After a Year, We’re Back!

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.

It’s good to be back!

More photos are in the gallery.

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Easter Eggs

Through the generosity of the Alice Charity, our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts who have been meeting online, were able to have an Easter Egg!

Thank you Alice Charity and Happy Easter!

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The Beavers Meet the Police

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. 

Thanks to Sgt. Chris, PC Moss and PD Cooper.

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Happy New Year

Happy new year! It’s 2021 and this year we will doing……… well who knows at the moment?

Hopefully we will be able to start meeting again in the near future, but in the meantime, we hope everyone stays safe and well.

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Merry Christmas to All!

That’s it now for 2020!
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!

treeanimSee you next year (and hopefully in person!).

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1st Porthill Scout Group Remember Those Killed in War

“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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The Scout Remembers

They won’t care if your Necker’s not ironed
They won’t care if your shoes are grubby They won’t care if you’re 2 mins late
And they won’t care if you stand near your mate.

All they want is for you to remember
And to wear your poppy and say you know All they want is a future of peace
And a chance for the children to grow

So wear your poppy, your uniform, your Necker.
Say your thanks as a Scout and be proud. For the lives that were changed, were lost or altered,
were destroyed so that you can be there and be allowed.

They shall not grow 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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Beavers Halloween Windows

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.

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Don Hickton: Award for Merit

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.

Congratulations Don!

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Congratulations Rachael & Graham

We would like to offer our congratulations to our Beaver Leader Rachael and Graham who got engaged yesterday!

We hope they have many, many happy years together.

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2020-06-26 Beaver Experiments

The Beavers have been doing the Experiments badge while they are at home. One of the things they’ve tried is the classic cola and Mentos experiment.

See how they get on!


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We’re Still Here!

Although we haven’t been able to meet in person since mid-March, scouting in Porthill continues.

Our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders are holding weekly meetings online, and it that time they’ve –

  • Camped in gardens
  • Baked cakes
  • Thanked the NHS & key workers
  • Done the loo roll challenge
  • Made lava lamps
  • Painted stones and left the for people to find
  • Taken part in a virtual st. George’s Day
  • Sung campfire songs
  • Made chalk
  • Toasted marshmallows over a fire
  • Done in the house scavenger hunts
  • Explored where they live

To name but a few!

We keep going no matter what, and we all look forward to doing face to face Scouting, when it is safe to do so, at some point in the future.

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75th Anniversary of VE Day

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.

You can watch the service below.

You can read all about the men of the Parish commemorated from the First World War and the Second Word War here –

Many thanks to Natasha for playing the Last Post and Reveille.

The Act of Remembrance by itself is available below.



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2020 St. George’s Day Parade

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.

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Porthill Scouts: Online for Twenty One Years

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 –

Take a look and see all the activities we have done in our 112 years!

Thanks to Gareth for the original idea of a website!

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