The Scout Association’s annual membership fees are now due. The fee for this year is £43 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 2020. 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.
On Friday, the Beavers had a glow stick party. They made dinosaurs, fish and a boat with the glow sticks, played games with them and finally had a glow stick camp fire!
The Cubs and Scouts held a joint meeting. Firstly, one of the Cubs was awarded the Chief Scout’s Silver Award by Paul, one of the District Cub Leaders. Then, the Cubs and Scouts tried to make the tallest towers possible using only spaghetti sticks and marshmallows! Some very impressive structures were completed!
We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and new year. We’re all ready to start Scouting in 2020 (the new Roaring Twenties?) and we have some exciting things planned for the year – watch this space!
All our sections are back this week at their normal meeting times – Scouts Tuesday, Drums Thursday, Beavers and Cubs Friday.
Over the last 2 months the Beavers have been collecting empty crisp packets and bread packets so they can be recycled.
Bread and crisp packets are not normally collected in the usual household recycling, but ours are being taken away to be properly recycled. Our Beavers collected an impressive 30+ bags and 10+ boxes full of these bags that will not now go into landfill!
The Beavers collected the packets from friends and families, schools and after school clubs. The bags had to be emptied so the packets could be sorted. The packets covered the floor of the hall!
On Friday our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts went to watch Potteries North District’s Gang show, Burdi Boys. In the cast were Beaver Leader Rachael (she was also Producer), Scout Leader Paul, Explorer Jasmine and Cub Erin.
A slight historical aside here, Burdi Boys was started in 1958 by Burslem District, of which our Group was a member. The show continued during the time of Potteries Central (again we were members until the Districts changed in 2005) up to the present day when it is run by Potteries North District, so by our members joining in the show, they are carrying on what Porthill Scouts have been doing for over 60 years.
The show opened with the cast singing Queen songs! Following this, the Beavers, always the stars of the first half of the show, sung, and signed, the Rainbow song and True Colours.
Both the Beavers and the (also excellent) Cubs featured heavily in the first half of the show as they are not permitted to be onstage past a certain time. They, along with the rest of the cast, did really well in the song and dance numbers.
Paul performed a monologue about the perils of shopping (despite our encouragement!), Jasmine featured in the Jamboree section and Erin had a solo in the Greatest Showman routine.
Rachael sang Over the Rainbow as a duet with her co-producer Sarah.
The show ended with the Burdi Boys theme tune, the traditional gang show song ‘Crest of a Wave’ (you cannot have a Gang Show without singing this!) and more songs from the Greatest Showman.
This was another excellent Burdi Boys, which all our Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders enjoyed. Thanks to the cast and crew for putting on such a great show!
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!
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.
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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