Aug 19 2017

District Display in Newcastle

If you are in Newcastle town centre, you can see a display about the District in one of the shops on the Ironmarket (towards the Roebuck Centre end).

The display will be there until the end of September, so go and take a look.

Newcastle District Scouts would like to thank Staffordshire County Council for funding the banners and Mr. Keith Humphries of Ramsdell Estates Ltd and Newcastle BID for the use of the shop.

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Aug 17 2017

Tea Prepared at Newcastle’s Food Festival 2017

Following on from last year’s Food Festival in Newcastle, members of the District will be again attending the Food Festival this year.

On Saturday 16th September 2017, our Scouts will be serving teas, coffees and refreshments, having a chocolate tombola, a cake stall and a climbing wall. All this is being done to raise money for three international trips that will be taking place in 2018.

79th Clayton’s Scouts are planning a trip to Norway, Centurion Explorers are going to Canada and the Scouts from 19th Red Street and 25th Knutton are going to Gibraltar. Please come along and support them!

The following day, on Sunday 17th September, the very talented young people of 1st Porthill’s Drum Corps will lead a parade around the town at midday, before performing for the Bishop of Stafford at St Giles and then leading the parade through the town again. We hope you will come along and watch them play.

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Aug 08 2017

District Circus Camp

The weekend of the 7th– 9th July finally saw the arrival of the Newcastle District Camp at Kibblestone. It was over ten years since the last event of this nature and some 550 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and members of the Adult Support Unit attended the Circus themed camp over the course of the weekend.

While tents had been pitched earlier in the week everyone started to arrive from 6.00 pm on the Friday evening to Circus music blaring out over the CMA Meadow. Fireworks announced the official opening of the camp at 8.00 pm and circus themed sectional wide games then followed all over both sides of the campsite.

The catering team produced breakfast for over 500 on the Saturday morning and the rest of the day saw activities for everyone.

Professional circus instructors had been brought in to run bases such as juggling, diablo’s, plate spinning, tightrope walking and stilt walking just to name a few. These were supplemented with other activities including face painting, bouncy castles, axe throwing, crate stacking, assault courses and leaps of faith.


After tea a grand parade was formed led by Porthill Drum Corp and the whole camp ‘marched’ over to the campfire outside the Training Centre. This was truly a District Camp fire with every Group present doing ‘a turn’ – great to see their material both old and new.

A firework display took place after the campfire and then the Beavers were off for a session of Magic, Punch and Judy and Balloon Modelling. At the same time a live band (Stepping Lane) brought the day’s events to an end by performing two ‘sets’ for everyone else over in the ‘Big Top.’

Sunday morning saw a short ‘Camp’s Own’ followed by a challenge to see how small an area we could get everyone on camp into and it appears you can get in excess of 500 people into a 5 x 10 metre ‘box’!

The sun had shone brightly throughout the weekend but all too soon it was time for the camp to come to an end and after some presentations and thanks at 12.30 p.m. everyone was off site by 2.30. It was strange to look down the meadow and see it  empty, it was as if we had never been there, well at least until the next time!

Our thanks to everyone involved in make the event the undoubted success it was.

More photos can be seen here, here and here.

Paul Bailey
Assistant District Commissioner Scouts

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Jul 20 2017

New Website for 87th Holy Trinity

It’s time to update your web bookmarks as 87th Holy Trinity Group have a new website for you all.

It has all the information you will need to know about them and you can visit it by clicking on this link.

They also have a new Facebook page which you can visit by clicking on this link. Please like them!

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Jul 15 2017

Chief Scout’s Gold Awards at 79th Clayton

Many congratulations to the two Scouts who were awarded their Chief Scout’s Gold Awards at the 79th’s AGM on Thursday.

More photos are in the Gallery.

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Jun 27 2017

From the District Secretary

At last week’s Annual General Meeting, our District Secretary, Linda Baddeley, retired from the role. Linda has written the below to thank everyone.

As many of you will know, at the District AGM I stepped down from my role as District Secretary, after 12 years in the post. I will however be staying on in the roles of District and Explorer Administer.

I would like to thank all of the members of the District Executive Committee both past and present for everything that they have done. As John Atkinson pointed out to me, I have worked with 3 District Chairs, 3 District Commissioners and a large number of executive members over this time. I would like to thank them all for the help and support that I have been given over the years and good luck to the new executive committee.

I would also like to thank all of the Group Scout Leaders for their support in completing the District Census over these same years often enabling us to be the first District in the County to close it down. Unfortunately for you all I have been asked as District Administrator to continue doing the census so you will not escape me chasing you for your figures again this year!

I am looking forward to the new challenge of sorting the District Administrator role from the District Secretary role and working with the Explorer Leaders and Explorers.

Finally I would like to thank everyone for the present that I was given last night on behalf of the Executive Committee and to Vera for the Thanks Badge which she gave to me.

Thank you Linda

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Jun 10 2017

N-U-L We Stand Together Festival

A couple of days after the bombing in Manchester, the owners of the Hippy Hippy Shake Company decided to put on a festival in Newcastle to raise money for the families affected by that awful event.

The festival is being held today, Saturday 10th June and tomorrow, Sunday 11th June and has stalls, music, a yogathon, raffles and much more. Scouts from across the District have been helping out by marshalling and helping with the collections.

District Commissioner Vera even got to chat to “The Worlds Strongest Man” Eddie Hall, who was there to support the festival. Eddie told Vera that his time with 107th Westlands Cubs taught him all about teamwork!

More help is needed for Sunday, so if anyone can give them some spare time please go to the Red Cross outside cafe Nero to help. If you’re a Scout please turn up in your uniforms.

We hope the festival raises a lot of money for the people affected by the Manchester bombing and were are proud to be able to help out.

More photos are in the gallery.

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Jun 02 2017

It’s Volunteers’ Week!

This week, from 1st – 7th June is Volunteers’ Week!

Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country.

This gives us the opportunity to thank all the adult volunteers in Newcastle District who help to actively engage and support around 1000 young people throughout the District in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.

So thank you to all our volunteers!

We have lots of opportunities for more adults to volunteer with us. Whether people want to run a Beaver Colony, help show some Scouts how to plumb a sink or to look after a Group’s finances, we want you!

We are specifically looking for Beaver Leaders at Madeley, & Holy Trinity Groups and Scout Leaders at St. Wulstans and Basford Groups. If you think you can help with these or have any other talents you are willing to share with us, please get in touch with us.

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May 14 2017

News From the District:77th Audley on St. George’s Day & Silver DoE at Kingfisher Explorers

On St George’s Day this year, Beavers and Cubs from 77th Audley joined their local parade around the village, while their Scouts held their own St. George’s Day celebrations while on camp.

More photos are in the gallery.

From Kingfisher Explorers in Clayton comes the excellent news that District Commissioner Vera came to their meeting last Thursday night to present  Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards to three Explorers.

Congratulations to all three.

More photos are in the gallery.

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Apr 24 2017

2017 St. George’s Day Parade

Well over 500 Scouts, Guides and adult volunteers from Newcastle paraded through the town centre yesterday to celebrate Scouting, Guiding and their patron saint, St. George on St. George’s Day itself.

The parade was led by the 1st Porthill Scout Group’s Drum Corps. The young people were watched by the Borough’s Mayor, Councillor Ian Wilkes, and Scout and Guide Commissioners, and went on to St. Giles Church for a service of celebration and picnic.

This year the parade and celebration were organised by the District’s Youth Executive. The celebration and promise renewals took place in St. Giles Churchyard, where the weather was sunny and warm (unlike last year!).  Scouts and Guides of all ages renewed their Promise and awards were presented to Scouts, adult Leaders and helpers.

After the dismissal, everyone joined in a picnic in the Churchyard.

Click here to see more photos.

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