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.

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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.

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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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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

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Support Centurion Explorers 2018 Canadian Trip


Next year, Centurion Explorers are planning a trip to take 27 Explorers to Vancouver, in the hope of exploring the Canadian Scouting Life. They hope to give the young people the chance to explore a different culture, using the line “once in a lifetime” when talking about this trip!

To do this they need to raise a lot of money and one of the ways people can help is by signing up to Easyfundraising. Simply sign up, log in and then do your online shopping and Centurion will collect a percentage of the money you spend at no extra cost to you!

You can sign up here by clicking this link.

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Support Newcastle District with the Co-Op

Don’t forget you can still support us when you shop at the Co-Op. Please watch this video to see how you can support the District with no cost to yourself!

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87th Holy Trinity are the Last visitors to the Mayor’s Parlour

The District had been asked if they’d like to go to the last ever visit to the Mayors Parlour. It had been scheduled for a Thursday evening and the only Scout Group who meet on Thursday nights was 87th Holy Trinity.

They arrived at the Civic Offices at 19.00 and where met by one of the Mayors Mace bearers Peter. He welcomed them and showed them up into the Mayoral chambers, which is set for demolition later this year.

They waited for a few minutes outside the Mayors Parlour until they were shown in and entered the Parlour. Each of the scouts walked up and shook the Mayors and Mayoress’s hands and introduced themselves. They were then shown the Civic Mace and Mayors Wand, with these being explained to the Troop what the history was.

They also had a short history of the Borough’s Mayoral past. All in all a very informative evening and they learnt a lot about the Borough’s past and its history. The Scouts were even lucky enough to see the visitors book of any royalty that had visited the Borough. An excellent evening was topped off by the Scouts signing the last ever visitors book that will be placed up in the Borough’s museum and this made them excited.

They even had a question and answer session inside the Council chamber with the Mayor and the Scouts loved this as they thought that the microphones were great as they had to depress the button and speak to the Mayor!

After this they went back into the Mayors Parlour and the buffet was opened with the Scouts having sandwiches and cake with the Mayor and Mayoress.

 87th Holy Trinity would like to thank all who made the evening happen and also thank the Mayor, Councillor Simon White and Mayoress Councillor, Shirley Boyle, as well as Mr Peter Whalan the Mayors Mace Bearer.

More photos are in the Gallery.

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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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