THE 1st Spen Valley (St Paul’s) Scout Group celebrates its 100th birthday next year - and a new book explores its history.

It all started for author Alan Holmes when he joined 1st Spen Valley Scout Group in 1953 as a Wolf Cub. He’s been associated with the group (pictured) ever since. Alan’s book, which contains anecdotes and stories, is a potted history of Scouting in Birkenshaw from 1924-2024. It will, he says, bring back happy memories.

The Scout Group has a full diary planned for its 100th anniversary in 2024. Says Alan: “Over 100 years, it is a credit to any group achieving this status. I’m especially proud to have been part of the 1st Spen Valley Scout Group in achieving this great accolade.”

The History of the 1st Spen Valley (St Paul’s Scouts) Celebrating 100 Years 1924-2024 is available, £10, from

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