Prince Philip: Gone Home

Newcastle District Scouts are very sad to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip. Steadfast in his support to Her Majesty, The Queen, and he had the foresight before many others for conservation work & in setting up the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which has inspired and enabled countless young people .

This is a  very sad day for the country, and absolutely devastating for our Queen.

RIP Your Royal Highness from Newcastle District Scouts.

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Paul Bailey: Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

Many congratulations to Paul Bailey from 14th Basford Group, on being awarded the
Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct Medal.
Group Scout Leader Ian said “Paul does so much for our Group, very well deserved!”
Paul works as a volunteer for the Stroke Association going onto two stroke wards giving advice and information. He also helps run an art group for stroke survivors. He is an Assistant Scout Leader, mainly at the hall as camps tend to be a bit of a challenge, but he says never say never!
Paul has overcome everything life has thrown at him proving that with determination and the support of his family and friends. Life continues to be slightly different but with everything that’s happened he still finds time to help others in anyway he is able. Recovery is ongoing and he says it will continue ie swimming / gym / massage and his own doctor says he probably fittest he’s ever been!
Paul has also won an award from the NHS for the work he does on the stroke ward at the Haywood Hospital!

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You shop. Newcastle District Scouts gets money. Free.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Newcastle District Scouts with easyfundraising?

There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Go to and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to Newcastle District Scouts at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Newcastle District Scouts will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support. 

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Congratulations: Mike Deakin BEM

We are very pleased to announce that that District Active Support Manager, Mike Deakin, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Scouting in the New Years Honours.

Mike has been involved with Scouting and especially the 74th Silverdale Group for 70 years. This is honour well deserved and we send Mike our congratulations.

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Happy Christmas

Well, its been one crazy year, we went into 2020 with plans for District Events, Weekend Activities, Summer Camps and Gang Shows which by April all had to be packed away.
During all of the year though all our adult volunteers have endeavoured to provide activities for the young people in the District within the rules, guidance and tiers that applied at the time.
The innovative ways our adult volunteers have managed to deliver this has proved what incredible leadership qualities everyone possesses.
Our adult volunteers efforts are greatly appreciated and we would like to send heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you.
We wish you all, the best Christmas you and your families can have and let’s look forward to an event in 2021 when we can all be together again.
Thanks again and stay safe
Vera Bloor and Paul Bailey
On behalf of all the District Executive

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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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D.C. Vera on BBC Radio Stoke

Our District Commissioner, Vera, was on BBC Radio Stoke this morning (Thursday 29/10/2020) talking about the challenges of Scouting during lockdown and the new challenges of fundraising this year.

Listen below.


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Adult Awards

“I’m really pleased to be able to tell you that the following members of our District have been nominated and approved to receive awards.

As you know we would normally keep this quiet, and announce it “this is your life style surprise” at an event.

In these very strange times, we have been given permission to tell recipients, and they will receive their awards when they have been processed. this may take some time.

It’s very nice to have some positive news to share and lift the spirits, I have been able to speak to each recipient and thank them for their contribution to their groups, our District, and most importantly so many young people’s lives. Congratulations to:

Don Hickton : Porthill,  Award for Merit

Jon Mycock: Westlands,  Award for Merit.

Gavin Eardley: St Wulstans , Chief Scouts Commendation for Good service.

Ian Pritchard: Basford,  Award for Merit.

Chris Dunn : Silverdale,  Award for Merit.”

Vera Bloor – District Commissioner

You can read more about  the awards by licking on this link.

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Dot Bailey B.E.M. on Radio Stoke

Listen to our District Secretary Dot on Radio Stoke talking about receiving the British Empire Medal.

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Congratulations: Dot Bailey BEM

The Queen’s Birthday Honours were released today October 10th 2020.
I am sure you would like to join me in congratulating, Mrs Dorothy (Dot) Bailey on being awarded The British Empire Medal for services to Scouting.
Dot is an integral part of our District and is currently our District Secretary. She has supported Scouting locally for over 40 years, and has continued to work tirelessly at both Group and District Level, in a variety of roles for the benefit of the young people within the Association; this is in addition to her responsibilities as a County Training Advisor.

Dot’s commitment, passion and enthusiasm to the District and Scouting as a whole is unquestionable, goes beyond the norm, in ensuring Scouting is moving forward and relevant, and I am delighted she has received national recognition from H.M. The Queen.
B…R….A…V….O…….. and Thank You.

Vera Bloor
District Commissioner

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