25th Knutton’s Table Top Sale



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77th Audley Scout Group – Can You Help?

Audley Scout Group has always been, and still is, a very successful Group, but over the last two years or so has lost a number of Leaders, mainly through changes in job circumstances, and is really struggling to cope and recruit replacements.

If I was to say it operates a successful programme with one leader acting as Cub Scout Leader & Beaver Scout Leader (with an Assistant in the Pack and the Colony), without a Scout Leader but with Assistant Scout Leaders (neither of whom can take on SL because of work rotas and one of whom is likely to move away) and without a Group Scout Leader to co-ordinate any recruitment – you’d see the problem.

The likelihood is that it will become necessary to shut the Troop before the summer unless we find a solution, or at least a temporary solution, to the Scout Leader problem and really we could do with increasing leadership in all areas. The group HAS tried to recruit but has yet to succeed.

If anybody feels they can be part of a solution on a temporary (or of course permanent) basis – could you please contact me  (via the Contact page) so we can discuss things?

Steve Broadhurst
District Commissioner

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DESC Appointment

I am extremely pleased to be able to inform you that I have appointed Paul Kelsall and Viv Bradford as joint DESC (District Explorer Scout Commissioner). The splitting of the role needs to be done carefully and with full consultation with those working in the section. To allow everybody input as to how the role can/should be split, I have asked Sharon, our Explorer Section Administrator, to call a meeting of Explorer Leaders so everybody feels they can have an input.

I think this is an extremely exciting time for the section and feel Paul and Viv can take Newcastle Explorers forwards in the way it needs to, building on the strong foundations that both Dave Gray and Dave Prince have established. I am sure you will support them in their new role.

Steve Broadhurst

District Commissioner


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District Swimming Gala

The Scout’s annual District Swimming Gala took place today.

In first place came the team from 15th St. George & St. Giles, in second place was 87th Holy Trinity and third place was 1st Porthill.

Congratulations to all those who took part!

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Duke of Edinburgh Award Success

Newcastle has a real problem with success!!
Over the last few years the number of youngsters taking-up the Duke of Edinburgh Award within the Explorer section has been very healthy indeed and the District should be extremely proud of the increasing numbers of our members who are achieving Bronze and Silver Awards (with probably Gold Awards in 2011) – this is a real success story and I would like to thank all those who have helped it happen.
However there is a problem with this success!! Each Duke of Edinburgh Expedition (and practice expedition) takes a lot of “person-power” to supervise and, while everybody involved has a great time there are only so many weekends and etc etc!!
One other important factor is that several leaders who are not Explorer Leaders have joined the team and thoroughly enjoyed their involvement with D of E Award.
In essence the D of E runs via a training weekend (for 2011 that is 18 – 20th March), set practice weekends and a set assessment weekend which all need people to act as marshals and at the last planning meeting the point was made that people outside the Explorer section may well really enjoy being a part of this but would only be asked through a chance conversation, as it were.
SO …..
If you would like to get involved with the success that is –
The Duke of Edinburgh Award in Newcastle District then you are invited to come along on part of the weekend (ideally Friday night because that is the most social!!) just get in touch and express an interest.

It is a nice problem to have (getting enough people to marshal D of E) and YOU might part of a wonderful solution or might know somebody who might be part of that solution.

Yours in Scouting
Steve Broadhurst

District Commissioner

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Census Figures

The annual census figures are now complete. The total membership of the District is now 974. This is up from last year and is the fifth year of increase in membership. We now have the highest adult membership (190) since 2006. Many thanks to everybody who helped to get our part of the County Census completed well before the deadline.

Congratulations to all that we continue to grow.

Yours in Scouting

Steve Broadhurst

District Commissioner

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Rev Stuart Ansell

We are sad to report that the District Scout Chaplain, Rev Stuart Ansell, has passed away. As most of you will already know, he has been extremely ill recently and, bearing that in mind, it is pleasing to be able to say he passed away peacefully and at home in Silverdale.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

Yours in Scouting

Steve Broadhurst

District Commissioner

UPDATE 08/02/2011: Stuart’s funeral is on Friday 11th February at 1.30pm at St. Luke’s Silverdale

Lichfield Diocese have a tribute to him here and there is one in the Sentinel here.

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5 A Side Football

The District’s Cubs and Scouts had their annual 5 a side football completion at the weekend.

The results for the Cubs were –

1st place – 103rd Newcastle-under-Lyme School

2nd place – 87th Holy Trinity

3rd place – 79th URC

The results for the Scouts were –

1st place – 87th Holy Trinity

2nd place – 15th St. Giles and St. Georges

3rd place – 74th Silverdale

Well done to all who took part.

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District Team Meeting

There will be a District Team meeting for GSLs, ADCs, DESC & DDC at the DC’s house on Tuesday 18th January at 7.30pm.

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December News

A few items of news from the District –

I hope you all know that the District has a new ADC (Scouts) – Chris Durham
I have accepted the resignations of Christine Mancell and Phil Waite, both GSLs (Basford and Ashley).
I have also accepted the resignation of Richard Sumner from his role as GSL (St Wulstan’s) as from the end of the year.
I would very much like to thank Christine, Phil and Richard for their work in their Groups.
Dave Prince has announced to the Explorer Leaders that, due to him moving South with work he is spending less and less time with us in Newcastle.
All the above means the District is looking for new Group Scout Leaders at Basford, St Wulstan’s, Audley and Ashley.
Our District Treasurer, John Atkinson, has announced his intention to step aside at the District AGM in June.
There will be a meeting in the new year for the full District Team (GSLs, ADCs, DESC and DDC).

Steve Broadhurst
District Commissioner

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