1st Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle, St. Andrew’s Porthill Scout Group
The Scout Troop in Porthill started sometime during the late summer or early autumn of 1908, so we are only a year younger than Scouting itself. We were, in fact, one of the first Scout Troops in North Staffordshire (Hanley YMCA were first), and because of a slight administrative mix up our full title is 1st City Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle, St. Andrew’s Porthill Scouts.
In the Great War, World War 1, the Group lost eighteen of its past members. Click here for the Porthill Scouts Remembrance Page to visit our on-line Memorial to them. This also commemorates the five members of the Group who died in the Second World War.
In the early 1930’s we started a Cub Pack and this is how things remained until the mid 1960’s when the Scout Troop closed due to lack of Leaders. The Cubs soldiered on, any Cubs wanting to join Scouts went to our close friends at 50th Bradwell, until 1983 when one of our old Cubs came and offered to restart the Scout Troop. Since then we have started Venture Unit and a Beaver Colony.
Unfortunately, we had to close the Scout Section in September 2005, again, due to the lack of Leaders. The Troop started again in March 2007.
In January 2006, our close neighbours, 50th Bradwell had to close it’s doors, so we invited their Beavers and Cubs to join us. Happily the majority chose to do so,
At the beginning of 2011, we restarted our Drum Corps. The Group had had a band for many years (since the 1910s), but it stopped in the 1950s. Our Drums play at many events including the District’s St. George’s Day Parade, local school fairs and our Remembrance Day Parade.
Today, all sections are progressing well and our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are very popular. We are always on the look out for new adult helpers to assist with the running of the Group.
If anyone is interested in joining us, please click on the Contact Us button and you will be put in touch with the relevant Leaders. Helping out doesn’t necessarily mean a weekly commitment and we a glad for help from anyone who has time to give us!
If anyone has any information about the history of the Group, we would be pleased to hear from you.
To read more about the history of the Group, please click here for the Porthill Scouts History.
The whole Group (almost!) in 2009