2018 St George’s Day Parade Windsor

As well as parading through the town or camping at Kibblestone last Sunday, members of the District were at Windsor Castle for the St. George’s Day Parade.
Jordan Everill from 79th Clayton was there as he had been awarded his Queen’s Scout Award.

Our District Commissioner, Vera Bloor, said “Newcastle District Scouts are incredibly proud of Jordan’s achievements and commitment, and wish that his success is recognised locally, as well as at Windsor.”

Also, Steve Broadhurst Bar to Silver Acorn, Linda Baddeley  and  Dorothy (Dot) Bailey.both Silver Acorn were there as well. Vera said of these volunteers –

I am incredibly proud of these volunteers, and their awards are testament to their enthusiasm and commitment to scouting. Hundreds of young people have benefited from the support and guidance they have provided in a variety of roles in our District.

Linda with UK Commissioner Tim Kidd and  Staffordshire County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst

The St. George’s Day Parade in Windsor was n the presence of Princess Beatrice and the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.

More photos are in the Gallery

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2018 St. George’s Day Parade

Yesterday saw Scouts from across the District parade in Newcastle Town centre to commemorate the patron saint of Scouting, St. George.
Over 300 Scouts and their volunteer Leaders, gathered at The Queens Gardens Newcastle before parading at 2.45pm along The Ironmarket, via High Street to St Giles Church for a service.
Newcastle’s Town Cryer, Mr Gordon Brayford, helped enhance the sense of occasion and Porthill Scout Group’s Drum Corps lead the parade, followed by Scouts from the District and invited representatives from the Girl Guides.As 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, part of the service commemorated Scouts who gave their lives during this conflict. As this is a specific commemoration, representatives of the Royal British Legion also  joined the parade and service.
As the parade passed by the Cenotaph in High Street, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Wing Commander Elliott Sharrard Williams together with the Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Simon White took the salute. The parade then processed in to church for a celebratory service, renewing Promise and a celebration of Scouting and local Scouting activities.
Members of the Castle Capers cast sang twice while in Church and various awards were also presented.

More photographs can be seen here.

As well as the parade in the Town, Groups also renewed their Promise while on camp at Kibblestone and members of the District who had received  the Queen’s Scout Award and Leader Awards were at the St. George’s Day Parade in Windsor in the presence of Princess Beatrice and the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.

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Newcastle District’s Recruitment Campaign

Our District Commissioner Vera, and some of the cast and crew of our Gang Show, Castle Capers, were interviewed on BBC Radio Stoke on Tuesday 3rd April 2018.
Vera talked about volunteering and the the need for more adult volunteers in the District. Volunteers don’t necessarily need to be a Leader, but can help out in many ways and at times to suit themselves. As the advert says “Every Little Helps”!
Everyone talked  about what Scouting and Castle Capers  means to them. You can listen below.

As Vera says in the interview, we are in need of at least 2 Assistant Group Scout Leaders and section leaders/assistants. People returning to Scouting , who have been young leaders, for example, are particularly welcome.

If you feel you can help in any way, please contact us via the Contact page.

There was a follow up item on the news the following morning Radio Stoke.. You can listen below.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2018/04/newcastle-districts-recruitment-campaign/

40 Years Service

At an awards  night at 14th Basford on the 5th March, Ron Webb was presented with his 40 years service award by our Deputy District Commissioner, Dave.

Congratulations to Ron, this is a fantastic achievement; 40 years service to Scouting!

 

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Tickets for our Gang Show Castle Capers are On Sale Now!

Tickets for this year’s show are now available. Please visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/castlecapers to make a booking.
Tickets cost between £7.50 & £10.00 and there is a 10% discount on orders of 10 tickets or more.
The show is on nightly at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, from Tuesday 3rd April – Saturday 7th April 2018, with a matinee on Saturday 7th April.

Castle Capers Gang show is proudly supported by Staffordshire County Councils Community Fund.
Thanks must go to Councillors; Simon Tagg, Stephen Sweeney, Dave Jones, Kyle Robinson, Trevor Johnson, Paul Northcote for their generous support for our show and the young people of our Borough.

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O2 comes to Newcastle Explorers to teach about Ethics and AIs

As part of their Guru in the Community initiative, O2 last week came to Newcastle Explorers to deliver a workshop on Ethics and AIs. At the heart of these issues is the central question of what role technology should play in our lives and in society. Should a driverless car protect its passengers at all costs? Should Siri only show us the news that agrees with our worldview? How far can we take the Utopian dream of automation before it borders on dangerous?


Merging Scouting’s commitment to learning and development at a young age and O2’s open, passionate and excited optimism about the impact of technology in our day-to-day lives, Dan Fair, the in store Guru from O2’s Newcastle under Lyme branch, went to Newcastle Explorers to delve into these important and engaging questions with around 30 young minds. Ranging from Asimov to Bentham to Kant, Google to SkyNet and back again, O2 facilitated a discussion on what exactly it meant to be living in a world with machine minds, where automated living lies just around the corner.
The session was a great success with intriguing and enlightening discussion being had by the five groups, who then presented back to the Unit as a whole, developing their interpersonal and presentational skills while the others listened attentively to their ideas. Falling in line with O2’s vision for a passionate, knowledgeable and exciting technological community outreach program, the young adults present all learned something from each other about what it means to be living, learning and working in the modern age.

As well as talking to Explorers, O2 have been to speak to 1st Porthill’s Beavers about online safety. You can read about it here.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2018/02/o2-comes-to-newcastle-explorers-to-teach-about-ethics-and-ais/

Castle Capers 2018 Tickets Are On Sale Now!

Tickets for this year’s show are now available. Please visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/castlecapers to make a booking.

Tickets cost between £7.50 & £10.00 and there is a 10% discount on orders of 10 tickets or more.

The show is on nightly at the Mitchell Arts Centre, Hanley, from Tuesday 3rd April – Saturday 7th April 2018, with a matinee on Saturday 7th April.

Don’t forget to visit the Show’s wbsite

Castle Capers Gang show is proudly supported by Staffordshire County Councils Community Fund.
Thanks must go to Councillors; Simon Tagg, Stephen Sweeney, Dave Jones, Kyle Robinson, Trevor Johnson, Paul Northcote for their generous support for our show and the young people of our Borough.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2018/01/castle-capers-2018-tickets-are-on-sale-now/

Hello to 2018!

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.

Don’t forget we’ll be staging our Gang Show, Castle Capers this year – see the show’s website for more information.

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Merry Christmas

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

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Great News from the Co-Op

Thank you to everyone who used their Co-Op membership to raise money for the District. The Co-Op have raised a whopping £2951.39  for us!

Thank you to them for their support.

On Saturday 25th November 79th Clayton wall be at the Co-op at Westbury Park to say thank you to Co-op customers for their contributions of 1% to the local community fund. The y will be making  bird feeders and handing out mince pies. Hope you can come along!

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