Whitmore Cub Awarded Pride of Birmingham Award!

Huge congratulations to Nate, who is a Cub at 96th Whitmore & Baldwins Gate, on his Pride of Birmingham Award. This wasn’t about being a Scout, this was about friendship, but it certainly demonstrates what being a Scout is all about from the challenge and the commitment, through to the activities he has undertaken.

There is a special appearance by a well known Scout though!

Well done Nate and thanks to those that have supported him. He’s the first up in the video. It’s a lovely watch and something to watch with your young people.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/08/whitmore-cub-awarded-pride-of-birmingham-award/

Face to Face Scouting Returns to Newcastle District

Throughout the COVID lock down, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts across the District have been meeting on line as face to face meetings were not possible.

However,  after a lot of planning and paperwork (to ensure everyone’s safety) by their Leaders, 65th Madeley’s Cubs have managed to complete a socially distanced walk!

Well done Madeley and we hope this is the start of a return to face to face Scouting across the District!

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/07/face-to-face-scouting-returns-to-newcastle-district/

Just Giving for Newcastle District Scouts

We have set up a Just Giving page to enable groups or individuals to support Scouting across the area through donations.  All money donated will go directly to the District to support Scouting across the area once the Corona virus emergency has ended.

Please click on the link to donate or start fundraising.


Thank you

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/05/just-giving-for-newcastle-district-scouts/

St. George’s Day Parade

At this time of year, we normally hold our St. George’s Day Parade and Promise renewal in Newcastle Town Centre.

It wasn’t possible to do it this year due to the Corona virus situation, so instead a virtual St. George’s Day was done instead. We’ve produced this video with the Promise renewals and some special guests.

Enjoy watching.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/04/st-georges-day-parade-4/

Gone Home: Dianne Harvey

We are saddened to hear of the death of Dianne Harvey. Dianne was a Leader in Stone for many years and a great supporter of Stone Gang Show.

We would like to pass on our condolences to her family and her friends in Stone District and Gang Show.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/04/gone-home-dianne-harvey/

Good News: The Invictus Games Choir

In these uncertain and worrying times, we have some good news.

Back in February, Gary Peake, Cub Leader from 107th Westlands Group, travelled to London (before the current restrictions) to record a song with Jon Bon Jovi with the Invictus Games Choir at Abbey Road Studios. Oh and Prince Harry was there as well!

The Invictus Games Choir are a music group formed of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from the Armed Forces. Through music and choral singing, the group endeavours to support participants in their recovery, with people of all singing abilities accepted.

The song ‘Unbroken’, was recorded to support the Invictus Games Foundation and you can buy a copy of the song by clicking this link.

You can see Gary prominently .at 1:46 in the video. Thank you Gary.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/03/good-news-the-invictus-games-choir/

Castle Capers 2020

Following the nationwide restrictions that have been put in place due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, the difficult decision has been made to postpone Castle Capers 2020.

We are currently exploring options for the show to take place later in the year and details, with regard to this, will follow in due course. Any individuals who had purchased tickets for this year’s show will receive a full refund in due course.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the in Capers 2020 so far, they have been incredible.

“Side by side, heart to heart, we can finish anything we start”.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/03/castle-capers-2020-2/

Capers on the Radio

The show was featured in the news on Hitmix Radio last week. You can listen below.

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/03/capers-on-the-radio/

87th Holy Trinity & 107th Westlands Beavers at Apedale

On the morning of Sunday 08/03/2020, Beavers and their families from 87th Holy Trinity and 107th Westlands met at Apedale Country Park for a family walk.

They all walked around the park from the car park at the Heritage Centre and up to the pit wheel at the top of the park and back again.

Along the way they completed a quiz and when they got back everyone had hot dogs and cup cakes. The weather was kind and it stayed sunny. All the Beavers had a great time!

View more photos in the gallery.

Thanks to everyone who helped out, especially the Scout and Explorer who devised the route and quiz!

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/03/87th-holy-trinity-107th-westlands-beavers-at-apedale/

Curtain Call for the “Capers” Cast of 1980

Castle Capers is back, and this year Newcastle’s very own Scout Gang Show is celebrating a very special anniversary. It’s forty years since the variety performance, which brings together young people and leaders from across the district, was awarded “red necker status”.

Newcastle District Commissioner Vera Bloor says “not every Scout show, can call itself a Gang Show. A production needs to be regularly assessed by the Scout Association, to ensure that it meets the required standard, and only then does the cast earn the right to wear the prestigious red neckerchief during the performance. The fact that Castle Capers has been able to call itself a Gang Show for forty years is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the show over the last four decades”

Castle Capers was first assessed in 1980 by Ralph Reader, who staged the UK’s very first Gang Show in 1932. To mark the occasion the team behind this year’s show is trying to track down members of the original cast.

Producer Heather Locker says “I’m so excited about this year’s show, rehearsals are going really well, and it would be amazing if we could get members of the original gang back together, to share their memories with us along with any photos they might have. We’re hoping they’ll come along to one of the performances too, as we’ve got some really talented young people in the cast, I can’t wait for everyone to see what they can do”.

This year’s performance takes places at the Mitchell Arts Centre in Hanley from 15th-18th April. Amongst those returning to the cast this year is Cub Scout Leader Barbara Davies affectionately known as “Aunty Barb”. She’s been part of the show since the very beginning and remembers being awarded the red necker for the first time.

Barbara says “the content of the show hasn’t really changed, you still have the singing, the dancing, and the sketches. It’s a lot more contemporary now, but for me there’s nothing like a group of volunteers coming together and putting on a show. It’s not all about what you put in, it’s also about what you get back, and I’ve made some fantastic friends over the last forty years.”

We’re asking original members of the 1980 cast to get in touch by emailing 1980cast@castlecapersgs.co.uk

Permanent link to this article: https://newcastledistrictscouts.org.uk/2020/03/curtain-call-for-the-capers-cast-of-1980/