An overview of Grenoside Scouts & Guides

Grenoside Scouts and Guides are extremely proud of their partnership, one that has lasted for almost 70 years. After years of meeting as separate groups in cold and draughty halls, the idea of having a building suitable for both scouts and guides was proposed in 1944. Negotiations for a building (the Hut) and land took over three years and the whole project took almost five years to complete.  

In 1945 a hut located at Whitley Hall was offered to the Groups, but the decision to buy was not made until December 1945 by which time the building had been occupied by squatters – possibly a family bombed out of their home during the war. An offer of £130 was made and was accepted by Captain Bingley.

Another problem was finding a site suitable for the Hut. Several locations were explored including Main Street, Lump Lane and Blacksmith Lane. At a meeting on 23 July 1947 it was agreed to approach Wortley Rural District Council about a piece of land near to the Workhouse on Saltbox Lane. This land came with a brick building which could be converted into toilets. By July 1948 the land had been purchased at a cost of £190 and the Hut was officially opened on 31 September 1948 by the then Chief Scout, Lord Rowallan.

Planning permission had been granted on the condition that this ‘temporary’ structure would be replaced within 10 years with a permanent structure – it wasn’t demolished until the mid 1980s, some thirty years after its useful life was supposed to be over!

In 1980, a new Activity Centre was opened on the site. This was a supplementary building to the Hut and had previously been a Scout Headquarters at Firth Park School.

Like all wooden buildings, maintenance was an ongoing concern, and in the early 1990s the decision was taken to build a new brick headquarters. After much fundraising the Headquarters, currently used by our scout and guide groups, was opened in 1996.

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Salt Box Lane
S35 8QS

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