Apr 26 2017

1917: Another Porthill Scout Dies in France

One hundred years ago today, more than two and a half years into the Great War and only a day after the last Porthill Scout was killed in the Great War, Private Reginald Showan 13503, “D” Company, 9th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action aged 20.

Reginald was a Porthill Scout, and was the tenth of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.

You can read his full story here.

Reginald Leslie Showan b. Wolstanton 1896 – d. France 1917.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/04/26/1917-another-porthill-scout-dies-in-france/

Apr 25 2017

1917: A Porthill Scout Dies in France

One hundred years ago today, more than two and a half years into the Great War, Private Joseph George Furnival, 202017 The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) was killed in action aged 19.

Joseph was a Porthill Scout, and was the ninth of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.

Furnival_JG (Medium)

You can read his full story here.

Joseph George Furnival b. Wolstanton 1897 – d. France 1917.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/04/25/1917-a-porthill-scout-dies-in-france/

Apr 24 2017

St. George’s Day Parade 2017

With over 500 Scouts, Guides and adult volunteers from Newcastle District, we paraded through the town centre yesterday to celebrate Scouting, Guiding and our patron saint, St. George on St. George’s Day itself.

The parade was led, as usual, by our excellent Drum Corps. All our young people were watched by the Borough’s Mayor, Councillor Ian Wilkes, and Scout and Guide Commissioners, and we went on to St. Giles Church for a service of celebration and picnic.

The celebration and promise renewals took place in St. Giles Churchyard, where the weather was sunny and warm (unlike last year!).  Scouts and Guides of all ages renewed their Promise and awards were presented to Scouts, adult Leaders and helpers.

After the dismissal, everyone joined in a picnic in the Churchyard.

Click here to see more photos.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/04/24/24090/

Mar 22 2017

District Scout Night Hike

On Saturday 18th March our Scouts joined Scouts from around the District at the Guide campsite at Maer for a night hike.

Once their tents etc were set up, the Scouts had to learn how to use 6 figure grid references, how to use a compass and walk on a bearing and how to locate their position on a map.
After this they had a map symbols challenge.

After tea, the Scouts were taken to Swynnerton, the starting point for the hike and the hike route was around 5.5 miles long.

After navigating their way back to the campsite, it was time for bed!

The following morning, breakfast was eaten, tents were packed away and it was time for home.

Everyone had a great time.

More photos can be seen in the gallery.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/03/22/district-scout-night-hike/

Feb 26 2017

Beavers Trip to Manchester

On Friday, the Beavers went on an exciting adventure by going to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on the Train!

However, despite the Leaders best plans, the train they’d booked to travel on was cancelled due to the effects of Storm Doris the previous day. After rejigging the plans a bit, the Beavers left Stoke a bit later than planned but were on their way!

On arrival at Manchester, the Beavers caught (and filled!) the shuttle bus to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). At MOSI they looked around the interactive displays and learned about the impact Manchester has had in the world due to its scientific research and its industry .

Following lunch, the Beavers visited the power hall where they saw various stationary engines that used to power industry and some retired railway locomotives. There was a dressing up area where the Beavers could wear various Victorian costumes!

By now it was time for the inevitable shop visit and to journey back to the railway station. Instead of catching the bus, the Beavers walked back.

Back at the station the Beavers boarded their train and took up their reserved seats and were back at Stoke on time for their Mums and Dads to collect them.

More photos are in the Gallery

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/02/26/beavers-trip-to-manchester/

Feb 10 2017

2017 Membership Fees

Dear Parent / Carer,

Scout Association Membership Fees 2017

The Scout Association annual membership fees are now due. The fee for all Group members is £35 each. Porthill Scout Group do not keep this money, it has to be paid directly to the Scout Association to run the organisation.

This cost now runs into thousands of pounds for our Group and the swift collection of this membership fee is vital to the future of the Group. The executive committee therefore has stated that all fees must be paid by 24/03/17. If your son’s / daughter’s fees are not paid by that date then, unfortunately, they may no longer be able to attend.

Last year most parents chose to make payments via our website by credit or debit card. To pay using this method please click here.

The payments are processed by PayPal, in the same way you can pay online for items from retailers such as Domino’s Pizza or Interflora. You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay (you can use your credit or debit card) and all the payments are taken via PayPal’s website, so you can be sure that your details are secure and we do not keep any of your card details. Once the payment has been made, you will receive a receipt via email.

If you wish to pay by cash or cheque, please send this to your son’s / daughter’s next Scout / Cub / Beaver meeting. Receipts will be provided for any money paid. Please make cheques payable to “1st St Andrews Porthill Scout Group”.

If your child is a new member please can you also ask to complete a Gift Aid declaration form (available from section leaders).

If you have any queries regarding this payment please speak to your section leader.

Thank you.

Yours in Scouting

Kevin Stanyer
Group Treasurer

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/02/10/2017-membership-fees/

Feb 01 2017

#YouShape 2017

At our Leader’s meeting on Monday, the Group’s Leaders and Young Leaders signed the #YouShape 2017 pledge.

Being Youth Shaped is all about young people and adults working in partnership together. We think there is no better way to to this than by declaring it for everyone to see, by creating a pledge that both leaders and young people can sign up to. The pledge is broken down into five areas that join up to create the basis of a Youth Shaped section.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/02/01/youshape-2017/

Jan 25 2017

1917: A Porthill Scout Dies in Mesopotamia (Iraq)

One hundred years ago today, over two years into the Great War, Private Joseph William Simpson, 10328 A Coy 7th Battalion, Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment) was killed in action aged 21.

Joseph was a Porthill Scout, and was the eighth of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.

You can read his full story here.

Joseph William Heath Simpson b. Burslem 1896 – d. Mesopotamia 1917.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/01/25/1917-a-porthill-scout-dies-in-mesopotamia-iraq/

Jan 02 2017

Hello 2017 – We’re Back!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and new year. We’re all ready to start Scouting in 2017 and we have some exciting things planned for the year – watch this space!

All our sections are back this week at their normal meeting times –

  • Scouts Tuesday (tomorrow)
  • Drums Thursday
  • Beavers and Cubs Friday

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2017/01/02/hello-2017-were-back/

Dec 23 2016

Happy Christmas to All!

All the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and adult helpers from 1st Porthill Scout Group would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


See you in 2017!

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/12/23/happy-christmas-to-all/

Dec 22 2016

Cub’s 100th Birthday Party

Last Friday, the Cubs went to Newcastle District’s Promise Party at the Winter Wonderland ice rink in Hanley. This was held on the exact day that Cub Scouting officially started 100 years ago. The Promise Party was the final event in the celebration of the Cub’s centenary. At exactly 19.16, all the Cubs renewed their Promise.

Sharon managed to take some video of the evening and the Cubs renewing their Promise.


There are also pictures in the Gallery.

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/12/22/cubs-100th-birthday-party/

Dec 16 2016

Happy Birthday Cubs

It’s 19.16 on Friday 16th December 2016 and our Cubs are on an ice rink in Hanley, along with many other Cubs from Newcastle District, renewing their Promise as part of the 100th birthday of Cub Scouting.

On the 16th December 1916, Cub Scouting, then known as the Wolf Cubs, officially started, although the Cub programme had been on trial since the end of 1913.

If you are a Cub, or have been a Cub in the past, join our Cubs by renewing your Cub Promise with Cub Ambassador, TV presenter and adventurer Steve Backshall below (both versions available).



Happy birthday Cubs!


Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/12/16/happy-birthday-cubs/

Nov 13 2016

2016 Remembrance Day

Today our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, along with Porthill’s Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, paid tribute to those who have been killed while serving in the armed forces, by parading through the streets of Bradwell and Porthill and taking part in an act of Remembrance at St. Andrews Church.
The parade started at St. Barnabas Church, Bradwell and was again led by our Drum Corps. The young people were joined by members of the congregation of St. Barnabas Church, our parish priest Fr. Chris Routledge, lots of parents and a number of veterans.

The parade was watched by many people along the route.

The Beavers carried poppies with the names of the 23 Porthill Scouts who had been killed while serving in the First and Second World Wars (see our Remembrance Page).
At Porthill’s War Memorial, a wreath was laid by a Scout and Guide in memory of those killed in all wars. The police who had provided officers to ensure we were safe on the roads while parading, also placed a wreath on the Memorial. One of Porthill’s Borough Councillors, the Church and a local member of the Royal British Legion also place wreaths.

Thank you to all who came.

See more photos in the Gallery.

A second wreath was laid on Wolstanton’s War Memorial in memory of our Scouts commemorated on it

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/11/13/2016-remembrance-day/

Nov 11 2016

1st Porthill Scouts Remember the Fallen

“When you go Home, tell them of us and say,
For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today”

John Maxwell Edmunds

Our Scouts who were killed in The Great War and Second World War

We remember all killed in war and especially those Porthill Scouts killed serving their country.

Click here to see our online Memorial to our Scouts

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/11/11/23946/

Nov 07 2016

Halloween & Fireworks Group Camp

We’ve just come back from a weekend at Kibblestone where we held a Group camp with spooky goings on and fireworks!

The Group hired both the Ronald Copeland Training Centre and the Cub Lair for the weekend. On the Friday evening, the Cubs and Scouts camp out to the camp and the Cubs set up in the Lair and the Scouts in the RCTC. After a quick opening, which included investing one of the Cubs, everyone went for a walk around the very dark campsite. This was followed by a wide game, supper and bed.

On Saturday morning, after breakfast, the Beavers joined us and kicked the Scouts out of the RCTC and into tents! The camp was officially opened and everyone split into their teams (each of which included Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) to carve the pumpkins, and in one case a watermelon, they’d brought with them. This was followed by making Guys for the campfire and lunch.

After lunch, each team made scary spiders, followed the Guy Fawkes (rope) trail, make spooky, gingerbread, houses, played on the gladiator inflatable and collected wood for the campfire. But there was more, by late afternoon it was dark so there was time for a wide game before tea. Quite a busy afternoon!

Following on from a delicious tea, it was time for everyone to put on their fancy dress costumes (and wrap up very warm as well!).

Once everyone had shown off their costumes, it was time for fireworks. These were bought with the proceeds of the summer fair the Beavers and Cubs had done in the summer (see here).

Back from the fireworks everyone went back to the Cub Lair to warm up and play Halloween games – putting the skeleton back together, making Egyptian Mummies and, of course, apple bobbing. While this was happening the Young Leaders started the camp fire. Davo’s ‘magic powder’ made the fire burn green while the Guys were thrown on and everyone enjoyed the traditional Scout Campfire.


Campfire 😀

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Once everyone had calmed down at the end of the campfire, it was time for hot chocolate and hot dogs for supper and bed. The end of a very busy day!

Sunday morning brought a sprinkling of frost on the ground which was combated by a hearty breakfast. It was then time to start packing away and, of course, a trip to the shop.

To end the camp, a Beaver was invested and then the camp closed with everyone going home having had a great time and rather tired!

Many thanks to all the Leaders and parents who helped with the camp.

Photos are in the Gallery –

Friday 4th November

Saturday 5th November

Sunday 6th November

Permanent link to this article: http://porthillscouts.org.uk/site/2016/11/07/halloween-fireworks-group-camp/

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