Dec 23 2016

Margaret Wilkinson: Funeral Details

We now have the details of Margaret’s funeral.

It will be held on Wednesday 4th January at St Mary’s Church, Knutton, then Knutton Cemetery for 12 noon. Followed by the Wake at Holy Trinity.

Margaret was a big part of our Group, supporting Tony with both the Cubs and Beavers and also did Castle Capers refreshments for many years. I know many people in the District held her in high regard. With this in mind I would love to be able to organise a uniformed guard of honour at the church for Margaret. Can you please let me know if you are able to be part of it, so I can get an idea of the feasibility.
I’m sure you’ll be thinking of Tony, Paul and Andrew over Christmas and join me in sending lots of love to them.

Best Regards
Yours in Scouting

Lorraine Drayton
Group Scout Leader
79th Clayton Scout Group

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Dec 22 2016

Cub’s Promise Party

Last Friday, Cubs from across Newcastle District went to our Promise Party at the Winter Wonderland ice rink in Hanley. This was held on the exact day that Cub Scouting officially started 100 years ago. The Promise Party was the final event in the celebration of the Cub’s centenary. At exactly 19.16, all the Cubs renewed their Promise.

Below is a video, including the Cubs renewing their Promise, of the evening.

This event was supported through the Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund. Newcastle District Scout Council thanks Councillor’s Sandra Hambleton and Stephen Sweeney for their support.

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Dec 16 2016

Happy 100th Birthday Cubs!

It’s 19.16 on Friday 16th December 2016 and Cubs from all over Newcastle are on an ice rink in Hanley, and at their meetings across the District, renewing their Promise as part of the 100th birthday of Cub Scouting.

On the 16th December 1916, just a week after 14th Basford started, Cub Scouting, then known as the Wolf Cubs, officially started, However, the Cub programme had been on trial since the end of 1913.

If you are a Cub, or have been a Cub in the past, join our Cubs by renewing your Cub Promise with Cub Ambassador, TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall below (both versions available).



Happy birthday Cubs!


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Dec 13 2016

Gone Home: Margaret Wilkinson

We are saddened to hear of the death, yesterday morning, of  Margaret Wilkinson. Margaret was a great supporter of 79th Clayton and the Castle Capers Gang Show.

We would like to pass on our condolences to Tony, Paul, Andrew and all their family.

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Dec 09 2016

Happy 100th Birthday 14th Basford Scout Group

Today we are celebrating the centenary of 14th Basford Scout Group.

Exactly 100 years ago today, on 9th December 1916, the boys that would form Basford Scout Troop held their first meeting. This meeting was held while the country was in the middle of the Great War and was just one week before the official start of the (Wolf) Cub Scouts!


Basford Scout Troop in 1926

From that start in 1916 the Troop expanded to include a Rover Scout Patrol in 1926, a Cub Pack in 1931, a Venture Scout unit in 1977 and a Beaver Colony in 1986.

Basford is unique in Newcastle District and Staffordshire as one of its Scouts, William Redfern, was awarded the Cornwell Scout Badge in 1943. The Cornwell Badge is awarded in respect of pre-eminently high character and devotion to duty, together with great courage and endurance. Billy Redfern was presented his badge in November 1943. He had been ill for around 5 years with a diseased spine and had spent time in an iron lung.  Newcastle’s District Commissioner at the time wrote “I have never known him other than bright, smiling and corageous no matter how weak and painful his treatment at the time. In the best sense of the term he is a Good Scout”. Sadly he passed away in December 1943.

Billy is remembered by the Group by a stained glass window in St. Marks Church which also commemorates the four ex Scouts killed in the Second World War.

Billy is the Scout in the Group’s Centenary badge!

Members of the Troop off on a day trip to a camp site with 15th St. Giles

The Group has undertaken a number of international expeditions, including the Jamboree in Holland 1937, a visit from a Paris Group in 1947, a trip to Finland in 1949, a visit to Holland in 1977, a visit to Norway in 1979, the World Jamborees in England and Sweden in 2007 and 2011 and this year the District Cub trip to Paris!

As part of their birthday celebrations, Basford hosted this year’s Beaver and Cub Carol service where they told the District of their birthday. This event was supported through the Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund. Newcastle District Scout Council thanks Councillor’s Sandra Hambleton and Stephen Sweeney for their support.

Basford joins 1st Porthill (1908) & 77th Audley (1912) as the District’s centenarian Groups, along with Alsager and Kidsgrove Groups from Potteries North District and Hartshill Group from Three Towns District.

Today this successful Group has Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and feeds into Centurion Explorers in Wolstanton.

Happy birthday Basford and here’s to the next 100 years!

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Dec 08 2016

Gone Home: Nora Sutton

We are saddened to hear that Nora Sutton, a long standing supporter of the District with her husband Alec, passed away on 24th November 2016 aged 95 years. We would like to pass on our condolences to Andrew, Alastair and all their family.

The funeral is on Friday 16th December 2016 at 14.00 hours at Bradwell Crematorium then on to the Victoria at May Bank.

Andrew and Alastair send a open invite for all of you to join them to celebrate the wonderful life of their mother Nora.

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Nov 11 2016

Newcastle District Scouts Remember

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, May 1915


We remember all killed in war and especially those Newcastle and Potteries Scouts killed serving their country and we are proud to commemorate them on this Roll of Honour.

Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle Division Roll of Honour

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Oct 16 2016

87th Holy Tirinty’s Special Birthday Evening

Last night, 87th Holy Trinity celebrated 100 years of Cubs as well as celebrating 64 years of unbroken service by one of their Leaders, Angela Stott.
Angela was presented with a Commissioners Commendation and received a message from the Queen and a special Papal Blessing along with a lot of lovely presents from Family, Friends and fellow Scouters.image11

Here are a few facts about Angela’s Scouting journey.

It began in Liverpool when at the age of 16 Angela joined as a Ranger Scout and became a young leader.
She went on to meet and marry a Rover Scout and embarked on a career of military service along with her husband.
During this time as she travelled the world, she joined Cub Packs or started them up in areas that didn’t already have them; until her return to England where she settled firstly in Shropshire with a pack in Church Aston and later when they retired from the forces she moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme to open a guest house.
She soon became part of Newcastle District Scouts as a Cub Leader at 87th Holy Trinity where she has remained until this day.
Angela has held many positions during her 64 years in scouting, she has been part of the training team as an adviser, a member of the appointments committee and also the SASU, but her service with the Cubs has never been broken.
I think this is an amazing achievement and one to be recognised, she takes part in everything we do; she climbs, abseils, canoes and is a great ambassador for the movement.
Not bad for a lady entering her 80th year.

We had a wonderful evening last night along with current group members, past members, our friends from packs in the district and lots of people who have helped us over the years. It was a very memorable occasion.

Janet Hammond

Akela – 87th Holy Trinity

More photos of the evening’s celebrations can be seen in the Gallery.

Many congratulations to Angela from all of Newcastle District.

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Sep 22 2016

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Sep 19 2016

iScout at Newcastle’s Food Festival

On Saturday, the District took part in Newcastle Town Centre’s 1st Food Festival. Taking over the area by the Market Cross and Guild Hall, we had raffles, tombola, tea and cakes for sale, cooking pancakes on tin cans, pizza ovens made of cardboard boxes and heated by tealights and a climbing wall. We also had a celebrity guest!


All the activity was to raise awareness of Scouting in Newcastle and to raise money for North Staffs Young Mind, a charity chosen by the Youth Executive, and the District itself.

The day was started by a parade from Queen’s Gardens led by 1st Porthill’s Drum Corps along with the Town Crier and the Borough’s Mayor, Councillor Ian Wilkes. The Mayor then opened the day’s proceedings.

In the morning a presentation was made to the District of a cheque for £1000. The presentation was made by Vic Richardson, one of the Trustees of the Orme Trust which is being wound up. The money is going to be used on outdoor activities and we would like to thank Vic and his fellow Trustees for their kind donation.

In the afternoon, Porthill’s Drums played down by Hassell Street and the High Street.

This was followed by the cast of Castle Caper 2016 giving a performance by the Market Cross.


The day came to an end with another parade from Queen’s Gardens, led by the Drums, but this time with all our Group’s flags and by trolleys of food which was to be donated to the local food banks. Everyone came together again by the Market Cross and District Commissioner Vera presented a number of awards.

As the day came to a close, we counted up the money raised and found we had collected £1006. This will be split between the District and North Staffs Young Mind.

A huge thank you to all came along, helped, baked and donated!

Photos of the day can be seen here

A video of the Drum Corp’s performances can be seen here

The Castle Capers performance can be seen here

A video of the day’s events can be seen here


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