A Silverdale Cub meets Bear Grylls!

After saving his dad’s life, Jack has been hailed a hero!
He was at home with his dad, Adrian, who was cooking his tea. Suddenly, Adrian started having a chronic asthma attack. Jack was just 7 years old at the time. He stayed calm and collected, but acted quickly.
He immediately dialled 999, giving their home address and clear details about his dad’s condition. Jack then spotted the ambulance going the wrong way, so he helped direct it to his house in Knutton. Adrian was rushed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s resus room, and he’s now continuing his recovery at home.

As part of Scout’s St. George’s Day celebrations, Jack visited Windsor Castle on Sunday 24th April to celebrate receiving a Meritorious Conduct and Gallantry Award for his bravery.
Jack’s dad, Adrian, says ‘Jack had a fabulous weekend – we also went to Thorpe Park! He’s very proud he received his award, and he was so excited to meet Bear Grylls.’
Jack says ‘My best moment was meeting Bear Grylls, and I was so proud to represent my group, 74th Silverdale Scouts.’

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2022-04-16 District Commissioner Vera on Radio Stoke

Our District Commissioner, Vera, on Radio Stoke talking about the Scout 2 5k fundraising event.

Read more here – https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2022/04/scout-2-5k/


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74th Silverdale Cub Awarded Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

We were very pleased to learn that the County Commissioner had recently visited 74th Silverdale’s Cubs to present a Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.

This is awarded for meritorious conduct of a high standard e.g. acts of bravery with no risk to life, or dedication to the Scouts despite the difficulties they have endured.
The medal is a green ribbon with a blue vertical stripe.

Jack was awarded the award for saving his Dad’s life. When presented with the Award, he said “if you help one person they will help one more”. He will go to Windsor Castle for a day of celebration for St George’s Day. Thanks to 74th Silverdale for the photos.

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Scout 2 5k

On Sunday 3rd April 2022, on a chilly running track at Keele Sports Centre, 50 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders & their families, joined together to take part in Newcastle-under-Lyme District Scout’s first ever Scout to 5K event.

Dressed in sportswear, colourful clothes, and fancy dress everyone pushed themselves to run, walk, hop, skip, or jump the 5 kilometre course to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Between them they have raised a whopping total of £1,750 with more money still coming in. If you want to contribute and sponsor our scouts you can do so here:

Cancer touches every part of every community and Newcastle District are proud to be donating this money with such a worthy cause.

Well done to everyone who took part in this successful event- don’t forget to claim your personal challenge and fitness badges from your Leaders!

More photos can be seen in the gallery

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Gone Home: Brenda Deakin

Newcastle District is extremely saddened to hear that Brenda Deakin passed away on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

Brenda held many positions with 74th Silverdale Group and Newcastle District over her 62 years of Scouting!

We would like to offer our condolences to Mike and all of Brenda’s family.

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Gone Home: Viv Bradford

I’m heartbroken to announce that my dear friend, one of our inspirational volunteer leaders, Vivienne Bradford lost her battle with cancer today, age 58 years. 

Viv has tirelessly worked to enhance the lives of young people through scouting for over 17 years. As a Scout, Explorer, District and County Leader, including Duke of Edinburgh assessor. Also as a group and county executive member, she has always been willing to go the extra mile to ensure that young people gained the best scouting experience possible.

Her dedication was recognised in 2010 with the award of Chief Scouts Commendation and in 2021 in the Scout Association Award for Merit.

When St Giles Scout group and Explorer unit no longer had a regular meeting place, Viv worked tirelessly to ensure the continuation of the Group and secured a lease on a suitable building within Newcastle centre, so that the Group and unit could continue to thrive. Additionally, she was chairperson of the hall committee, helping to run the building ensuring the hall is a hub for the local community.

Tributes are already being paid to this remarkable woman, who has supported the community, Newcastle and Stone town centres, countless volunteers and young people to achieve their potential.

We have lost a great friend.

Our deepest sympathy is with Ian, Harry and Sarah, and to all Viv’s family and friends, and using Ian’s words

‘Celebrate her life with us and raise a glass to her tonight, and give some time to those you hold most dear.’ 

Funeral details will be made available when known. 

Vera Bloor

District Commissioner


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Eric Weatherell: Gone Home

I’m very sad to learn that Eric Wetherell, honorary Vice President of our District, passed away Monday 7th March, aged 89.

Eric had been a keen supporter of our District for many years, and indeed is a former District Chairman, attending District events, fundraisers, and Castle Capers Gang shows, Always on hand to offer advice if needed, in a very unassuming way. He was one of life’s real gentlemen.  I, and others will miss his cheery smile and chats.

There is a service of Remembrance at St Andrews Church, Westlands, Newcastle, 245pm,  Monday 28th March.

Eric’s family have requested a Scout presence, Scout uniform to be worn if possible,  and final arrangements will be notified shortly. (A private family service at Bradwell Crematorium precedes the church service)

Undertakers Rowland & Foulkes, Newcastle.

Donations to Diabetes UK.

Vera Bloor

District Commissioner


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Thank You Asda!

We’re pleased to announce we received a cheque recently from the ASDA Foundation for £200 as a result of the Green Token Giving scheme operating at ASDA Wolstanton.

Thank you to everyone who voted for us and thank you to Asda!

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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 2022 for lots more adventurous activities!

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Whitmore Cubs: Community Impact Badge

Whitmore Cubs started their Community Impact Badge back in May; the Cubs as part of YouShape Scouting decided to support a homeless charity. They learnt all about the different types of homelessness and reasons for being homeless from the very current issue of Covid causing people financial problems, refugees, domestic violence, natural disasters and illness amongst others. They decided to raise money they would have a homeless themed sleepover for which they would raise money by doing jobs to donate when they attended.


The actual sleepover in November was back to basics no pillows, some Cubs slept on cardboard, food they cooked was picked from unlabelled tins (thinking about you get what you’re given sometimes), small portions, there were no sweets and snacks brought they willingly went right back to basics. They’ve also done many activities around homelessness to get them really thinking about how it would feel and how it can easily happen to anyone.

They raised £115 and 3 of them represented the Pack by doing a shop for The Lyme Trust. They took charge of the budget and manged to buy enough for 8 welcome packs for new arrivals inc basics such as soap, razors for men, shampoo, hair brushes, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste and even some nice warm socks. The Lyme Trust were truly thankful for these donations and we as Leaders are so proud of our Cubs as they have demonstrated that they have taken on board what they’ve learnt.


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