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Dates for Your Diary

Parents – a date for your diaries – more details will be available shortly.

Group Quiz Night

Test your general knowledge and have a bit of fun in the Group’s Annual Quiz. Guarantee – you will not be asked to tie any knots 🙂 7.30 pm on Friday the 8th of May at Stocksfield Cricket Club. The bar will be open. Prize for the winning team.

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Make It Happen!

The 1st Stocksfield Scout Group changes lives by offering 6 to 14 year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. We help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Volunteer
  2. Fundraising

Giving Your Time

The quality of Scouting in Stocksfield depends on its volunteers. We are always glad to receive offers of help – large or small. The Scout Association’s award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults can get as much from Scouting as our young people.

Scouting uses a modular training scheme which delivers the full spectrum of required skills. Volunteers can choose training modules that are relevant to the role that they do, ranging from leadership to running residential experiences and first aid.

The Chief Scout“One of my big missions is to encourage people across the UK who have the time, enthusiasm and ability, whatever it is, to put something back into their communities. It’s about a lot of people doing a little. I don’t want to hear any more about kids who can’t join because of a lack of leaders. We’ve got a brilliant, talented nation and I want some of that talent to be used to support young people.”Bear

Getting Involved

Whether you just want to help on the odd occasion, or are interested in becoming an adult leader, we’d like to hear from you. There are plenty of opportunities to help  the smooth running of the Group, as well as working directly with young people.

Current Vacancies

Full training and support is available for the following positions:

Scout Leaders

ScoutsWe desperately need a replacement Scout Leader and a couple of assistants. If you have free time on a Thursday and want to make a difference, we’d love to hear from you.

Beaver Leaders

BeaversThere is currently a huge unmet demand for more places in Beavers. If you are free on Tuesday evenings and could help, that would be great.  Note that leader’s children are given priority places in the Colony.



The current chair will be resigning shortly, to take up the post of Group Scout Leader.  If you’d like to help with the management of the Scout Group, there’s no better place to do this than from the chair!


This is a new position we’d like to fill. The Group has a range of equipment and we’d like some help in ensuring it is safely stored and maintained. If you know the difference between a tilley and a primus (or would like to learn) then this could be the job for you!

If you want to find out more, please contact the Group Scout Leader or any of the other Adult Leaders.


The Group are currently fundraising to try and replace their ageing hut. If you can help with activity in any way (financially or in kind or time) it would mean a great deal.

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Find out more about our current fundraising activities.

If you want to find out more, please contact the Group Scout Leader or any member of the Group Executive.

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Drawing It Together

Leaders may ask parents to provide additional information about their child in Scouting soon to help complete their record on Compass, the new membership system for The Scout Association. We should already have most of the information required by Compass gathered when your child joined, but we may take this opportunity to refresh or double check that these details are still correct.

Helping you keep track of Scouting

Compass is a new database being provided nationally to all Scout Leaders as a place to keep all their young people’s information safe and secure, and allow them to link it up to Scout’s progress in badges, awards, programme planning as well as having the latest emergency contact or medical details in one place. We will also ask questions you may see on a National Census like faith, ethnic/cultural background or additional needs. Scouting is an inclusive organisation and as such it is important to understand the diversity of our membership to ensure the programme, activities and delivery of Scouting is appropriate and relevant for all young people, whatever their background or needs. Leaders cannot deliver the best Scouting experience in an inclusive way if we do not know who our members are and their needs.

More details about Compass can be found on the Scout Association website – if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask any Section Leader. This video may also help:

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Final Preparations

This weekend ex-Stocksfield Scout Stephen Harpin is heading south to Gran Canaria to join the rest of the crew of the Toby Wallace and begin the final preparations for their race to Barbados. This includes  capsize drills (hopefully the water will be warmer than the North Sea).

Read about it in the CourantWhen their training is complete, they will wait for favourable weather before beginning their record-breaking attempt to row across the Atlantic. More details were published in Saturday’s Hexham Courant.


1. We will be posting details of the boat’s progress and plotting it on a map in the Scout Hut as soon as the Toby Wallace departs.

2. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be helping to raise funds for the new hut through sponsorship of Stephen’s endeavour and we encourage readers to support him too.

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New Day for Scouts

We are delighted that Bob Hubbuck has agreed to carry on leading Scouts – at least for the moment. We need more adult leaders – if you can help at all, please get in touch with Bob or Malcolm.

Bob is trying to resurrect a Scout troop at Haltwhistle (you may have read about this in the Hexham Courant) so he needs to change the day of the troop night at Stocksfield. From now on Scouts will meet on a Thursday night at 7.30 pm. The first meeting of the new term begins on the 18th of September.

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Sunday Afternoon Tea

On the afternoon of Sunday the 17th August, Philippa Harpin will be holding a ‘home-made tea with a stroll round the garden’ in aid of the Stocksfield Scout Hut Fund. Doors open at 3.00pm with last serving at 5.00pm.

Advance Ticket Prices – phone Philippa Harpin on 01661 842302
Adults ÂŁ5, Children ÂŁ3

On the gate:
Adults ÂŁ6, Children ÂŁ4.

Aston Greys, 25 Cadehill Road, Stocksfield, NE43 7PT

? Update: read about it in the Hexham Courant

Image Source: John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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.