We Remembered

Over the past weekend, members of the Group have taken part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and Remembrance Day.

On Saturday, St. Andrews Church held its second open day to celebrate the restoration of the War Memorial.  Were were pleased to be joined by Newcastle District’s Deputy District Commissioner, Dave, who awarded two Chief Scout Gold Awards to 2 Scouts and two Long Service Awards to 2 members of our Executive Committee.

The Drums played at the beginning of the day and in their set, they played the tune ‘General Salute’. This was played in St. Andrews Church on the original Armistice Day in 1918 by the drum and bugles of our Scouts.

After the drums played, the War Memorial was rededicated by Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford with The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Gill Heesom in attendance as well. As part of the rededication, the names  on the Memorial were read out by our GSL.

Photos can be seen in our gallery.

The Group also had on display, by our own War Memorial and commemorative window, information about all our Scouts killed in the First World War.

On Sunday, Remembrance Day itself, we paraded from Bradwell, stopping at the Porthill War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and 2 minutes silence, then on the Wolstanton War Memorial, for another Act of Remembrance and finally to Basford. We were joined by the Basford and St. Wulstan’s Scouts, Centurion Explorers, Porthill and Wolstanton’s Guides and Bradwell’s Boys Brigade. We were also joined for the first part of the parade by an American WW2 3 ton truck! There were around 500 people on the parade which proved to be an amazing sight!

Photos can be seen in our gallery.

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1st Porthill Scout Group Remember Those Killed in War & the Centenary of the End of WW1

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

John Maxwell Edmunds
1916

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

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2018-10-19 The Cubs Learn to Sign

Last Friday, the Cubs learnt to sign a rainbow and the Cub Scout Law!

Thanks to Beth for showing the Cubs how to sign.

 

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Wild West, Shelters & Family Day

In September the Beavers had a camp at Barnswood. This year’s theme was the Wild West, so the Beavers made their own bandanas, (hobby) horses and played wild west games such as horse shoe throwing (with real horse shoes!), panning for gold and a shooting gallery.

In the evening, they dressed up in their wild west costumes in time for the traditional camp fire.

At the same time the Scouts were out on camp and they made their own shelters to sleep in on the Saturday night.

On Sunday, parents were invited out to the camp for a family day. They tried playing the games the Beavers had played the previous day and made their own family dream catchers. After a BBQ lunch it was time for the Group’s Annual General Meeting where the Group’s activities of the previous 12 months were recounted. The Cub of the Year and Scout of the Year awards were presented along with, for the first time, the Beaver of the Year award. Congratulations to the winners!

More photos can be seen in our Gallery here, here & here.

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1918: A Porthill Scout Dies in France

One hundred years ago today, with only a month left of the First World War, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, Frederick Cleveland, 1/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment died of his wounds received in battle aged 30 years on 11th October 1918.

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

You can read his full story here.

Colin Jackson b. 1888 in London – d. France 1918.

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.

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2018-10-06 WW1 Remembered Exhibition at St. Andrews Church

Yesterday we took part in the WW1 Remembered Exhibition at St. Andrews Church. This was held to  celebrate the restoration of Porthill’s War Memorial which is outside the Church.

There were exhibits of WW1 era artefacts by Geoff Mayer (who has written extensively on the Wolstanton War Memorial), the centenary of the RAF, the centenary of Suffragette movement gaining the vote for women, displays from Newcastle Museum and Lichfield Cathedral, the ‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes, WW1 era poems were read and the Act It Out CIC company performed ‘Letters of War’ play. There were also individual displays on various people’s relatives who were killed in the war and a display of photos documenting the restoration of the War Memorial.

The highlight of the exhibition was a cascade of poppies above the high altar. These poppies had been made by many local people including our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Our Drums played at the beginning of the day and the bugles played ‘Sunset’ in front of the poppies.

We had our own display of our Scouts who were killed in the Great War and we spoke to a number of people whose relatives were commemorated on the Memorial and showed them the Book of Remembrance. We were especially pleased to meet the family of one of our Scouts on the Memorial, Clarence Cork.

A lot of people from the Church put a lot of effort into the exhibition and huge thanks must go to them for their efforts.

The exhibition will be on again on 10th November 2018 from 10 – 4, when the Memorial will be rededicated by the Bishop of Stafford.

More photos are in the gallery.

Don’t forget all the information on the War Memorial is available here.

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1918: A Porthill Scout Dies in Germany

One hundred years ago today, over four years into the Great War and just over a month until its end,  Private Colin Jackson  42435, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment died aged 22 on 5th October 1918.

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

You can read his full story here.

Colin Jackson b. 1896 in Wolstanton – d. Germany 1918.

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.

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Newcastle’s Food Fest and Awards

Yesterday in Newcastle town centre, it was the annual Food Fest and the Drums were there to entertain the shoppers. They were there as part of the District’s participation in the event to raise money for various Scouting activities and to raise awareness of Scouting in our local community.

As part of the day various Scouting awards were made, some by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson.
Our entire Drum Corps was awarded a District Commissioner’s Commendation for all the work they do to promote Scouting around our area and beyond. Many congratulations to all our talented drummers!

Becci, one of our Assistant Scout Leaders, was presented with her 5 year service award. Thanks to Becci for all her dedication!

More photos and video are in the Gallery.

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1918: A Porthill Scout is Killed in France

One hundred years ago yesterday, over four years into the Great War, Corporal Thomas Cork, 19027 13th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) was killed in France, aged 22.

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

You can read his full story here.

Thomas Horrocks Cork b. 1896 in Hinstock, Shropshire – d. France 1918.

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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.

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It’s Our Birthday!

We’re 110 years old  young today!

Kind of…..Back in 1908, the year after Baden-Powell’s successful camp on Brownsea Island, he wrote the book “Scouting for Boys”. Boys (and girls) read the book and started to form their own patrols.

Boys in Porthill probably started Scouting in the summer or autumn of 1908 and by the end of that year there were a number of Troops in North Staffordshire. A handwritten book called “Boy Scouts Organisation Register for The Potteries and District Boy Scouts Association” from the old Divisional archives seems to indicate the summer / autumn timescale is correct for us and there are 34 Scouts recorded in the Troop at that time. Our 1st Scoutmaster is recorded at a Scoutmaster’s meeting in its minutes in October 1908 and the Scouts played a football match in December 1908 recorded in the Evening Sentinel. So, the 1st September seems as good a date as any for our ‘official’ birthday!
You can read all about our history here.

Looking forward, our Drums are playing at Eyam Carnival today and our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts return from their summer holidays next week with packed programmes of exciting and adventurous activities for our young people!

Here’s to the next 110 years of Scouting in Porthill!

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Baby Shark Song – 1st Porthill Leads the Way

The world is currently going mad over the Baby Shark song. However, we at Porthill Scouts have been singing it for many years. You can see in the video below, the were Beavers singing it over 2½ years ago in 2016.

So, as you can see, where we lead, others follow! 😉

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Wow What A Summer!

Well, it’s over a week now into the summer holidays!

During the summer term our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts did a great many activities which included visits, camps, hikes and boating!

Our Beaver, Cubs and Scouts are on holiday now, but not our talented drums. The summer is their busiest time and they have already played Bakewell Carnival – keep an eye out for them at many events over the next few weeks.

You can see some of the activities we’ve done in our gallery.

But below is a video that sums up Porthill scout Group!

See you the Autumn!

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2018-06-15 The Beavers Learn About Pets

The Beavers took the opportunity to visit Pets at Home at the Festival site last week to learn about keeping pets.

They were introduced to 2 rabbits and 2 guinea pigs and were able to hold and stroke them. At the same time they were told how to properly look after them so that they stayed healthy.

This was followed up by a visit to McDonald’s for McFlurrys!

More photos are in the gallery.

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Porthill Cubs Helping the Community

A couple of weeks ago, as part of their Environment Challenge, the Cubs decided to improve their local community. They went out to the park area behind Bradwell Lodge and to the Dingle to collect litter.

The Cubs returned to the hall having collected 2 bin liners full of rubbish!

More photos are in the gallery.

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Scouts in the Great War

As part of the District’s St. George’s Day Parade, service of celebration and Promise renewals, the District asked that we give a short talk about remembering Scouts in the First World War.

Our Group Scout Leader, Nick, said the following – 

On 11th November this year we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War. On that day, there will be many events to commemorate the end of that war and to remember those who were killed in that and subsequent wars.

A lot of you may be thinking “why and so what?”, as these were events that happened a century ago.

Let me take you back to 1918. In that year we know there are Scouts in Audley, Basford, Porthill, in Newcastle Town Centre and there are Scouts, Guides, Brownies and Cubs all over Newcastle and North Staffordshire (sorry Beavers and Rainbows, you will have to wait around 60 – 70 years before your sections start) and they did what you all do today. They did activities that were challenging, exciting, fun and adventurous, but without social media, mobile phones and computers! But as well, they helped with the war effort at home. The Scouts of North Staffordshire raised money to buy an ambulance and some local Scoutmasters became Police Special Constables. Scouts and Guides even worked for MI5 in London!

But what of the people? I want to introduce you to John Tomlinson. We don’t know a great deal about him and this rather poor photo is the only one we have of him. John was born in Hanley in January or February 1898. He probably joined the Scout Troop at Porthill in 1909 when he was 11 years old. In 1911, when he was 13 years old, John and his family lived in Catherine Street, May Bank (his house is still there today by the way) and he worked as an apprentice at Twyfords pottery in Cliffe Vale.

In September 1914, a month after the start of the Great War, John went to volunteer to join the army in the North Staffordshire Regiment. He shouldn’t have been able to join the army as he was 16 years old, but the recruiting sergeant probably told him to go away, have a quick walk around the block and think about his age again. When he returned to the recruitment centre, he would have been 19 years old and then a private in the army. He was quickly transferred into the 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). John was sent to France in August 1915 and that September and October he fought in the famous Battle of Loos and during this battle he was wounded by an exploding artillery shell.
He recovered from his wounds, fought on and the following year he was fighting in the Battle of the Somme. Sadly, on 6th November 1916, he died of the wounds he received. He is buried in the Grove Town Cemetery in France. John was just 18 years old.

John is one of the 18 men who died during the First World War who had been Scouts at Porthill. There were 2 men killed during the war who had been Scouts at the 2nd St. Pauls Troop in Newcastle. It is highly likely that some of the men from Audley who were killed in the war were Audley Scouts, but unfortunately records do not survive. There were many men from across the whole of North Staffordshire killed in the First World War who had been Scouts.
Basford, Porthill & Silverdale Scout Groups have their own Memorials to remember Scouts like John and do so each year on Remembrance Day.

On Remembrance Day every year, we pay special homage to those who died, like John, in service to their country. We remember these brave men and women for their courage and their devotion to ideals. We wear poppies, attend ceremonies, and visit memorials. For one brief moment of our life, we remember why we must work for peace every day of the year.

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.

 

This was followed by members of the Drum Corps playing the Last Post followed by Reveille.

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