Archived Guestbook Messages

Old Guestbook Posts

Messages left on the 4th Gillingham guestbook by people from all over the world from October 1998 to October 2006.

From: Nick Garrod Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, October 07, 1998, 09:37 AM

Yes, it looks good! Congratulations. You've just got the job of keeping it up to date now. That's the fun bit.

From: Peter van Eijnsbergen Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 1998, 08:30 AM

Great site. A lot of information and a lot of work I will visit you again sometimes to see how thing will develope. Y.i.S Peter

From: Ian Gearing Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 1998, 07:34 PM

Found your website on the Sea Scout web ring. Very good site. I found the tutorial particularly intersting. Visit our site on Ian R Gearing ASL 1st Southwater Sea Scouts West Sussex

From: Derek Martin Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, November 21, 1998, 10:05 PM

Well presented site, lads. We hope to go for Naval recognition in the next year. There are only 3 recognised Groups in Scotland and only 6 or so Sea Scout Groups! Muirtown Scouts are based at Seaport Marina, Caledonian Canal in an ex-naval building.

From: 27th Sea Scouts Belfast Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, November 22, 1998, 12:53 AM

great page belfast is a great place to have your summer camp we would be glad to help

From: Andrew Moreton Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 1998, 02:24 PM

Keep up the good work !!

From: Charles Ling Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, February 02, 1999, 03:02 AM

Nice homepage. Anyone interested to know me, please write to: Charles Ling, M9A-202, Tun Dr. Ismail College, Technology University of Malaysia, Johore, Malaysia.

From: Zaher Bin Wahab Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, February 07, 1999, 05:17 AM

Hello! Nice page! Love it especialy the Jamboree Page! Just asking but anyone of you want to swop badges or any scout stuff pls email

From: kyriacos kaisharis 82cyprus.s.a Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, February 09, 1999, 12:51 PM

From: Trevor and Sylvia Harris Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 1999, 08:30 PM

Our son Adam is in cub scouts and I was looking on the web and found your Web site we are from Gillingham but we now live in West Virginia USA. your web site is being read all over the world. keep up the good work.

From: David Herbertson Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, February 12, 1999, 10:37 PM

Most Impressed - hoping to pinch a few ideas if you have no objection

From: Felix Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, March 02, 1999, 08:52 PM

Great site. I am with 6th Itchen Hamble Sea Scouts. We plan to put up our own site soon, hard to compete with the likes of yours though!

From: Pamphlett Sea Scouts, Brisbane, Australia Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, March 27, 1999, 09:35 AM

This is the best Sea Scout site I have come across! I especially like your information on the boatwain's call. Vist our site at

From: Geoff Sargant Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, April 13, 1999, 02:55 PM

Great site. Back in the 18th Century (!)when I was in the 4th Gillingham who would have believed it ?! Well done!!

From: Nick Garrod Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, May 04, 1999, 04:24 PM

Well done Dave. You've some excellent feedback in the guest book. By the way - I think ceremonies is spelt this way and not how you have it! I should have noticed that when I proofed the original for you. Cheers.

From: Lauren Lambert Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, May 12, 1999, 10:55 PM

Very impressed with your web-site, but I think you will find that if was Christopher Oakley who was invested with Steven, not David.

From: Michael jones(APL SB1) Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 1999, 04:54 PM

I see Dave's got his hypothermia speech into the Website!!!

From: Steven Lambert Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 1999, 06:37 PM

Excellent web pages, better than other ones I seen.

From: Ray Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, July 10, 1999, 11:54 AM

Just dropped in whilst browsing. Greetings from Alnwick District, Northumberland. (No web site yet, but watch this space)

From: ted yeoman Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, November 24, 1999, 12:28 AM

Ex member... 1966 1974, glad to see you still active Keep going strong, do you still have the mirror dingies I help buy, build & paint???

From: Geoff Sargant Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, January 12, 2000, 11:43 AM

Great site. Keep up the good work. Geoff Sargant Assistant Director UK Patent Office (ex-4th Rainham !!)

From: Sidney Harbour Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2000, 08:41 PM

Excellent site ,very infomative welldone.

From: Karl Ward Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, April 04, 2000, 07:29 PM

I'm a ASL with the 11th Norwich Sea Scouts if ever your camping in Norfolk let me know

Posted on: Friday, April 07, 2000, 10:06 AM


From: Jeremy Hassell DC for High Wycombe.Bucks. Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, April 22, 2000, 05:27 PM

Just to say well done for putting together this web page. Our County in Buckinghamshire is trying to do the same now. Wishing you all the very best that comes from our God through Scouting. I do hope to meet up with you all one day. God bless you all.

From: john dyason Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, April 26, 2000, 08:33 AM

helo from australia.good to see you on the net.spent many good times in the sea scuots in berengrave lane around 1967.great to see your still there!

From: Alan Dawson Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, May 03, 2000, 07:24 PM

Really nice site guys....and gurls!! Are you going to poacher? 2nd Wittering ( Harriers)

From: skip Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, May 23, 2000, 08:45 AM

this is the first time that i have seen your site i look forward to seeing my photo on your site, keep up the good work

From: mike mount Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, May 27, 2000, 04:05 PM


From: Matthew Tomkins Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, May 27, 2000, 09:25 PM

Cool site Dave keep up the good work

From: Chris Powell Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, June 06, 2000, 10:15 AM

An excellent site full of useful infromation. Perhaps you needed to liase with Trevour Bishop to help other Groups build better web sites?

From: mike keane Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, June 06, 2000, 07:56 PM

very impressive site. we hope to have the 23rd's in full swing soon. Good luck

From: John Coppen Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, June 11, 2000, 03:34 PM

Nice to bump into you the other day, Dave, and catch up on news. Excellent website.

From: George Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, June 16, 2000, 11:47 AM

good revues from around the world, how about the pics gallery try this e-mail again

From: Chris Pope Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, June 24, 2000, 05:58 PM

Hey, found you lot online! That caught me out. As you know (or Mike does at least), I'm popping in tonight, so it'll be interesting to see who is still involved and what you lot have done to the old group (j/k). Look forward to bumping into a few old faces (very) soon and sharing a few drinks.

From: Paul & Steph Abbott Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, July 11, 2000, 07:25 PM

Great site Dave & Matt, well done. We were just surfing and we bumped into the site - it looks very impressive. When are we going fishing, Dave?

From: Stevi Page Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, July 24, 2000, 10:13 AM

Thanks for the info! I'm assistant guider for the 1st Herstmonceux guides and we are going to Campdowne 2000. Our theme is St George and we need to make a display. This will be very useful.

From: Jörg Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, October 27, 2000, 07:34 AM

Dear Sea Scouts on your site, how to tye a cap ribbon, i miss the picture no. 2 cu jörg

From: Mark Dimmick Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2000, 09:25 PM

Nice to see the 4th Gillingham(Rainham) are still going strong from one of the sea scouts now in Portsmouth. I'm a cub leader with the 62nd Portsmouth (Portdown Distrect). I hope to get some photo's up to you some time.I was a scout when Ray Austin was the A.S.L then i was one of the 1st Hydra venture scout's with the group. Buy for now Mark Dimmick

Posted on: Thursday, April 12, 2001, 02:10 AM


From: RAHEEL MUSHTAQ Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, April 26, 2001, 03:25 PM

It is my first visit to this site it is very good effort, I hope this site will become a recource to make new scout friends in all over the World.

From: Petty Officer Chad W. Fox, HMCS Calgary Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, May 12, 2001, 03:44 PM

excellent site. I was looking for Info on the Boatswain's Call and yours is the best so far. Keep up the good work.

From: 10th Gillingham Scouts Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, May 26, 2001, 08:14 PM

Hi. Please visit

From: Iain.M.Anderson Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 09:39 PM

I was looking for information on the Bosuns call, and I found it on your site. I am GSL of The 1st Limcoln Sea Scout Group, Lincoln and am looking to reinstate the use of the Bosun's call. All I have to do know is get one and practice. Thanks for a great site, keep up the good work. One day we will have a web site as well. Iain

From: Sogbesan Leke Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, June 16, 2001, 01:54 PM

I'm into farm settlement in my home village.Aswell a student of university of lagos, nigeria.I study "Info.Tech."..I'm from ogun state, abeokuta to be precise.I,m a cousin to His Excellency Mr. President republic of nigeria... I love your ideas.It,s beautiful, and very creative . While brousing thru, i found out that your convertions of the addictive mineral resource to "Rope" for designs, fasions and all that is/are very encouraging and interesting. So, i will love to see more of what you can do.I'm saying this so that you will realize that most of the mineral resources needed/used for productions are in africa; right in my village. I will appreciate if you recognize and reciprocate. Till i hear from you,more grease to your elbow.THANKS.

From: David Johnstone Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, June 17, 2001, 07:59 PM

Thanks guys. I forgot how to reeve a three-fold purchase and found it on your site.

From: Mr Valentine Harnett Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, June 18, 2001, 12:34 PM

A very informative and brilliantly put together web page. Val Harnett Chairman - 1st St.Peters-in-Thanet Sea Scout Group.

From: Christopher Mueller Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, June 30, 2001, 12:26 AM

HELLO FROM THE USA! I life in Wisconsin, WNW of Chicago about 150 miles in the city of Madison. Despite the fact I am 1,500 from the Ocean I found the information on Pullies very helpful. I got my Tractor stuck. It slid off a road and into a ravine due to wet clay soil. The "Three Fold Purchase Pully" looks like the right thing for my problem. THANK YOU for letting me know it existed! The problem I have now is finding out where to buy one. Can you help ("throw me a line") on where to buy one? It is not clear to me where you are located. A map showing your location, and photo of your group would be great. It is always good seeing a few friendly faces! In the USA there is a Simpson Capstan Winch that is driven by a Chain Saw. One takes off the saw blade. And then puts the sa

From: Derek Chipperfield Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, August 18, 2001, 06:00 PM

Very impressive site, I wanted information on block and tackle systems and you came up trumps.Did you know there is a site for the International Guild of Knot Tyers? worth a visit. Regards...

From: David Roy Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, August 31, 2001, 01:47 PM

Good to see you are still going strong. I was AVSL & VSL in 1974-78 ish. We had a boating base at the Strand, also use of the Strand pool and close relationships with the Medway Cruising Club. I used to work for Marconi at the Rochester airfield site, escaped to Ferranti but we are now both BAE SYSTEMS these days. In my spare time now, I (co-)run the Longcraig Scout Water Activities Centre under the Forth Rail Bridge, Edinburgh, (see as well as being an ADC-VS in my local Distrit. If Hydra Unit members want a camp in the "far North", do get in contact.

From: Sue Davis Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, October 07, 2001, 05:46 PM

Very well presented and easy to use - most interested in signalling pages. Hope you will visit our own website at and learn about the National Coastwatch Institution and what we do.

From: Philip McCarthy Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, November 03, 2001, 09:19 PM

I like your site and from your hit counter it seems so do many other people. Come and visit my site if you find the time

From: Simon McCarthy Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, November 03, 2001, 11:53 PM

Why not come and visit the Strood District Website at

From: Marc Handy Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, November 13, 2001, 07:36 PM

I realy enjoy going to cubs, because of all of the activities.

From: Anna Parker Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, March 03, 2002, 08:35 PM

I need some HELP!!!! I am trying to wrap some sisal rope around a plastic coated electrical wire and can't seem to get it to stay. Can someone-- PLEASE --e-mail me with some suggestions. Thanks, ANNA

From: Evette Mason Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, April 22, 2002, 10:57 PM

Great web site. Very informative. I am working on a 4th grade book about the Port of Tacoma. I was looking for a photo of block & tackle but found your drawings. May we use one of your drawings in our book? It would be a great addition, and I would be happy to credit the artist (or your web site???). Please advise. Thanks again!

From: Clint Lanyon Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, April 29, 2002, 01:03 PM

Fantastic Web site very informative. Keep up the good work and enjoy your scouting.

From: simon hewitt Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, May 07, 2002, 01:24 PM

Hello chums this website is good. can i volunteer to do lots of work on it thanx c ya friday

From: simon pittock Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, May 17, 2002, 07:45 PM

had a lot of fun

From: Patrick Smith Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, May 30, 2002, 12:04 PM

Thanks fellows, i was looking for morse to recognise the VOR NAV system, your tutorial has done the trick , thank you. Great Site. Regards Patrick.

From: Don Buttery Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, June 08, 2002, 07:13 AM

Hi, Just checking into anyone with the last name I have and found a Michael Buttery in your listing.

From: Chris Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, June 25, 2002, 04:37 PM

I like your site, it is well presented and quite clever, (even though i'm not interested in the sea scouts!) This site is very good for finding things out about events etc. But im still not sure what Jamboree is! I know where you are based in Berengrave lane, i pass it every day to go to school! Keep working on the site and fill up those blank pages. Good Luck, Chris.

From: drew lawson
Posted on: Wednesday, August 14, 2002, 09:52 PM

I am about to do a SI course and I am having a look on a few sites PO lawson stonehaven sea cadets

From: kate barlow Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, October 22, 2002, 09:43 PM

I came across your site when searching for info about the bosun's call. Great site, keep up the good work. I probably met some of you at summer camp this year.

From: Ian Templeton Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, January 17, 2003, 09:09 AM

I've searched the web for info on blocks and tackles - your web-site was by far the best giving lots of very helpful information, and very clearly explained.

From: Suzanne Beauchamp Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2003, 08:07 PM

Yours was the only website that provided me with a clear understanding of what a clump block is. Bravo!

From: Matt Kindred Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, February 25, 2003, 09:07 PM

A trip down memory lane ! Great site ( ex member 1982-84)

From: Johnathan Hale Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, April 09, 2003, 01:00 AM

I live in Utah USA and belong to the Boy Scouts of America. My mum is from Rainham and my brothers used to belong to the 4th Gillinghan Sea Scouts before they moved here in 1989. Their names were Steven, David and Michael Panton. I came to England last December for the first time. My brothers told me how much fun they had in the Sea Scouts. I belong to the traditional Land Scouts. My Dad is the Scoutmaster and my mum is the Advancement Chair. It is fun that you have a web site and that it is where my mum is from. She lived in Pembury Way.

From: debbie Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, April 25, 2003, 07:36 PM

hi this is a good site

From: David B. Hanna Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2004, 05:30 PM

Enjoyed reading and viewing this material

From: Alec Suttenwood Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 05:15 PM

A very well designed, thought out and informative site. I teach boating and knots and was quite impressed.

From: Don Esslemont Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, April 07, 2004, 12:31 PM

This evening I needed to reeve a three-fold purchase, and found I had forgotten how to do it. Google took me to your site, and your figure was just what I needed. Thank you. Don Esslemont Ex Patrol Leader, 29th Glasgow (about 1948 to 1953) Ex Lieutenant, RN

From: Mark M Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2004, 07:48 PM

Nice website, lots of good information and a few ideas for my own site, keep up the good work

From: Mark M Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2004, 07:49 PM

Nice website, lots of good information and a few ideas for my own site, keep up the good work

From: Damien Stanton Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2004, 08:40 PM

I would love to join you

From: Devina Adosi Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2004, 08:30 AM

This is the nice work keep it up add up more informations concerning originality of scout and meaning of diferent signs,meaning of colours,flags etc.This will help people including to have more knowledge.Thanks

From: Ron Bennett` Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, September 20, 2004, 07:35 PM

What a great Sea Scout website! I'll be looking forward to seeing some photos posted and a completion of the site. Best regards to all of you, a US Navy "Well Done!" and carry on. Sincerely, Ron Bennett, Past Scoutmaster T-571 Comfort, Texas USA

From: Elizabeth Hewick Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, October 11, 2004, 09:50 PM

Very impressed, am Cub leader, stand in Scout leader and Acting GSL! was desperate for some decent pics of semaphore, many thanks, yours are great.

From: Martin Askey BSc (Hon) Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, October 12, 2004, 04:21 PM

Dear Sirs, Please may I draw your attention to the Woodland Trust's free tree scheme for all children up to 16 years old. If you would like to participate during national tree week, then kindly apply through the following website: Thank you. Yours faithfully, Martin Askey

From: Adrian Rolfe ASL 11th Folkestone Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, October 11, 2005, 10:14 AM

Very nice site. I have become inspired.

From: scout sheik edding Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, February 08, 2006, 06:47 PM

hi.... i was able to read your diary.... may, isnt it sweetly nostalgic to reminished those happy moments we spent in hacienda piqarquin, santiago chile... how i wish, i culd meet those people, ay scouts, again.... anyway, looking forward to know u better... take care, God bless ciao for now, sheik ps.. im sheik edding from philippines....

From: Lisa Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, February 24, 2006, 10:22 PM

I found this website after searching for random people's names on Google... and found my boyfriend on here! But I love the site, it's well organised and the roll of honour is great to look at and see all the achievements people are ... achieving. Anyhoo. Lisa.

From: Cpt Graham Bruce MN Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 08:51 PM

I was delighted to find your web site.I am so glad to find that the sea scouts are are continuing to guide youngsters toward the sea,during my time I have seen a very marked decrease in the amount of our young people wishing to go to sea,hopefully this trend will change with the help of orginisations like yours. Respectfuly, G.Bruce

From: W. Xavier Snelgrove Email: <webmaster AT wxs DOT ca>
Posted on: Friday, June 16, 2006, 06:49 AM

Cool website, I like your page on Semaphore. You can find a cool semaphore translator at

From: M Stephenson
Posted on: Sunday, October 01, 2006, 07:23 PM

Thanks fro the Morse code and semaphone guides, just great for teaching cubs. thanks Hathi, 1st wellington Scout Group