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Leaders at the Start of the Decade were :
Group Scout Leader : Mark Steele
Beavers : Helen Brown, Karen Wooliscroft,
Cubs : Phil Marks, John Ryan-Viggars, Simon Marsh, Lisa Stec, Steve Dono
Scouts : Andy Martin, Nick Haynes, Kevin Hodgkinson, Greg Julian, Colin Brown,
The Scouts took part in two Music related outings, they spent the afternoon at BBC Radio Stoke, they visited the BBC studios in Hanley and saw what goes into creating a radio show. During the tour the on-air presenter did a shout-out…….
Scouts also visited Stoke on Trent City Music and Performing Arts Service – “Gigajam”. “Gigajam” uses special instruments plugged into computers, allowing people to record a piece of music into the machine’s memory using special guitars, drum kits and keyboards. “Gigajam” then tells the musician which sections of the music they got wrong, and helps them to correct any mistakes. Here are a few videos of the practice sessions
The Cubs Winter Sleepover included a hike to Trentham Park to build shelters, activities to complete the Global Challenge Badge, campfire, fire lighting and backwoods cooking.
Cub Sleepover Feb 2010
Scouts went on camp to Beaudesert, Cannock Chase, and Colin Crown joined as an Assistant Scout Leader
Mark Steele resigned and Andy Martin took over as Group Scout Leader.
It was a glorious weekend for a Cub camp in April, compared to last year when it rained ! The Cubs (and leaders !) enjoyed crate stacking, assault course, hiking, making swords and shields, making St.George costumes, camp fire, medieval banquet, and much more. (The bird in the pictures, a buzzard I believe, was flying around in the field as we were eating out snack – what a wonderful sight)
Cub Camp Easter 2010
Scouts went on a hike around Trentham Park and finished off the Communicators badge, looking at the Phonetic alphabet, morse code, mobile phone safety.
Beaudesert was the venue for this years Group Camp. The Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders took part in loads of activities such as archery, orienteering, visit to the farm, greasy pole, water slide, initiative games, hike, treasure hunt and a mass wide game.
At the campfire everyone took part by performing in a sketch and of course singing all the songs.
Group Camp June 2010
Trentham Beavers again joined up with other District groups for a Halloween themed sleepover
Beavers Sleepover Oct 2010
The Cubs also had a sleepover, the theme was cooking. All Cubs planned, prepared and cooked a 3 course meal on the Saturday them on Sunday cooked over an open fire “Backwoods Cooking” We also had a hike in Trentham Park, a camp fire, a football competition and a games night
Cub Sleepover Oct 2010
The Beavers invited the Cubs to join them for a Bonfire Night Party. This included making rocket posters, eating hot dogs, apple bobbing and a firework display
Joint Beaver & Cub Firework Party Nov 10
The year ended with a joint Christmas meeting which included festive hymns, nativity plays and stories and a disco. New Cubs and Scouts were also invested.
Christmas Concert 2010
This year 7 Beavers, 5 Cubs and 4 Scouts gained their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. They attended the special District Presentation Evening in Jan 2011 and were awarded certificates from The Lord Major, Scouting CC and DC.
2010 Chief Scout Awardees
We published a newsletter at the end of January
Newsletter Jan 2011
Scouts went ice skating
The Scientist badge was the theme for the weekend, Cubs took part in “Experiments” and activities based around the Physical and Natural World, plus of course the traditional campfire, wide game and hike !
Cub sleepover March 2011
Although there are reports of Scouting taking place in Trentham since 1915 the Group was officially registered at the end of 1940. In April 2011, we held an Activity Day to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Group; the day also included our AGM. To help us celebrate this landmark in our history, all Beavers/Cubs/Scouts and parents were invited to the event which included a short AGM, a BBQ tea and a traditional camp fire. All sections had the opportunity to sleepover on the Saturday night (Beavers in the Scout House and Cubs and Scouts in tents in the field)
Scouts went “Geocaching”, which is an activity that makes it fun to go hiking! It is like treasure hunting but more high tech because you have the element of new technology like the iphone and GPS. Geocache boxes are scattered all around the world so people in any country can go searching for them, they can then put stuff in and record their name in a log book.The containers you can find whilst geocaching are sometimes like mini time capsules. On the first attempt Phoenix Patrol recently went geocaching in Trentham Park and it was reasonably successful, we found 4 out of 5 containers.The first we found was under the roots of a tree in the middle of a grove. The second cache was found under a bush next to a boundary fence to Trentham Gardens; this box was quite large and contained a compass, notebook and pen, Dora the Explorer keyring, a Simpson’s eraser and a bouncy ball. Within the ruins, the third cache was discovered. It was a film canister in a plastic bag; all that was in it was paper where people had recorded dates and names. Although we didn’t find the fourth we spent a long time looking and still had fun, some people looked harder than others!! We all finally headed to a cache called the banana tree, we found it was obvious how it got its name because it was bent and shaped like a banana.The trek back was a long one but it was worth it due to the fact that we found most of the geocaches we set out to get that night; the one that we couldn’t find didn’t make us any less enthusiastic.
This year we went to Kibblestone for our Group Camp. The theme was Sweden and Jamboree (as this year the World Jamboree is being held in Sweden). Other activities included caving, flag making, low ropes, orienteering, hiking, campfire, crate stacking, tree climbing and boat building and sailing.
2011 Group Camp
As part of their Animal Carers badge the Cubs visited Pets at Home for a talk about looking after pets, they all got to hold a selection of animals including a guinea pig and a lizard
Cubs at Pets at Home
The Beavers learnt basic first aid and how to eat healthily
Beavers healthy eating and first aid
The Scouts hikes across Barlaston Downs, started our hike from the Plume of Feathers in Barlaston. 7 Scouts turned up and we set off. A mile into the hike we had a phone call from Teddy’s Dad to ask where we all were, so Greg ran back to get him, he did have to travel from Nantwich. Once back with the group we had a good 10 or 15 minutes to catch up. All the scouts did really well up and down the hills stopping off at the millennium point for a snack and a drink and photo shoot. The rain held of and we all arrived back at the Plume of Feathers with 5 minutes to spare. The total distance hiked was about 4 1/2 miles and it was for a Hike’s Away badge.
Our newsletter went out in September
Newsletter September 2011
In September Beavers welcomes two new helpers “Neptune” and “Saturn” – Ann Ludford & Simon Johnson would join the Beaver leadership team currently of Dave Butters-Peers, Helen Brown and Karen Wooliscroft.
Ann Ludford & Simon Johnson being invested into Beavers
The Cubs visited Beudesert for our Autumn camp and did archery, boating, climbing and karting
Cubs at Beaudesrt Sept 2011
In November our Group; Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Leaders, paraded to Trentham Church to join the congregation in a Service of Remembrance. Our Beavers made poppies especially for the day.
2011 Remembrance Parade to Trentham Church
The Beavers visited a local Nursing Home and Santa visited them at our Christmas Party
Beavers Xmas Party & visit to nursing home
Our term and year concluded with a fantastic Carol Concert once again with our friends at Trentham Church
In January 2012 we opened our second Beaver section “Red Colony” and our second Cub Pack “Red Pack”
A newsletter was given out in February
Newsletter Feb 2012
The Red and Gold Beavers Colonies came together to learn about Water Safety. Ladies from the Inland Waterways generously came to talk to the Beavers about being safe when close to canals and rivers. The Beavers also made hats and decorated plates.
Water Safety Night
On a sunny day in March… Beavers had their Pirate themed Beaver Bash. Beavers from the 2 Colonies dressed up as pirates, played pirates games, ate from Captain Blackbeard’s table, searched for treasure and earned themselves golden coins It was a brilliant day… so good that we hope to do it all over again soon..
Beaver Bash March 2012
We published a newsletter in April
Newsletter April 2012
Our annual meeting and fun day included several fun activities, games and the opening of The Jubilee Gardens – A piece of waste land at the side of the HQ which has been re-vamped by garden designer Steve Dono. The memorial stones were relocated to the centre of the garden and a new bench purchased in memory of Scout Chris Pinnock. The garden was part funded by Chris Booth who ran a marathon in memory of his Dad, Akela Alan Booth. The garden also contains large raised beds for the Scouts to grow fruit and veg, a lawned area for playing on and a paved area for a greenhouse
The 2 Beaver Colonies came together, this time for a trip down to the woods for some fabulous Den Building… Also to officially welcome 2 new leaders to the Trentham Scout Group.. Mars and Neptune were invested.
Beavers in the woods April 2012
Our Group Camp was at Kibblestone again this year, all the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts enjoyed a weekend full of activities including archery, rafting, tree climbing, bunting making, abseiling and our own version of the Olympic Games. Not forgetting the usual wide games and campfire sing songs and skits
Group Camp 2012
We all lined the streets waving flags and cheering to welcome the Olympic Torch into Stoke on Trent.
Torch Relay June 2012
Trentham Scout Group were one of only a few groups in the country chosen to be part of the Diamond Jubilee Procession in London in June 2012. We had to leave at 3.30am to be in place in the special “Youth Enclosure”. From our vantage point on The Mall we saw the Royal Family and the Procession. Afterwards, we were at the front of the public procession to walk down The Mall to stand in front of Buckingham Palace and cheer the Queen when she appeared on the balcony with her family.
In London for the Jubilee
Scouts camped out in Trentham and enjoyed a day boating on the lake
Scouts Water Camp 2012
We opened a second Scout Troop in September..Red Troop, meaning there was now 2 sections in Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.
This term the Cubs visited Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium for a guided tour, did wall climbing and visited a sports hall to play basketball, football and badminton – not forgetting the wonderful Greg’s “Rock Fitness Night !”
Our newsletter was published in September
Newsletter September 2012
The Trentham Beaver Knights made camp at the Kibblestone Lair in the woods for the weekend. (Beavers had a great time taking parts in lots of medieval activities and built a medieval fort!)
Beavers Medieval camp Kibblestone
For the Autumn camp this year the Cubs also stayed in Kibblestone’s Cub Lair. The Cubs took part in crate stacking, assault course, wide games, campfires, outdoor cooking and all achieved their Chef Badge
Cubs at Kibblestone Oct 2012
Some of our Scouts attended a Parliamentary Quiz in London
All the recipients of the Chief Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards took part in a Presentation Evening in Jan 2013 receiving a certificate from the Lord Mayor and Scouting Dignitories
2012 Chief Scout Awardees
Newsletter January 2013
The Group saw a number of changes with regards to leaders and Executive members in the latter part of 2012 for various reasons, sadly we say goodbye to a few, but we did say a welcome to more volunteers. A huge thank you to all those leaving us, Dave Butters-Peers from Gold Colony, Annette Logan and Simon Marsh from Gold Pack. On the plus side a big welcome to Esther Harrison-Cloke as our new Group Secretary, Louise BentleyJones joining the Executive Committee to support the group in fundraising
Beavers held a “Scottish Night” in February
Beavers Scottish Night
District Swimming Gala
Trentham, Cubs 1st, Scouts 2nd, Overall WINNERS- 4th year running
March 2013 saw Cubs first camp at Stanley Head, the weather was amazing and the Cubs did archery, climbing, hiking, fire lighting, cooking and played lots of games.
Cubs at Stanley Head
In true Trentham Beaver style, nearly all the Beavers turned out for the Super Hero/Space themed Beaver Bash and sleepover in March. They made space mobiles, back packs and masks etc. In teams they constructed Spaceships ready for the Space battle outside. In the afternoon the Beavers decorated biscuits, had a disco and played party games. To finish off they had a couple of games of dodge ball and watched 2 DVDs..!!! All that in one day!!
Newsletter April 2013
St.Georges Parade was well attended at Stoke
St.Georges Parade 2013
Our 2013 Group Camp 2013 was an overwhelming success with over 100 people in attendance. Our Young People took part in climbing, boat sailing, crate stacking, orienteering, cooking, catapult making, two wide games, flag making, assault course, camp fire, zap game, invisible writing, Morse code messaging, tin can shooting, fire extinguisher making and cocktail making.The theme was James Bond and all attendees received a special badge to commemorate the event
Group Camp May 2013
If you go down to the Scout House you are sure to be in for a surprise…..
The Beavers having a Teddy bears picnic and getting the Healthy Eating badge along the way..!!!
Our Scouts helped out at a local running club handing out water
Scouts July 2013
Newsletter August 2013
What we thought would be a cold and wet weekend turned out to the one of the best ever Cub camps. It was even warm enough for some Leaders to try the Greasy Pole !
Cubs at Beaudesert Sept 2013
Here are a few photos of our Scouts on activities in 2013
Scouts 2013 Activities
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts joined the armed forces and local emergency services for a Remembrance Parade and service in Stoke Minster
Remembrance Parade Nov 2013
This year we went back to Trentham Parish Church for our Christmas concert, with the help of Exec Member Jason, Vicar Everton and musician Jason, the Leaders put on a 90 minute extravaganza. The Cubs kicked things off with a “12 Months before Christmas” play showing the audience what they had been getting up to at Cubs during the past year – Ant and Dec made a guest appearance joining characters from Staying Alive, Fireman Sam, Frankenstein and the Three Kings. Following a hymn, the Beavers wowed the guests with a rendition of “Jingle Bells”, “SANTA Was His Name-o”, and ending with the whole church singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. The Scouts entertained us with a modern interpretation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The evening was rounded off by our GSL handing out Chief Scout Awards and performing an investiture.
Christmas Concert 2013
At the start of 2014, Leaders and Exec Members were :
Elizabeth Birch – Acting Group Scout Leader
Andrea Beattie, Karen Wooliscroft, Kevin Sutton, Andrew Wrench, Dave Butters-Peers
Gold Pack Cubs :
Phil Marks (Akela), John Ryan-Viggars (Kaa), Lisa Stec (Shere Kahn), Darren Chapman, Gary Clewlow
Red Pack Cubs :
Simon Johnson (Akela), Sarah Turner (Baloo), Kevin Hodgkinson (Skip), Nick Mellor (Bagheera), Peter Weston (Kaa), Sharon Johnson (Darzee), Phil Woolliscroft (Rama)
Nick Haynes (SL), Andy Martin, Greg Julian, Colin Brown, Steve Cope,
Executive Committee :
Denver Tolley – Group Chairman. Denver takes over from Rich Skellern who stepped down in July 2013.
Richard Cuthbertson – Group Treasurer (taken over from John McDonagh who had been in the role for 3 years)
Esther Harrison-Cloke – Group Secretary
Jason Parrish – Health & Safety
Iwan Stec – Gift Aid Co-ordinator
Cherie Cuthbertson, Anne Attwell – Parent representatives
Newsletter January 2014
Cub Sleepover March 2014
Sleeping in the Scout House for 2 nights the Cubs took part in a “Local Knowledge” sleepover, with walks around Trentham village, Park and Gardens. Activities also included fire lighting, plaster casting, map making, trifle making, camp fire, bingo, wide game…..and…..Olympic Dustbin Lid Curling ! Photos below or for a video see our YouTube Page – here