NTScouts receive Thank You certificates for Volunteers Week

Scouts from North Tameside District (Ashton and Droylsden) joined in the celebrations and recruitment of 2019. The celebration took place at with the help of an Action Together grant on the 1st of June in which over 40 people attended of which 24 were Scout people who received Thank You certificates from the District Chairman Alan Fish. There were 14 visitors and 3 people asked about joining Scouting. Following the presentations, Alan Fish went on to say that Scouting could not survive without all the Scouting volunteers who spend many hours helping young people to be better citizens in all our differing communities. We must not forget the many support volunteers as well, who help make Scout groups work, with fundraising, management of a HQ, and many other roles behind the scenes of a Scout group. We must thank them all for the tremendous work and the many hours some Volunteers do, even though they were told It’s only 2 hours a week.

The roles can be as low as 2 hours a month, we also have a SAS (Support Active Scouts) Unit not the ones with parachutes, but just help out now and again when they have time to fit a bit of Scouting in. Scouting is very short of adult Leaders and Supporters in the North Tameside district of 10 Beavers colony’s, 10 Cub packs, 8 Scout troops, 5 Explorer units, 1 Network unit, 4 Support units and 13 Management teams they are short of 77 Leaders and Support Volunteers. If you would like to help Scouting as a Leader or just helping out at a group click here to call in at any of the open nights held at each Scout group. If you would like some information about joining Scouting, contact Alan

St George’s Day Parade and Service 2019

The St. George’s Day Parade for North Tameside Scout District commenced on Old Street Ashton and proceeded to the Albion Church. The parade was led by the St John Brass Band.

The civic mayor, Councillor Denise Ward, was joined in the parade by Councillors Dave McNally and Joyce Bowerman, they were followed by nearly 400 members of the Scouts from Ashton and Droylsden.

The theme of the service was Community and Harmony. The service was led by the Rev. Edward Inglis. The District were joined at the service by three past District Commissioners Jack Millin, Derek Casey and Ken Marks.

The service was designed by members of the 3rd Ashton, St James’s, Scout Group. The 3rd are celebrating their 110th birthday this year. Part of the service was given over to a brief history of how the group started at Christmas 1908 after 6 lads met under a street light on Cowheel Lane, Ashton. They then went to their Sunday school teacher to ask him to start the troop. Early activities included a week’s camp in Blackpool for 45p, being cycle messengers in both world wars between Ashton Town Hall and the Barracks on Mossley Road, and holding a garden party with special guest Frankie Howard, who was made an honorary member of the Group.

Long service awards were presented to Susan Frankish, 30 years, Sam Burgess, 15 years, Michael Symes and Amanda Kinsey, 10 years, Andrew M’Claren, Maureen Longley and Richard Curtis, 5 years. Wood Beads were presented to Richard Willis. Finally, Explorer Belts were presented to Jack Bailey and Christopher Hall.

During his address, Rev. Inglis stressed the importance of the role of leaders to help the young people in their care take a full and active part in their local, national and international communities by teaching them the skills of life.

After all sections had renewed their Promises, District Commissioner, Andy Morton, thanked all who attended and took a full part in the service.

If you would like to help with your local Scout Group contact Alan Fish at or contact by phone on 07931 765120

2nd Dukinfield Beavers build a railway

The 2nd Dukinfield Beaver Colony built a model railway and exhibited it at the RailRoad 2019 being held at Astley Sports College, Dukinfield. 

As part of their planned badgework training, the 24 Beavers from the 2nd Dukinfield Colony designed and built a model railway over 4 weeks. The first week was asking what the Beavers would like on their model. Each Beaver drew a picture of what they would like to be included. Suggestions included tents, trees, unicorns and sheep.

The second week they built the model which included a castle, a campsite, an enchanted forest and of course a railway. The third week they painted the model. While they were working away on the layout parents and other adults were making some of the fantasy models on 3D printers, these included unicorn sheep and flying pigs. 


The final week was painting the animals and assembling the model ready for the show. 

Each Beaver was awarded their Builder Badge for the work they all put into the model. Torin, one of the Beavers, said he made the flying pig but liked the catapult best. Minue, another Beaver said she made the unicorn sheep and enjoyed making the model.  

Zoe Howart-Lowe, the Beaver Leader, said it was great fun and she enjoyed it as much as the Beavers. She said they were going to make a bigger and better model for next year. 

Nathan awarded Chief Scout Silver Award

Congratulations to Nathan, a Cub Scout from 6th Ashton ‘Ford’ Cub Scout Pack, on being awarded his Chief Scout Silver Award.  To qualify for this award he had to complete a number of challenges including the Joining In Award, Activity Badges and Challenge Badges.

Nathan completed over 20 nights camping, campfire building, cooking and
hiking. The activity Badges included Animal Carer, Backwoods Camping and
cooking and musician. His Challenge Badges included Disability Awareness,
World, Team Leading and World Faith.

Nathan said the best thing in Cubs was the games especially dodge-ball. He
wanted the meeting to last longer as they were so exciting. He said he was
looking forward to joining the Scouts at 6 th Ashton.

Joanne, Nathan’s mum, said Cubs had been great for Nathan, it had taught him to believe in himself and given him the opportunity to do many exciting things.  She thanked the Leaders for all the time and work they put in each week for the Cub Pack.

Dan, the Cub Scout Leader, said it was good how the youngsters developed
over the years they were in Cubs and looked forward to Nathan going to join
the Scouts Group.

Ken Marks, Deputy County Commissioner for Greater Manchester East,
presented Nathan with his Chief Scout Award as well as his Moving Up Award.  He thanked all involved with Nathan achieving his award, from his parents to the Cub Leaders.

If you want to help young people realise their potential by helping at a Scout
Group near you contact Alan Fish at or on 07931