We’ve had quite an amazing spring and summer in the Group. Back in April we started to meet in person again in the grounds of St. Barnabas Church Bradwell and then moved to the field owned by Wolstanton United Football club. We want to give huge thanks to the Church and club for letting us use their facilities.
In the 12 weeks we had meetings, we managed to do so much including walks, skiing and tubing! You can see photos of some of these activities in our gallery.
It was great to get to see our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in person for the first time in over a year and it’s been great that Drums have been able to start practising again recently.
We will restart in September and hopefully, we’ll be back ‘home’ at St. Andrew’s Church Hall where we haven’t been for over 18 months!
Following on from the return of the Scouts, last night (23/04/21), the Beavers and Cubs had their first face to face meetings for more than a year!
There was a lot of running around and lots of fun was had by all! As a special treat, an ice cream van came by to give everyone an ice cream (don’t worry Scouts, you will be getting yours)!
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.
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