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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Yesterday we took part in the WW1 Remembered Exhibition at St. Andrews Church. This was held to celebrate the restoration of Porthill’s War Memorial which is outside the Church.
There were exhibits of WW1 era artefacts by Geoff Mayer (who has written extensively on the Wolstanton War Memorial), the centenary of the RAF, the centenary of Suffragette movement gaining the vote for women, displays from Newcastle Museum and Lichfield Cathedral, the ‘There But Not There’ Tommy silhouettes, WW1 era poems were read and the Act It Out CIC company performed ‘Letters of War’ play. There were also individual displays on various people’s relatives who were killed in the war and a display of photos documenting the restoration of the War Memorial.
The highlight of the exhibition was a cascade of poppies above the high altar. These poppies had been made by many local people including our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
Our Drums played at the beginning of the day and the bugles played ‘Sunset’ in front of the poppies.
We had our own display of our Scouts who were killed in the Great War and we spoke to a number of people whose relatives were commemorated on the Memorial and showed them the Book of Remembrance. We were especially pleased to meet the family of one of our Scouts on the Memorial, Clarence Cork.
A lot of people from the Church put a lot of effort into the exhibition and huge thanks must go to them for their efforts.
The exhibition will be on again on 10th November 2018 from 10 – 4, when the Memorial will be rededicated by the Bishop of Stafford.
One hundred years ago today, over four years into the Great War and just over a month until its end, Private Colin Jackson 42435, 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment died aged 22 on 5th October 1918.
Colin was a Porthill Scout, and was the sixteenth of eighteen of our Scouts, that we know of, that were killed in the Great War.
Yesterday in Newcastle town centre, it was the annual 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 various Scouting activities and to raise awareness of Scouting in our local community.
As part of the day various Scouting awards were made, some by the Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson.
Our entire Drum Corps was awarded a District Commissioner’s Commendation for all the work they do to promote Scouting around our area and beyond. Many congratulations to all our talented drummers!
Becci, one of our Assistant Scout Leaders, was presented with her 5 year service award. Thanks to Becci for all her dedication!
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