Snowdon Mountain Weekend

On Friday 14th June 2019, 8 Scouts and 7 Explorers from across Newcastle District travelled to Snowdonia, North Wales. Their aim was to climb Mount Snowdon; at 1085m (3560 ft) Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales.

We had a relaxed Friday evening, discussing our proposed route, kit and emergency scenarios.

At 6 am on Saturday morning we were woken by the smell of coffee and bacon, a full English breakfast is always a good way to prepare for a long day on the hills. Particularly when looking out of the window it was looking extremely wet.

Never the less we jumped in the minibus and drove around to the Pen-y-pas car park to start our climb.
Splitting into two groups we started walking up the Pyg track. As the first group broke away they headed up to Garnedd Ugain to bag the 1050m (3494ft) summit. Both groups then converged on the Llanberis path where we made our final ascent to the summit of Yr-Wyddfa (Snowdon).
With visibility down to about 20 metres we gathered at the summit for a group photo before descending down the Llanberis path to Halfway House for some lunch in the sun. With the low clouds lifting we were treated to some stunning views across the valley and down into the town of Llanberis. We then continued down the path into Llanberis where we explored the area and relaxed with some ice creams.

After a long successful day on the hills we were treated to a fantastic sunset and chilli for tea back at our cottage in the Ogwen valley.

The following morning the smell of home wafted through the building as cheesy oatcakes were warming up in the oven. We then headed for the beach in Llandudno, some of the Explorers went for a swim in the sea whilst the Scouts explored the town and the arcades.
We then headed back to Stoke where the weather was even worse than it was in Wales.

All in all a challenging yet fantastic weekend was had by all, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders.
Thanks must go to all of the Leaders who helped to plan and run this weekend.
The Scouts expressed an interest in climbing more mountains in the future, this is something that this team has already started to plan for 2020. Watch this space..

If you’d like to go on the next adventure , please contact us.

Jon Mycock

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2019 St. George’s Day Parade

On Sunday 28th April 2019, Newcastle District Scouts held their St. George’s Day Parade. This was held outside for the first time ever in the High Street by the Guildhall. This event was organised by the District Youth Executive, and at their request and design, was a mixture of tradition, with some interesting new twists!
The District’s Beavers carried banners about St. George, the Cubs carried swords they had made themselves and the Scouts made dragons for the parade!

Well over 400 hundred Scouts, aged from aged 5 to 75, gathered in the Queens Gardens and paraded at 2.45pm, led by the Drums Corps from 1st Porthill Scout Group, via the Ironmarket, into the High Street, where the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr James Irvine Hinchcliffe-Friend, and Newcastle Mayor Cllr Gill Heesom, took the salute. There was then a celebration of songs and readings, presentations of awards and all Scouts renewed their Scouting Promise.
Other guests were Rev Josh Penduck, curate of St Giles Church and Newcastle District’s Vice Presidents.

Many people came and viewed the celebration and joined in with the fun. Newcastle Business Improvement District supported the event, and hundreds of “George Cross” flags were be given out to friends family and members of the public.

As well as the parade in Newcastle Town Centre, 3 of our Scouts were at the national St. George’s Day Parade in Windsor.

Alice Houldcroft and Heather Locker, two fantastic Beaver Scout Leaders from 107th Westlands Scout Group, joined around 300 Scouts from across the UK in Windsor.
They were honoured by His Royal Highness Prince Edward the Duke of Kent & Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scout Award, the highest honour in Scouting.
This honour is achieved over many years hard work and is an outstanding personal achievement for Alice and Heather.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “This year’s group of Queen’s Scouts have truly tested themselves. In the process, they have become better, bolder and braver. The Queen’s Scout Award is an incredible achievement and today is a fitting celebration of everything they’ve accomplished at Scouts and in life. They have my total respect and admiration.”

Joining Alice and Heather was Newcastle District’s Deputy District Commissioner, David Gray, who had been awarded the Silver Acorn for distinguished service to Scouting.

More photos can be seen here and here.

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Monopoly Run 2019

Members of Iceni Explorer Unit who are based in Newcastle, have taken part in the 2019 Monopoly Run.

This is where teams of Explorer Scouts and Scout Network travel by foot, train and bus to visit famous and specially selected monopoly locations. They compete to gain as many points as possible.

168 teams of Explorers took part this year and Iceni came 6th! Congratulations to all who take part.

Will they take parts next year and do better?

Photos courtesy of Sion Hughes

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Silver Acorn: David Gray

We are very pleased to announce that David Gray, our Deputy District Commissioner, has been awarded the Silver Acorn in the 2019  St.  George’s  Day  Awards.

The Silver Acorn is awarded for not less than 20 years of specially distinguished service.

Congratulations Dave!

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Hello 2019

We hope everyone had a great Christmas and new year.

Newcastle District has plenty of exciting activities planned for this year, so please make sure you keep an eye on this site, our Facebook page and Twitter account to keep up to date.

This year we’ll be doing another full District camp, so watch this space!

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Happy Christmas

Newcastle District Scouts would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!tree-183x300

We hope to see you all in 2019 for lots more adventurous activities!

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Castle Capers 2020

The District Executive has ratified the appointment of Jay Auckland as Director of Castle Capers 2020, of Steve Broadhurst as the show’s Chairman and of Gavin Eardley as the show’s Treasurer and Business Manager. We are now tasked with the job of putting the various show teams, necessary for a successful activity, together.

While it is essential that the show builds on the expertise of the past, it is equally essential it gives EVERYBODY in the District the opportunity to volunteer their services. It is impossible to know what amazing skills, past experiences or what willingness to learn is “out there” that would benefit Castle Capers – So, all we can do is ask!! The show needs to fill all manner of roles – from producers to ushers; on stage, front of house and back stage.

If you would like to be a part of Castle Capers 2020 – part of the production, management, business teams especially – LET US KNOW.

If you have a specific skill, experience or contact that you think might be useful to the show – LET US KNOW.

If you would like to “just help” and don’t quite know how you could be of use – LET US KNOW.

Even if you’ve been a part of the team for ages – let us know you still want to be part of the 2020 team.

After a really successful show in 2018 (in terms of being a successful Scout activity, a thoroughly entertaining evening, being financially sound and excellent public relations for Newcastle Scouting) we all look forward to an even more successful show in 2020 ……. and the planning has already started.

Please reply, with a note of how you feel you might want to help, by visiting our contact page by January 19th.

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Gone Home: Neil Czwartynski

We are sad to hear of the passing of Neil Czwartynski.

Neil was a leader at Silverdale during the mid 1970’s and 1980’s.

He was a supporter of the group while his boys Tim and Chris were in the group.

It was in April 2000 that he joined the Fellowship and was transferred into the ASU in 2010 and remained a member until his passing. He received the 15 year award in 2015 but this is not accounting for his service as a leader during the 70’s and 80’s.

He was a teacher in his working life and sport was the thing that he enjoyed, he was always present at Beaver and Cub sport events and also like to get involved with the District swimming galas.

As a Stoke football supporter I am lead to believe that he never missed a home match.

I have looked through the old log books for the group and he was named as Mr Neil, as boys could not master Mr Czwartynski!

Mike Deakin – District Scout Active Support manager

Neil’s funeral will be on Tuesday 4th Dec at Madeley Church at 11.00am.

Our thoughts are with Neil’s family.


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Remembrance Day 2018

Groups from across the District commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War and remembered those killed in wars in their own communities or in Newcastle town centre.

Photos can be seen here

We Will Remember Them

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Newcastle District Scouts Remember The Fallen

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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