The Beavers have been very busy this week decorating their windows in time for Halloween tonight. Rachael (and Graham!) visited all of the windows and took photos so she and Carol could choose a winning window.
Congratulations to Albert whose window won.
You can see all the windows in the video. Well done to all the Beavers who took part by creating such great displays.
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.
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.
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.
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 –
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.
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.
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!
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