On Friday 13th March 2020, the Beavers and Cubs met for their usual Friday evening meetings. However, due to the global COVID pandemic, it would be 404 days(!) until the Scouts were able to meet again in person, on Tuesday 20th April 2021.
Although all three of our sections have been meeting online, it’s not the same as meeting in person and isn’t for everyone, so we are really pleased to be back.
Around 24 Scouts turned up and played rounders and hockey to get themselves going again!
Beavers and Cubs will be meeting on Friday and we look forward to seeing them as well.
Two weeks ago the Beavers had a special guest on their online meeting. Sgt Chris from Staffordshire Police joined the Beavers to tell them all about the police. He showed them a video about the police helicopter and a special video which was made for them by PC Moss and Police Dog Cooper!
The Beavers asked lots of questions about the police and even learned how to take fingerprints using Sellotape and cocoa powder!
By complete coincidence, the Beavers had a visit from the police eleven years previously to the day! See here.
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 –
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