Yesterday, the Drum Corps played at the Foxfield Railway’s War Weekend. There were many old military vehicles on display, including many Jeeps, a replica Spitfire and an old WW2 era Admiralty van which is owned by one of our drummers’ grandfather.
Also displayed was the 3 ton American Army Truck that joined us on our Remembrance Day Parade last year.
Today (Monday 6th May 2019), the Drums played in the parade around Newcastle Town Centre as part of the Lymelight Festival. Our Drums have been playing this festival since its inception in 2013 (see here).
The Parade included many other community groups, including, following the Drums, some Imperial Stormtroopers! Thought has been given on how to play the Imperial March on glockenspiels and bugles! Some of the other community Groups had decorated umbrellas (quite apt given the weather before the parade!) for the parade.
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 400 Scouts and their volunteer Leaders, gathered at The Queens Gardens Newcastle before parading at 2.45pm along The Ironmarket, via High Street to the Guildhall. This event was organised by the District Youth Executive, and at their request and design, was a mixture of tradition.Our Beavers and Cubs carried swords they had made themselves and the Scouts carried the biggest red dragon (we thought that this is England not Wales!) for the parade!
The parade was led, as usual by our excellent Drums Corps and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr James Irvine Hinchcliffe-Friend, and Newcastle Mayor Cllr Gill Heesom, took the salute along with Vera our DC at the Market Cross.. There was then a celebration of songs and readings, presentations of awards and all Scouts renewed their Scouting Promise. One of the presentations was to our Beaver Leader Rachael, who was awarded her 10 Years Service Award – congratulations Rachael!
Following on from their epic trips to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry 2 years ago and Cadbury World last year, the Beavers visited Warwick Castle last week.
Setting out early in 2 minibuses which were hired from Keele University Student’s Union, there not being an easy way to get there by train, the Beavers arrived and were met by knights and castle servants. One of the knights had heard about Scouts and was very please to meet the Beavers. The servants were pleased that the Beavers had come from such a long distance away and asked if their horses were ok and resting safely in the stables!
After a quick go of the Horrible Histories maze, it was time to go and see the trebuchet in action. Sadly, it had a crack in the arm, so it wasn’t being used. The Beavers were treated to their own talk about knights and the castle so to avoid disappointment.
After a quick bit of lunch, it was time to see the birds of prey show. Owls, falcons and hawks flew right over their heads! Following on from the birds of prey show, it was time to explore the castle. The Beavers went along the walls, up the towers, visited the Victorian apartments and even got sent to the gaol!
Following a visit to the shop, where a lot of swords, maces and shields were bought, the Beavers had a play on the castle green.
Sadly then it was time to collect the horses and return home!
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The Scout Association’s annual membership fees are now due. The fee for this year is £40 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 2019.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.
Last night the Group said thank you to our Group Treasurer Kevin as he stood down from the role after nearly 17 years!
Kevin has been a great friend and help to the Group and he has ensured that we have kept financially stable. Kevin will be staying on as Newcastle District’s Treasurer and has promised to come and see us from time to time.
A presentation was made at Kevin’s final Group Executive meeting last night of his favourite tipple and something to drink it in!
We as sad to see Kevin leave us, but we offer our sincere thanks for all he has done for us!
We will be holding a private funeral for dad (Robert Butler) but I understand how many people were friends and met with dad over the years. We will be holding a wake in which every one is welcome to attend.
Most people know dad from his years of scouting and as such his wake will be held at Kibblestone Scout Camp in the Fox Glen building.
It will be held on Tuesday 29th January 2019. From 7pm. Campfire themed food will be severed around 8pm and we hope to finish of the evening with a camp fire in memory of dad.
If you do have any camp fire songs you would like to suggest please feel free to do so.
We hope to do a memory board of photos to show how much dad achieved and the people he met within his life,
If you could please bring a photo in which your happy for us to keep in order to put a memory board/ line together.
There will be a bar if you wish to purchase drinks.
Dress code – Patterned clothing as dad never failed to impress with his Hawaiian shirts. Coat for campfire as we hope to be outdoors.
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The Group is saddened to learn of the death of our old friend Rob Butler this morning. Rob had been suffering from cancer and died peacefully and not in pain. Rob was for many years the Venture Scout Leader at Bradwell and we did many activities both at Group and District level with Rob and Bradwell.
He was a larger than life character and would always be willing to offer advice and help out with any activities where his skills would be needed.
Rob at Torquay camp site during our camp in 1988
Rob will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we offer our condolences to his family.
One hundred years ago today, just under a month after the Armistice, Gunner Ebenezer Brough 805608, 231st Bde. H.Q., Royal Field Artillery died aged 21 years on 5th December 1918. As he died after the war had ended it is assumed he died of the influenza pandemic that spread across the world in 1918.
Ebenezer was a Porthill Scout, and was the last of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.
Ebenezer Brough b. 1897 in Longbridge Hayes – d. France 1918
Scouts from Porthill fought throughout the First World War including many of the famous battles: Mons, the Somme, Passchendaele and Gallipoli.
One of our Scouts was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery and another was awarded the Military Medal for his . Many of our Scouts fought in the War and eighteen, that we know of, did not return.
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.
After the more serious events of the Remembrance Day parade, last weekend it was time for the Beavers and Cubs to have their Christmas Camp.
On arriving on the Saturday morning, the Beavers and Cubs were split up into teams. Some of them went straight into making Christmas decorations, mince pies and hot chocolate gifts while one group went to do some climbing at Kibblestone’s climbing wall. All the groups swapped around the activities during the day. In the afternoon, after some entertainment, a full Christmas dinner was eaten followed by some party games. One of the games was to see which group could wrap up three empty boxes to put underneath the Christmas tree.
After the games it was time for the traditional campfire.
When the Beavers and Cubs returned from the campfire, they found the empty boxes they had wrapped had been changed by someone (Santa?) to presents for all of them!
By now it was time for the Beavers to go home, while the Cubs played some more games and then went to bed.
On Sunday morning the Cubs had their breakfast, packed up, played some more games and visited Kibblestone’s shop.
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.
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!