Armpit Fudge

Last Friday, the Cubs added to their culinary skills by making armpit fudge!

This isn’t as awful as it sounds! The recipe is as follows –


Ingredients: (single serve version):
2 oz. icing sugar (1/2 cup)
1 Tbsp butter
2 tsp cream cheese
dash of vanilla essence
2 tsp cocoa
sandwich-size plastic zipper-bag (Ziploc etc).
raisins, M&Ms, marshmallows etc


What to do :
Place all ingredients in a sandwich-size plastic zipper-bag (Ziploc, etc).
Squeeze out all the air.
Squish and smoosh (under the arm!) the bag until all the ingredients are well mixed and there is a creamy consistency.
Add any favourite flavours or other stuff (raisins, M&M’s, peanut butter, chopped nuts, etc).
Take out a spoon and enjoy.

The Cubs making their fudge

There are some photos in the gallery

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International Women’s Day 2019

Thank you to all the women who have made such a huge contribution to our Group. Without their support and dedication, we would not be here today!

Fun Fact: there are more women Leaders in our Group than men!

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2019 Membership Fees

Dear Parent / Carer

Scout Association Membership Fees 2019

The Scout Association’s annual membership fees are now due. The fee for this year is £40 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 2019.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.

Most parents are now choosing to make payments via our website by credit or debit card. To pay using this method please click here.

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.

Yours in Scouting
Nick Wood
Group Scout Leader

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Kevin Stanyer: Thank You!

Last night the Group said thank you to our Group Treasurer Kevin as he stood down from the role after nearly 17 years!

Kevin has been a great friend and help to the Group and he has ensured that we have kept financially stable. Kevin will be staying on as Newcastle District’s Treasurer and has promised to come and see us from time to time.

A presentation was made at Kevin’s final Group Executive meeting last night of his favourite tipple and something to drink it in!

We as sad to see Kevin leave us, but we offer our sincere thanks for all he has done for us!

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Rob Butler – Wake Information

From Rob’s daughter, Catherine –

Robert Butler Funeral and wake information:

We will be holding a private funeral for dad (Robert Butler) but I understand how many people were friends and met with dad over the years. We will be holding a wake in which every one is welcome to attend.

Most people know dad from his years of scouting and as such his wake will be held at Kibblestone Scout Camp in the Fox Glen building.

It will be held on Tuesday 29th January 2019. From 7pm. Campfire themed food will be severed around 8pm and we hope to finish of the evening with a camp fire in memory of dad.

If you do have any camp fire songs you would like to suggest please feel free to do so.

We hope to do a memory board of photos to show how much dad achieved and the people he met within his life,
If you could please bring a photo in which your happy for us to keep in order to put a memory board/ line together.

There will be a bar if you wish to purchase drinks.

Dress code – Patterned clothing as dad never failed to impress with his Hawaiian shirts. Coat for campfire as we hope to be outdoors.


I hope to see you all there


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Gone Home: Rob Butler

The Group is saddened to learn of the death of our old friend Rob Butler this morning. Rob had been suffering from cancer and died peacefully and not in pain.
Rob was for many years the Venture Scout Leader at Bradwell and we did many activities both at Group and District level with Rob and Bradwell.

He was a larger than life character and would always be willing to offer advice and help out with any activities where his skills would be needed.

Rob at Torquay camp site during our camp in 1988

Rob will be greatly missed by all who knew him and we offer our condolences to his family.

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We’re Back in 2019!

We hope that everyone had a great Christmas and new year. We’re all ready to start Scouting in 2019 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 (tomorrow), Drums Thursday, Beavers and Cubs Friday.

See you all soon.

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Happy Christmas to All!

That’s it now for 2018!
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 8th January and the Beavers and Cubs on Friday 11th January 2019. See you then.

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1918: A Porthill Scout Dies in France

One hundred years ago today, just under a month after the Armistice, Gunner Ebenezer Brough 805608, 231st Bde. H.Q., Royal Field Artillery died aged 21 years on 5th December 1918. As he died after the war had ended it is assumed he died of the influenza pandemic that spread across the world in 1918.

Ebenezer was a Porthill Scout, and was the last of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.

You can read Ebenezer’s full story here.

Ebenezer Brough b. 1897 in Longbridge Hayes – d. France 1918

Scouts from Porthill fought throughout the First World War including many of the famous battles: Mons, the Somme, Passchendaele and Gallipoli.
One of our Scouts was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery and another was awarded the Military Medal for his . Many of our Scouts fought in the War and eighteen, that we know of, did not return.


They shall grow not 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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Christmas Camp

After the more serious events of the Remembrance Day parade, last weekend it was time for the Beavers and Cubs to have their Christmas Camp.

On arriving on the Saturday morning, the Beavers and Cubs were split up into teams. Some of them went straight into making Christmas decorations, mince pies and hot chocolate gifts while one group went to do some climbing at Kibblestone’s climbing wall. All the groups swapped around the activities during the day.

In the afternoon, after some entertainment, a full Christmas dinner was eaten followed by some party games. One of the games was to see which group could wrap up three empty boxes to put underneath the Christmas tree.

After the games it was time for the traditional campfire.

When the Beavers and Cubs returned from the campfire, they found the empty boxes they had wrapped had been changed by someone (Santa?) to presents for all of them!

By now it was time for the Beavers to go home, while the Cubs played some more games and then went to bed.

On Sunday morning the Cubs had their breakfast, packed up, played some more games and visited Kibblestone’s shop.

The camp closed at midday.

Photos can be seen in the gallery.

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We Remembered

Over the past weekend, members of the Group have taken part in events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and Remembrance Day.

On Saturday, St. Andrews Church held its second open day to celebrate the restoration of the War Memorial.  Were were pleased to be joined by Newcastle District’s Deputy District Commissioner, Dave, who awarded two Chief Scout Gold Awards to 2 Scouts and two Long Service Awards to 2 members of our Executive Committee.

The Drums played at the beginning of the day and in their set, they played the tune ‘General Salute’. This was played in St. Andrews Church on the original Armistice Day in 1918 by the drum and bugles of our Scouts.

After the drums played, the War Memorial was rededicated by Rt Revd Geoff Annas, Bishop of Stafford with The Worshipful the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme Councillor Gill Heesom in attendance as well. As part of the rededication, the names  on the Memorial were read out by our GSL.

Photos can be seen in our gallery.

The Group also had on display, by our own War Memorial and commemorative window, information about all our Scouts killed in the First World War.

On Sunday, Remembrance Day itself, we paraded from Bradwell, stopping at the Porthill War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and 2 minutes silence, then on the Wolstanton War Memorial, for another Act of Remembrance and finally to Basford. We were joined by the Basford and St. Wulstan’s Scouts, Centurion Explorers, Porthill and Wolstanton’s Guides and Bradwell’s Boys Brigade. We were also joined for the first part of the parade by an American WW2 3 ton truck! There were around 500 people on the parade which proved to be an amazing sight!

Photos can be seen in our gallery.

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1st Porthill Scout Group Remember Those Killed in War & the Centenary of the End of WW1

“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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2018-10-19 The Cubs Learn to Sign

Last Friday, the Cubs learnt to sign a rainbow and the Cub Scout Law!

Thanks to Beth for showing the Cubs how to sign.


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Wild West, Shelters & Family Day

In September the Beavers had a camp at Barnswood. This year’s theme was the Wild West, so the Beavers made their own bandanas, (hobby) horses and played wild west games such as horse shoe throwing (with real horse shoes!), panning for gold and a shooting gallery.

In the evening, they dressed up in their wild west costumes in time for the traditional camp fire.

At the same time the Scouts were out on camp and they made their own shelters to sleep in on the Saturday night.

On Sunday, parents were invited out to the camp for a family day. They tried playing the games the Beavers had played the previous day and made their own family dream catchers. After a BBQ lunch it was time for the Group’s Annual General Meeting where the Group’s activities of the previous 12 months were recounted. The Cub of the Year and Scout of the Year awards were presented along with, for the first time, the Beaver of the Year award. Congratulations to the winners!

More photos can be seen in our Gallery here, here & here.

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1918: A Porthill Scout Dies in France

One hundred years ago today, with only a month left of the First World War, Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class, Frederick Cleveland, 1/6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment died of his wounds received in battle aged 30 years on 11th October 1918.

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Frederick was a Porthill Scout, and was the seventeenth of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.

You can read his full story here.

Frederick Cleveland b. 1888 in London – d. France 1918.

They shall grow not 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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