Remembrance Sunday

Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders will be joining in the annual Remembrance Sunday celebration on November the 9th, marching in uniform from Stocksfield Station to the War Memorial. Parents are very welcome too! Please wear poppies if you have them.

We will meet in the Railway Station Car Park at 10.30 am, dressed ready to walk to the memorial. We should be back at the car park by about 11.30 am, with refreshments served afterwards at the community centre (SICA).

We hope for an especially large turnout given that this year will mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Going to Extraordinary Lengths

Former Stocksfield Scout, Stephen Harpin, is joining a crew of eight in early November to attempt to beat the 32 day world record for rowing across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Barbados – a distance of 2598 nautical miles!

He is raising money for the new hut – please sponsor him.

Once the boat leaves the safety of the harbour, the team will be on their own and at the mercy of the elements. We hope that Stephen  will be able to make use of all the experiences he gained through Scouting to ensure that he and his colleagues make it safely across the Atlantic.

We will keep you updated about his progress.

Background image released into the Public Domain by Bruce Emmerling

Cub Camp 2014

This year’s cub camp will be held at Kingswood, Hexham. Some of you may know it – it’s often used by schools.

Camp will be from the 22nd to the 25th of August – the bank holiday weekend. We are booked in for a range of fun activities including bush craft, survival skills, zip wire, nature walks, fencing and a scrap heap challenge!

We will be staying in lodges and all  meals are provided. Transport will be via parents’ cars – the address is:

Dukeshouse Wood, Fellside, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1TP – see this map.

Background image © Bill Cresswell released under a Creative Commons  CC BY-SA 2.0 License

2014 Group AGM


After a false start in July, the AGM will now be held at the Scout Hut in Guessburn on Wednesday the 17th September, starting at 7.30 pm.

All members of the Scout Group and their parents are very welcome.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes – 9th October 2013
  3. Approval of the statement of accounts
  4. Nomination of Group Chairman and appointment of members of the Executive Committee)
  5. Appointment of sectional leaders to the Executive Committee (with the oral/written consent of the leaders concerned)
  6. To elect a Group Secretary
  7. To elect a Group Treasurer
  8. To elect a Group Quartermaster
  9. To appoint an auditor for the annual accounts
  10. To receive Group Scout Leader’s annual report (verbal)
  11. To receive the following sectional reports (verbal)
    a. Scout Leader
    b. Cub Leader
    c. Beaver Leader
  12. New Hut & Fundraising – progress report
  13. Adult Leaders
  14. AOB

Bring a Parent Night

Cooking bread on an open fire

There was a great turn out at the Cubs ‘Bring a Parent Night’. The visitors were treated to displays of backwoods skills, fed home made soup with bread twists and entertained with traditional camp fire sketches.

  • Pack, pack, pack

  • Meeting the navigation challenge

  • A home-made compass

  • Bright Sparks

  • Comparing compass designs

  • Making bread twists

  • Matchless fire-lighting

  • Preparing the cotton wool

  • Looking for a flame

  • Showing the parents

  • Attending to the soup

  • Sticks in the fire

  • Baking Bread

  • Stories amongst the smoke

  • Toasting the Bread

  • At the drinks station

  • The Gathering

  • Stories amid the smoke

  • Cooking on the embers

  • Campfire stunts

  • Asking for a volunteer

Thanks to Tony Winters for the pictures.

Jumble Sale: Sat 5th July

The annual Scout Jumble Sale will be held at SICA (Stocksfield Community Association) – Mount View Terrace, Stocksfield, NE43 7HL. Doors open at 2 pm.

Note the date – we had to move it from that originally planned (the 28th of June) because of access issues in the days immediately before the Jumble Sale.

Jumble will be collected from local addresses on Friday 4th July from 6 pm. It can also be delivered direct to SICA on Saturday between 10 and 11 am. No computers or large furniture please as these do not sell.
Any queries to Philippa Harpin Telephone 842302.

Meeting the Parents

Tonight leaders from all sections joined members of the Group Executive and parents at the Baptist Church to discuss the plans for the new hut.
A similar event will be held at the Scout Hut on Friday for parents of Scouts, and on Monday for Cubs’ parents.

Scout Post 2013

Stocksfield Scout Post

Local residents can use Scout Post to have cards delivered to addresses in Broomley, Hedley, Mickley and Stocksfield (with a NE43 postcode). Cards should be placed into the special Scout Postboxes located in the two Post Offices in Stocksfield. The final date for posting is 12 noon on the 21st of December. All we ask is a minimum donation of 20p per card.

The cards are then delivered by members of the Scout Group. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts can collect their allotted cards from Philippa’s house between 3pm and 7pm each Friday.