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!

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/07/new-website-for-87th-holy-trinity/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/07/chief-scouts-gold-awards-at-79th-clayton/

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

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/06/from-the-district-secretary/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/06/n-u-l-we-stand-together-festival/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/06/its-volunteers-week/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/05/news-from-the-district77th-audley-on-st-georges-day-silver-doe-at-kingfisher-explorers/

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.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/04/2017-st-georges-day-parade/

Apr 14 2017

The Co-Op Community Fund

Newcastle District have been chosen to be recipients of the Co-Op Community Fund for the next 6 months.

When Co-Op Members buy Co-op branded products and services, the Co-op will give 1% to a local cause. Your support can help raise more for causes in your community.

Go online coop.co.uk/membership and make us your cause!

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/04/the-co-op-community-fund/

Mar 21 2017

District Night Hike

On Saturday 18th March 80 Scouts, along with 40 Leaders and young leaders from all across Newcastle District, descended upon the Guide campsite at Maer.

After pitching their tents and then helping their Leaders pitch theirs, the Scouts started the afternoons activities:

  1. Learning how to use and read 6 figure grid references.
  2. How to use a compass and walk on a bearing.
  3. How to locate your position on a map.

After this they had a challenge to figure out what 90 different symbols are on a map.

The Scouts then filled their bellies with pasta bolognese and greasy garlic bread before getting ready for the evenings walk.

At 17.30 the first groups,  Knutton, Red Street and Whitmore were ferried out to Swynnerton, the starting point for the hike. They were followed in 20 minute intervals by Ashley Air Scouts, two Clayton troops, Holy Trinity, Porthill and St Giles scouts.

The hike routes were around 5.5 miles long and we saw the first group walking down the drive at about 21.00. Some Scouts were still out walking until around 00.30. When they eventually arrived, warm soup was on offer before swiftly collapsing into their tents for the night.

The following morning Scouts and Leaders were greeted with a nice warm cheesy oatcake.

Everyone then helped out dropping all the tents and tidying the site, even with the gale force winds.

They then broke camp, but not before handing out some prizes to the winning teams.

St Giles came in 1st, with Ashley 2nd followed closely by Whitmore in 3rd place. Congratulations to those groups and well done to all the other groups for taking part.

A special thanks to all the leaders, young and older who made this event the success that it was.

More photos can be seen in the gallery.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/03/district-night-hike/

Mar 05 2017

Help Inspire Beavers in Madeley & Betley – Adults Wanted

Would you like to help inspire Beaver Scouts (6 – 8 year olds) in Madeley & Betley to have great adventures? If your answer is “yes”, then come along to Betley Village Hall on Wednesday 15th March at 7.45pm.

We are recruiting Leaders and adult helpers. Come along and have a tea, coffee or soft drink and have a chat to find out how you can help enrich the lives of young people. You don’t need any previous Scouting experience or the ability to tie knots, just enthusiasm and a ability to inspire!

Contact details are on the below flyer and please see the below map for directions to Betley Village Hall.

2017-03-15 Beavers Open Meeting

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