Feb 01 2017

New Youth Commissioner & #YouShape 2017

We are pleased to announce that Newcastle District has appointed its first Youth Commissioner, Nakita Emmens.

I am pleased to appoint Nakita as the District’s 1st Youth Commissioner. She is the natural choice, due to her skills and leadership in starting the District Youth Executive. I’d like to thank Nakita for her leadership of youth executive and I am looking forward to working with her on #YouShape to help our District develop .

Vera Bloor – District Commissioner

Also, last week at the District Executive, all members signed up to the #YouShape 2017 pledge.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/02/new-youth-commissioner-youshape-2017/

Jan 02 2017

2017 A New Year & New YouTube Channel

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.

To add to our social media profile, we now have a YouTube channel. We will have videos on here of the District’s activities, so please click the link below and take a look.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2017/01/2017-a-new-year-new-youtube-channel/

Dec 23 2016

Merry Christmas

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


Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/merry-christmas-2/

Dec 23 2016

Margaret Wilkinson: Funeral Details

We now have the details of Margaret’s funeral.

It will be held on Wednesday 4th January at St Mary’s Church, Knutton, then Knutton Cemetery for 12 noon. Followed by the Wake at Holy Trinity.

Margaret was a big part of our Group, supporting Tony with both the Cubs and Beavers and also did Castle Capers refreshments for many years. I know many people in the District held her in high regard. With this in mind I would love to be able to organise a uniformed guard of honour at the church for Margaret. Can you please let me know if you are able to be part of it, so I can get an idea of the feasibility.
I’m sure you’ll be thinking of Tony, Paul and Andrew over Christmas and join me in sending lots of love to them.

Best Regards
Yours in Scouting

Lorraine Drayton
Group Scout Leader
79th Clayton Scout Group

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/margaret-wilkinson-funeral-details/

Dec 22 2016

Cub’s Promise Party

Last Friday, Cubs from across Newcastle District went to our Promise Party at the Winter Wonderland ice rink in Hanley. This was held on the exact day that Cub Scouting officially started 100 years ago. The Promise Party was the final event in the celebration of the Cub’s centenary. At exactly 19.16, all the Cubs renewed their Promise.

Below is a video, including the Cubs renewing their Promise, of the evening.

This event was supported through the Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund. Newcastle District Scout Council thanks Councillor’s Sandra Hambleton and Stephen Sweeney for their support.

Photos of the event can be seen by clicking this link.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/cubs-promise-party/

Dec 16 2016

Happy 100th Birthday Cubs!

It’s 19.16 on Friday 16th December 2016 and Cubs from all over Newcastle are on an ice rink in Hanley, and at their meetings across the District, renewing their Promise as part of the 100th birthday of Cub Scouting.

On the 16th December 1916, just a week after 14th Basford started, Cub Scouting, then known as the Wolf Cubs, officially started, However, the Cub programme had been on trial since the end of 1913.

If you are a Cub, or have been a Cub in the past, join our Cubs by renewing your Cub Promise with Cub Ambassador, TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall below (both versions available).



Happy birthday Cubs!


Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/happy-100th-birthday-cubs/

Dec 13 2016

Gone Home: Margaret Wilkinson

We are saddened to hear of the death, yesterday morning, of  Margaret Wilkinson. Margaret was a great supporter of 79th Clayton and the Castle Capers Gang Show.

We would like to pass on our condolences to Tony, Paul, Andrew and all their family.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/gone-home-margaret-wilkinson/

Dec 09 2016

Happy 100th Birthday 14th Basford Scout Group

Today we are celebrating the centenary of 14th Basford Scout Group.

Exactly 100 years ago today, on 9th December 1916, the boys that would form Basford Scout Troop held their first meeting. This meeting was held while the country was in the middle of the Great War and was just one week before the official start of the (Wolf) Cub Scouts!


Basford Scout Troop in 1926

From that start in 1916 the Troop expanded to include a Rover Scout Patrol in 1926, a Cub Pack in 1931, a Venture Scout unit in 1977 and a Beaver Colony in 1986.

Basford is unique in Newcastle District and Staffordshire as one of its Scouts, William Redfern, was awarded the Cornwell Scout Badge in 1943. The Cornwell Badge is awarded in respect of pre-eminently high character and devotion to duty, together with great courage and endurance. Billy Redfern was presented his badge in November 1943. He had been ill for around 5 years with a diseased spine and had spent time in an iron lung.  Newcastle’s District Commissioner at the time wrote “I have never known him other than bright, smiling and corageous no matter how weak and painful his treatment at the time. In the best sense of the term he is a Good Scout”. Sadly he passed away in December 1943.

Billy is remembered by the Group by a stained glass window in St. Marks Church which also commemorates the four ex Scouts killed in the Second World War.

Billy is the Scout in the Group’s Centenary badge!

Members of the Troop off on a day trip to a camp site with 15th St. Giles

The Group has undertaken a number of international expeditions, including the Jamboree in Holland 1937, a visit from a Paris Group in 1947, a trip to Finland in 1949, a visit to Holland in 1977, a visit to Norway in 1979, the World Jamborees in England and Sweden in 2007 and 2011 and this year the District Cub trip to Paris!

As part of their birthday celebrations, Basford hosted this year’s Beaver and Cub Carol service where they told the District of their birthday. This event was supported through the Staffordshire County Council Local Community Fund. Newcastle District Scout Council thanks Councillor’s Sandra Hambleton and Stephen Sweeney for their support.

Basford joins 1st Porthill (1908) & 77th Audley (1912) as the District’s centenarian Groups, along with Alsager and Kidsgrove Groups from Potteries North District and Hartshill Group from Three Towns District.

Today this successful Group has Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and feeds into Centurion Explorers in Wolstanton.

Happy birthday Basford and here’s to the next 100 years!

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/happy-100th-birthday-14th-basford-scout-group/

Dec 08 2016

Gone Home: Nora Sutton

We are saddened to hear that Nora Sutton, a long standing supporter of the District with her husband Alec, passed away on 24th November 2016 aged 95 years. We would like to pass on our condolences to Andrew, Alastair and all their family.

The funeral is on Friday 16th December 2016 at 14.00 hours at Bradwell Crematorium then on to the Victoria at May Bank.

Andrew and Alastair send a open invite for all of you to join them to celebrate the wonderful life of their mother Nora.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/12/gone-home-nora-sutton/

Nov 11 2016

Newcastle District Scouts Remember

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

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2016/11/newcastle-district-scouts-remember/

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