In the News

Scouting offers young people fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Therefore, the district and our groups are often in the local news in Northwich, Winsford, and Middlewich, with some of the amazing activities that are part of their programmes.

Hartford Primary School gets helping hand from Scouts

30th October 2023 – Northwich Guardian

Hartford Primary School welcomed Patch Hall and the Explorer Scouts earlier this month, where they were tasked with clearing the garden area at the side of the early years building.

The 16-strong group, some of whom were former pupils, cleared the raised bed, cut down a tree and cleared the weeds which will allow the school’s youngsters to plant there come next Spring.

Davenham Scouts get permission to build new hut off London Road

25th August 2023 – Northwich Guardian

Davenham Scouts will finally have a home to call their own after receiving planning permission for a scout hut.

The new facility will be built at Peckmill Scout Wood, just off London Road.

Cub leader, Mike Sinfield, can’t wait to see work get underway.

Fund helps create new outdoor space for scout group

11th July 2023 – Northwich Guardian

A Northwich Scout group hosted the police and crime commissioner recently after his community action fund helped create a new multi-purpose outdoor space for young people.

John Dwyer visited 1st Lostock Gralam Scouts to see first-hand how his community action fund helped the group install benches and create additional outdoor spaces. The project has enabled more than 60 young people to enjoy a range of activities and outdoor events, such as camping, arts and crafts.

Scouts from St Wilfrid’s Scout Group take part in Cheshire Hike

4th April 2023- Northwich Guardian

After months of training, two scouts from a Northwich group took part in a 40km hike.

Mathilda Jans and Tomas Dugard, both 13, are members of St Wilfrid’s Scout Group and recently took part in the 55th Cheshire Hike.

Mid Cheshire Scouts progress to county wide competition

22nd November 2022 – Northwich Guardian

Two groups of local Scouts have shown off their talents and secured a place in the Cheshire Scouts County Competition.

It comes after 43 scouts from six scout troops took part in the Mid-Cheshire District Scout Patrol Challenge competition, held at Forest Camp Scout Activity Centre near Sandiway.

Mid Cheshire Scouts complete Snowdon climb

10th October 2022 – Northwich Guardian

Scout Troops from across Northwich and Winsford climbed to new heights as they reached the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Mid Cheshire Scouts took on the challenge of climbing Snowdon along the Rhyd Ddu Path – an ascent of 890 metres, taking a total of seven hours to complete.

Mid Cheshire Scouts enjoy raft race at Winsford Marina

19th July 2022 – Northwich Guardian

The swans at Winsford Marina were not the only ones enjoying the water as they were joined by 50 Mid Cheshire Scouts for a raft race.

The scouts used their pioneering skills to build rafts out of ropes, poles and barrels.

With three rafts on the water at a time and after several heats, the winning troop was from St Wilfrid’s scout group, Northwich.

1st Weaverham's new Scout Hall
Weaverham Sea Scouts’ new Scout hall is officially opened

15th January 2022 – Northwich Guardian

1st Weaverham Sea Scout Group have officially opened their brand new new Scout hall.

The group has been fundraising for many years to replace the old wooden Scout hall – which was first erected in 1932.

Group treasurer Brian Williams and the group executive committee have worked tirelessly to secure grants towards the cost of the rebuild.

Cyndy Lloyd MBE
‘Shellshocked’ to receive MBE in New Year Honours List 2022

14th January 2022 – Northwich Guardian

Cyndy Lloyd, a Beaver leader from 1st Weaverham Sea Scout Group and Explorer leader at Endurance ESSU, said she was ‘shellshocked’ to find out she had received an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

Cyndy was recognised for services to young people in Cheshire after being a Scout leader for many years and helping countless young people take on new adventures and learn life skills.

1st Hartford Scouts awarded their Chief Scouts Gold Awards
Three Northwich Scouts achieve top honours with Gold Awards

7th January 2022 – Northwich Guardian

Three Scouts from, from 1st Hartford Scout Group, have achieved the highest award a scout can obtain – the Chief Scouts Gold Award.

To gain the accolade, the trio had to complete nine challenge awards and a minimum of six activity badges over three years. The awards are all about stepping outside comfort zones and trying out something new, unlocking hidden talents along the way.

Weaverham Sea Scouts embark on quest to rebuild 88-year-old scout hall

4th April 2020 – Northwich Guardian

Members of the 1st Weaverham Sea Scouts have embarked on a quest to rebuild part of their 88-year-old scout hall.

The wooden structure, located on Church Street, was built back in 1932, and has been enjoyed by many people in the village and surrounding areas for almost nine decades.

But following this time, the building is now showing its age and is in need of some love, care and attention.

The scouts are hoping to raise vital funds to rebuild the original wooden part of the scout hall to ensure that it can enjoyed by people for many more years to come.

Saving a life among reasons for Hartford scouts’ awards win

14th July 2020 – Northwich Guardian

Three scouts from Mid Cheshire Explorers (Hartford unit) have been awarded the Sue and Graham Shaw Trophy for their services over the past year.

Tom Forbes, while attending the international jamboree in West Virginia, came across a mountain biker who had been seriously injured in a fall. Using the skills he had learned as a scout, he provided first aid until paramedics arrived and ultimately saved the man’s life.

Rory Innes and Jonny Mullett were also rewarded for their work to keep beaver, cub scouts and scout meetings going since the country went into lockdown in mid-March.

Hartford scouts set for dream America trip

19th July 2019 – Northwich Guardian

Scouts from Hartford will be living the American dream and attending the World Scout Jamboree with help from Redrow.

Taking place from July 20 to August 8, the 24th World Scout Jamboree offers a chance to enjoy new adventures, culture and friendships with scouts from around the world.

Each Scout is required to raise £3,850 towards the costs of attending while also subsiding attendance for those from poorer countries.

Mid Cheshire Scouts secured 10 places at the event and successfully applied to Redrow’s Hartford Community Fund towards their fundraising appeal.

1st Hartford Scout Group send balloon to the edge of space
1st Hartford Scouts send balloon to the edge of space

11th December 2019 – Northwich Guardian

It was a case of to infinity and beyond for Hartford Scouts after they launched a balloon to the edge of space.

As part of their mission to earn their astronautics badge, members of the group gathered excitedly at Hartford Scout Hut to see their projects head towards the heavens.

They were able to monitor the balloon’s progress on TV screens in the mess tent as it embarked on its journey thanks to data produced by sensors and cameras attached to the balloon and experts were on hand from the European Space Agency, who had worked closely with the scouts for several weeks, to explain what was happening and to answer any questions.

Disabled teen congratulated by Bear Grylls after achieving the highest award in scouting

30th November 2019 – Winsford & Middlewich Guardian

A disabled teenager has been hailed ‘an amazing young person’ after achieving the Chief Scout’s Gold Award, the highest accolade in scouting.

Marlee Scott-Roberts, from Winsford, is the first member of 1st Darnhall Scout Group to have received the prestigious honour.

The 14-year-old has only one arm and has undergone major surgery on his legs three times yet he never lets his disabilities hold him back.

The Hebdon Green School pupil has conquered countless outdoor challenges, including learning how to cook over an open fire and how to safely use an axe and saw. He has built shelters, slept in a hammock and passed an emergency aid course.

Record number of volunteers clean up Weaver Valley Parkway litter pick

18th November 2019 – Winsford & Middlewich Guardian

Volunteers collected more than 20 bags of rubbish from a Winsford beauty spot on Sunday.

Friends of Weaver Valley Parkway were overwhelmed by the number of people who turned out to help.

Friends of Weaver Valley Parkway collected more than 20 bags of litter with help from the 2nd Wharton Scout group.

Karen Swift from the group said: “We had our best ever turn out and picked more than 20 bags of litter. The 2nd Wharton Scout group came to help.”

Lostock scouts take top prize in Cheshire-wide competition

26th April 2018 – Northwich Guardian

Scouts from Lostock Gralam took top prize in a competition against other boys from across Cheshire.

Tom Cannon and Max Risley, representing the Malarg Explorer Scout Unit, trained hard to win the Mid Cheshire District Trophy for the Cheshire Hike’s 14 to 16 age group.

During the weekend the boys walked a total of 24 miles on the Saturday and then 12 miles on the Sunday, totalling 36 miles from Tarporley to Knutsford.

As part of the challenge teams collected points along the route for their mapping skills, challenges, camping skills and time-keeping.

Beavers and Cubs raise funds in ‘Walk for Water’ from Davenham to Moulton

4th April 2018 – Northwich Guardian

Beavers and Cubs from 1st Davenham Scout Group have undertaken a charity ‘Walk for Water’ to raise awareness and money for WaterAid.

The six and seven-year-olds carried bottles of water from their village to Moulton and back, reflecting the journey undertaken by children in impoverished countries, who walk miles for water.

The water collected is often dirty and full of germs, leading to illness. The Beavers’ walk aimed to raise awareness of the Scout Association’s ‘A Million Hands’ initiative.