Scouting in Astley and Boothstown

There are records that go back to the 1st World War that show an Astley Leader who joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and fell during fighting in the Middle East. We have yet to confirm it as the records are fragmented, but we believe scouting in the area pre-dates World War 1.

There are several Scout groups in the area with a huge number of enthusiastic scouts.

Pegasus is a fed by 4th Tyldesley and 1st Astley Scout groups and often from groups further away. We were set up in 2011 as we had a group of Scouts who refused to leave their Scout Troop to travel to another Explorer unit. They demanded their own unit and have since gone from strength to strength. Taking part in expeditions to other countries, adventurous activities, community work, charity fund raising, Duke of Edinburgh and Chief Scouts awards and having lots and lots of fun.

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pit wheelThe Astley area has a history of mining, farming, mills and residential property. The famous Bridgwater Canal aruns close to our Headquarters, as does the worlds first passenger railway between Manchester and Liverpool.

It’s an area with a rich industrial and heritage which can be visited at the Lancashire Mining Museum in Astley.

We are close to Dam House which is maintained on behalf of the community by Morts Astley Heritage Trust.

Despite the best efforts of local developers and politicians we still have some lovely countryside in the immediate area. We also spend a lot of our time on the North Pennine Moors.

Our closest Scout camps are Dunham Park Scout Camp, Bibbys Farm and Giants Seat. With several more sites a little further from us.

We also used to have a site at Middlewood. This site has now closed and a new site called Hollinswood is being developed. Our Explorers have already been down planting trees and clearing pitches. We also repaired the length of the entrance road to Dunham Park.

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