprise and wanted to keep our membership informed as we’re very conscious that families are trying to arrange holidays.
There were a lot of positive messages that came from this meeting and we will hopefully see a staged return to normal Scouting commence soon. Watch this space!
3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts in Old Leigh have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and equivalent to the MBE for voluntary organisations.
We are so pleased to announce we have been awarded £10,000 of National Lottery funding through Sport England to purchase a new safety boat, helping us to expand the opportunities we can offer to the young people of Leigh-on-Sea, and particularly supporting the This Girl Can campaign. Thanks to everyone who plays National Lottery games for your support, and all those who support our fundraising events! Continue reading National Lottery Funding for new Safety Boat→
Scouting since March has been very different to what we’re used to, but following in our Founder’s spirit of innovation we’re managing to carry on our activities online, pressing on with challenges and learning new skills for life every week. We’ve held online meetings, virtual quiz nights, completed badges at home, camped out in the back garden or made dens at home, renewed our promise on the internet, and come together for video projects that have started national trends! All thanks to a fantastic and imaginative bunch of young people and adults who make 3rdCB one of the best Scout Groups to be a part of! Continue reading Carrying on Scouting… Virtually→
We’ve teamed up with online retailer Amazon to support the Group’s efforts to keep Scouting in Leigh-on-Sea affordable and accessible to all.
With Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisation of your choice, and we really hope you’ll choose to support 3rd Chalkwell Bay. So far this has raised over £3 million for UK charities!
Friday 8 May is the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe, and whilst we can’t meet in person there are still loads of opportunities to celebrate as a community.
We’re working with HMS Leigh to celebrate VE Day in Southend. Part of this is an online service or Remembrance, and they’d love the Scouts (across all sections and age ranges) to make a short video in their garden/houses, in uniform if possible, talking about how they feel about VE Day, and how they think it compares to their experiences in lockdown.
Also, if you have a story that you know about from your own great grandparents or relatives that fought in WW2 we’d love to hear that too.
On 23 April, BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief are getting together for the Big Day In (on radio), and the Big Night In on BBC1 from 7pm. They’ll celebrate the people making a difference across the UK and fundraise to support the people most affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Scouts from across the country are getting involved too – we’re asking young people and their families to hike just one mile each – we’ve done the maths, and it’s about 2,000 steps or 20 minutes walking on the spot.
You can hike around your home or garden, or out on your daily exercise if you’re able to.
So get started now by pulling on your walking boots (or your slippers), recording your miles and making donation to Children in Need. It took the Apollo XI crew three days to reach the Moon – let’s see how long it takes Scouts!
After many years of discussion, planning and fundraising, we’re finally ready to start work refurbishing our HQ’s site.
We’re making the most of the pause in face-to-face Scouting and the first phase is starting in just two weeks time! On 28 April work will start on removing the final buildings in Knapp’s Yard (the boating side of the site) and levelling the ground in preparation for the new boat workshop, camp store and dinghy park (although the actual building of this is a later phase of the project).
Over the next couple of weeks a small team will be emptying the final equipment from the site into a temporary store and rearranging the boats to make room. Whilst this work is going on we ask people to keep clear of The Den and respect the social distancing guidance, although if you’re passing on your daily exercise please do take a look from the distance to see how it’s getting on (and feel free to share with others on the 3rdCB Facebook).
We’re also expecting to start the redesign of The Den’s ground floor in the coming weeks as well – watch this space!