2020-01-17 Cubs Climbing at Kilnworx

The Cubs started the new year in style by going climbing at Kilnworx in Burslem.

They all did rock traversing, bouldering and climbing.

More photos are in the gallery.

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It’s 2020 and We’re Back!

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.

See you all soon.

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Happy Christmas to All!

That’s it now for 2019!
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!

treeanim The Scouts return on Tuesday 7th January and the Beavers and Cubs on Friday 10th January 2020.

See you then.

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Collecting Crisp and Bread Packets!

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!

Well done to the Beavers for their efforts!

You can see more photos in our Gallery.

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Burdi Boys Gang Show 2019

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!

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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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