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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.