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Girl Power    (10/2/2015)

As part of the Essex County Marathon held last week (26th and 27th Septembers), Legend Explorer Girls came home with the Trophy for Novice All Girls Team! Well done girls!

Leaders are Finalists    (10/2/2015)

Dave Willis and Stuart Donnelly have be chosen as "finalists" in the Award for Youth section of the Essex County Standard Essex Education Awards. Watch this space - we'll tell you how we do!

Explorers meet UK Commissioner    (7/25/2015)

Legend Explorers got a special invite to the Essex Scouting AGM, where they took part in climbing and axe throwing. Followed by BBQ and a chance to mix with the good and mighty of Essex Scouting. They even spent time with Alex Peace-Gadsby the UK Commissioner, sharing ideas and having a good giggle.

1st June 2014 – Scout Community Week    (6/20/2014)

Legend Explorer Scouts took up Scout Community Week starting a day early and it was our chance as a unit to raise some needed funds to buy new equipment, ingredients, special badges and help fund some of the future activities. This year we had been invited to Christ Church in Coggeshall to help their volunteer gardener tidy up the area used by many people in Coggeshall and surrounding area. Christ Church is not only a place of worship but also a centre of activity from everything from Coffee & Chat, Youth Clubs to Yoga and Social Club for the Elderly.

By giving the front and back a tidy up , Legend Explorers were able to make this a more welcoming place.

Task for completed:
  • Cut edging of main drive way
  • Remove all weeds from edge of field
  • Remove long grass from edge of field
  • Rack all shingle around car park back into place
  • Lunch in the field
  • Couple of games

JOTT    (5/19/2014)

Members of Legend Explorers took up the challenge of JOTT (Jamboree on the Trail). This year they went south of Coggeshall checking footpath signs, looking for GeoCache and having a good time.

Coggeshall Scout join GLNE Scouts for the day    (5/19/2014)

Simon Donnelly from 1st Coggeshall Scouts was given a chance to join in the activities and help out with the Greater London North East Scouts county camp. Helping with running the zone manned by I.E.A.T. Scout team.

For his reward he was given the chance to meet Bear Grylls and Steve Backshall. This chance was highlighted even more by being allowed to present both og them with a hand made woggle and have his scarf signed.

James goes to Windsor    (4/29/2014)

Last Sunday 27.Apr.2014 Mr Jame Willis was at Windsor Castle for the Queen Scout Award Ceremony. James is the first person from Legend ESU to get the Queen Scout award and of course he showed his colours - black and white, through and through.

Well done James!

GeoCache coins    (4/16/2014)

Our 2 Geocache coins are on the move again. Worth a good look...

Coin 1 is now in China
Coin 2 is now in London

Always good to see these guys moving around!

International Trip    (4/16/2014)

Five members and one of the leader have just returned from an amazing trip to Poland. During this trip they saw the Jewish Ghetto, Auschwitz I and II, the city of Kracov, museums, castles, dragons, salt mines, ghost tours and a lot of walking!

This means that these members are the first within Legend ESU to obtain the Union Badge and International Scarf.

Growth    (4/16/2014)

Legend Explorers are going from strength to strength. In the past 18 months we have gone from 6 members to 25 and it looks like we are going to have even more!

James Willis journey to become a Queen Scout    (10/18/2013)

My name is James Willis, I’m 17 years old and I am an Explorer Scout in Legend Explorer Scout Unit. Legend ESU is based in Coggeshall, Essex and part of the Braintree District.

Over the past few years I have been working towards my Queen Scout Award, Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) and completion of training to become a fully qualified Young Leader.

When I joined Explorers in 2009 I knew that I wanted a challenge and something to work towards so I started planning what I needed to do for the top award a young person can achieve within the Scout Association, which is the Queen Scout Award. I started with Bronze DofE and completed that in under a year and was then awarded my Platinum Chief Scout Award. The DofE Awards are split into three sections – Volunteering, Skill and Physical plus an Expedition. For my volunteering section, I helped out at my local Cub Pack, which was required for 12 weeks but, I was enjoying it so much, I continued on with the volunteering past the 12 weeks and am still helping out now! To continue volunteering at the Cub Pack though I had to start Young Leader Training, this initially consisted of training modules A – K, starting with child safety & protection and finishing with First Aid training. After you have finished all the modules you complete the four missions which is simply putting your training into practice. The missions took approximately a year to complete and when I had successfully finished these I was awarded with my Young Leader belt buckle, which means that I am a fully qualified Young Leader. The expedition for Bronze consisted of a 2 day practice expedition in Danbury, Chelmsford and the qualifier expedition in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk. For each of the DofE expeditions you work in teams of 4 or 5 people planning the route, covering the specified distance over the duration of the two days, being totally self-sufficient, carrying tents, food, water, appropriate clothing, cooking equipment, maps and first aid kit.

Moving on, I then progressed to my Silver DofE, which consists of the same sections as Bronze but, for longer periods of time. The practice expedition was held in Kent and the qualifier in the Peak District, both for 3 days, 2 nights. When I had completed the Silver Award I was awarded with my Diamond Chief Scout Award. The main topic though was completing my Gold DofE, which forms a large part for gaining the Queen Scout Award. For my DofE Gold volunteering section, I applied to be a member of the Volunteer Team at Colchester Zoo, working 6 hour days every other week. This was a requirement for 12 months but I have enjoyed it so much, I am still there now and plan to continue, even though I have finished my DofE. Working at the Zoo I am in a customer facing role, giving directions and helping with general customer assistance. I also play a main role in the feeding times of the Elephants and Giraffes, handing out food and directing the public.

For my skills section of Gold DofE I focused on motorbike riding. For a year I rode my motorbike to and from College everyday, improving my skills and safety on the roads. For the physical section of the Award, I used my road running, where I ran regularly and was in training for the 10km race in London in July. For Gold there is also an extra section called the residential, for this I spent two week on site at the 2012 Essex Jamboree assisting with the set up and pack down. The Expedition stage of the Gold DofE is quite significant and takes a lot of preparation. There are two expeditions that must be completed over 4 days, 3 nights each - the practice expedition was completed in the Yorkshire Dales and the qualifier in the Lake District. The practice in the Yorkshire Dales was a hard few days, as it rained continuously every day but, the team pulled together and we had a brilliant time completing the challenge together, which was so rewarding at the end. The qualifying expedition was in the Lake District and we were there for a week. The expedition lasted 4 days and 3 nights and was the hardest challenge. The first and second day we had beautiful weather and the sun was shining but, on the third day the heavens opened to a torrential downpour but, the waterproofs worked a treat! Across the 4 days we hiked over 80km and climbed some incredible heights, seeing parts of the country you would never normally get to see and I am very proud to say I didn’t get any blisters!!

During the DofE Awards I met some amazing people and formed some really special bonds with my team mates. It was an amazing experience, which taught me many life skills in team work, discipline, independence, survival, first aid and never giving up!

Lake District August 2012 – Gold Qualifying Expedition

The Duke of Edinburgh Award, although it forms a large part of the Queen Scout Award, it is not the only thing that you need to do in order to achieve it. There are several other components to complete, which are:
· Be a member of the Explorer Scouts for a minimum of 18 months.
· Complete 18 nights away as an Explorer.
· Complete two activities from the International Environmental Values List – for which I completed the International and Environmental Partnership Awards.

I have been a member of the Scout Association for just over 11 years, since joining Beavers at the age of 6 and during this time I have been very lucky to have fantastic leaders in each Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and now Explorers who have given me incredible opportunities to take part in many activities and learn many skills, all of which have led to me being able to achieve the Queen Scout Award, which I was awarded in October 2013. I am very proud to be part of the Scout Association and this is my proudest achievement to date – I am now really looking forward to going to Windsor Castle to meet Bear Grylls at the Award Ceremony in April 2014!

Legend have done the Essex Air Ambulance Challenge    (10/17/2013)

The aim of this challenge is to raise awareness of Essex Air Ambulance and to raise vital funds towards keeping the Air Ambulance flying.

Members of Legend ESU will have to complete various activities in order to successfully complete the Challenge. These include a visit to the Air Base, creating money mosaic of a helicopter, emergency response practice, word searches, equipment game and a helicopter game.

After a visit to the Essex Air Ambulance Airbase, Legend ESU members really wanted to take up their challenge and be one of first to complete is challenge and help out in any way they could.

This challenge is a perfect badge for all Sections!

On Friday 4th October Legend ESU are going to spend their whole evening completing as many of the challenge options as possible.
The Essex Air Ambulance receives no direct government or lottery funding, and relies on the generosity of the people who live and work in Essex to raise the £250,000 needed every month to remain operational and keep saving lives.

Please contact Stuart Donnelly on LegendESU@gmail.com for further information.

Scout Autumn 2013 Programme    (9/11/2013)

Click here for the Autumn 2013 programme

Legend bag 2nd Place at Coggeshall Carnival    (7/22/2013)

Legend Explorers gain 2nd place for "Best use of theme" when they too part in Coggeshall Carnival. Dressed as Death Eaters for the Harry Potter Themed carnival they join other local groups making their way through the streets of Coggeshall.

Before setting off one of the newest members (Olivia) was invested by Group Scout Leader David Hewitt.

Well done every one!

Legend stay up all night at Gilwell 24    (7/22/2013)

Several Units from around Essex including Braintree Explorers darted off the Gilwell Scout Activity Centre with a spring in their foot. Twenty four hours later they all became survivors of Gilwell 24. The whole awesome event is a challenge for all Explorers and Leaders alike.

Where else could you jump down a massive inflatable slide at 7am or archery at 2am. Ride the white water of the Olympic centre, scuba dive, ride in a hot air balloon, try fishing, wood turning or just chill with their new and old friends. Leaders too got the chance to encourage members to try new activities and catch up with other volunteers.
If you have a set of Explorers who think they could manage going for 24 hour flat – no sleep – then get them signed up for Gilwell 24 – 11-13 July 2014. But they may need a dry run – WINTAC!

Scouts muck in....    (4/26/2013)

Coggeshall Scouts mucked to help replace the safety bark at the local junior school. True community spirit working with Teachers, volunteers and the PTA.


Legend join with other Units for St Georges Day    (4/21/2013)

Legend Explorers joins with the other Braintree Unit to hike from Coggeshall to Rayne for the Renewal of Promise, nice simple 13 mile hike!

Just wanted say a huge thank you to all of the Explorers and leaders who participated in the Renewal of Promise and particularly to those of us that walked the 13 miles from Coggeshall to Rayne. It was really great to see 20 of us walking for the day. It was also even better to see the Explorers renewing their promise in front of the district. This is one event in the year that the district gets to see Explorers together doing challenging activities so a really good message to show.
Thank you all for your hard work

Geocaching - Legend start the hunt    (2/21/2013)

Legend ESU have gone and started Geo-caching. With the power of a GPS device, a track-able coin, three Explorers set off to start Legend ESU adventure into Geo-caching I have a feeling they may get hooked.

Siege Weapons at the ready    (2/21/2013)

Another great evening, this time building Siege Weapons - mini ones. From coffee stirrers, elastic bands and Ping pong balls.

Coggeshall Treasurer climb Mt Kilimanjaro    (2/18/2013)

At 9:20am on Saturday 26th January, our Coggeshall Group Treasurer Clare Freeman and friends Julie Overnell, Beverley Kearney and Julia Pritchard made it to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. the tallest mountain in Africa at 5,895m. There was much laughter and many tears along the way. It was probably the hardest physical challenge we'll ever do and a truly incredible journey.

Together we’ve raised over £9,500 for two Down Syndrome charities We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported and encouraged us along the way. Our Just Giving site will be open for a couple more weeks: justgiving.com/teams/four-women-and-a-mountain Thank you.

Clare Freeman - Treasurer Coggeshall Scout Group

Recycle cards and help raise cash for Essex Scouts    (12/31/2012)

Donated Christmas cards recycled at County Hall or Chelmsford library will be weighed and funds will be donated by Essex County Council to Essex Scouting.

From 31 December cards can be dropped off and cards will be weighed at the end of January. Essex County Council Chairman, Cllr Kay Twitchen has chosen Essex Scouts as her charity for this year, so proceeds from charitable collections like this will be passed on to Essex Scouts. The collection boxes located at the reception desks in County Hall and one in Chelmsford Library are available to members of the public as well as staff members of Essex County Council. Funds raised will go towards altruistic scouting projects including the annual young carers day.

Explorers get all festive    (12/18/2012)

Legend Explorer contiued their work towards the Creative Arts Badge. Acouple of weeks ago we went out collecting sticks ready for making our Christmas Wreaths and Decorations. With the help of and glue gun and a pile of stings managed to create our own Wreaths.

Thank you from Coggeshall RBL    (11/12/2012)

On behalf of the President and the members of Coggeshall Royal British Legion may I thank all of you and all of your young people for attending the service and for helping make it run smoothly. I'm sure you will agree that the flag bearers did a splendid job and looked really smart. I was grateful for the help of those who were collectors and to those who helped clear up afterwards - please pass on my thanks.

Kind regards to you all
Shirley Ratcliffe
Coggeshall RBL

Coggeshall Scouts and Guide Remembrance Day    (11/12/2012)

Members of Coggeshall Scouts and Guides, along with Braintree Explorers turned out for the annual act of Remembrance at St Peters ad Vincula Church in Coggeshall. A Guard of honour was presented before the services. During the services members of the local community, British Legion, RAF, St John, Fire Service and local Govement Officals all came together to pay their respects. The Service was taken by the Bishop of Chelmsford.

After the Church service there was a reading of the names and short service at the towns War Memorial. Where the standards where presented and wreaths laid.

Thank you to Alex, Jacob, Ethan and Adam for being Coggeshall Scoutings Standard Bearers.

Braintree Explorers say goodbye to Jamie    (11/12/2012)

After 11 years in Scouting Jamie Hughes is leaving Explorers and moving on to be a local Beaver Leader. To help celebrate this over 30 Explorers from Braintree District got together for a night of Quasar. Good fun was had by all and it was fantastic to see all the units getting together.

Good luck with the new role Jamie - see you soon!

Explorers opt for a dry night of making woggles    (10/22/2012)

Legend Explorers opted for a dry night inside making woggles. Rather then go outside and build shelters. Great evening with odd foam stuff and para-cord.

JOTA-JOTI    (10/22/2012)

Jacob from 1st Coggeshall Scouts joined members from Silverend Scout at Prances as part of their JOTA-JOTI event. Talking to Scouts all over the world, finding out about their Sections and how the movement in other Countries work. Great event - thanks Dan (Silverend Scouts), see you again next year.

1St Coggeshall web-site gets a make-over!    (10/6/2012)

Coggeshall Scout Group have had a web site for over six years now and parents and guardians have come to depend on the site for up to date information on events and the answer to those important questions such as “where does that badge need to be sewn?”.
Now our web master Stuart Donnelly has produced a completely new look for the web site that mirrors the official Scout Association site (www.scouts.org.uk) in look and feel.

The new design features separate pages for each section as well as details of how potential adult volunteers can get involved.

We are introducing a termly newsletter that will be emailed to our mailing list. Want to sign up, then click here.

Essex Jamboree - it’s not for the week!    (10/6/2012)

The largest UK event for Scouting and Guiding took place this summer near Chelmsford and Coggeshall Scouts, Guides, Explorers and leaders were heavily involved.

The event that ran from the 18th to the 25th August drew nearly 10,000 youngsters and adults including over 700 from overseas.

Both the Scouts and Guides were camping on Honolulu sub-camp and they would have felt right at home as leaders and assistants from 1st Coggeshall Guides and Rangers provided many of the sub-camp team.

Legend Explorer Scouts joined with members of the other four Explorers units to camp as Braintree District. Dave Willis, assistant leader of Legend was on hand to make sure the Explorers were well fed for the week.

During the day each sub camp had the opportunity to try a range of activities provided by the daytime activity zones. One of the most popular was Survival Zone which was run by Legend Explorer leader Stuart Donnelly supported by Coggeshall Chairman Tim Styles. Among the activities available on Survival was fire-lighting, shelter building, pioneering and tracking. Stuart commented that “it was a bit daunting to see 600 plus youngsters coming to Survival Zone on the first morning but I had a team of over forty to help ensure the youngsters had a great time”.

Lest you think that it was all work and no play for the adults, all of them were seen at some stage during the week in the jamboree pub the Crooked Staff, enjoying a little relaxation.

- Tim Styles

Chatham docks    (10/5/2012)

This year the 1st Coggeshall Beavers went on a trip to Chatham docks in Kent.

It was an early start with the coach leaving at 8:30 and we got there at about 10:30. It was a really good day they went on HMS Cavalier, learning that the HMS Cavalier has been in The Historic Dockyard at Chatham since 1987, with ownership passing from the Maritime Trust to Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust in 1994.

They also went on the HMS Submarine Ocelot, learning that the Ocelot was the last submarine to be built in Chatham Dockyard for the Royal Navy. We looked at a lot more boats as well then we left at 4:30 and got back at about 6:00.It was a very good day out.

- Jamie Hughes

Essex Scout County Marathon 2012    (10/5/2012)

This years county marathon took us to the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales.

Our team of 6 were all ready to go and pretty excited the weekend ahead. Saturday morning was a buzz every team taking part was getting more ready for the challenge and experience that they were about to face.

Once we started walking we almost made an error immediately because of our over eagerness to get going, we soon rectified our problem before we moved of any further. We were really pressing on with our day and made it to Alpha, Bravo, Delta and Golf all in the first half of the day. The second half of our day brought us a bit of trouble with a non existent path and a steep hill but we still made it with a few minutes to spare.

Up bright and early Sunday morning packed down and ready to go we set off for Romeo base which we made in great time. Heading straight for the second base of the day Mike straight up sugar loaf hill again not a problem.

The problem came when we left Mike descending quickly down the hill to avoid the bad weather coming in. Somewhere along a path we missed a path but we soon recognised our mistake and headed for the nearest base because we had run out of time. Even tough we lost 30% of our points we had an amazing time, completed a difficult challenge, brushed up on some navigation skills and saw some of the most beautiful sights possible.

Fantastic trip! We had such a good weekend and can't wait for next year, The New Forest!

James Willis - Team 109

Legend and their Sporting Adventure    (10/3/2012)

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games brought over 200 nations of the world under one roof in a festival of sport and culture, united by common values. To celebrate the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements, all Scouts were invited to compete in a series of activities and challenges – Our Sporting Adventure – which ran from 1 January to 30 September 2012.

Including the Challenges within the Program was a great way to give members new and different activities, even if they didn't know it was part of the Sporting Adventure ;)

Legend Explorers too up this challenge gaining an impressive:
  • 23 Bronze
  • 11 Silver
  • 5 Gold

Totaling 3250 points!

This is not the highest score - 4200 points - but it did rank us 41st out of 1433 teams, 31st out of 69 in Essex, 1st out of 2 for Braintree and 1st out of the 136 Explorer Units who took part.

Well done everyone you can wear you badges with pride!

Scouts get their Chief Scout's Gold Award    (7/12/2012)

On 11th July 2012 three members of 1st Coggeshall Scouts gained their Chief Scout's Gold Award. Daniel Lynes, Jacob Donnelly and Marcus Hewitt all got the highest award possible within the Scout Section.

After completing all there required Challenge Award all three where presented the award from Clare Darch ADC Scouts, Braintree District.


Farewell Gary and Simon!    (7/12/2012)

On 11th July 2012, 1st Coggeshall Scout Group said goodbye to Gary and Simon as their Leader and Assistant Leader. After 15 years and many a camp Gary has hung up his scarf - but not for the last time, he still has the Essex Jamboree!

Parents and Group members turned up for a BBQ and fairwell get together, thanking both of them for the time and effort they have given over the years.

New Scout Leaders    (7/12/2012)

Carol Anderson has agreed to take over as Scout Leader along with Richard Barnett from September 2012.

"Welcome to Carol and Richard, who will be hearing from me shortly with regards the next district meeting. Good news for the scouts of Coggeshall." - Clare Darch (ADC Scouts, Braintree District)

1st Coggeshall Scouts and Guide Executive AGM    (7/12/2012)

Just to remind you all it is our AGM/parents even for the whole scout and guide sections on 6:30PM Scout & Guide HQ September 6th, where you can make an announcement of programme for autumn term put up a display etc as you like.

Please invite all your parents along

Braintree Explorers embrace The Essex Challenge    (2/27/2012)

From Essex Scouts website - http://www.essexscouts.org.uk/news/articles.php?storyid=9RlFuQ

Braintree explorers embrace The Essex Challenge

Legend Explorer Scout Unit from Coggeshall in Braintree district share their experiences of taking part in The Essex Challenge and the activities they have completed so far.

Leaders and explorers from Legend explorer scout unit have been using The Essex Challenge with Our Sporting Adventure and the Shelterbox Challenge to run their programme over recent months, let's take a look at what they've been up to...

For their Joint Team Activity for October - The explorers went to Quasar with Fury explorer scout unit, joining together to take on the general public (Explorers 1: Public 0)

In December, the Unit joined in with the Christmas activities with their local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to visit a place of worship

To complete January's Eco activity, the Explorers worked with Honywood Pre-School to clear an area at the side of the Scout HQ to allow them to look at nature and experience bugs and other creepy crawlies. The Unit will also be assisting BTCV to improve the Nature Reserve at Coggeshall over the coming months.

February's challenge to make pancakes was mixed up with Our Sporting Adventure to give the Explorers a "Modern Pentathlon" variation of pancake tossing. The Explorers made some, ate them to warm up then went outside with some pre-made enforced pancakes. The Pentathlon events comprised 'longest toss' and 'catch in pairs', 'pancake relay race', 'highest toss and catch', 'longest toss' and 'target toss'.

Using the months in a slightly different order, Legend explorers have already completed March's activity to arrange a music night with a difference. Stuart Donnelly, Explorer Scout Leader claimed that this activity was "the best so far! We took the explorers to 'Live At The Institute' in Kelvedon to see three music acts play; Moses, Jamie Lawson, and One Sixth of Tommy. The last one is rated on the HMV Site as the "Next big thing" and we now know why! These girls are amazing!!!!!"

Richard Baker, Assistant County Commissioner (Explorer Scouts) had this to say about the Unit's activities: "It's great to see how practical The Essex Challenge and other UK Headquarters and partnership resources have been for the explorers in Braintree - what a fantastic programme!"

Are you taking part in The Essex Challenge or have you found other county and UK resources useful for your programme? Tell us about your activities, and remember to register your participation in The Essex Challenge at www.essexscouts.org.uk/challenge

Music Night    (2/13/2012)

Legend Explorers start the half term with a great evening of Music. Moses, Jamie Lawson and the wonderful One Sixth of Tommy. Watch out for theses girls in the future they are going to be big!

Thanks for the guys at Kelvedon Institute for picking a good line up.


Message from Fr Philip and Janet    (12/7/2011)

Fr Philip and Janet would like to say a VERY big thank you for the gift tokens and all your very kind words at the end of the Christmas Service in church last night.

It has been a privilege to be a small part of Scouting & Guiding in Coggeshall over these years and we are so conscious of all the huge amount of hard work you put in each week for the young people of Coggeshall and beyond.

It seems to me that the young people who have grown up through the groups you run turn out to be thoroughly good and responsible people and that is all credit to your example and dedication.

One of the bible readings set for 6th Dec (St Nicholas Day) says “As for you who follow God’s way, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6) – this seems really apt and describes something of what I’ve seen being encouraged by you all in Scouting & Guiding here – long may it continue!

Our farewell service is on Sunday 29th January at 10am in church – we’d be delighted if you can join us so that we can say a proper ‘goodbye’ after nearly nine years living in Coggeshall which has been our home, and where Janet & I and Ben & Samuel have made so many friends. We will miss you all!

Have a good Christmas,

Love from us,

Fr Philip & Janet

ShelterBox Update    (11/30/2011)

Latest from ShelterBox - The money raised by Legend Explorers has now gone towards 20 ShelterBoxes deployed to Haiti, Pakistan, Colombia, Japan, Brazil, Libya, and Kenya. Box number 4909 has been solely paid for by the money raised by Legend Explorers and was send out to Kenya.

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New resources executive committee members    (11/29/2011)

A number of resources have been produced to assist members of executive committees. They are available from Member resources and as print to order items via the Info Centre on-line catalogue.

- On-line Resources -

James Willis Collects his Silver    (11/29/2011)

Last night James Willis of Legend Explorer Scouts collected his Silver DofE award at the Colchester Town House.

After months of hard work James Willis has finally collected his Silver DofE Award at Colchester Town House.

Watched on by Family and friends James did them proud collect a well deserved Silver DofE Award.

This is only the second time in recent years an Explorer from Legend Explorer Scout Unit has gained their Silver DofE. On top of his DofE Silver James Chief Scout's Diamond Award and he has already started work on his Gold DofE and Queen Scout Award.

Wll done and good luck James.

JOTA/JOTI 13–15 October 2011    (10/4/2011)

Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI)

The JOTA and JOTI are real jamborees during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared. They happen over the same weekend in October every year and are worldwide events. During the weekend, sections normally participate for 48hrs or part thereof.

The 2011 event is taking place from 13–15 October.
Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) - 13-15 October 2011

The Jamboree on the Air is an annual event in which half-a-million Scouts and Guides all over the world make contact with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world.
The use of amateur radio means that many Scouts grasps the opportunity to discover the skills of wireless radio techniques and electronics, while JOTA is also the only event that offers each individual Scout the opportunity to speak to other Scouts across the world.

You can register to take part, or find out more information, by emailing jota@scouts.org.uk.
Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) - 13-15 October 2011

Jamboree on the Internet connects Scouts across the world in a similar way to JOTA, but through the means of internet. Volunteer organisations like Scoutlink and Scoutnet provide the necessary technical support and server capacity.

You can register to take part by visiting www.jotajoti.org. To find out more information please email joti@scouts.org.uk.

The John Franklin Cup - Photographic Competition    (9/30/2011)

Open to all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorer Scouts

Rule: The photo must be Scouting related, 1 photo per person.

Please submit your entry to David Beckett, 26, Queenborough Lane, B/tree by the end of Oct.2011.

Each Section winner will receive £10 and the overall winner will receive an item of photographic equipment as well as the trophy. The winner will be announced at the Christmas Celebrations, Dec. 2011 and will receive The John Franklin Cup.

Essex County Scout Marathon 2011 - Peak District    (9/26/2011)

Essex County Scout Marathon 2011 - Peak District

First timers, Legend Explorer Scout Unit take 10th place in the Essex County Scout Marathon! Well done to all the Braintree teams!....

Explorer Experienced
  • 2nd Braintree Explorers Too 879 points)

Explorer Novice
  • 10th Legend ESU (332 points)
  • 11th Fury DofE (307 points)
  • 12th Braintree Explorers (307 points)
  • 23rd Rebels DofE (195 points)
  • 29th Braintree Explorers Late Team (158 points)

Fellowship / Leaders assisted
  • 5th Ladies of Leisure (649 points)

Network Experienced
  • 2nd Zorro Network (752 points)


Colin Lewsey    (9/14/2011)

It was with sadness that we heard that Colin Lewsey, for many years the auditor for Coggeshall Scout Group and the Scout & Guide Executive had passed away.
Colin was a great supporter of our activities and our thoughts are with his family and especially his wife Margaret at this sad time.

Congratulations to David Hewitt!    (9/14/2011)


Last night David Hewitt was awarded the "Award of Merit" for his work with 1st Coggeshall Scout Group. This award is not given out lightly and is award to members of Scouts that in recognition for Outstanding Service.

Congratulations David, a most deserving award!

ShelterBox Update    (9/9/2011)

Notification from ShelterBox has informed us that the work by 1st Coggeshall Beaver, Cubs and Legend Explorers is now supporting the following:
  • x3 Boxes in Brazil
  • x5 Boxes in Colombia
  • x1 Boxes in Haiti
  • x3 Boxes in Japan
  • x1 Boxes in Libya
  • x3 Boxes in Pakistan
  • x3 Boxes to be deployed
Thank you again everyone.

The Essex Challenge is back!    (8/18/2011)

The Essex Challenge is back, brought to you by the County’s Youth Programme Team to challenge and inspire you with your programme planning. This time The Essex Challenge will run from September 2011 through to August 2012.

The aim of The Essex Challenge is for each young person in a Section to complete at least one of the activities for each month and in doing so earn themselves a special badge which they can wear on their uniforms. We have given each month a theme with two activities to choose from but it is entirely up to you how you want to complete the activities; you could do both activities each month, or do two months in one, it’s up to you. Beaver Scouts celebrate their 25th birthday in 2011 so we have added in an extra activity, giving Beaver Scouts 25 to choose from – why not challenge your Colony to do all 25 as part of your celebrations.

To help you keep on top of your awards records we have provided the badges/ awards/programme zones that each activity falls in so you can tie them in to your Balanced Programme (you’ll just need to check them against the requirements).

More support materials, resources and tips can be found at www.essexscouts.org.uk/challenge (coming soon) to accompany many of the activities and remember to upload your stories and photos at www.essexscouts.org.uk/articles.

Information about ordering The Essex Challenge badges will be made available over the coming months.

Printed booklets for The Essex Challenge have been distributed to Assistant District Commissioners for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts on Thursday 7th July, please contact your relevant ADC to arrange delivery. One booklet has been printed for each Beaver Colony, Cub Pack, Scout Troop, Explorer Scout Unit as well as Group Scout Leaders, District Commissioners and other roles who directly support the youth sections.

Essex Scouts Link - http://www.essexscouts.org.uk/news/articles.php?storyid=9h9BtQ

The 54th JOTA / 15th JOTI 2011    (8/1/2011)

The 54th Jamboree On The Air will take place on 15 and 16 October 2011. This year’s theme is: Peace, Environment and Natural Disasters.
An exciting activity that focuses on the strength of Scouting: to act and support in unforeseen circumstances. Scouts are prepared.

Why are Scouts always there first when disaster strikes?

There are Scout groups nearly everywhere, well organized, with good contacts in the local community. The Scouts are usually trained in basic first-aid medical techniques, orienteering and they have the material that is needed to set up a temporary shelter real quick: tents, cooking material, construction material, it is all there, waiting for the next troop camp, or, yes, it can be used in case of emergency.

Explorers Take to the Skies    (7/25/2011)

Legend Explorers ended the Summer Term with a flight in a glider. Members went to Rattlesden Gliding Club and experienced the joy of gliding over the Suffolk Countryside. Due to a strong cross-wind we where towed into the skis instead of being shot up by the winches. This was an "amazing" experience and one I'd recommend everyone to do!

Coggeshall Scout and Guide Joint Executive    (7/8/2011)

Please read the attached letter important information from Coggeshall Scout & Guide Joint Executive. Positions needed to be filled!


Donor Awareness    (6/29/2011)

Legend ESU are looking at creating a Donor Awareness badge. We are working through what needs to be done and we are getting close.
  • Create Requirements Check
  • Create Programme Ideas Check
  • Design Badge Check
  • Get others interested Check
  • Have HQ agree badge and documents Check
  • Have NHSBT agree requirements and badge Check
  • Get District Commissionor to agree Check
  • Get County Commissioner to agree .........
If you want to see what we have so far, check it out - HERE

Cub Scouts Enjoy Mega Experience    (6/29/2011)

Over one thousand Cub Scouts from across Essex have taken part in the Counties Mega Camp at Skreens Park Activity Centre.

The young people, all aged between 8 and 11, took part in over 35 different adventurous activities from climbing to canoeing.
Supported by 150 adult volunteers, tents were pitched Friday night and entertainment laid on for the participants who attended from all corners of the County.
Saturday morning started early with the smell of fried breakfasts wafting across the site ahead of a full day of activities. Whilst the night had been damp, the sun soon came and by teatime everyone had dryed out and was slightly toasted.
In the evening the young people enjoyed a traditional camp fire and an extreme fire display by a circus skills team.
Sunday morning started in much the same way as Saturday, but also with a time for reflection as the participants prepared for another morning full of challenging activities. The sun came out to welcome the days visitors – a police dog display team and two visits from the police helicopter.
Rebecca, 8 and Millie, 9 from 1st Pitsea & Vange Cubs said "We've had a great time, we even went Caving"
Sam Morris, Assistant County Commissioner for Cub Scouts and event organiser said "MegaCamp is a fantastic opportunity for Cub Scouts to share in the outdoor adventure of Scouting with hundreds of people from across Essex – this year's SuperHeroes theme gives them a chance to have fun and explore the real heroes of society"
The weekend finished Sunday afternoon with a parachute drop by the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Free Fall Parachute Display Team.
See the Pobcast

Up, Up and away    (6/27/2011)

23rd July 2011 - Legend Explorers are taking to the Skies. With our friends at Rettleden Gliding Club, we are going to up, up, and away.

Legend do JOTT - 14th Jamboree On The Trail.    (5/17/2011)

This Legend ESU took part again in JOTT their second one (and this year the badges where better). Thanks to all the lads that turned out to support this event. Walking the footpaths of Marks Hall ensuring that the markers where in the right place.

What is JOTT? - Jamboree On The Trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. Beaver Scouts could visit a local park, walking the trails and playing games. Cub Scouts could visit a local nature trail as part of a weekend camp. A Scout Troop might check out a hiking trail while working on badge requirements. An Explorer Unit might make a Service Project out of restoring or maintaining a hiking trail. In their own way, everyone will be hiking the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting.

JOTT is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

Forums update    (5/17/2011)

The Forum section have been updated and now has improved iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry support.

St George Rugby!    (4/23/2011)

Members of 1st Coggeshall Cubs and Scouts joined 1st Great Notley Scouts, 3 Rivers and Legend Explorers on a St Georges Day rugby game trip at Twickenham. London Wasps vs Bath charity game in aid of armed forces charities. A Full day of rugby, Heather Small, matching bands, World Records and renewal of Promise in the heart of English Rugby!

Thanks to Kate Stevens for arranging the coach!

Let's see those badges displayed with pride!!!

Happy St Georges Day to everyone in Scouting.

GreenFootPrint Legend!    (3/28/2011)

Legend ESU have been awarded the GreenFootPrint Award after completing all the required components.

After working on their ShelterBox Challlenge badge and passing information about Climate Change to other local groups, Legend Explorer Scouts have been awarded the GreenFootPrint Award.

Congratulations On Completing The Essex Challenge    (3/7/2011)

Over 1100 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts from across the County all took part and completed 12 months of themed challenges during 2010 so Essex Scouts put together a roll call of those sections that completed the challenge.

Legend ESU is one of only 5 Explorer Units in Essex to complete this Challenge - WELL DONE ALL!

Essex Scouts New Article - http://www.essexscouts.org.uk/news/articles.php?storyid=9hpCvQ

New Tigers in Town    (2/18/2011)

The Coggeshall Tiger Beaver’s and leaders were delighted to receive Adam Edwards, Matty Self, Harry Pikney and Guy Anderson into their Colony on Thursday night (17 February). Adam, Matty, Harry and Guy were all invested and welcomed into the worldwide family of scouting in front of their parents and relatives.


Bronze Award    (2/10/2011)

Once again we are delighted to announce that three more Beavers have earned their prestigious Chief Scouts Bronze Award. Kian Kinsella, Charlie Butler (both now with Coggeshall Cubs) and Harry Jones, received their badges and certificates from Mary McCann the Braintree ADC at St Peters Church on the 10 February.

The official county presentation will take place later this year.


New Name    (2/10/2011)

This term the Coggeshall Beavers were given the opportunity to give their colony a name. We gave them a choice of over 20 varied animal names taken from the ‘Scout Patrol list’ ranging from Cobra, Wolf, Bulldog to my favourite Cobra. However, we went with the most popular name of the night ‘Tiger’

So from now on the Colony will be called ‘1st Coggeshall Tiger’s, Beaver Colony’ raaaaaaaah


25 Years of Beavers!!    (2/7/2011)

As you are aware the Guides have recently celebrated their centenary, and a few years prior to that the Scouts had theirs, well 2011 is even more exciting. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beavers, aimed at boys and girls aged 6-8, which allowed the younger brothers and sisters of the Cubs and Scouts to show that they could have fun too.

Through Beavers children can learn skill that could help them in later life for example, the beavers have recently made sandwiches and pizzas and they attended a sleepover at the church, this sleepover was organised by the Legend Explorers and raises over £400 for the emergency charity 'Shelter Box'.

Over the past few months I have been a young leader at 1st Coggeshall Beavers and it’s made me remember all my great times when I was a Beaver some of the people that I met at Beavers are now my best friends and I would not be me if it wasn't for my time in the Scout Association, not just Beavers. I think that there will always be Scouts and Cubs, and there will always be little brothers and sisters wanting to have a go.

George Styles
Braintree Young Leader
Legend Explorer Scout

Scouting Magazine - February/March 2011    (1/31/2011)

Scouting Magazine - February/March 2011: The Founder's Day issue

Latest copy of the Scouting Magazine is now out. With a special report from a camp with Scouts with special needs, advice on lightweight expeditions and how to sustain your Scout Group by being sustainable.


For all iPhone users....    (1/11/2011)

Two things for all you iPhone users to look at.

1. All the 1st Coggeshall Forums are now iPhone enabled and you should be able to see everything you need on you favourite device.
2. New application - Bear Grylls, Bear Essentials By Chillingo Ltd - http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bear-grylls-bear-essentials/id405049865?mt=8

County acknowledges Legend's work with ShelterBox    (12/17/2010)

"I am personally delighted to hear of your achievements and would like to come andmeet the unit and hear about all you have done. Some publicity would be great too. Thanks and best wishes to all at Legend ESU for all you have done on behalf ofShelterBox."

Rob. Freake - County Global Advisor + ShelterBox Champion

Explorer Scouts Nail It    (11/27/2010)

Legend Explorers start on a new track for 2011 by taking on the NEW Entrepreneur Challenge Award!

The Entrepreneur Challenge aims to develop Scouts’ nature for enterprise through activities which enable them to set up, or create an idea for, a Scouting enterprise or business. Scouts will need to demonstrate an aptitude for understanding the Mind for Business principles.

After unknowingly starting this off with the "String Handcuff", they took on the challenge of "Balancing Nail". The task was to try and balance 14 nails on the head of one nail hammered into a block of wood. That was the challenge, after working in pairs a new total of 18 nails was managed!

Legend Explorer Shelter the Beavers    (11/22/2010)

ShelterBox fund raising event by Legend Explorer Scout pulls in £400....
Legend Explorer Scouts hosted a Sleep Over for 1st Coggeshall Beavers in St. Peter-ad-Vincula Church in Coggeshall.
The Explorers built a shelter out of old pallets, bits of wood and cardboard, all in aid of the ShelterBox charity. The shelter was then used, along with tents for a Beaver Sleep Over allowing 16 Beavers to gain their Nights away badge and work toward their International Partnerships award.
Money was raised by asked for donations from everyone who slept over and then followed up with asking for donations from the people of Coggeshall in return for some very lovely home make cakes.
Legend Explorer Scout have busted a gut recently and taken their fund raising from just over £200 to a staggering £975.00,
With each ShelterBox costing £590, Legend are wondering if they can push their fund the extra hundred pound to be able to supply 2 ShelterBoxes.
Are you willing to help them?

WINTAC 2010    (11/9/2010)

Last weekend, over 300 Explorer Scouts and their Leaders enjoyed a Halloween themed WINTer Activty Camp at Thriftwood Campsite.

On Friday evening, after arriving at site, and the Explorer Scouts having put up their tents - WINTAC started with an opening ceremony down on the subcamp field, followed with everyone heading to the entertainment marquee where there were local bands playing on the main stage.
After a rainy night, Saturday morning greeted the Explorer Scouts with glorious sunshine, and allowed them to take part in some new activities, with all the usual Scouting favourites.
Amongst the activities on offer at Thriftwood were Pedal Cars, Archery, Climbing, The Cave Maze, Trampolining, Water Walkerz, The Sky Hi Walk and the Cresta Run.
The WINTAC Team had also laid on a few different activities, including a gladiators challenge, and had professionals in to run a DJ workshop and a break dancing workshop.
The night fell, and WINTAC was transformed into a Halloween Ball, with prizes for best fancy dress costumes, plus entertainment with the 'WINTAC's got Talent' competition.
Essex Scouts Photo Library

Twitter    (11/8/2010)

Legend ESU are experimenting with Twitter. See if it's any use to us and see if the members follow it... http://www.twitter.com/LegendESU

Legend Rises To The Challenge    (10/26/2010)

Legend Explorer Scout Unit are rising to the Challenge to complete the ShelterBox Challenge 2010, after taking on the set of challenges laid out by ShelterBox and incorporated this into their programme to complete 12 challenges.
Using the charities challenge and the Essex Challenge Badge as a basis to build their programme on for the past couple of term, Legend have enjoyed a varied programme whilst attempting to raise the £590 needed to purchase a new ShelterBox.
Now comes the final push. Over the next couple of months the Unit want to raise another £220 so that a local business that has offered to match the total and enable them to purchase two of the much needed boxes.
What's left!
1. During a Beaver Sleepover, the Explorers will build a shelter strong enough for 10 Beavers to spend the night in.
2. For some Christmas fun; the Explorers are at making Christmas cards and then are blasting out a few carols.
All of this is a fund raising exercise - Can you help?

You think you know Scouting... Think again....    (10/7/2010)

What are the myths of Scouting? Have you ever thought how can we encourage more volunteers to join? Take a look at the latest volunteer recruitment video, direct from The Scout Associations You Tube account... Watch it and pass it on...

Video ID=_8NB4gHSWfY

Assistant Leaders take on the New Forest    (10/4/2010)

Natalie and Vikki the new Explorer Scout Assistant Leaders where part of the one thousand boots worn by Essex Scouts have been making tracks across the New Forest in Hampshire this weekend, for the annual Essex County Marathon, a hiking competition with a difference. Members of Essex Scouts aged from 14 to 62, from all corners of the County, hiked from base to base, covering an area of 30 square miles. At each base they had to complete a new and often bizarre challenge to gain points for their team, ranging from general knowledge quizzes to silly games and group tasks. The weekend's challenge is not just the bases, but also planning their own routes, meals, and walking with full camping kit. The teams are graded into different categories depending on their own experience level, allowing members at all ages to experience a challenging weekend full of fun and adventure. http://www.1stCoggeshall.org.uk/images/photos/Marathon-2010-18.jpg

100 years of Girlguiding - A welcome to all Scouts    (9/29/2010)

An invitation to all past, current and future members of Girlguiding (and their families) - and our Scouting brothers and sisters - to celebrate
100 years of Girlguiding
at St. Peter ad Vincula Church, Coggeshall
on Saturday 9th October 2010
at 2.30pm
Please stay for refreshments at the back of the church at the end of the service.

Legend picks up Community Spirit Award    (9/9/2010)

Lewis Elmes of Legend Explorer Scout Unit will be awards 2nd Place in the Young Achiever Award by Greenfields Community Housing. This is for all his hard work in obtaining he Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, help with Coggeshall Scouting, and his very near completion of his Queen Scout award (the highest award achievable by an Explorer Scout) Greenfields Community Spirit Awards - The Community Spirit Awards are all about recognising residents in the district who are making positive changes to their community. There are four categories of award:
  • Young Achiever Award (under 18’s only)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Resident Involvement Award
  • Good Neighbour Award
  • Community Award
Venue: Alec Hunter Humanities College, Stubbs Lane, Braintree Date and Time: Saturday 11th September, 2:00pm – 3.30pm

10 Beavers gain Chief Scout Bronze award    (7/19/2010)

10 Beavers gain Chief Scout Bronze award 10 Coggeshall Beavers recently gained their Chief Scout Bronze award which is the highest honour available at this level. Rafe Donnelly, William Brassington, James Raine, Marcus Fox and Kyle Jarman were presented with their prestigious badge and certificate by the District Beaver Scout leader Mary Mccann on Thursday 15 July. Billy Seager, Elliott Adams, Ethan McCabe, Isobel Herod and Liam Chapman who all recently moved onto Cubs were presented with their award by the District Cub Scout leader Neil Hilton at their investiture evening on the 19 July. To earn this badge the Beavers had to complete all six challenge badges, including Fitness, Global and Outdoor.

Legends become Young Fighters    (7/16/2010)

Jamie 'Pyro' Hughes (Young leader for the Beavers) and Tom 'Cpt Chaos' Anderson were awarded their Young Fire Fighters certificates on 14th july 2010 at halstead Firestation. After completing a 13 week course teaching the same skills, drills, and techniques as full time Fire Fighters are taught. This award has been used by Jamie as the Skills section of His Bronze DofE.

Congratulations to you both!!!!

Members voted on...    (6/25/2010)

The Scout executive has had new members voted on during the last AGM.
  • Sarah Knights
  • Fr Philip Banks
  • James Butler

1st Coggeshall - Forums update    (6/14/2010)

Just to let you all know we are in the progress of updating the "Forums" section of the website. The main benefit of this update means that the forums are now iPhone compatible.

Scout and Guide AGM - 16th June 8:00pm    (6/14/2010)

Coggeshall Scout & Guide AGM and Parents Evening
Wednesday At the Scout & Guide HQ, Windmill Fields
Hear the latest news about the new building for Scouting & Guiding in Coggeshall
This is an opportunity for you to hear about some of the activities that the Sections have taken part over the past twelve months.
After the meeting join the Executive for a glass of wine and nibbles.

Explorers receive Chief Scout Awards    (5/18/2010)

Four members of Legend Explorers Scout have received their Chief Scout Awards: - Lewis Elmes, Diamond Chief Scout, this is the 2nd highest award available to Explorer Scouts. Having complete his Silver DofE and the additional requirements, Lewis is now working hard on his Gold DofE and then the Queen Scout Award! Will he become the 2nd Queen Scout in Coggeshall! - Alex Hewitt, George Styles and James Willis, Gold Chief Scout, having completed the highest award the Scout section can award, these three lads have moved on to Explorers and recently gained their awards.

Programmes published    (4/28/2010)

The Beavers, Cubs and Explorer programmes have now been published for the final term in the current Scout and Guide HQ.

Explorers Programme published...    (4/21/2010)

The new Explorer Programme has been published ready for the new term, including District and County events - view the programme. Also check out all the additional documents for Gilwell 24, Climbing in the Peaks, Summer Camp and the London Scavenger Hunt.

Sport Relief    (3/22/2010)

Congratulations to all who have taken part in this years Sport Relief, both the Explorers and Cubs have run their 1 mile in separate evening in Coggeshall. The Explorers turned out in the dark and rain armed only with their our sense of directions and glow sticks. The Cubs will be running this evening and we wish them all the best.

Tree planting in Coggeshall    (3/12/2010)

Dear Gary Lynes, On behalf of Coggeshall Parish Council and the Sports and Recreation Committee we would all like to personally thank all the Scouts and Explorer Scouts that took part in the tree planting on Saturday 6th March 2010. These trees form the boundaries for the latest play area within Coggeshall. This area is a truly Community creation, with help from local residents, Scouts, Councillors and the general public. It is the view of the Committee that in years to come everyone the village can benefit from such activities and works together to create a better village. We understand that the boys and girls from 1st Coggeshall Scouts who took part are currently doing their Community Challenge Badge and therefore we would like to confirm that all the members listed below have completed the time requirements for this Badge, and have worked with local government and interest groups in the creation of this play area. As you are aware the Parish Council knows that Scouting in Coggeshall is a major asset to the Village and we look forward to working with your Group again. Thank you.

Multi-Faith Evening    (3/5/2010)

The Explorers turned out in force for a Multi-Faith evening on the 26th February. All bar one turned up, along with members of Coggeshall Guides. The evening was supported by Fr Philip Banks from St Peter ad Vincula Coggeshall, presenting a Christian view, and Dr Mateen Durrani from Colchester University, presenting a Muslim view. During the evening a general discussion took place around the differences and similarities between the three main religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity. This was an excellent experience, in which everyone was able to take a part, ask questions and discuss answers. A whole variety of aspects of faith and life were aired, including war and peace, women’s rights, science and religion, creation, scripture, ethics and the human spirit. There was also discussion on the idea that the practice of all three religions was often tainted by the culture of their country, and this sometimes negatively affected the true teachings of their scriptures – a good example is that all religions have strong teachings encouraging non-violence, and yet the culture in which they are set sometimes distorts this. At the end of the evening everyone came away having learnt something, and having a better understanding of each others views, thoughts, and religions – and there was an acknowledgement that the many things that we have in common far outweigh the things that divide us. A big thank you goes to Fr Philip Banks and Dr Mateen Durrani for giving up their Friday evening to help us.

Happy Birthday - Lord Baden Powell    (2/22/2010)

Lord Baden Powell - Founder of the international Scouting Movement born 22 February 1857 Full Name: Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell Title: 1st Baron Baden-Powell Nickname: B-P Place of birth: Paddington, London, England Place of death: Nyeri, Kenya Service/branch: British Army Years of service: 1876–1910 Rank: Lieutenant-General More information can be found on Wiki-pedia.

Legend Essex and ShelterBox Challenge    (2/11/2010)

The Legend Explorer Scout Unit have taken up the Essex Scout Challenge by building bridges out of rubbish found in and around the 1st Coggeshall Scout Hunt. During the evening two rolls of Carpet was used to emulate a river, being told that the depth and speed of the river was unknown. The bridge was built from old chair, broken tent poles, rope and cardboard boxes. After construction all members of the unit needed to cross the river and pass over a pretend box of supplies. - Young ShelterBox - Essex Scout Challenge

1st Coggeshall Census    (1/20/2010)

We have been asked to complete the annual census of all members. To make this easier for everyone can you please email Bradley Rawling with the following information for each child you have at 1st Coggeshall Scout Group: - Forename - Surname - Date of Birth - Ethinic origin - Male/Female - Phone No. - Mobile No. - Address - If you've signed a gift aid form Thank you.

Coggeshall Christmas Scout and Guide Service    (12/10/2009)

I just want to say a big thank you to you and everyone for making Monday night so good – it was such a great mixture of Christmas/scripture and other fun – all the young people did so well! Also, it seemed good to do the service in this earlier part of December. Very best wishes and thanks – and – MERRY CHRISTMAS when it comes! Fr Philip The Reverend Philip Banks Rector & Vicar, Parish of Coggeshall with Marks Hall Rural Dean, Dedham & Tey Deanery Co-ordinator, Chelmsford Course for Spiritual Directors

Coggeshall Scout and Guide Christmas Service    (11/30/2009)

At 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday 7th December 2009 - Welcome & Opening Prayer - Father Philip - First Carol - O'Little Town of Bethlehem - Readings - Guide and Scout - Jingle Bells - Rainbows - 12 days of Christmas - Beavers - Jingle Bell Rock - 1st Brownies - Nativity Rap - Cubs - Winter Wonderland - 2nd Brownies - Prayers & Christmas Sermon - Father Philip - Second Carol - Holly and the Ivy (during which there will be a collection) - 12 Christmas Challenges - Scouts - Marys Boy Child - Guides - Tommy Styles - Explorers - Presentation of Awards - Leaders - Thanks - Tim Styles - Final Carol - Ding Dong Merrily on High - Closing Prayer and Blessing - Father Philip

PODCAST 007 - WINTAC Message From The Queen    (11/30/2009)

Join the WINTAC Team for a speech by HRH The Queen who sent a special message to all Explorer Scouts for the closing ceremony of WINTAC. Unfortunately, the closing ceremony didn't take place due to the poor weather conditions on Sunday lunchtime. Her message is now available online for you to enjoy and share, and hope this makes up for the lack of closing ceremony to the event.

Braintree Explorers Headline WINTAC!    (11/23/2009)

Niall and friends from Braintree were handed a sheet and commanded to create the greatest rock band ever. After much deliberation they decided on the name "Organised Chaos". Band practice ensued at haste. The first songs were mostly about anger at being woken up by pans. However they decided on doing an acoustic version of 'Buck Rogers' by Feeder. When they took the stage the crowd roared, the atmosphere was electric. As the events were drawing to a close Joe the musical element of the band played a solo version of 'La Roux's' song 'In For the Kill' and it was brilliant. Mikey Cohen the voice of the band said, "It was great! The adrenaline was pumping and I really felt alive when I was up there. I am King!" Essex Scouts report on WINTAC - http://www.essexscouts.org.uk/news/articles.php?storyid=8h1B

New Scout Hut - Latest News    (11/17/2009)

On Thursday 12th November 2009 members of all sections of Guiding and Scouting in Coggeshall gathered at Honywood Community Science School to mark the beginning of construction for their new headquarters building. Construction is due to complete in July 2010 and a formal opening ceremony will take place in September 2010. The project, being jointly funded and run with the school is the culmination of over four years work by many people to ensure that young people in Coggeshall have a first class facility to use for many years to come. There are currently over 200 youngsters involved and all sections have waiting lists but lack of available space has restricted growth. The new HQ will have two halls instead of the one at the existing HQ and total floor area is more than twice that available now. The building is designed to the latest standards including accommodating disabled access and will have a fully fitted kitchen as well as a small meeting room. Funding for the building has come from the Scouts and Guides, Honywood School, individual donations and grants from Braintree District Council and Essex County Council. Commenting on the new building Tim Styles, Group Chairman said "This is a very exciting development for Coggeshall and a huge achievement for all involved that construction has now started and will result in a building to support Scouting and Guiding now and in future".

Remembrance Service    (11/11/2009)

Over 100 Scouts and Guides attended the Remembrance Service at St. Peter's Church Coggeshall, giving a guard of honour to the local parishioners as they arrived in the church. Standards where presented along with those of the local Royal British Legion. Fr Philip and the Bishop of Colchester Rt. Rev'd. Christopher Morgan performed the services and thanked the young people for attending and welcomed them to this important act of Remembrance. After the server all sections where represented at the reading of the names at the War Memorial, where a brass salute was played my members of Honywood School.

Thank you from St. Peters    (11/11/2009)

We have received a large thank you from the members from St Peters PTA, for the team of 6 Legend Explorer Scouts who assisted with the stewarding during the Firework display on the 7th November. Various parents and helpers also commented on how nice it was to see ex-pupils back willing to help out.

JOTI - 13th Jamboree On The Internet 17-18/10/2009    (10/13/2009)

The World Scout Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI) is an international Scout Meeting on the Internet which takes places every year on the third weekend of october. This is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. During that weekend, thousands of Scouts from all over the world meet and communicate with each other over the Internet, using any technologies locally available, from web browsers to e-mail, chat programs, microphones, scanners and digital cameras. Scoutgroups can combine this event with the Jamboree On The Air (JOTA), an event where Scouts can communicate with each other over radio amateur frequencies with the assistance of a local radio amateur crew. Most of the communication takes place over E-mail and in a chat network called IRC, the Internet Relay Chat. JOTI allows you to build friendships with Scouts in other countries and to find out more about their civil and scouting life. Often, these contacts last for years and build the base for upcoming group trips and entreprises. Since 1996, JOTI is an official WOSM event and has a permanent place on the Web Site of the World Scout Bureau. To get the full text of the World Scout Bureau's Memorandum on this year's edition of JOTI (2009), click here. If we've raised your interest, just get a few suggestions from our web site and participate in this year's JOTI. ----- Check out what places Legend Explorers spoke to over the weekend http://gmaps.kaeding.name/saved/LegendESU-JOTI2009

Cub Leaders earn their Wood Badges    (9/30/2009)

During a ceremony following last weeks Cub pack meeting (28th Oct) both Steve and Karen Lawrence where presented with their Wood Badges from David Cohen District Commissioner for Braintree District. - WELL DONE STEVE AND KAREN - A Wood Badge is only presented once a Leader has completed a set of 19 Modules covering all aspects of Scouting. This is a big achievement for everyone undertaking their Leader Training, and requires a lot of support from Leader, Training Advisers, and their families.

Over 60 Teams Begin Their Black Mountain Adventure    (9/28/2009)

Hundreds of Explorer Scouts, Scout Network, Leaders & Fellowship members travelled yesterday to Wales to start the two day self sufficient team backpacking and overnight camping competition. It's the ideal event for expedition practice and includes a non competitive and assisted category for new walkers. With bases spread out across the countryside around Sugar Loaf mountain we hope to bring you updates all weekend on the adventures of the teams from Essex.

County Adult Awards Reception    (9/16/2009)

County Adult Awards Reception 16 September 2009 7:00pm County event to be held at County HQ & Training Centre, Thriftwood. Uniformed event by invitation only for new Wood Badge holders, recipients of Service Awards and presentation of Group Growth Awards. Attended by Peter Awad and Stuart Donnelly from 1st Coggeshall.

Cub Programme published    (9/14/2009)

The new Cub Programme has been published ready for the new term - view the programme.

Scouting refutes knife ban claims (ScoutBase)    (9/9/2009)

Scouting refutes knife ban claims - 08/09/2009 Several incorrect stories have appeared in the media this week reporting a knife ban in Scouting. In fact, Scouting's rules on the subject have not significantly changed since the late 1960s. Knives may still be used by young people and adults during supervised camps and other outdoor activities. Scouting encourages young people to learn to respect knives, and use them sensibly to learn outdoor skills such as fire lighting, shelter building and backwoods cooking. The Movement provides a safe supervised environment in which young people can learn how and how not to use them - including how to avoid injuring themselves and others. The Scout Association does not condone young people carrying knifes on their person as a matter of course, unless there is a specific need for one. Scouting recommends training in the handling of knives not only for young people, but also for their adult leaders. Advice on the use of knives in Scouting is updated periodically and most recently an article appeared in Scouting magazine, the publication that goes out every two months to Scouting's 100,000 adult members. This is part of regular advice and guidance offered to the Movement since the wearing of a knife with uniform was discontinued in the late 1960s. Over the years the advice we have offered is always based around two key points: i) We need to comply with the law of the land (so we remind people of the current legislation). ii) We remind people in which situations it is appropriate to teach young people how to use knives safely and when it is not appropriate to use a knife.

Green Footprint Award    (9/6/2009)

We have been awarded the Silver Award as part of the Green Footprint Award. This makes Legend ESU one of the very first Scout Sections to complete the award in Essex.

Leader Training    (9/6/2009)

I (Stuart) have now completed my Leader Training and have received my Wood Badge from David Cohen. This tool place at the first Explorer meeting after the summer break. Thank you to EVERYONE who has assisted me in obtaining this award, specially David Hewitt.

Explorers Programme published...    (8/27/2009)

The new Explorer Programme has been published ready for the new term, including District and County events - view the programme.

Beaver Programme published...    (8/27/2009)

The new Beaver Programme has been published ready for the new term - view the programme.

Leader Changes at Coggeshall    (8/4/2009)

- Bridgette is stepping down as Beaver Scout leader, and will become Assistant Beaver Scout Leader. - Paul Chapman is moving from ACSL to become our new Beaver Scout Leader. - His wife Bernadette is becoming a new Assistant BSL. best wishes David Hewitt Coggeshall GSL

100 Club Launched    (7/6/2009)

As launched at the AGM & Parents Evening, Wendy has offered to run a 100 club in support of the new HQ. Please see the attached flyer for more information - 100 Club Letter.

Peter Awad receives his Wood Badge    (7/3/2009)

At a small ceremony during the closing of Beavers last night Peter Awad received his Wood Badge from David Cohen (DC). This makes Peter a fully qualified Leader. What is the Wood Badge?

Lost your woggle?    (6/28/2009)

Explorers who have either lost their woggle or prefer to wear their scarf with a friendship knot. Take a look at the following link, it is a step by step guide to putting a friendship knot in your scarf. Friendship Knot Instructions.

Scouts hoping to meet Bear Grylls    (6/25/2009)

Coggeshall Scouts are hoping to meet Bear Grylls next year, if he visits to open the New Scout and Guide Headquarters being built in Partnership with Honywood Community Science School. The project to build the new HQ is now well advanced and construction should start later this year, finishing in July 2010. David Hewitt Group Scout Leader said “it would be fantastic if Bear could come, he is already a real hero to the Scouts, and to meet him face to face would be incredible for the all the young people we serve.” The Scouts, Guides and School have raised most of the money they need but a final fund raising push will start at the Scout and Guide AGM on 17th June. The meeting starts at 8pm at the current Scout & Guide HQ Windmill fields, Coggeshall. Anyone interesting in supporting can attend the meeting, or donations can be made online at www.justgiving.com/coggeshall. Bear Grylls will be the new Chief Scout of the UK Scout Association. The famous adventurer takes over when current Chief Scout, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan completes his five year tenure in July 2009. When asked why he chose to volunteer for the UK’s largest mixed youth movement, Bear said: ‘In short, because I love adventure and I love hanging out with good friends. For me this is what Scouting is about.’ Born on 7 June 1974, Bear Grylls will be the youngest ever Chief Scout. He first got involved in Scouting aged eight as a Cub Scout. Bear attributes this time as part of the inspiration behind his adult adventures presenting TV shows such as Born Survivor: ‘So much of who we are as an adult is formed when we are kids,’ said Bear. ‘What Scouting says to people is: “it’s okay to go for it in life”.’

Bear Grylls appointed Chief Scout    (6/25/2009)

The Wiltshire adventurer and TV personality Bear Grylls has been named as the UKs latest Chief Scout. At 34 he will be the youngest person to hold the position. Mr Grylls says he aims to inspire more adults to volunteer as leaders, so the 33,000 young people currently on waiting lists can join Scout groups. He was the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest, aged 23, and has presented television programmes such as Born Survivor and Escape to the Legion. Mr Grylls from Ramsbury, near Marlborough, was appointed by The Council of the Scout Movement at a special meeting in London and will be expected to promote the policies and benefits of Scouting. He will be invested at a handover ceremony with outgoing Chief Scout Peter Duncan later in the year. "I feel hugely honoured to be asked to take up this role as Chief Scout - it really is a dream come true" "I have always loved helping young people live their dreams and to taste real adventure… as well as getting caked in mud!"

NEW 100 Club coming soon    (6/25/2009)

100 Club coming soon to help raise funds for the new Scout Hut. More details will be announced shortly.

New Scout and Guide HQ    (6/25/2009)

Thanks to all who gave their comments on the draft Heads of Agreement. This has now been sent to our legal prior to being sent to Simon Mason Olivia Pattison, George Styles, Wendy and Tim Style went to support our grant application to Braintree District Council. Both Olivia and George spoke to the meeting and the vote was unanimous so we have another £15,000 towards our target. There will be an article in the Link Magazine next month highlighting our plans.

Scout IT Badge    (6/25/2009)

All levels of the Scouting IT badge are now online at www.itbadge.org.uk This site will help you earn your Staged Activity Badge

New Web Site    (6/25/2009)

The new 1st Coggeshall Web Site goes live, thanks to everyone involved.

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