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We are delighted to support our Scout Groups through 2022 to get our young people accessing the outdoors at this brilliant site. The Activity Center based in Mill Hill, will be free to use for Squirrels, Beavers, Scouts and Explorers from across the District.

Canalside Activity Centre is run by Scouting volunteers for the benefit of young people across #blackburn

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New Squirrel Drey opens at St Francis
11/01/2022 By Stuart Parker

Brilliant to see St. Francis Scouts open a brand new #Squirrel Scout Drey. Squirrel Scouts are the brand new section for 4-5 year old boys and girls.

We would like to welcome the new young people to Scouting and congratulate the brilliant work by the team at St Francis Scout Group for starting Squirrels.


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St. George's Day Adult Volunteer Awards
27/04/2021 By Stuart Parker
On St George’s Day, we want to thank all our volunteers for their continued contribution to Scouting in Blackburn and East Lancashire
We also want to extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to all the brilliant leaders who received awards:
The Silver Acorn Award:
Stuart Parker (District Chairman)
Gary Taylor (Group Scout Leader Cherry Tree Woodlands)
Peter Sculpher (District Scout Network Commissioner)
Susan Fowler (Cub Scouts Leader Cherry Tree Woodlands)
The Bar to the Award for Merit:
Cairon Berry (District Explorer Scout Commissioner)
Tammy Redmond (Section Leader Our Lady’s)
The Award for Merit:
Ian Fletcher (Group Scouts Leader St Francis)
Lee Arrandale (Group Scout Leader St George’s)
John Greenwood (County Scout Active Support Manager)
For all that you are, for all you do, Thankyou


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All the volunteers at Canalside Activity Centre would like to say a massive thankyou to Tyson Construction for their donation of 8 tonnes of gravel for work at the centre.

Tyson Contractors are currently building social housing in Mill Hill on Shorrock Lane and Bowen Street.

Jeremy Whittle, Tyson Construction Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be able to help Blackburn Scouts to improve the outside space at the Canalside Activity Centre. The site is very close to our construction sites on Bowen Street and Shorrock Lane and it will be valuable to the Great Places Housing residents who will eventually live on these developments, and the wider community.”

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Beautiful Blackburn with Darwen Competition
18/01/2021 By Stuart Parker

Blackburn Scouts have launched a new photography competition giving you the chance to show the wonders of the town through your own eyes.

The free to enter ‘Beautiful Blackburn with Darwen’ contest is open to the whole community with a host of exciting judges signed up to find a winner with an eye for the extraordinary.

Local comedian Tez Ilyas, famous for The Tez O’Clock Show and Man Like Mobeen, the Blackburn Rovers striker Sam Gallagher, local photographer Shafiq Khan, Blackburn MP Kate Hollern and Director of BwD Council Sayyed Osman will all be looking for pictures that best show off the town’s beauty with a fabulous prize for the winner of each category.

Photographs must be taken between 1st January and 31st March 2021 and two categories are open for entries – under 18s and over 18s. A maximum of 3 entries are allowed per person.

Please submit all entries to with your name, age and the location of your photograph.

The competition closes on 31st March 2021 with judging taking place in April 2021. Please note that by entering you agree to your all images entered will be shared on social media.

Keep up to date with the competition on social media by following @BeautifulBwD or searching #BeautifulBwD on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for all the latest entries and regular updates.


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