Beavers are girls and boys aged 6 to 8 years old who form a Colony. Our Beaver Colony meets every Tuesday at the Scout HQ, 6:00-7:00pm

Cubs are girls and boys aged 8 to 10½ years old who form a Pack. Our Cub pack meets on a Tuesday evening, 7:00-8:00pm

Scouts are girls and boys aged 10½ to 14 years old who form a Troop. Our Scouts meet on a Tuesday evening, 7:45-9:00pm

Senior Band

Rehearsals Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm & Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm

Silver Band

Rehearsals Monday 7:30-8:30pm

Junior Band

Rehearsals Saturday 9:00-10:00am

About Us

We are the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group based in Bacup, Lancashire, a small former mill town on the edge of the Pennine Hills midway between Rochdale and Burnley in an area that forms part of the Rossendale Valley

The Scout Group was formed in Bacup in 1910, only 3 years after the scouting movement was first started by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907.

Historically, the locality has always been a traditional brass band stronghold from as early as the middle of the 19th century. The original Bacup Old Band was reconstituted to great effect in 1859 as the 4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers and won the coveted British Open title on three occasions between 1864 and 1869.

The famous Irwell Springs Band followed in the footsteps of the Bacup Old Band and was a highly successful contesting brass band.

The 2nd Rossendale Scout Band was formed in 1963. Originally formed as a drum and trumpet band the instrumentation was changed some seven years later and substantial progress has been made in conventional brass band terms. The later inclusion of girls enhanced the development and presently they make up almost a third of the membership. Ever-present in the success of the Scout Band is long serving Group Scout Leader Michael Warwick who has throughout overseen the development of the range of activities undertaken by the various sections of the Group.

The senior band performs regularly across the North of England and in recent times has performed with the Black Dyke, Fodens, Grimethorpe Colliery, Brighouse and Rastrick Bands and most recently with The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army. They have appeared at Windsor Castle for HM Queen Elizabeth and at many fine concert venues including The Bridgewater Hall, The Royal Northern College of Music, The O2 Arena, and Cologne Cathedral.

In 2010 our Scout Headquarters underwent substantial refurbishment, costing around £250,000. This has brought out building up to date and means we can continue providing music lessons and music making opportunities for young people.

Finance is generated with the generous support of local people and the band operates a successful Patron’s Scheme which greatly assists in generating the necessary revenue to support the work with children and young people in Bacup.

Contact Us

The Scout HQ
Burnley Road
OL13 8AE

Meeting Times

Beavers: Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm

Cubs: Tuesday 7:00-8:00pm

Scouts: Tuesday 7:45-9:00pm

Training & Junior Band: Saturday 9:00-10:00am

Senior Band: Saturday 10:30am-12:00pm & Wednesday 7:30-9:30pm

Silver Band: Monday 7:30-8:30pm

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Here is our 2nd attempt at long distance banding! Hope you enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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Luke Dempsey (former 2nd Rossendale player, before he was a superstar). He has been busy while in lockdown, we hope it will inspire our current players to keep on practicing.
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Just a thank you too my Scouting family.Awards are not what Scouting is about. But being appreciated is.
A big thank you to all the youngsters and leaders for making my up and down life fun and happy.
And to the Scout bands who enrich so many peoples lives, especially mine.
Please stay safe this Easter time.Look after each other, and be kind.
Janet. H.
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The band have been busy working behind the scenes putting together this video. We will try and get more videos posted over the following months.
We are still meeting regularly online, and we would like to thank Luke Dempsey (ex Principal Cornet) for joining us this evening to pass on some tips about practicing and motivation. Luke is currently Principal Cornet with the current Danish National Championship Band, The Concord Brass Band.
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We are all in lockdown but one of our Cubs Toby has been working really hard on challenges and has achieved his Silver Chief Scouts Award, the highest award a Cub can receive.
All this has been achieved by completing the last parts of his badges at home.
The Cub leaders are very proud of Toby and grateful to his parents for supporting him to achieve this standard.
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