4th Gillingham News

Issue 2 – February 2001

2001- the year of the hut

Firstly I would like to welcome every body back and wish you all a Very Happy New Year.

2001, the Chinese call this the year of the Snake. For the 4th we have decided however to call it the year of the HUT. During the coming year we hope with your help to address some of the many problems with our headquarters. We will endeavour to give plenty of notice of any working parties using this publication and section letters. So don’t be shy pop along meet new friends, have some fun and you never know you may just enjoy it.

Dave Perkins (G.S.L)

Xmas Fundraiser

Carol Singing

Saturday 25th November

Unbelievably yet again the bad weather stuck but thanks to those stout hearted bargain hunters of Rainham a possible wash out was turned into yet another success. In total we raised 178.95. Our thanks to Darren, Gay and the faithful few who helped arrange, set up and run this worthwhile event.


Friday 22nd December 2000

The carol singing at Rainham Station went well, even though it was the last Friday of the year and British Rail had put on more trains during the day to get people home early. Saying that, the staff at Rainham station made everybody very welcome and more than 50 was raised from the people who did come off the trains. After the carol singing there were refreshments back at the Hall with cakes donated, and photographs were taken. Hopefully these should be available on our web site in the next few months.

He’s Behind you!

A great time was had by all when Beavers and Cubs from both packs went to see a pantomime on Saturday 13th January 2001. Everyone laughed and joined in, as the talented team from R.A.T.S. (Rainham Armature Theatrical Society) acted out the all time classic Sleeping Beauty. Though all the audience was booing the evil witch and cheering the hero, it couldn’t be decided who was making the most noise, the children or the adults!

All those who went to see the pantomime want to say a BIG THANK YOU! to Eileen from the Beaver section who arranged the event.

Section News

Monday Dolphins Cub Pack:
  • Well done to all those Cubs that achieved their Road Safety badge.
  • Thanks to all for the donations towards the hamper boxes. They were delivered to Suffolk Court on Monday 29th January.

A great time was had by all. Keep your eyes open for the photos in the next issue.


Wednesday Otters Cub Pack:

  • Congratulations to Michael Barret and Thomas Burns for receiving the Cub Scout Challenge.
  • There is a 7-a-side football competition at St Margaret’s on 17th March, so all those cubs that wish to take part remember to keep that date free! You will receive more information about this event soon.

Forthcoming Events


Sat 10th – Scouts Town Hunt. (District)



Sat 3rd – District Cross-Country Race. (District)

Sat 10th – Scouts Master at Arms Course. (District)

Sat 17th – Cubs 7-a-side football competition at St Margaret’s. (District)

Sat 17th – Wine & Wisdom Fundraising Evening.


Over the years you have been asked to support the 4th Gillingham Sea Scout Group in various ways. This letter is another plea for your much-needed support. The cost of providing a safe building and the necessary equipment to run a unit such as ours has stretched our limited finances to near breaking point. So much that after 85 years it is in danger of closing in the very near future if we cannot raise more funds. In attempt to tackle this we have recently set up a new ‘Fundraising Committee’. The committee has produced a number of ideas and if approved by the Group Executive we will be asking for your help and support to make them happen. Please help us to save the 4th Gillingham and continue to provide a safe and educational outlet for your child.

Zoe Perkins (Fundraising Committee)

Reminders to all

The 4th Gillingham have there own website! It’s packed full of interesting information, roles, of honours, pictures and much more. Also each section has there own page for personal congratulations, future programs and upcoming events, so why not check out your page!

You can visit our website at www.4th.cjb.net

Other Notices


By now you should all have received a letter from the Exec Chairman informing you about this years Capitation fees. If you haven’t please contact your Son’s section Leader.


We still have vacancies on the Exec committee in all sections for parent reps and also on the Fundraising committee. If you are interested and would like to know more or wish to help please contact your son’s section Leader. Please remember that enquiring is NOT taken as a commitment and a commitment could be as little as 2 hours a month.

On another note:

If anyone hears of any chairs or an electric cooker going spare could you please let us know as we are urgently in need of new ones for the Scout Hut.


The next issue of 4th Gillingham News will be released in April

If you have something you would like included or if you have any comments please let me know by popping into see me any Wednesday night at the hut between

18.45 – 20-15. Alternatively you can email me at perkinsm@btinternet.com

Matthew Perkins.

All articles must be received by Monday 19th March