St. George’s Day Parade 2018

On Sunday, we joined Scouts from across the District to parade in Newcastle Town centre to commemorate the patron saint of Scouting, St. George.
Over 300 Scouts and their volunteer Leaders, gathered at The Queens Gardens Newcastle before parading at 2.45pm along The Ironmarket, via High Street to St Giles Church for a service.

Newcastle’s Town Cryer, Mr Gordon Brayford, helped enhance the sense of occasion and our Drum Corps lead the parade, followed by Scouts from the District and invited representatives from the Girl Guides.

As the parade passed by the Cenotaph in High Street, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Wing Commander Elliott Sharrard Williams together with the Mayor of Newcastle, Cllr Simon White took the salute. The parade then processed in to church for a celebratory service, renewing Promise and a celebration of Scouting and local Scouting activities. As 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, part of the service commemorated Scouts who gave their lives during this conflict and the story of one of our Scouts, John Tomlinson, was told.
In Church, two of the Scouts were presented with the Chief Scout’s Gold Award and John and Nick were presented with long service awards..

More photographs can be seen here.

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The Beavers Visit Cadbury World

On Saturday morning, the Beavers all met at Stoke railway station so they could catch the train to Cadbury World!

After the journey to Birmingham, it was a quick change of train to Bournville and a short walk to Cadbury World itself. Once inside the Beavers learned about the history of chocolate and the Cadbury company and got to see how their favourite chocolates are made.

They met the cocoa bean and Cream Egg, wrote their names in chocolate, visited the 4D cinema and even got to eat some chocolate and bring some home!

It was then time to catch the train back again for parents to pick up the Beavers from the station!

More photos are in our Gallery.

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1918: A Porthill Scout is Killed in France

One hundred years ago today, nearly three and a half years into the Great War and only four days after the previews Scout died, Private Harold Bailey, 36622 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 9th Battalion died age 19.

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

You can read his full story here.

Joseph Matthew Hollis b. Wolstanton 1898 – 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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1918: A Porthill Scout is Killed in France

One hundred years ago today, nearly three and a half years into the Great War, Private Joseph Matthew Hollis, 201905 2/6th Battalion Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment) died age 23.

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

You can read his full story here.

Joseph Matthew Hollis b. Newcastle 1894 – 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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A Paramedic & Ambulance Visit and Cub Investitures

On Friday, the Beavers and Cubs were visited by paramedic Jay, who brought along an ambulance to show them. Jay explained what goes on in the ambulance, showed the Beavers how to do do CPR and reminded everyone when they might need to call for a paramedic by ringing 999. Some of the Beavers and Cubs got to turn on the blue lights (but not the siren, we didn’t want to upset the neighbours)!

Jay also showed the Beavers how paramedics use a stretcher and strapped Rachael to one so she couldn’t escape was safe and secure!

Many thanks to Jay for coming to show the Beavers and Cubs all about paramedics and ambulances.

More photos are in the Gallery.

We also had 5 new Cubs invested into the Pack. Welcome to all of them.

More photos are in the Gallery

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2018 Membership Fees

Dear Parent /Carer

Scout Association Membership Fees 2018

The Scout Association annual membership fees are now due. The fee for this year is £38 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 therefore has stated that all fees must be paid by 20th April. If your child’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 or 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 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.

Thank you.
Yours in Scouting
Kevin – Group Treasurer

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The Cubs Look to the Stars

The Cubs were lucky enough to spend the evening at Keele Observatory. While they were the they learned about telescopes and looked at the moon and other planets.

Patrick Moore was also there as well (see the photos!).

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Hello 2018 – We’re Back!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and new year. We’re all ready to start Scouting in 2018 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

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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 2018 (our 110th year!).

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The Beavers & Cubs meet Imperial Stormtroopers!

On Friday, the Beavers and Cubs had their Christmas parties at Laser Quest in Newcastle. The evening was made even more special as some Imperial Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights happened to pop by!

As well as meeting the forces of the Light and Dark sides of the Force, the Beavers and Cubs each had two games of laser quest, played pass the parcel, the chocolate game (rules available on request), had their party food from McDonald’s and went home with a selection box!

Everyone had a brilliant time and the Stormtroopers made it even more special

The Stormtroopers and Jedi are from the Stormtroopers of Stoke and were raising money for Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Co-incidentally the Scouts are off to see Star Wars this week!

More photos are in the Gallery.

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It’s Awards Time

We’re very pleased to announce that two of our adult helpers and Leaders have recently been presented with awards recognising their work in Scouting.

Firstly our Treasurer, Kevin, has been awarded the 15 years service award. Kevin has been our treasurer all this time and, more recently, the District treasurer as well. Many people help the Group who are not Leaders and we are pleased when they get recognised, like Kevin, for all they do for our young people.

Secondly, our Beaver Leader, Rachael, has been awarded the  Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service. This is given in respect of not less than 5 years good service, which stands out. It should be regarded as the Chief Scout’s recognition of the very real contribution made to the Association by the individual concerned. Rachael was presented the award in front of the cast of the Burdi Boys Gang Show last week where she had the role of producer.

Congratulations to both Kevin and Rachael, we are very proud of you both!

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The Beavers Learn About Online Safety with O2

The Beavers had a special visitor on Friday. Dan, who is an O2 Guru from the O2 phone shop in Newcastle, came to talk to the Beavers about online safety.

The Beavers learned that although most people online are who they say they are, some are not, and if they have any concerns about things online they should ask a trusted adult. They also learned about not giving out their personal information and who can help them if they have concerns, for example CEOP or the NSPCC.

Thanks to Dan and Josh for coming to talk to the Beavers.

More Photos are in the Gallery.

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Remembrance Day 2017

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, Assistant Curate Revd. Alison Hudson, 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.

The Beavers made their own wreath and created a poem about Remembrance Day.

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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

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Video of the Week

We now have over 70 videos on our YouTube channel. So over the next few weeks we will highlight some of them to show the activities the Group has got up to over the last 16 years or so. The first video we have is from 2001 and the latest is from last Saturday!

However, we will start with one that has just been rediscovered, a Cub Campfire from 2011. This is the whole of the campfire and as you will see it does get darker as  the video progresses!. This was filmed on Saturday 23rd July 2011 at the Copeland Cabin at Kibblestone.

Please subscribe to our videos so you will know when we post a new one!

What will we show next week?


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