Portal Pack

Portal Pack


Chester & District Swimming Gala October 2009

The Swimming Team

The following 5 cubs recently represented Portal Pack at the annual Chester and District Swimming Gala, Jamie Hawes, Thomas Harrop, Lachlan Chavasse, Connor Jones and Sam Hawes.

The boys took part in several races in their own age groups against Cubs from 9 other Packs in the district. Every team member swam really well and did the pack proud, we eventually finished 4th In the competition.

Medals were won by the following team members:

  • Thomas Harrop - Bronze in the 9 year old freestyle
  • Jamie Hawes - Silver in the 8 year old backstroke
  • Sam Hawes - Gold in the 10 year old breaststoke
  • Jamie Hawes - Gold in the 8 year old breaststroke

I am really pleased to say that Sam and Jamie Hawes have been selected to be part of the Chester and District Team to take part in the Cheshire County Gala to be held in late November.

So well done to all and thank you from all the leaders for representing Portal Pack

Portal Pack Cubs Storm the (very wet) Beaches of Normandy !!

(see our Photo Gallery )

16 Cubs and 5 leaders recently attended the annual Pack Camp, this year held at Brassey Green.

The theme for the weekend was the D Day Landings.

Divided into groups named after the landing beaches, Utah, Omaha Juno & Sword the Cubs had an early challenge of getting their tents up in the pouring rain. Task accomplished all were rewarded with a Hot Dog lunch before setting off for the beaches of Normandy (sorry the woods of Utkinton!)

A very wet but enjoyable afternoon was spent building shelters and storming beaches to retrieve “bombs” (Apologies to parents for what must have been some very dirty washing!)

On return to camp, time was spent drying out and preparing for “Tarporley’s Got Talent whilst tea was prepared. After a feast of pasta and meatballs followed by strawberry cheesecake the show began.

The five judges assembled were as harsh as ever (particularly Simon Cowell) with their comments for all performers, however it was difficult to find many faults as a fantastic array of talent was on show. After many heats and a semi final the winners of Tarporley’s Got Talent 2009 were Vortex, a street dance group made up of James MacPhee, Billy (Matthew!) Threlfall, Jamie Hawes and the choreographer Ed Hulse. Fair to say an excellent evening was had by all.

Following a not too early night the camp at last enjoyed a few hours of dry weather (the only bonus for being up at 6.45am on a Sunday!). A busy morning of events included a nature trail, a wide game, and a blind trail. The tents were then taken down and packed away, remarkably dry.As the BBQs were lit ready for the Cubs to cook their lunch however the rain returned, undaunted despite everything the burgers and sausages were soon ready for all to enjoy.

As the rain continued to fall the afternoon was spent in the dry, each six was challenged to produce a D Day Landing beach with various craft materials. The Cubs produced some excellent models with the overall winners being under the charge of sixer Sam Hawes.

The final big event of the weekend was yet to come, the “teddy” competition. All entries were left for the judges to carefully make the big decision (Ark might have stood a chance but there was no entry) as to who would win in 2009. The winner was named as “Billy” rabbit, hard luck to all the other bears.

It has to be said that the camp was one of the wettest we have had in a long time but the Cubs were excellent and hopefully despite everything had a great time.

Cub Camp 2008

Our Cub Camp in 2008 may only have been held at the Scout Hut, but it didn't stop us having fun (see our Photo Gallery). Over the week-end we completed our:

  • Chefs Badge
  • Athletes Badge
  • Nights Away Badge
  • Out Door Chalange
  • Hikes Away Badge
  • and did some work towards our Creative Challenge.


A team of 6 Cubs from 1ST Tarporley Portal Pack (Benjamin Cuffin-Munday, Robert Brunt, Tom Weckerle, Luke Jennings, Daryl McLaughlin and Robbie Wood) recently entered the Chester District Craft competition. The boys were given 3 tasks to complete using the theme of space. For the fourth year running the team were triumphant and were presented with a trophy to keep for the year. The victory earned the boys the honour of representing the District at the County Final. This was held at Barnton Memorial Hall, Northwich on Saturday 6th March. The boys were this time given the theme of "The World" and were asked to create a model showing what the world represented for them. The boys made a model which depicted the 4 corners of the world, a dessert area, the Arctic, a jungle and the sea. The team worked well together and their efforts earned them runners up spot, finishing one point behind the winners. Well done to all the boys involved.


Portal Pack recently entered a team of 8 boys: Richard Munson, Tom Weckerle, Ben Tyler, Robert Hartwell, Dan Ephraim, Mike Ridge, Oliver Smith and Jack Hutchison in the Chester District Kwik Cricket Competition held at Mickle Trafford Scout Headquarters. Despite torrential rain both before and during the event the four Cub Packs involved (Tarporley, Guilden Sutton, Mickle Trafford and Farndon) managed to play a round robin of games. The Tarporley team won each of their three games with each team member contributing to the success as all boys were required to bat, bowl and field during the innings. A good morning was enjoyed by all the Cubs that took part, Tarporley were presented with a trophy to mark their victory.