Beavers at 1st Westgate-on-Sea Scouts Group celebrate first birthday

Little ones at 1st Westgate Beavers

Beavers and leaders at 1st Westgate-on-Sea Scouts have celebrated the group’s first birthday today (July 17).

The group, based in St Crispin’s Road, marked the occasion with a party for Beavers and parents, including cakes made by the youngsters for their cookery badges, marshmallow towers and a demonstration of slime made to achieve science badges.

Gemma and Beckany

Set up by leaders Beckany Morriss and Gemma Lambeth  and helped along by volunteers including Gavin Wallis, the group has gone from strength to strength. It now has 28 Beavers and a waiting list.

Speaking at the celebration Gemma said: “It has been the most exciting year with sleepovers and helping the local community. We have been fundraising for our (new) roof with Bunnings sausage sizzles and race nights and have raised just over £3,000.

“We want to thank everybody for their continued support. We are planning for next year with (a trip to) Wingham and more work in the local community.”

Special thanks were given to helpers who had given up their time over the last year and new recruits are welcome.

Gemma said: “Anyone who has a skill they would like to offer can come along and talk to our uniform leaders.”

Gemma, whose son is now a Cub at the Sea Scout group, said: “It isn’t just giving up your time, there is training too. But when my son moved on to Cubs I stayed on for Tuesday evenings with the Beavers because I love it so much.”

Sections and meeting times

  • Beavers (ages 6–8) – meet Tuesday 5.15pm to 6.30pm
  • Cubs (ages 8-10½) – meet Tuesday 6.45pm to 8.15pm
  • Scouts (ages 10½–14) – meet Thursday 7pm to 9pm

Find more by emailing [email protected] or visit The Billabong, St Crispin’s Road, Westgate, CT8 8EB on meeting nights.

To help with the roof repair appeal click here