Readmans Generous Offer Spreads Festive Cheer

Readmans have generously offered to support the band by donating 10% of all purchases made in their store between Saturday 22nd November and Sunday 21st December 2014 to anyone who quotes “Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band” to the cashier.

This is a brilliant fundraising opportunity for the band and a way of raising funds whilst you all do your Christmas shopping. As you know Readmans sells Clothes, gifts, cards and wrapping paper so we’re sure there’s something that you’ll need to purchase on the run up to Christmas.

Please spread the word to family and friends and tell them to quote “Spen Valley Scout & Guide Band” to the sales assistant at the checkout to ensure the donation goes to the band.

For more information on Readmans visit their website:

To read more on the scheme including terms and conditions click here


Plates for Santa and Rudolph

It’s not too late to order a plate for Santa and Rudolph.

If you would like to purchase one they are £5, please fill out the order form here and we can arrange for you to collect it at your convenience.


Remember that all the funds go straight to the band.

Cleckheaton Christmas Festival

The Christmas fun continues this Saturday with the band leading the parade to switch on the Christmas lights in Cleckheaton.

It’s a great event and brings out the crowds and is one that the band is proud to support.

We Will Remember Them

The Band will be leading Remembrance parades in Bingley and Ossett this year. We will be leading the parade in Bingley in the morning and Ossett in the afternoon.

It’s a great honour to be leading this parade and to be able to pay our respects to those that gave so much for all of us.

We Will Remember Them.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae, May 1915

Christmas Fun

The band will be performing and also having a fund raising stall at this years Cleckheaton Christmas Market hosted by the Churches of St Luke, St John and Whitechapel.

Please come along to support this local event and help some great causes.

Greater Manchester Contest

The band was out in force again for the Greater Manchester Contest and once again both bands performed brilliantly and really showing the improvements that all the hard work is generating.

The Junior band lead the way with a very confident performance and some great comments from the judges. It’s really great to know that the band has a strong future with the pool of talent in the Junior Band. They picked up a Bronze award which was really well deserved.

The Senior band then took to the arena and adapted to their new indoor surroundings by bringing home a 1st place in Turnout and Wind and a 2nd place in GME which was enough to secure a 3rd place overall.

The band now looks forward to competing in the TYMBA National Championships at Fenton Manor on 26th October.

Fashion Show

The band are hosting their annual fashion show on Wednesday 1st October at Scholes Cricket Club Cleckheaton.

This event is always a great success and you can get yourself your new Autumn wardrobe or get some early Christmas bargains with High Street brands being sold at discounted prices.

Either purchase your tickets through the band or pay on the door and all proceeds are going to the band.

The Queen of The Moorlands Contest

The TYMBA contest season resumed from it’s summer break on the 7th September. The band was there with both Junior and Senior bands competing.

The Junior band performed brilliantly and managed to get a bronze award and actually gained a 1st place in Wind, Turnout and 2nd places in General Music Effect and Drill.

The Senior band then took to the arena for their performance. Brilliant comments were received by spectators and judges alike with people amazed by the improvement of the band. The band came away with a 1st place for Display and Turnout and were overall Runners Up on the day.

It’s a brilliant effort and goes to show the hard work that has been put in by the band is showing.

Halesowen Contest 2014

Last Sunday 29th June the band took part in the TYMBA contest at Himley Hall.

This was also the first competition for our new Junior band to perform. Both bands performed brilliantly and proved that all the hard work over the last few months has paid off.

The Junior band came away with a bronze award and actually achieved a 1st place in display category. This was an amazing achievement by our young band members and our thanks go out to the the senior band members who have worked so hard in teaching and helping the Junior band, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

The senior band then took to the arena competing against 6 bands and pulled out a great performance winning the General Musical Effect category, which is the only caption that doesn’t look at an individual area of the band but rather how the whole band performed on the day. They achieved a very close 3rd place overall, which is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates a huge improvement from last year.

Following the contest the Junior and Senior band joined together with other members of the National Youth Marching Band to perform in the Beat Retreat Ceremony to bring the Dudley Boroughs Armed Forces Day celebrations to a close.