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

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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Last year the senior band had the pleasure to play alongside the Brighouse & Rastrick Band at the Bridgewater Hall. They have recorded an online version of their signature piece The Floral Dance. Stay safe from all at 2nd Rossendale. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Durham Miners' Association (DMA) has announced that this year's Gala has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

The 136th Durham Miners' Gala was to be held on Saturday 11 July 2020.

Previously only world wars and two national strikes have prevented the Gala from going ahead since the first was held in 1871.

The reasons for taking action early are:

1: To relieve the public services (police, local authority, medical and fire services) from the detailed planning and preparation in the months leading up to the Gala.
2: To ensure that the 200,000 people who attend the event will not be exposed further to the virus (whether or not the immediate threat has subsided by then).
3: To give early warning to all those who travel to Durham for the biggest event of its kind in the world.

DMA Secretary Alan Mardghum said: ”We have consulted our main partners who help us organise the Gala and have decided we should not burden our public service colleagues with the extra work involved in staging the event.
“They will be stretched beyond belief over the next weeks and months and we need to do all we can to help.
“Furthermore, the DMA represents communities and members who are at most risk because they are older and many have serious health problems related to our industrial past, particularly respiratory diseases.
“There will be many thousands of people disappointed by this news but the whole world is having to rethink how best we assist and protect our people during this crisis.It is only fair that we make an early and clear call to cancel the Gala.”
Mr Mardghum promised that it would be back next year as 2021 is the 150th year of the Gala.
He added: “We will make sure that we make up for this year’s cancellation by staging the biggest and the best Gala ever seen to celebrate its 150th year. The Big Meeting, as it is known, has a central place in the culture and history of the people and mining of County Durham. More and more people come each year despite the last colliery having closed in 1993. We will continue to organise this most spectacular and important event. We will not see it fade.”
Hotels, pubs and market traders will be hit as the Gala brings an estimated £10 million to the City of Durham every year.
The county’s 60 banner groups, who raise money to bring the bands and banners in to the Gala, will be stood down and will not meet until it is safe.
Brass bands throughout Durham have already been instructed by their own associations not to practice or perform while the virus circulates.
The DMA will use the Gala organisation time to concentrate on developing its successful National Lottery Heritage Fund bid for the restoration and renewal of the Grade II listed Miners Hall in Durham.
The former miners union will also do all it can to protect vulnerable members and assist in community support initiatives during this most challenging time.
Mr Mardghum said: “We wish all Gala supporters the best of luck and health in the coming weeks. We will all need it. We will do all in our power to help people stay safe.”

Everyone who has booked camping at the official Gala campsite will be refunded in the coming days.

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Following communication received this evening from the Scout Association, all activities connected to the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group, are now suspended inline with current approaches to tackling the COVID-19, this suspension of activity covers both uniform activity and all bands. We thank all members, parents, patrons and friends for their understanding and cooperation. Further updates will be posted here as the situations develops. ... See MoreSee Less

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