Christmas Carol Concert

We are very please to announce that following the Beavers and Cubs Christmas Carol Concert held at St Giles Church service on 2nd December, we donated £240 to the Newcastle Staffs Foodbank as a result of the collection.

Happy Christmas.

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Happy Christmas

Newcastle District Scouts would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!tree-183x300

We hope to see you all in 2020 for lots more adventurous activities!

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Gone Home: Ron Broadhurst

We are very sad to hear of the death of Ron Broadhurst.

From his son, and amongst other things, former District Commissioner, Steve:

Some of you might remember father as District Chair or District Commissioner….. if you can remember that far back. Some of you might remember him for his work with Screamline or in starting Castle Capers back in 1974.

In fact father had been in the Boys Brigade as a youngster and when he wanted to help his shy, introverted son he found the local Cub Pack (Basford). He supported and fundraised at Basford and then was asked to help Screamline with compiling the programmes and the District as Chair. While District Chair he attended a Basford AGM where some leaders performed a barbers shop song and “Gaudete”. He turned to the then District Commissioner and asked if he felt there was enough talent to put on a Gang Show in Newcastle. The rest is clichéd history.

When the District Commissioner disappeared, Peter Moxon, the County Commissoner, asked father to take on the role of District Commissioner and find his own replacement – he did both tasks, as well as negotiating the sale of the Newcastle HQ with the Guides.

He continued to be a member of the Fellowship (pre-Adult Support Unit), was awarded a Silver Acorn and was Vice-President of the District.

Since September he has been battling with discomfort and pain, finally leaving us on December 12th just a week shy of his 92nd birthday.

Steve Broadhurst

Our thoughts are with Steve and his family.

Upadte 27/12/2019: Ron’s funeral will be at Carmountside Crematorium  on 2nd January at 3.00pm.
Notice will be in Sentinel and online (Sentinel) shortly.
Only family flowers but donations to Newcastle District Scouts welcomed.

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Newcastle District Scouts Remember The Fallen

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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2019’s District Cub Swimming Gala

Well done to all the Cubs who took part in the District’s Cub swimming gala last night.

A total of nine teams took part.

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St Giles came 1st, Basford & Whitmore 2nd and Westlands came 3rd.

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Grow Fest 2019

On Saturday 21st September 2019, as in previous years, members of the District took part Grow Fest (formally Food Fest) in Newcastle Town Centre.

Taking over the area by the Market Cross and Guild Hall, we had raffles, tombola, tea and cakes for sale and a climbing wall. These were all provided by members of 36th St. Wulstans Group and 96th Whitmore & Baldwins Gate Group. The Drums of 1st Porthill Group played at various points during the day.

The day also saw the old tradition of a ‘Mock Mayor‘ being revisited.

After the Mock Mayor was elected, our County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Simon White & Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson presented long service awards and good service awards to various adult Leaders.

More photos can be seen in the gallery.

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2019 District Camp – Indaba The Video

A video from the District Camp.


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Gone Home: Jill Griffiths

We are sad to announce the untimely passing of Jill Griffiths. Jill formerly held the post of Assistant District Commissioner Cubs and was Akela at 107th Westlands for many years. Jill joined Newcastle from her native Manchester where she began her time in Scouting.

She will be sadly missed.
Funeral details to be announced. Scout friends are more than welcome, but at the request of the family, NO uniform please.
David Gray
Deputy District Commissioner

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Gone Home: Peter Moxon

We are very sad to hear that Peter Moxon, County Vice President, passed away on 29th August whilst in the care of the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Peter was a true Scouter, having served for over 50 years in various roles including the Assistant County Commissioner for Venture Scouts (1967-1970) and starting Venture Scouting in Staffordshire, Deputy County Commissioner of Scouts (1970-1971) and County Commissioner of Scouts for Staffordshire (1971-1989). Upon retiring as County Commissioner he was appointed a Chief Commissioner for England assisting the Chief Scout with responsibility for 14 ScoutCounties. He has been an Honorary County Vice President from 1997.

His funeral will be held on Tuesday 17th September at 2.15pm at St Giles Church, Newcastle prior to his committal at Bradwell Crematorium.

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2019 District Camp – Indaba

Over the weekend of 12 – 14th July 2019, over 500 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers from 14 Groups from across the District, joined together for this year’s District Camp. It was titled ‘Indaba’ which is a Zulu term for ‘tribal conference’. This was only the third full District Camp in 12 years, so it was a special event.

The majority of Cubs, Scouts and Explorers arrived on the Friday evening, and after setting themselves up in their tents, they joined together with the rest of the camp in the opening ceremony.
Each of the Groups were given a Country to represent as the camp had an international theme, partially due to the forthcoming World Scout Jamboree. The evening’s activity was a wide game for the whole camp! Following a lot of running around, it was time for supper and bed.

Everyone was up early on Saturday morning to get breakfast. This was cooked by a great cooking team in the Fox Glen. Food was served in two sittings due to the large amount of people on camp. During breakfast time,  Beavers arrived and just had enough time to get into their tents before flag break.

The mornings activities were based on the Group’s countries for one sub camp and an ‘It’s a Knockout’ competition for the other. After lunch the sub camps swapped activities.

Following tea, there was an international parade around the camp. Everyone dressed up in costumes from their countries and were led by the talented young people from 1st Porthill’s Drum Corps. The parade went over to the road to the Training Centre side of the camp for a huge campfire. Deputy District Commissioner Dave was presented with his Silver Acorn Award by Jackie, the County Commissioner. Each Group performed a song or sketch.

The campfire finished and the fair opened. There were bouncy castles, slides, candy floss, trampolines, a BBQ and a live band. To close the evening there was a firework display.

On Sunday, after breakfast, there was a short Scouts Own and flag break. Following this was the District’s world record attempt for the largest human Fleur De Lis (the scout symbol). We were very pleased to be joined by The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Simon White.
At the time of writing (August 2019), we are waiting for confirmation of the record!

The final event before the camp closed, was a huge colour run for all the young people. They ended up covered in paint!

The camp was closed, thank you’s were said and everyone went home very tired!

You can see 1st Porthill’s photos from Friday in their gallery.

You can see 1st Porthill’s photos from Saturday in their gallery.

You can see 1st Porthill’s photos from Sunday in their gallery.

You can see photos of the record attempt in our gallery.


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