Welcome to 4th New Forest North (Eling) Sea Scouts

A thriving Royal Navy Recognised Group based in Totton, near Southampton UK, with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Explorers
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Charity Number 302268  -  RN Recognition Number 99
Group News

Happy New Year

Looking forward to an exciting year.

The Group Executive wish you all a Very Happy New Year and hope you had a great break. We are all looking forward to 2012 now that we have the shell of Aquativity standing by Testwood Lakes for all to see.

Fundraising News

Bag Packing Success.

Many thanks to all who helped with the recent bag packing day at ASDA in Totton. We raised a magnificent £1032!

Thanks to the staff and management at ASDA Totton and to the many customers who gave so generously. We can add this amount to the £567 we raised bag packing in October.

We also won £6000 from the Natwest Community Force. Many thanks to all who voted for us.

The scaffolding is off - 14 Nov 2011

The scaffolding has come down revealing the building clearly for the first time.

The buiding in its lakeside setting.

AT LAST WE CAN SEE THE BUILDING in its entirety. The scaffolding is gone from the building and we can now get uninterrupted views of the structure. With some glorious late autumnal sunshine to light the scene, it looks magnificent. Congratulations to the whole team who have worked so hard to get this far - they should be so proud of what they have achieved. Of course there is still a long way to go to complete the interior, but at last there is something to show for all the long hours of fundraising and planning. Now to get the interior fitted out so we can start to use it - we are already getting praise from the public for the fantastic building which manages to be completely comntemporary, whilst retaining traditional features. It sits so well in the landscape of the lake.

17th Annual Donkey Derby

The Donkey Derby Is Back.

Eling Sea Scouts' Donkey Derby is coming back for its 17th year. Totton's premier family fun event will be held on Eling Recreation Ground off the A35 near Rushington Roundabout on SATURDAY 26th MAY 2012.

Make a note in your diary, NOW! .

The final cladding goes on - 6 Nov 2011

The builders are in the final stages of completing the cladding.

The detailing around the windows is now finished.

AFTER A FEW WEEKS OF STEADY PROGRESS the exterior of the building is nearing completion. Since the last update all the windows and doors have been installed, making the building weatherproof and secure. This also allowed the finishing off of the cladding which had to be done after the windows went in. Despite the recent bad weather and the shorter days the last few pieces of cladding are being attached to the east side of the building. Not many days now before the scaffolding comes down and we will get a real sense of the building sitting in its environment.

Vote today for Aquativity and help win £6000

The Natwest Community Force is offering up to £6000 to local projects chosen by their communities.

Cubs rise to the challenge - 7 Oct 2011

Cubs raise money for Nepal and enjoy Soap Box Derby.

The Sixers enjoy the Soap Box Derby - all pictures Vanessa Slawson.

OUR CUB PACK has had two major successes recently.
Waigunga's Sixers put in a great team effort in their first District Soap Box Derby. The team were kindly donated the kart by a local craftsman whose design proved to be a success; not overall winners but a ‘winning team’. They raced 3 times and they found their driving and steering skills were duly rewarded. The light rain didn’t dampen their spirits, it just made the paintwork interesting.
Well done Cubs another first for the Pack – we will be back next year!

The Eling Cubs were also at of the "Challenge Spinnaker" event last weekend in Portsmouth. The challenge was to climb the 560 steps of the tower along with over 200 other Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members from around the county. Hampshire Scouting, twinned with a scout group in the Nepalese village of Meghauli, will donate the raised cash to help improve their quality of life.

Milestone - Aquativity has a roof - 29 Sep 2011

The slates are on and the cladding has started.

The roof over the front door is now in place.

ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE as the slating of the roof has been completed. Most of the fascia boards and soffits are in place and it is starting to look like a real building. A lot of preparation work has also gone on, with the battens to support the cladding being fitted to the framework.

Although the building has been wrapped in orange plastic it still does not stand out when viewed from around the lake. The dark cladding will ensure it blends into the landscape and merges into the trees and commercial buildings behind it.

Visitors at the RN Inspection were complementary about the centre and the opportunities it brings for the Group. There is still a long way to go before completion but we now have a real presence in the neighbourhood and it proves we really are serious about Aquativity.

RN Recognition Retained - 15 Sep 2011

A perfect autumnal evening at Testwood

Lt Cdr David Griffiths presents our GSL, Paul Bullock, with our RN Recognition Certificate.
CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE to the Troop for a fantastic turnout. Thanks to Relentless Explorers and representatives from 9 other Hampshire Sea Scout Groups who supported us on the evening.

Conditions were perfect for the inspection, with sunshine and a light breeze across the lake. David Griffiths, on his last inspection, was accompanied by Lt Cdr Karen Cayhill, who now takes up the reins of inspection.

Following colours, David carried out a thorough inspection of the troop, praising them for their smart turnout and the badgework achievements. The Scouts then took to the lake, enjoying sailing kayaking and rafting, whilst David continued his inspection from the safety boat.

Aquativity roof goes on - update 14 Sept 2011

Some of the slates are in position.

Some of the slates clearly in place.

Ready for the new roof