Cubs and Beavers Halloween Camp

Over the 1st weekend of November, the Beavers and Cubs had a Halloween Camp at Kibblestone.

The Cubs stayed out all weekend, while the Beavers just came out for the day on Saturday.

On the Saturday, everyone was showed how to light fires (which was rather tricky due to the amount of rain that had fallen), carved pumpkins with scary faces and these were all displayed in front of the Cub Lair with candles in them. The Beavers and Cubs all dressed up in scary costumes and watched a Halloween movie.

Following this everyone watched a firework display and then had a campfire. Unfortunately, this was inside as all the wood was too wet!

After the campfire finished the Beavers went home and the Cubs went to bed!

See photos here and here.

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Remembrance Day 2019

Following on from last year’s epic parade, on Sunday, Remembrance Day, our Remembrance Day Parade started at St. Barnabas Church, Bradwell and was again led by our Drum Corps. Our young people were joined by the Basford and St. Wulstan’s Scouts, Centurion Explorers, Porthill’s Guides and Bradwell’s Boys Brigade, by members of the congregation of St. Barnabas Church, Fr. Chris, Rev. Karen, lots of parents and a number of veterans!

There were around 190 uniformed people in the parade and probably the same amount who came with us!

The parade was watched by many people along the route.

The Beavers carried poppies with the names of the 23 Porthill Scouts who had been killed while serving in the First and Second World Wars (see our Remembrance Page).
At Porthill’s War Memorial, a wreath was laid by a Scout and Guide in memory of those killed in all wars. The police who had ensured we were safe on the roads while parading, also placed a wreath on the Memorial.
Thank you to all who came.
See more photos in the Gallery.

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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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The Cubs Make Poppies

The Cubs have been busy making poppies for display in Church on Remembrance Day.

You can see the rest in the gallery.

Don’t forget you can find out about our Scouts who were sadly killed in WW1 and WW2 on our online memorial site. You can also find out about the Porthill Memorial and about the men commemorated on it.

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2019-10-11 Bingo and AGM

Last night the Group had a Bingo evening and the Annual General Meeting.

We had a full hall with everyone playing bingo. As well as playing for some rather good prizes, everyone had barbecued burgers and hot dogs!

During a break in the bingo, the Group’s Annual General Meeting was held. As part of the AGM the Beaver, Cub and Scout of the Year awards were presented. Congratulations to this year’s winners.

We also had a presentation by Jasmine, who told us all about her adventures at this year’s World Scout Jamboree.

A raffle was held and we made over £100 for Group funds!

Thank you to everyone who came and especially to everyone who helped with the evening and took part in the AGM.

More photos are in the Gallery.

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2019 District Cub Swimming Gala

Well done to the Cubs who took part in the District’s Cub swimming gala last night. Cub Leader Sharon, was very proud of them all! Our Cubs came 5th out of 9 teams.

St Giles came 1st, Basford & Whitmore 2nd and Westlands came 3rd.
More photos are in the gallery.

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Grow Fest 2019

Yesterday in Newcastle town centre, it was the annual Grow Fest (formally Food Fest) and the Drums were there to entertain the shoppers. They were there as part of the District’s participation in the event to raise money for Scouting and to raise awareness of Scouting in our local community.

As part of the day, various Scouting awards were made by our County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Simon White & Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson. One of these was a 5 Year Service Award to Alan Banks –  congratulations Alan and thanks you for the last 5 years!

More photos are in the Gallery.

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Burdi Boys 2019

Our old friends in Potteries North District are putting on their Gang Show, Burdi Boys, in November. Our Beaver Leader Rachael and Scout Leader Paul are taking part again.

You can buy tickets here and go along and support them.

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2019-08-31 Eyam Carnival

The talented members of our Drum Corps were out playing again this weekend. They played at Eyam Carnival in Derbyshire.  As usual they wowed the crowds with their brilliant playing!

More photos are in the gallery.

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World Scout Jamboree 2019

A video of the photos and videos from Jasmine’s trip to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in the USA and Canada.

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2019-08-09 Niagara Falls and Back Home

Jasmine and Staffordshire’s Scouts visited the world famous Niagara Falls on Wednesday.

After this they travelled back to New York to catch their plane home.

More photos can be seen in the Gallery.

The trip of a lifetime to the World Scout Jamboree in the USA is now coming to an end and they are all on their way home. The next WSJ will be in South Korea in 2023. Will any of our Scouts be attending this one?

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2019-08-06 WSJ Washington DC, Baseball & Oh Canada!

After the closure of the Jamboree, Jasmine and the Staffordshire Scouts went on to Washington DC where on Saturday they did some sightseeing and visited the Smithsonian Museum.

See the photos here.

On Sunday, the whole of the UK contingent, over 4000 Scouts, watched the Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. They gained a bit of attention when they stater to cheer the fielder Anthony Santander!

We were on stand 82. We had a really good view.

More photos are in the Gallery.

Yesterday, Monday, they went on a bus to Cananda crossing over the Niagra River.

More photos in the Gallery.

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2019-08-02 WSJ Has Closed – Now on to the Next Adventure!

Jasmine bumped into someone we know on Wednesday. Our old friend (oh, and County Commissioner!) Jackie Brocklehurst!

Today (2019-08-02) we leave site. The leaders wanted us up, dressed and packed for 6 am, this meant that we have to get up at 5 am. What didn’t help was last night we had the closing ceremony. But that was great because Pentatonix were there. We’re  now  off  to  Washington  DC.

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2019-07-31 Message Home from the WSJ

A lot of the UK’s Scouts have been able to send video messages home via an American TV station local to the WSJ.

Sadly, their website is blocked in the UK as they’re not yet GDPR compliant(!).

However, see below!


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