Don Hickton: Award for Merit

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce that Assistant Cub Leader Don Hickton has been awarded the Award for Merit by Newcastle Scouts.

The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period, of at least 12 years duration. Don has been a Leader with us and 50th Bradwell for many years helping with Ventures, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
He helps out with each of our sections and attends nearly every activity whether it be visiting Cadbury World with the Beavers, a coal mine with the Cubs or hiking with the Scouts.
Don is a member of the Group Executive and is always lend a hand when the Group is doing work in our community or for our sponsoring Church, St. Andrews Porthill.

Congratulations Don!

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Congratulations Rachael & Graham

We would like to offer our congratulations to our Beaver Leader Rachael and Graham who got engaged yesterday!

We hope they have many, many happy years together.

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2020-06-26 Beaver Experiments

The Beavers have been doing the Experiments badge while they are at home. One of the things they’ve tried is the classic cola and Mentos experiment.

See how they get on!


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We’re Still Here!

Although we haven’t been able to meet in person since mid-March, scouting in Porthill continues.

Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders are holding weekly meetings online, and it that time they’ve –

  • Camped in gardens
  • Baked cakes
  • Thanked the NHS & key workers
  • Done the loo roll challenge
  • Made lava lamps
  • Painted stones and left the for people to find
  • Taken part in a virtual st. George’s Day
  • Sung campfire songs
  • Made chalk
  • Toasted marshmallows over a fire
  • Done in the house scavenger hunts
  • Explored where they live

To name but a few!

We keep going no matter what, and we all look forward to doing face to face Scouting, when it is safe to do so, at some point in the future.

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75th Anniversary of VE Day

This weekend we were supposed to be joining with St. Andrew’s Church for a service to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. The whole Group would have attended the service and our Drum Corps would have played. Obviously, due the current restrictions, this is not possible.

Instead, the Church have created a virtual service, for which we have made an Act of Remembrance for the  men of the Parish who died while serving in the armed forces during the Second World War. These include the 5 Scouts who died.

You can watch the service below.

You can read all about the men of the Parish commemorated from the First World War and the Second Word War here –

Many thanks to Natasha for playing the Last Post and Reveille.

The Act of Remembrance by itself is available below.



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2020 St. George’s Day Parade

At this time of year, we normally take part in Newcastle District’s St. George’s Day parade in the Town centre. It was not possible to do that this year, so we made a video of our Beaver, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders renewing their Promises.

The District made a video with Promise renewals and some special guests.

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Porthill Scouts: Online for Twenty One Years

One Sunday afternoon around Easter 1999, two of the Group’s Leaders had finished some paperwork and decided that what the Group needed was a website. This was in the the days of slow dial up internet connections (via the phone line – you couldn’t be online and use the phone at the same time!) and websites created in FrontPage Express.

After an hour or two, they published the Group’s first website. Very basic and reasonably quick to load, it was hoped to keep people informed about the Scout Troop. Parts of the original site were saved and you can see an approximation of it here from late 1999.

The site was given a brand new look around a year later. Since then, it’s regularly been updated and upgraded since then and provides a record of what the Group has done over the last 21 years.

Our online presence has increased since then and we are now have –

Take a look and see all the activities we have done in our 112 years!

Thanks to Gareth for the original idea of a website!

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2020-04-09 Thanks to Key Workers

Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Young Leaders and Leaders show their appreciation to key workers.


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2020-03-17 Coronavirus Update


Dear parents,

Yesterday the government announced that due to the coronavirus epidemic, everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Following this, the Scout Association have suspended all face-to-face activities, Scout meetings, activities and events with immediate effect, until further notice.

We as a Group are, of course, following this advice, so there will be no drums on Thursday, Beavers and Cubs on Friday or Scouts on Tuesday for the foreseeable future.

We will follow the advice from the government and the Scout Association, and our meetings and activities will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we are investigating badges and activities that can be done at home.

We will keep you all updated as to when we can return and everyone in the Group hopes that you all stay healthy and we can continue our Scouting activities as soon as possible.

Thank you


Group Scout Leader


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2020-02-28 Pancakes & Investitures

The Beavers had a pancake party on Friday, followed by eight new Beavers being invested and two Beavers being presented their Chief Scout’s Bronze award.

A big welcome to our new Beavers and congratulation on all your hard work to the Beavers who got their Bronze awards!

See more pictures in the gallery.

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2020 Membership Fees

Dear Parent / Carer

Scout Association Membership Fees 2020

The Scout Association’s annual membership fees are now due. The fee for this year is £43 per member. Porthill Scout Group do not keep this money, it has to be paid directly to the Scout Association to run the organisation.

This cost 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 has therefore stated that all fees MUST be paid by 30th April 2020.
If your child’s fees are not paid by that date, then, unfortunately, your child will be turned away and will not be able to attend meetings or events until payment is made.

If you have difficulty making the payment on time, please speak to one of the Leaders who will be able to discuss some options with you.

Most parents are now choosing 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 cash or cheque payments. 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.

Yours in Scouting
Nick Wood
Group Scout Leader

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2020-02-21 Glow Sticks and Spaghetti & Marshmallow Towers

On Friday, the Beavers had a glow stick party. They made dinosaurs, fish and a boat with the glow sticks, played games  with them and finally had a glow stick camp fire!

The Cubs and Scouts held a joint meeting. Firstly, one of the Cubs was awarded the Chief Scout’s Silver Award by Paul, one of the District Cub Leaders. Then, the Cubs and Scouts tried to make the tallest towers possible using only spaghetti sticks and marshmallows! Some very impressive structures were completed!

More pictures are in the gallery.

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2020-01-17 Cubs Climbing at Kilnworx

The Cubs started the new year in style by going climbing at Kilnworx in Burslem.

They all did rock traversing, bouldering and climbing.

More photos are in the gallery.

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It’s 2020 and We’re Back!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and new year. We’re all ready to start Scouting in 2020 (the new Roaring Twenties?) 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, Drums Thursday, Beavers and Cubs Friday.

See you all soon.

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Happy Christmas to All!

That’s it now for 2019!
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!

treeanim The Scouts return on Tuesday 7th January and the Beavers and Cubs on Friday 10th January 2020.

See you then.

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