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Volume 117 No. 3 July 2009
The Boys’ Brigade
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It is the Tuesday after Firm Foundations. The weather was superb, so as I look out of
my office window the lawn shows little sign of the hundreds of journeys made over it
during the festival and it isn’t the quagmire of recent memory.
I know that there will be a fuller report elsewhere in the Gazette, but I wanted to share
something that happened to me. Following worship one evening I had the privilege of
praying with a number of young men who wanted to follow Jesus in their own lives. This
step was taken not just as a result of the words spoken that night, but because of the
faithful work and witness put in week by week over the years by their own leaders
that brought these young men to that point.
And it’s leaders that I want to encourage and thank. We may not see the fruit of our
labour and may question this, but I met a lot of leaders at the weekend who appreciated
that they were sowing seeds and FF was part of that journey and were thankful for
that. Others may reap what you have sown, but only because you have sown.
This travelling with Jesus was the subject of a sermon I heard in a small Scottish
congregation a few weeks ago; the journey that takes us out of our comfort and the
familiar, but has a constant companion. How often do we sing, “And it’s from the old
I travel to the new, keep me travelling along with you,” but then retreat to the old where
we feel safe.
The young men who took that step on Sunday evening left the familiar and that takes
courage and we thank God for that. Boys’ Brigade has been the enabler for over 125
years for countless young people to embark on a journey of faith. Let us be grateful
for all that has been, but be open to God’s prompting for all that will be as we continue
that journey together.
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25 July – 1 Aug KGVI New Entrants’ Course
1 – 8 Aug KGVI Second Year Course
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3 – 4 Oct North Scottish Area Conference –
Republic of Ireland
4 – 6 Sept Brigade Council
14 Sept Regional/Executive Meeting
16 Sept Midlands Region Leaders’ Meeting
16 Sept Safe from Harm Training
24 Sept East Region Leaders’ Meeting
28 Sept South East Region Leaders’ Meeting
30 Sept Northern Region Leaders’ Meeting
1 – 7 Aug KGVI New Entrants’ and
Second Year Courses
18-24 July KGVI – Years 1 and 2
11 Sep Queen’s Badge Celebration
16 Sep Brigade Training Officer
18-20 Sep Expedition Assessment
27 Sep AB Officers’ Conference
3-4 Oct First Aid Course (Rec)
9-10 Oct JS Quiz - First Round
9-11 Oct Youth Leader Training
16-18 Oct Skills for Queen’s Badge
24 Oct JS Quiz - Final
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Read about this year’s festival
Exciting developments in the
125 Activity Weekend
Sports weekend for young people
Brigade celebrates at Braehead
Be Creative 2009
Read more about this year’s
European gathering in Finland
102 .........Programme Survey
86..............Here and There
94..............Around the Regions
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Firm Foundations 2009 was held over the
bank holiday weekend at the end of May at
Felden Lodge. Around 1000 people attended
the festival enjoying worship, teaching, music,
workshops, activities and lots more.
It was a wonderful weekend, with
a true sense of God at work in
The theme for the event was Priceless:
this is how we know, based on 1 John 3,
and the worship sessions focused on
how priceless God’s love is and how
priceless we are to God.
For the first time, two different styles
of worship were on offer in two venues,
meaning there was something for
everyone. This also meant on the
Sunday evening a ‘girls’ and a ‘boys’
session could take place, addressing
issues relevant to each group.
Worship was led in V1 by C3 and in
V2 by Magnus with challenging and
entertaining speakers including
Mark Greenwood from the 40:3 Trust,
God TV presenter Emma Owen and
Simeon Whiting from Youth for Christ.
Entertainment highlights included
performances by Sounds of Salvation,
The Steels, Empire Nation, 77x and
On Off Switch.
Also on offer was FF’s Got Talent and
the very popular Club Ignite – and not
forgetting an action-packed programme
of seminars, sports and some sunbathing!
Check out www.firm-foundations.org. uk
for pictures and more details of
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Don’t miss out on
Firm Foundations 2010...
Friday 28th May to Monday 31st May 2010
Although next year’s theme is still to be decided, you’ll be guaranteed
an action-packed weekend of worship, activities and performances
from well-known Christian artists.
So put the date in your diary now and look out for more
details later this year.
July 2009 The Boys’ Brigade Gazette 77
“ ...if people are not
won for Christ when
they are young, the
that they may not
be won at all”
These were the questions
used in promotional
publicity which attracted
over 70 guests representing
around 40 churches and
denominations to the
Thistle Hotel Haydock
for the “Engage a Generation”
Conference hosted by The
Guest speakers included Andy
Hawthorne of the Message Trust who
reminded us of why it is so important
to work with young people and Heather
Wraight who spoke of the trends within
Christian youthwork, the priorities and
the supportive elements of a national
organisation such as BB. The Rev Mark
Greenwood and Rev Trevor Beckett
spoke passionately about how BB had
helped them on their journey to faith
and the use they have made of BB in
their own ministry. Roshan Ramtohul a
young man from 19th Bradford was also
interviewed about his experience of BB,
why he has stayed with the Company
and how it has helped him.
In his message Andy gave three reasons
why it is vital to work with young people:
• Because that’s what Jesus did – he
invested in young people. Historical
evidence is that the apostles were
young men about the age of our
seniors and young leaders. Jesus
invested in them and worked his
plan through them
•Because around the World when
and where God is doing great things
young people are at the fore
•Because if people are not won for
Christ when they are young, the
evidence points that they may not
be won at all.
He also reminded us all that youth
work is hard work, that there will be
great highs and lows, but that there
is no greater privilege.
The conversations with guests were
very encouraging, but the work of
translating the interest into Companies
is the hard part and the prayers of the
Brigade are needed as this exciting
The whole conference from its
preparations to its follow up is being
evaluated and lessons learned will
be shared and put in place before the
next one. We were really grateful to
the BB volunteers in the North West
for their supportive involvement in
targeting churches and look forward
to working in other areas across
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5 – 7 June 2009
Set on a wooded hillside behind
the Ayrshire town of Largs,
lies the sportscotland National
Over the first weekend in June this large
estate was bathed in glorious sunshine,
making the view over the Firth of Clyde
to the Isle of Cumbrae perfect, the peace
shattered only by 150 Company Section
boys and their leaders as BB Scotland
took over the site, for the culmination
of the national 125th Anniversary
celebrations in Scotland. Nothing could
spoil the idyllic setting – well apart from
the swarms of midgies and the heavy
downpour of rain, as the campers put
up their tents. These negatives were
soon forgotten however as everyone,
young and not so young alike, signed
up to take part in a number of coaching
sessions over the next couple of days.
The facilities at Inverclyde have been
developed for the top Scottish sports
people so for the two days the boys
and leaders were able to have a go,
coached by the same people and on the
same equipment used by their sporting
heroes. With 10 sessions available over
the weekend there was plenty of scope
for trying something new as well as
developing a sport already undertaken.
Budding Robin Hood fanatics had a go
at archery, whilst the golf buffs tried out
the Bob Torrance School of Golf, hitting
balls from the same tees as Padraig
Harrington will have done. Other indoor
sports on offer included, Badminton,
Fitness, Squash (not as easy as it looks
on the TV), Table Tennis, Trampolining
and Volleyball. Outside provided
opportunities to improve skills on the
Trim Trail, in Football, Hockey, Mountain
Biking, Orienteering and Tennis.
A group of around 20 hopped on the
ferry over to Cumbrae for a spot of sailing
If throughout the day the participants
hadn’t had enough exercise,
everyone competed in a Highland
Games on the Saturday evening, a
great event providing a lot of fun
for all concerned, even when the
midgies tried to spoil it!
Friday and Saturday evenings provided
a wonderful worship experience, ably led
by Rev Steve Emery, Chaplain of the 1st
Ellon Company from Aberdeenshire, with
a band from the Bridge of Don area of
Aberdeen. The singing was tremendous
and the message quite uplifting, certainly
making us all leave with something to
The success of the weekend was
helped by a band of volunteers, who
ensured that the event ran smoothly and
grateful thanks is expressed to each and
every one of them. The real stars of the
weekend, however, were undoubtedly the
young folk taking part. There was a really
friendly atmosphere about the place, just
another example of the strong BB family.
Excellent reports were received from
the centre regarding the manner and
behaviour of those attending.
Did you miss out on the event?
If you did, or if you were there and
enjoyed it, then watch this space!
The centre at Inverclyde is available for
any Company who would like to use it
for a similar type activity weekend. Want
to know more? Check out the website at
“ The real stars of the
the young folk...”
July 2009 The Boys’ Brigade Gazette 79
The forecast didn’t bode well – it was to be a wet weekend.
Everybody had been warned: “bring waterproofs – we’ll rehearse
outside regardless of the weather!”
Arriving at Braehead Arena
on Friday morning, I was
struck by the sheer size of
the space. – it seemed even bigger
than it had when we first viewed it
from above. Already, it was a hive of
activity, as the crew from Sound &
Light Solutions were setting up lights
and sound for the show the following
The car park at M&Co was large
enough to accommodate three bands
practising drill simultaneously. Soon,
a stream of coaches, minibuses, cars
and vans disgorged instruments and
bandsmen onto the tarmac. The bass
players had flown in from Dublin on
Friday, others travelled from near and
far, some got lost, and some were
delayed – even the drummers from
Hong Kong made it.
Meanwhile, a few miles away,
members of The Girls’ Brigade were
running through their routines in the
Arena, and the PT and Gymnastics
teams were warming up. The handbell
team was rehearsing in Greenock,
and scores of Anchor Boys and Junior
Section Boys were on their way.
After lunch, the bands arrived for the
full rehearsal at the arena. All fears
that a Pipe Band of 200+ players may
be overpowering were dispelled and
replaced by a sense of anticipation of
the wonderful spectacle that their arrival
in the arena would undoubtedly be. The
Fanfare team got a spontaneous round of
applause from all in the arena at the time,
which helped ease the tension!
By 7:30pm, the arena was filling up;
then the lights went down and the
spotlights focused on the Fanfare team
standing above the main door. Here we
go then … ! Marc Antoine Charpentier’s
“Te Deum” sounded clear to start
the show, then the Colours of the 1st
Glasgow Company were marched on to
Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – played by
a small fife & drum corps. The Pipes &
Drums were a spectacle as row upon
row filtered through the main door onto
the arena, filling the air with music.
And so the show continued. We
had excitement and enthusiasm from
Anchor Boys and Junior Section, the
traditional sound of the Bugle Band,
then the Precision Drill Team – what a
spectacular show they put on. More
music from the Wind Band preceded a
marvellous display of PT & Gymnastics
with boys giving a taste of different
physical activities regularly found in the
Brigade. The handbell team was next up
with a departure from marching music,
showing something of the wide range of
talent within our organisation. The Girls’
Brigade Scotland provided two groups
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stood for the National Anthem.
What evening such as this would be
complete without “Auld lang syne” –
sung enthusiastically by the crowd, still
on their feet. The Pipes & Drums then
struck up and led the march-off to a
This was a night to remember for all
who attended – a fantastic showcase
for the Brigade, and the talents of our
young people (and officers).
Thanks are due to all who attended,
participated, supported and enthused.
A DVD of the show will be available for
Principal Director & Conductor
of dancers to brighten the show.
The last band onto the floor was the
massed Fifes & Drums. At the end of their
routine, they were joined by the Wind Band
(comprising brass, woodwind, mallets and
percussion players) for an arrangement
of John Williams’ theme from the film
“Jurassic Park”. During this piece, the Pipes
& Drums came on for the Massed Bands
items – “The bonnie lass o Fyvie”, “La
Baum”, “Bab-el-Mandeb”, and “Highland
Cathedral”; all arranged for the show by
the Tattoo Arranger, Bob Cowan (1st
“Boys of the old Brigade”, “Will your
anchor hold” and “Underneath the
Banner” were played as a medley for
the “Old Boys” to march onto the arena
– followed by the rest of the cast to the
march “Killaloe”. A parade of Colours
to the traditional French march, “La
marche des soldats de Robert Bruce”
heralded the return of the Colour Party,
and a ring of Company and Battalion
Colours round the Arena.
The evening hymn was the old
BB camp favourite, “We thank
Thee O our Father” followed by the
traditional bugle call, “Tattoo” (or
“Last Post”), before the audience
It was my great privilege and honour to be pipe major of the pipes and
drums of Scotland, which performed at the Braehead 125th Anniversary
Tattoo in Glasgow. My own band had an early start from Dundee (7am)
by coach to reach the Inchinnan rehearsal area by 9am, where we found
umpteen bandsmen already assembling.
After a great deal of organising, Chris Bone of the 1st Troon and I got the
band into formation and managed to get through our programme of drill
and music a couple of times.
The weather on the day was fantastically kind and we practised (and
practised and practised it seemed) along with the bugles and brass and flute
bands before heading to Braehead Arena itself for a rehearsal. After our
shot on the arena, it was back to Inchinnan for tea and to get dressed for
the performance itself, then back to Braehead to await the start of the Tattoo.
What a fantastic reception the audience gave the pipes and drums as we
marched on to open the show with Scotland The Brave and The Rowan Tree.
We played in a thistle formation finally reforming and marching off to
huge applause with the Retreat Marches, The Green Hills of Tyrol and The
Then it was on again in a different formation to take part in the finale,
where we played along with the other bands in such favourites as Highland
Cathedral. The whole experience was one I shall remember for the rest of
my life, not least because from a band of around 200 Boys, officers and
civilian instructors, who were made to play and do the same things over
and over till we got it right, I had about 200 questions, most of which I
couldn’t answer, umpteen suggestions, most of which I couldn’t or didn’t act
upon, and the most amazing thing of all, not one single serious complaint!
It made me fantastically proud to be part of this great organisation and
I thank all from the bottom of my heart.
David Marr Lt 6th/8th Dundee Company.
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The 1st Kinross raised £500 for Rachel
House, Seniors have completed
voluntary work there in preparation
for their Queen’s Badge
Below is a profile on Sam Dick, one of
the boys who was involved…
Start date: 15/4/06 Finish date:
Continuing. Total hours: 50
(two and a half weekly).
What did you do?
Preparation for mealtimes – table Mrs Elsa Sinclair from the local CHAS receives cheque
for £500, with members from the three sections.
setting, serving meals, tidying kitchen
and dining areas. Support for kitchen staff and adult volunteers in providing meals
for up to 30 people, Rachel house families and staff.
What did you enjoy?
Learning how to interact with a wide variety of people – both visiting families and staff/
adult volunteers; the warm welcoming atmosphere of the hospice; the feeling of doing
some good for others.
What did you find difficult?
Dealing with families suffering from bereavement. Dealing with my own feelings when
I knew the people involved.
What did you learn?
How to serve meals to a large group of people; how to clear up in an efficient,
hygienic manner; how to chat with strangers both visitors and other volunteers; that
a hospice is not necessarily a sad place. I am continuing to work as a volunteer as
long as I can, depending on my commitments in further education. Even then I
might be able to do intermittent volunteering. It gives me a good feeling knowing I
am doing a little to help people less fortunate.
Members of 1st Ashton in Makerfield
Company Section who took part in the
sponsored bike race.
Sponsored Night Bike Race
On Saturday 4th October 2008
members of the 1st Ashton in
Makerfield Company Section
participated in a squadron 125 mile
sponsored bike race. Three squads of
five began the race at 8pm, swapping
team members at regular intervals.
The Boys raised a total of £250 for
Derian House Children’s Hospice
as part of the BB 125th Appeal for
CHILDREN’S HOSPICES UK
Below is a list of donations we have been notified about from February to May 2009.
If we have missed you out then please let us know as soon as possible.
3rd Lisburn ...............................................50.00
22nd West Kent.......................................150.00
Carlisle & District Battalion......................200.00
Mid Staffs & Sandwell Battalion..............133.50
5th West Bromwich...............................1000.00
Havering & Brentwood Battalion.............680.20
16th West Kent........................................150.00
5th West Bromwich...............................1000.00
Antrim & District Battalion.......................144.83
East Lancashire Battalion........................200.00
1st East Cowes.........................................50.00
1st Ashton in Makerfield..........................250.00
Mr P J Stanley.........................................100.00
North West District -
Battalion Church Parade......................200.00
1st Over Wyre..........................................825.00
Central Lancashire Battalion...................200.00
East Cheshire Battalion...........................260.00
Mid Scottish Queen’s Badge....................90.00
Carlisle and District Battalion....................84.00
North West Durham Battalion..................103.00
North West Durham Battalion
(The Grove Methodist Church)............120.00
North West Durham Battalion....................91.13
Stedfast Association London..................299.53
Perth & District Battalion.........................328.88
1st South Woodham Ferrers...................500.55
Portadown & District Battalion.................125.00
The total to the end of May is £84,607.95
plus 25,000 Euros. Thanks to everyone
who has contributed to this magnificent
If we have missed you out then please let
us know as soon as possible.
The Hospice appeal will come to an end on
31st August 2009.
There will be a full round up in the October
issue of the Gazette.
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Apprentices from a local firm, Frews, were
taking part in a Skills Scotland competition
to build something that would benefit the
community. Members of 1st Stevenston
Company proposed a Cairn with an
anchor to commemorate 125 years of The
Boys’ Brigade. The cairn was built and is
near the church, in the gardens in front
of the Field of Hope, which members
planted for their 125 community badges. A dedication service was held followed by
a tea in the church. As well as BB members, there were representatives from the
Scouts, The Girls’ Brigade, community police, local councillors, British Legion and
Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the SFA, who is a former member of the company.
5th West Bromwich 125 Community Tidy Up
As part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations
of The Boys’ Brigade and in taking part in the
125 community award, the 5th West Bromwich
Company chose the national Big Tidy Up
campaign and their local council’s Big
Spring Clean as their community project.
Over 30 boys and officers took part in
two litter picks in March 2009, around the
immediate area of the company church and
public footpaths alongside the Midland
Metroline in West Bromwich town centre and
Hill Top area. In total, 30 bags of rubbish
were collected, six of which were recyclable.
The achievements of the company within
their local community were recognised by
Sandwell Council at an Awards Ceremony on
30th April where a certificate and trophy were
presented to the 5th.
GANAWAY ACTIVITY CENTRE
The Belfast Battalion wrote to the five local
councils which represent the Battalion to
ask if they could do anything to help them
celebrate the 125th anniversary of The
Boys’ Brigade. Each of the councils planted
a flower tribute in their area which is shown
in the photographs above.
Anchor Boys celebrate
Over 70 Anchor Boys and officers of
the Anchor Sections of Motherwell,
Bellshill & District Battalion attended
a 125th birthday on the 25th April
2009. The entertainment and activities
included a Clown, Bouncy Castle, craft,
refreshments and potted sports.
125th Birthday Celebrations
The sun shone, the band played and for the first time in many years, members past
and present of the 15th Paisley Company marched to morning worship to celebrate
125 years of The Boys’ Brigade. The service was taken by the boys, staff and former
members of the 15th Paisley and
members from companies within
and outwith Paisley joined the
celebration. After the service, Alan
Young, a member of
the Company Section presented
CHAS (the Brigade’s chosen charity
for the 125 celebrations) with a
cheque for £1250. Calum Barr,
Anchor Boy, presented Erskine
(charity for ex servicemen and
women) with a cheque for £850.
1st Stourbridge fundraising
Members of the Junior Section of 1st
Stourbridge Company compiled joke
and puzzle books that they sold to
family, friends and church members.
Together with the money raised by the
Anchor Boys’ coin collection and the
Company Section sponsored ten pin
bowling competition, a cheque for
£200 was presented to the Worcester
3rd Wallasey Smarties!
Each boy in the Company was
given a tube of Smarties with
the invitation to enjoy the
Smarties and then fill the
empty tube with 20p pieces.
As a result a cheque for
£213 was presented to
Claire House Children’s
Battalion President, Robert Park, and the
Revd Gavin Black, of Crosshill Parish Church,
Motherwell, cutting the cake.
The Mitchell Library, one of the leading
libraries in Scotland, provided an
exhibition to mark 125 years of BB service
in Glasgow. The exhibition ran from 6
April to the end of May and, thereafter
the display boards were exhibited at local
libraries across the City before wider
use by Glasgow Battalion. The exhibition
was formally launched with Karen
Cunningham, head of Library Services,
Sir Kenneth and Lady Ann Calman, Lord
and Lady Macfarlane, Bailie Margot Clark
and other invited guests from City bodies
and funding supporters and, not least,
representatives from the young people
Glasgow serves. Karen Cunningham
commented that both the Mitchell Library
and the BB were formed around the
same period of history by men of vision
achieving remarkable progress and
impact throughout the world.
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September / October 2009
It’s time to take up the challenge… the
start of the session is an ideal time to start
recruiting. Make use of the resources that
have been produced.
Good luck with your recruiting…
Under 11’s Recruitment
New resources have been produced to assist
companies in recruiting children in the under
11 age group…
The resources produced include a ‘Recruitment Tool Box’
which brings together a range of ideas for recruiting,
and will help your company to decide what it should
do. To complement the Recruitment Tool Box there are
additional ideas, sample programmes, and templates
available on the BBUK Website.
The Resources Tool Box has been circulated to all
Companies with the July Company Mailing and is also
available to download at:
A range of leaflets, postcards and posters have been
designed aimed at both children and parents/carers.
All of these have space for local contact details to be
added. See below for more details on each of these
Under 11’s Recruitment –
A leaflet designed at those
between 5 – 11
Sold in packs of
(31 924 1)
@ £6.50 per pack
Under 11’s Recruitment - Parents’ Postcards
Postcards (DL size) aimed at Parents/Carers.
There are postcards aimed at Anchor Boys
(5-8 years) and Juniors (8-11 years) as well as an
option for boys only or mixed (boys/girls).
Sold in packs of 100 postcards.
(31 925 1) 5-8 year olds – boys
@ £4.00 per pack
(31 926 1) 8-11year olds – boys
@ £4.00 per pack
(31 927 1) 5-8 year olds – mixed
@ £4.00 per pack
(31 928 1) 8-11 year olds – mixed
@ £4.00 per pack
Under 11’s Recruitment – A3 Poster
An A3 sized poster, sold in packs of 5.
Also available laminated.
(31 929 1) A3 posters
(pack of 5) @ £3.50 per pack
(31 930 1) A3 laminated poster
(single) @ £1.75 each
All of the above items are now available to purchase
from BB Supplies.
Let us know how you have done, the stories
of success and the resources you have
developed. It’s great to share the experiences
that people have had, so please send yours
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Over 11’s Recruitment
Work on the over 11’s recruitment materials has continued, with more than 30
companies across the UK being involved in research.
Members of staff and volunteers throughout the regions have been visiting companies to
carryout a survey. This has enabled the Recruitment
Group to seek the direct views of young people which
will influence the resources that are produced to assist
companies with recruitment in this age group.
The survey asked young people in the 11 to 18 age
range a series of questions including: why they liked
coming to BB, if they had ever asked their friends to
come along to BB, how they would invite a friend along,
and what they thought about the image of the BB.
New resources for the
recruitment of over 11s will
be available in October 2009.
Details of which will be included
in the October Gazette.
odelling positive behaviour
is an important role of leaders
in The Boys’ Brigade and
many do this instinctively.
Belfast Battalion has embarked on
a programme called Back to Basics
supporting its leaders to plan activities and
programmes, which encourage members
to show respect, courtesy, consideration
and good manners to each other and as
part of the wider community.
The Battalion has produced
a programme folder of
resources for all age groups
linked to the BB programme
packs. There are generic
themes of Healthy Living,
Caring for the Environment,
Global Awareness, Values
& Beliefs and Courtesy &
Manners. Each theme has
age appropriate activities
backed by Biblical teaching
and the Battalion has received
much positive feedback and
media coverage at a time
when the negative and
antisocial behaviour of a
minority of young people has
grabbed the headlines.
Councillor Jim Rodgers, OBE,
former Lord Mayor of Belfast at the
launch of the programme.
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HERE & THERE
9th Route Company
Boys with Helen and Bob after being presented with their Community Badge
Community awards for 1st Dalgety
Members of 1st Dalgety Company visited the Scottish Parliament, which was the
culmination of their Community Badge work. They were shown around the Scottish
Parliament at Hollyrood by Helen Eadie (MSP for Dunfermline East) and her
husband Bob. Helen presented the boys with their new Community Badges.
Company Section members
of 1st Kettering Company
organised a Comic Relief
evening to raise money
for the charity. They raised
£110 with the help of
friends and family and,
of course, members from
all the sections.
Comic 9 – Richard Bacon holding the cake, surrounded by members of the Company.
From left to right Back row; Mrs Debbie Griffin,
Mrs Helen McAneaney, Mrs Jennifer Beattie, Mrs
Mary McCurdy, Mrs. Laura Bellingham. Front row;
Joshua Griffin, Kenneth McAneaney, William Beattie,
Timothy McCurdy, Samuel Bellingham
A large crowd attended the Company’s
annual display on Saturday14th March
2009 in Finvoy Presbyterian church hall.
The Chaplain, The Revd Roy Gaston
was chairman for the evening and the
Inspecting Officer was Mr. Jonathan
Gracey, Director for The Boys’ Brigade
in Northern Ireland. The programme
consisted of drill, figure marching,
sketches, singing, interspersed with
P.E. and humorous items under. Five
boys were received the Queen’s Badge
and one boy received the President’s
Badge. The badges were pinned on
by their Mums.
Presentation of Rushcliffe Community Awards 2008
The Captain of 1st Ruddington Company, Elaine Grieve, was
presented with a certificate of recognition of services to the
community of Rushcliffe Borough in Nottinghamshire, at a
ceremony held at Nottinghamshire County Hall. The award was
for her leadership of the BB company for the past eight years
and the Church Youth Club at the Methodist Church. It came
within the category of “Supporting Children and Young People to
achieve their full potential”. The awards were presented by the
Mayor of Rushcliffe, Councillor Barrie Cooper, and the evening
was hosted by County Councillor, Mrs. Kay Cutts.
‘The Cats Whiskers’
The boys and girls of
the 11th Birmingham
Company chose to
support The Cats
in Great Wyrley,
their annual charity.
The charity cares for
around 80 cats and
kittens and relies on public donations. The company supported
‘The Cats Whiskers’ in 2006 and decided to repeat the process
in view of the high number of cats being abandoned. Members
of the Company visited the Rescue Centre with a gift of around
500 tins of cat food together with a cash donation of £185.
18th April was a glorious sunny day for the ‘Pirate’ theme
Belfast Battalion Anchor Boys’ Outing at Ganaway Activity
Centre, where over 450 attended.
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Paisley and District Battalion Junior
On Saturday 28th March the Paisley and District Battalion held its annual Junior
Section Competitions Day in the Laigh Kirk Halls. There were four teams entered
from nine different Companies located in Bishopton, Erskine, Houston, Inchinnan,
Kilbarchan, Neilston, 16th, 22nd and 24th Paisley.
For the Arts & Crafts competition the boys were asked to design and make an
imaginative birthday card. The Bible Knowledge competition involved the teams
watching a short video and then answering a series of questions about what they
had seen. The Potted Sports comprised a series of challenging team games, such
as Hockey Dribble, keeping the ball up with a bat and knocking down the skittles.
courtesy of Hamilton Advertiser
Hamilton and District Battalion BB
members, Kerr Samson (15), Euan
Gordon (11), and Euan Herbert (6)
present a £14,000 cheque to the
Moderator of the General Assembly
of the Church of Scotland, the Right
Revd David Lunan, watched by the
Revd Blair Gillon, Chairman of the
Church of Scotland World Mission
Fund Committee. The money was
raised by BB companies from all
over Scotland and will be used by
the Mission Fund for their work in
the third world. The presentation
was made at Hamilton West Church
on Friday on 14th November 2008.
Slum Dwellers move into
Help in the community
The 10th Liverpool Company was asked along with the Guides
from Christ Church Walton Breck Road, to tidy up a piece of
waste ground in the Anfield area of Liverpool. Although the
evening in September when the work was to be done was
very wet, this did not deter the members. After many hours of
digging and weeding the land was ready for planting; some
200 plus bulbs were planted on one side of the path with wild
flower seeds on the other. Some six months later the work on
the waste land is now showing signs of life with flowers making
a splash of colour to be seen by many on their way to watch
the match at Anfield, home of Liverpool Football Club.
Young people from the 1st and 2nd Bournemouth companies
and the youth group from Christ Church Westbourne, looking into
starting a company, took part in the ‘Slum Survivor’ challenge on
the weekend of the 24th-26th April 2009, to highlight the plight of
one billion slum dwellers around the world.
They spent the weekend in shelters that they built out of
cardboard, wood and plastic, eating a restricted diet of rice and
lentils. Each young person could only enter with the clothes on
their back, a set of eating utensils, sleeping bag, toothbrush
and a bible. The food was not popular but every young person
that started the challenge completed it! Between them they
raised £2500 for charities helping those with nothing to rebuild
their lives and get an education.
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THE SWORD OF
THE LORD AND
Judges ch. 7 vs. 1-11 & 15b-18
Ephesians ch. 6 vs. 10-20
news much from day
to day. It doesn’t seem
to matter when one watches
it, it’s always full of murder and
mayhem and bombing
We could be speaking about
Afghanistan or the Congo, Pakistan,
Sudan or any one of a dozen other lands, but
always the background is the same. We may not
approve at all of what the terrorist groups do, but all of them are
living illustrations of the tremendous power of even a very small
group. It only takes one fanatical person in a car loaded with
dynamite to cause hundreds of casualties; or a tiny suicide
squad of extremists and the deed is done!
All of this interests me perhaps more than the average man
or woman in the street because I used to be an Army Chaplain.
I was with my Regiment for some 22 years and over these years
I became conscious of a strange thing; instead of growing
larger like lots of other armies around the globe, ours is getting
smaller. People tell us that we are leaner and fitter now than we
were before – but we have shrunk!
All right, so somebody once wrote a famous book called “Small
is Beautiful” and somebody else coined that lovely saying “all the
best presents come in little parcels”, but can it really be so?
Well, even the Bible seems to be on the side of the small
battalions. Look at what Jesus managed to do with just a handful
of disciples. Or, think about the strange story in the book of
Judges Chapter 7, how Gideon raised a great army to fight and
God made him whittle it right down again. Bit by bit God made
Gideon reduce his force until by the time it was actually ready to
go into battle it was a mere 300 men, a fraction of its former size.
Now, the point about that story from ancient times is not
simply to make some kind of comparison with our modern army
today, or the size of the Brigade across the land. Rather, it’s
that word commitment, which is all important. With it, with your
tiny committed group, you can move mountains. Without it, you
needn’t bother even starting. For the story wasn’t just about
Gideon and his army, though it’s very easy to read it as if it was.
First and foremost, it was about the sword of the Lord and the
soldiers of God. We in The Boys’ Brigade are being asked to
think of ourselves and of our lives in military terms. Nothing new
about that. The letters of the New Testament are full of weapons
used as symbols, like the helmet of faith and the sword of the
spirit. And you and I, if we are Christians, are encouraged to
see ourselves as persons under arms, with one Captain, Jesus
Christ, and fighting for one common aim – the winning back
of the earth for the God who made it, and the advancing
of Christ’s Kingdom.
Anybody who would be a Christian, a Christ’s man or
woman, must first be a volunteer. Volunteers who do not have
the heart of the matter in them do not last the pace. When God or
their conscience makes demands upon them, like the seed sown
on stony ground, the faint hearted shrivel up by the sun and they
soon fade away. So there’s another rule for the Christian soldier
(borrowed from President Harry Truman’s famous words) “If you
can’t stand the heat, you shouldn’t be in the kitchen!”
To go back to the story again, the sending home of those who
were afraid or faint hearted, disposed of twenty two thousand
who started out with Gideon, which left ten thousand willing to
fight. Willing, yes! But prepared and truly ready – very few.
I wonder if you can guess why the 300 were chosen. The answer
is simple really. Gideon’s army was vastly outnumbered by
the enemy and as it moves it would have been under constant
threat of ambush or attack. So how they drank at that stream
might have been of critical importance. If you took up water in
your hand you would have remained standing and therefore
have been on the watch. If you chose to lie down to drink, your
back would have been turned toward an enemy and you would
have been vulnerable. A small point? Perhaps, but one which
might have made the difference between survival and defeat.
So, the 300 then were the ever-readies who would go
anywhere and do anything for God because they were the
ones with faith and trust that they did not travel or fight alone.
Ultimately, their real strength was not their own. It came and it
comes still in the commission which God gives: “Go out into
all the world and preach the Gospel. And I”, says Jesus,”
will be with you always till the end of time.”
The most important thing is belief in what one is doing, as
a soldier, or as a Christian. In the modern army, in the church,
in the Brigade and in the world at large, we will always be
outnumbered, but that need not necessarily put us down, or
cause us to despair. If God be for us and if we are committed to
a cause that is just, there is no one of whom we need be afraid.
If God be for us, who can stand against us? Things become
possible which otherwise would have been totally unlikely.
The sword of the Lord is always in the hand of God’s three
hundred. Believe it and you will find that He has greater
treasures still to share with His faithful people.
May God bless and keep you all.
The Very Revd Alan Main TD
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Brigade announcements Brigade announcements
The provisions of the Company’s Act extend the right to appoint
a proxy to all categories of membership. Accordingly the calling
notice below for the Annual General Meeting of The Boys’
Brigade utilises such provision whereby all voting members of
Brigade Council will have a right to vote by proxy.
All members may vote in person if present at the meeting or if
cannot be present may alternatively either appoint a general
proxy or vote by post.
THE BOYS’ BRIGADE
(A PRIVATE COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE)
BRIGADE COUNCIL - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
of THE BOYS’ BRIGADE will be held at the Stillorgan Park Hotel,
Stillorgan Road, Dublin 18, Ireland on Saturday 5 September
2009 at 9.30am to consider and, if deemed fit, to approve the
following resolutions, all of which are being proposed as ordinary
resolutions. (See previous Gazettes, Company mailings and
website for further details of the Brigade Council weekend event)
1. To receive and adopt the Accounts for the year ended
31st March 2009 together with the Reports of the Brigade
Executive and Auditors thereon
2. To reappoint Whiting and Partners as auditors of The
Boys’ Brigade and authorise the Brigade Executive to fix
3. To appoint Brigade Office Bearers as proposed in
4. To fix the annual capitation fees for the 2009/10 session
as proposed in Appendix B
5. To transact any other lawful business
By order of the Brigade Executive
Brigade Secretary 2nd June 2009
All Members of Brigade Council as defined by the Articles of
Association are entitled to be present and vote at this meeting or,
in their absence, they may appoint a proxy to attend and vote on
their behalf. A form of proxy has been sent to all members and, if
used, should be returned to the Company’s Registered Office not
later than 9.30am on Thursday 3 September 2009.
The Members of Brigade Council are: Companies, Area Groups
(Battalions & Districts), Members of the Brigade Executive and
Members of Regional Committees.
Forms have been sent in the Company mailing to all members
of Brigade Council. Any member failing to receive such a form
should contact the Brigade Secretary or alternatively download
one from the BB website.
The Annual General Meeting is the statutory part of the
Brigade Council weekend. After the conclusion of the legal
business, the meeting will move on to discuss particular
aspects of Brigade Development.
Registered Office: The Boys’ Brigade, Felden Lodge, Hemel
Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 0BL
Registered Company No.: 145122 Registered Charity No.: 305969
APPENDIX A – BRIGADE OFFICE BEARERS
PROPOSED FOR 2009/10
Sir Kenneth Calman KCB
Mr C L Row
Mr N W Batty
Mr T W P Donaldson
Mrs J A Dando
Mr C Bygrave
APPENDIX B – PROPOSED ANNUAL CAPITATION
Capitation Fees for 2009/10
1 The Capitation Fee structure with effect from 1 September
Annual Company registration fee £95
Fee per young person £10
Company Officers £25.00
(second officer at the same address) £20.00
Battalion & District Officers not on Company roll £25.00
Officers in receipt of state retirement pension £19.00
Officers in full time education or training £19.00
2 The fee in respect of an Associate Member is £27.00
3 The maximum fee that a Company may pay in respect
of young people is £1,200.00
CHANGES IN SCOTLAND
Mr Tom Boyle retires at the end of
June after 28 years of service to The
Boys’ Brigade in Scotland. Tom’s BB
life began as a boy in the 5th Dundee
Company where he gained his
Queen’s Badge before becoming an
officer in the Company. When Tom’s
paid employment took him north he
became an officer in the 1st Thurso,
the Company at the Founder’s
Tom joined the staff in 1981 as Field
Officer for the North of Scotland and in a period of ten years
supported the work in Companies and began developments
which still flourish today. In 1991 he joined the Headquarters
team as Secretary for Training (Scotland) and after a further ten
years became Director for Scotland. At his retirement dinner the
question was asked, “What will happen in 2011?”
Throughout this service Tom has been loyally supported by
Susan and the Brigade sends its thanks and best wishes to
them both for a long and healthy retirement.
Mr Bill Stevenson was recently
appointed as the new Director for
Scotland and takes up his post on 1st
Bill is currently the Treasurer of the
Edinburgh, Leith & District Battalion;
he has held many other positions
within the Brigade including being a
Company Captain, Battalion Secretary
and President. In the 1980’s Bill was
well known as one of the under 26
reps on the Brigade Executive and as
Chairman of Campus and Senate.
Bill is 48 and lives in Stenton, East Lothian where he is an elder
in the local Church of Scotland congregation. For the past 20
years he has been a senior manager with a software house
specialising in work with Housing associations.
Following his appointment Bill said “I am really looking forward
to taking up this post and I look forward to working with all the
members of the Brigade in Scotland. In the next few years it is
imperative we recruit many new members and grow some of our
companies. We have a terrific base to build on and I am sure
we will be able to do this and also raise the Brigade’s profile
with key decision makers.”
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Mr John Williams retires as Brigade Treasurer with his final
report to Brigade Council in Dublin. The Boys’ Brigade is greatly
indebted to John for his stewardship of the Brigade’s finances
over the last five years, for his enormous contribution to the
management of the Brigade and for the clarity and transparency
of his presentations. John will remain as Chairman of the
Brigade’s Pension Trustees. We thank John and wish him and
Margaret every blessing at this time.
The Brigade Executive brings the name of Mr Clifford Bygrave
to Brigade Council for appointment as Brigade Treasurer
Clifford is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and
currently is Clerk (Chief Executive) to the Worshipful Company
of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Clifford was
a member of the BB as a boy and currently is the Treasurer of
his local church. The Brigade Executive warmly recommends
Clifford to the Brigade.
MEETING OF THE BRIGADE EXECUTIVE –
16th/17th MAY 2009
The Meeting was held at Brigade Headquarters, Felden Lodge.
This is a summary of the main items covered.
• The Executive reviewed the Development Plan noting
progress achieved and areas yet to be addressed.
• The Executive received a report on the Trust finds that are
managed on behalf of individual Companies, Battalions
• The Brigade Secretary reported on staffing matters, the
production of adult volunteer material and the Make a
Difference Awards. The Executive discussed the National
Competitions to provide guidance to the Competition Coordinators
prior to next session’s competitions.
• The Brigade Treasurer reported on the draft accounts for
the year to 31.03.09, which had been audited. The deficit
for the year was almost exactly on plan. There had been
savings on insurance and communications, but the cost of
utilities was a concern. In reporting on the Pension Fund
the Treasurer highlighted the volatility of the markets.
• The Director of Youth and Children’s Work reported on the
NVQ/SVQ scheme and the interest shown, amendments
to the Youth Leader Training Manual and Safeguarding
including guidance on the use of social networking sites to
be included in the Safety Handbook and the implications
for the Brigade of introduction of the Independent
• The Business Director reported on statistical returns and
highlighted the number of leaders whose registration
was still pending. The Executive agreed the designation
of Companies and agreed that the help of Battalions
and Churches would be sought with those Companies
yet to make a designation. The recent problems with the
Brigade’s IT infrastructure were discussed.
• Regional Directors’ and Regional Committee reports were
• The Executive agreed the Annual Health and Safety
Statement noting that although the Brigade Secretary will
be the named person, ultimate responsibility for this matter
lay with the Executive.
• In discussing Brigade Council the Executive agreed the
voting paper. The Brigade Secretary was asked to seek
clarification on a number of legal points raised in recent
correspondence. The arrangements for 2009 and 2010
were discussed and organisers were asked to investigate
alternative accommodation options although it was noted
that this option was hardly used in Wales. The Executive
appointed Brigade Staff to act as scrutineers in the
forthcoming elections to Regional Committees.
• The Executive received a report on the Tattoo at Braehead
Arena and recorded its thanks to the organisers.
• The Executive agreed the nomination of the following
Office Bearers for the Session 2009/10 to be put to
Brigade Vice Presidents
Sir Kenneth Calman KCB
Mr Chris Row,
Mr Norman Batty,
Mr Perry Donaldson,
Mrs Janice Dando
Mr Clifford Bygrave (to
succeed Mr John
• The Executive agreed the nomination of Whiting & Partners
as Auditors for 2009/10 to be put to Brigade Council and
that the Executive set their remuneration.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES, MSN, TEXTING,
The Brigade Executive agreed the following guidance to leaders,
which is included in the latest edition of the Safety Handbook:
BB leaders need to be clear about their boundaries and good
safeguarding practice when using internet and mobile phone
technology. Although it has been said that social networking
sites can be valuable youth work tools in terms of relationshipbuilding,
we need to remember that as volunteers we are only
expected to be in the role of youth leader when we meet on a
Clear boundaries about when, where and how we carry out our
volunteering roles are essential. Clear boundaries serve two
• They protect young people
• They protect the leader from getting into situations that
become difficult to manage.
Another way to think about this is that when you are working as
a BB leader at your church, there are other leaders around and
there is an element of supervision by the Captain or Officer-in-
Charge. If you are talking to a young person on MSN outside of
these hours, you have no supervision in place, and the young
person has no clear understanding of the youth work relationship
in an online setting.
Texting, MSN and networking sites can be useful for sending
round messages about events or cancelled meetings etc, but
should not be used to develop a separate relationship with
young people outside of BB.
Websites such as Facebook and Myspace can be good for
young people to use among themselves outside of BB, but
leaders should be aware of blurring the boundaries between
themselves and the young people they work with.
The following new Companies have been enrolled since the last
Company Captain Church
1st Aylesham Rev Russell Fisk Aylesham Baptist
1st Bedworth Raymond Jacques Bedworth Baptist
1st Cambridge Brent Greenwood St Martin’s Church
1st Cowal Beverley Jones Charge of South
1st Danderhall Christopher Anderson Newton Parish
2nd Erskine Drewe McIlroy Erskine Baptist
1st Lesmahagow James Reid Lesmahagow Old
The following Company which closed in August 2004 has reopened
since the last Gazette
54th Belfast Joanne McAllister Shankhill
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England & Wales Band
The England & Wales Band Championships were held at Stoke on Trent on Saturday 6th June. For the
first time in many years the atrocious weather meant that the outdoor competition also had to be held
inside. After last minute amendments to the timetable the competition got under way and the audience
were treated to an excellent day of music and displays by the young people in the different bands.
Our guests for the day were:-
The Lord Mayor of Stoke On Trent Councillor Jean Bowers and the Lady Mayoress Miss Sabrina Bowers,
along with Mr Michael Elliott Chair of the England Region and Mr Steve Dickinson – Brigade Secretary,
all of whom presented trophies throughout the day.
The following were the winners of the different classes and the full results are on the web site.
Beginners Class – 5th Hull BB/GA
Novice Class – 1st Sittingbourne BB/GB
Contest Class – Hull & East Yorkshire GB
Open Class – 13th Bromley BB / 1st St Mary Cray GB
Showcase Cadet Class – 1st Loughborough BB/GB
Showcase Open Class – 13th Bromley BB / 1st St Mary Cray GB
Championship Class – Supreme Champions – 10th Wolverhampton BB/ 1st Lanesfield & 1st Coseley GB
Individual Musicians :-
Valved Instrumentalist – David Morrison 5th Hull BB/GA
Non-Valved Instrumentalist – David Morrison 5th Hull BB/GA and Olivia Stanley 1st Lanesfield GB
Drummer – Nicola Jones 4th Stafford BB/GB
Scottish Bands’ Contest
15 Companies took part in the thirtieth Scottish Band Contest held at Troon Concert Hall
on Saturday 6th March 2009.
The results were as follows:
Mini Pipe Bands
Novice – 284th/94th Glasgow
Novice – 3rd Johnstone
Contest – 44th Dundee
Contest – 7th Airdrie Flute Band
Championship – 1st Troon ‘A’
Championship – Wishaw & District
Best Mallets Player on the Day – 1st Fraserburgh
Novice – 6th/8th Dundee
Contest – 1st Troon
Championship – 1st Troon
Full results can be found on the BBUK website at www.boys-brigade.org.uk
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BE CREATIVE 2009
If you have not already got your children and young people
taking part then do so now... there is still plenty of time.
These competitions can form part of your programme
and go towards earning their next award!
The competitions are as follows:
Movie Maker – for those over 11 years old
Create a movie lasting no more than 5 minutes, there is no set theme
so be creative! You can have as many people involved as you want,
so it could be an individual or whole company taking part!
Members Company Section, Seniors and Amicus
(between 11 – 18 years old at the closing date of the competition).
The movie must be sent in on a CD/DVD and be one of the following formats:
AVI, WMV (Windows Media Video), MOV (Apple QuickTime Movie) or MPEG4.
From all entries received by the due date, the winner will receive a £100 cinema voucher.
All entries will receive a certificate.
Artist – for those under 11 years old
Using paints, pencils, pens or crayons create your own masterpiece.
There is no set theme so be creative! This competition is for individuals.
All those in Anchor Boys and Junior Section.
All entries should be submitted as originals.
From all entries received by the due date, the winner in each age
group will receive a £25 voucher. All entries will receive a certificate.
A gallery of the top 20 entries will go on to the BBUK Website.
Closing date for both competitions is 1st October 2009.
All entries should be returned to: BE CREATIVE 2009, The Boys’ Brigade,
Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 0BL.
The resources box is a new feature highlighting
external resources that may be of use to Companies.
StayWise is a collection of educational resources
from emergency services and other agencies
from around the country. This means youth
workers can browse their libraries and schemes
of work and then use the activities and resources
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool to create and print
customized word search, cross words, math puzzles, and more
using your own word lists.
Friends and Heroes www.friendsandheroes.com
Friends and Heroes is a UK produced animated adventure series for children
featuring amazing 3D Bible Stories. Friends and Heroes is the tale of two young
people - Macky and Portia - whose idealism and friendship leads them across the
ancient world, from the fabled Egyptian port of Alexandria, to the besieged city of
Jerusalem and finally, to the very heart of the Empire: Rome.
Each episode, lasting 25 minutes, contains at least two Bible stories including
Daniel and the Lions’ Den, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, Joseph and Pharaoh’s
Dreams, The First Pentecost and The Easter Story.
PlayFoam provides hours of creative
fun with its lightweight, colourful
foam-sculpting material that won’t
crumble, stick to skin or surfaces or
dry out. It really is 21st century play
dough which can be formed into
any design - then squash it and start
again! This is guaranteed to engage
children and is entirely mess free
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Easter Course 2009
“ Bridging the Gap” was the
theme of this year’s Easter
Course, an international
training course run by European
Fellowship. We assembled on
Sunday afternoon, inside Helsinki
airport ready for our drive to
Poyhola, a training centre run by
Nuorten Keskus. Thirty-five people
from 10 different nations began to get
to know each other on the long drive
and friendships began to form.
The Easter Course is a training
course designed to develop a cultural
awareness and to look at the issues
faced in living in a multi-cultural society.
It does this in many different ways.
Classes looking at specific issues,
discussions and a role-playing game
developed these issues. Another way we
looked at multicultural issues was to live
together for a week! Sharing a house,
meal times and prayers developed my
knowledge of European customs and
made me very aware of British values
and traditions – putting milk in tea was
Games and singing were also big
parts of the course. After classes were
finished we would organise our own
games, where we taught other nations
the games we play back home. As a
company officer, it was a great way
to learn new games and songs and
they have been great to use at my own
The friendships made on the
course will last a long time and visits
are already being organised! As
international experiences go, this was
the best I have ever been on and I have
made some wonderful friends in many
nations. I am very grateful to both the
BB for supporting the transport costs
and my church for finding the course
costs. I recommend this to any young
person looking for an international
experience with the Brigade.
“ putting milk
in tea was
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Around the regions
republic of Ireland
Junior Section Activity Weekend
– Kilkenny College
We look forward to welcoming Brigade
Council to Dublin in September.
There is still time to register, but there is
a small late booking fee of £10.00/13.00.
Ninety young people from Junior Sections throughout the Region, representing many
Companies along with 42 Leaders, descended on Kilkenny College for the annual
Junior Section Activity Weekend on Friday 15th May 2009. Although the weather was
unkind it didn’t dampen the spirits and a wonderful weekend of BB Fellowship was
experienced by young people and leaders alike.
The Terry Pasley Endeavour Award
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Registration forms are available from
our website or www.boysbrigade.ie
and from July please visit our website
for useful information about Dublin
The 3rd Cardiff Company were this
year’s winners of The Terry Pasley
Endeavour Award because of their
Charity, Community and Youth Work.
Over the last year the company has
worked hard to raise money for those
less fortunate than themselves.
They managed to raise over £1000
for four different charities through
a sleepover, a sponsored swim, a
collection at their 125th Anniversary
Celebration service and filling
Smartie Tubes with loose change.
The charities were Ty-Hafan
Children’s Hospice, ChildLine,
Treganna Family Centre and The
Boys’ Brigade’s Palm in Palm
project. Steve Miles, from 3rd Cardiff,
commented “We were more than
pleased to hear that we had won.
The money from winning the award
will help towards our programme
of activities for the company which
we are sure Terry Pasley would
approve of.” Well done to everyone,
they are all worthy winners of the
Around the regions
NI Young Musician
of the Year 2009
The Northern Ireland
Young Musician of
the year 2009 is
Stephen Rankin, a
14 year old flautist
from 9th Ballymena
15 other musicians
in the grand final,
the winning piece
of music performed
by Stephen was
Great Train Race”
by Ian Clarke.
N Ireland Junior Section
For the second year running, lst Loughaghery Company
was the overall winner of the Northern Bank Cup.
Inter-Company Section 7-A-Side Junior & Senior
The Northern Ireland District Inter – Company Section 7-A-Side Junior & Senior Rugby Competition was hosted by Omagh Rugby
Club on Saturday 2nd May 2009. The weather was great and everyone had an enjoyable day of Rugby.
The following companies reached the Semi-Finals:
Junior Competition: –
4th Portadown v 16th Newtownabbey and 6th Ballymena v 3rd Kilkeel
Winners: 4th Portadown and Runners-Up: 6th Ballymena
Senior Competition: –
1st Route v 1st Ardstraw, 1st Irvinestown v 3rd Kilkeel
Winners: 1st Route and Runners-Up: 3rd Kilkeel.
Congratulations to 1st Killead
who were the winners of NID
Junior Section Quiz.
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Around the regions
Following the success over many
years of the Brigade’s National
Brass Band Contest, organised by
the BB National
Brass Band Association, a change
was made three years ago to
replace this with a more general
Music Festival, and the third such
Festival was held at Chandlers
Ford, near Southampton, on Saturday 28th March 2009.
Numbers taking part again showed a good increase, with
participants coming from as far afield as London, Doncaster
and Cornwall and various parts of the south. Organised by a
committee chaired by Simon Farrenden, the Musical Director of
the Association, the event proved to be another great success.
Of all the various Classes available, entries were received
in 33 of these, in Sections for Keyboard, Mixed Instrumental
(including for the first time, solos accompanied by a CD
backing), Vocal, Woodwind and Brass, and overall there were
58 entries. Entries ranged from a ‘rap’ through various solo
and small group items, including a barber shop style group
and choirs to a full brass band.
This was a ‘Festival’ rather than a ‘Competition’ based on the
Federation of Festivals’ mark scheme, which is widely used
throughout the country. Varying from ‘Fair’ to ‘Honours’,
a common marking standard was used by the Adjudicator,
who on this occasion was Christopher Mahy, who gave
very helpful comments, and awarded various cups and
medals for particularly good performances.
A keynote of the day was the very happy and friendly family
We welcome all the new NVQ candidates and assessors from
the East Anglia District (and West Anglia Battalion). We wish
them well in working towards their qualifications in Youth Work,
Playwork and the Assessor award.
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National Brass Band Association
2009 Music Festival
atmosphere, and there is no doubt that this new style event is a
marked improvement over the previous ‘competition’.
As already announced, BB and GB England & Wales will be
introducing a similar style event in the Midlands on 20th March
2010, with an even wider range of available Sections, and it is
hoped that as many people and Companies as possible will
be able to enjoy the music and share in days of real BB/GB
BB/GB Festival of Music
– The reason for change
‘Inclusion for all – whatever the size, standard or combination of
the ensemble’ was a powerful message that feedback from BB
and GB members delivered following an extensive questionnaire
in 2007 regarding the future of the band competition.
After lengthy discussions by BB and GB personnel concerning
the responses to the questionnaire, the following aims were
– provide an opportunity for children and young people to
share their musical gifts and abilities.
– provide an opportunity for friendly competition and
Christian fellowship with other groups and people.
It was felt that the day would better serve the Brigades by
becoming a Festival of Music, designed not only to cater for our
many skilled marching bands, but also to encourage smaller
Brigade bands to be able to enter a wider range of musical
events and also to encourage individuals to take part.
20th March 2010 was chosen to launch the new look
Festival of Music to be held at Wilnecote High School,
Tamworth. With the help of the BB National Brass Band
Association we now feel we have an event that will incorporate
many facets of music making and be a positive step in the
evolution of the event, allowing access and inclusion to all.
There will be classes for brass bands, small instrumental
ensembles, individual instrumentalists, marching bands, choirs,
small vocal ensembles and soloists
The marking system has also been reviewed and certificates will
be awarded dependant on the level of points achieved in line
with many National and International music festivals.
The day will include a time of Worship.
More details will be circulated ready for the Autumn session and
will also be available via GB /BB websites and magazines.
Meanwhile – put the date in your diary and start gathering
together your musicians.
Over the Easter holiday 26 BB members representing nine
companies from Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas joined
together to take part in a Rowing sports camp. The camp was a
five day camp and aimed to teach boys who had never rowed
before how to row. All boys and staff had to undertake a capsize
drill, were shown how to use and trained on the use of onshore
training equipment, instructed on the need for hydration as well
as having five or more water based training sessions per day.
On the fourth day boys took part in a Boys’ Brigade regatta.
The winners were:-
Singles: Jon Tava (1st Wallingford)
Tub Pair: Peter Berket and Jack Newman (1st
Coxed Quad: Luke Samworth (1st Wallingford)
Liam Talbot and William Preece (1st Kings Sutton)
and Oliver Tindale (1st Deddington).
On the last day the course moved to Henley-on-Thames
and the world’s top rowing club, Leander. They were
all presented with their completion certificates and the
winners of the regatta races were presented with winners
medals by the Double Olympic Silver Medallist, Debbie
The whole event was sponsored by the Regattas
Lodge 9660 who challenged the BB to look at doing
something in the world of rowing to help celebrate the
Around the regions
Brigade’s 125th anniversary. The BB in Oxfordshire in conjunction
with Reading Rowing Club produced a training guide which is
available to all Companies and Battalions for use with boys. A
period of evaluation will now take place and it is hoped that we
will be able to offer the course again in the future as a National
If you would be interested in being involved in the 2010
Rowing camp or you have boys who would be interested,
please contact the Oxfordshire Battalion on
Inter Battalion and
Company Cross Country
The England Region Inter Battalion and Company Cross Country
Championships took place on Saturday 14th March 2009. The
event was held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.
Junior Company 1st W Perrett Nottingham Battalion
Individuals: 2nd D Leonard Halifax Battalion
3rd J Coleman 2nd Sutton in Ashfield
Team: 1st Nottingham Battalion
Intermediates 1st K Royston Halifax Battalion
Individuals: 2nd J Hulme Halifax Battalion
3rd C Waddington Halifax Battalion
Team: 1st Halifax Battalion
Seniors 1st M Wood Halifax Battalion
Individuals: 2nd J Marsh 11th Northampton
3rd O Roots Nottingham Battalion
Team: 1st 11th Northampton
Robin Hood Knockout
Outdoor 5-a-side Football
On Saturday, 25th April 2009, the Nottingham Battalion
hosted the Robin Hood 5-a-side Football Competitions at the
Powerleague Soccer Centre in Nottingham. 24 teams took part
in the Competition. The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Cllr Gul
Nawaz Khan, visited and presented the prizes.
Under-18 League Winners’ Shield: 70th London Team 2
Under 18 League Runners-up:
Under 14 League –
The David Nunn Memorial Trophy
and The Robin Hood Knockout
Competition Winners Cup:
Under 14 League Runners-up:
15th South Shields
Cup for the Best Sporting Team in
the Under 18 League: 70th London Team 2
The Clifford Jones Memorial Trophy
for the Best Sporting Team in the
Under 14 League:
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Candidates and staff
of The West Lowland
Area Queen’s Badge
Completion Course held over the
weekend of 13-15th March 2009..
North West District
Queens’ Men of the District received their
badges and certificates at a Ceremony
held in the Garrision Church of St Alban
within Fulwood Barracks Preston on the
17th May. The presentation was made
by The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire
1ST HAVERHILL CELEBRATES
FIRST QUEEN’S BADGE
1st Haverhill Company is proud that
Joshua Snape is the company’s first
Queen’s Badge recipient. He was
presented with the award by the
Deputy Lord Lieutenant at the
Old Independent Church.
the 7th Airdrie
by the Brigade
began his BB
career in the
Anchor Boys at
the age of five.
In February 2008 David was diagnosed
with a life threatening illness and
underwent major surgery followed by
three courses of chemotherapy. Despite
these challenging health difficulties David
showed great determination and total
commitment in achieving his Queen’s
David has been a loyal and dedicated
member of the 7th Airdrie Company,
participating in all Company activities.
His positive, cheerful attitude and
enthusiasm are an inspiration to all who
know him and he is a credit to himself, his
family and the Brigade is proud to have
him as a member.
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LAIDLAW of the
by the Brigade
President on 22nd
March during the
Scott has been a member of the
229th Company for nine years, during
which time he has undergone over
50 operations. Most of the time Scott
has been confined to his wheelchair
but this has not prevented him from
participation in as many activities as
Scott was very keen to join in with
the Drill squad but marching in a
wheelchair is not easy. However, with
his determination and enthusiasm he
was part of the squad for District Drill
competitions. During his time with the
Company he has shown great courage
and determination to achieve
all he can and wholly deserves this
Alastair McNeilly of the 4th Londonderry
Company was presented with the
President’s Commendation by the
Brigade Secretary on 1st April 2009 at
the Company Display.
Alastair has been a member of the
Company since the age of seven and
despite his challenging health difficulties
has shown great determination and
commitment which has resulted in him
gaining his President’s Badge. Alastair
always shows a positive attitude and his
enthusiasm is an inspiration to those
who know him.
The third annual Turning Point Christian youth
festival for young people, aged 11 – 18, was held
at the Ganaway Activity Centre, Millisle (Northern
Ireland) during the weekend of 24-26 April 2009.
This year was our largest ever,
with just under 280 festival goers
in attendance over the weekend.
The theme this year was Identity and we
were all challenged as Rick Hill (Secondary
Schools’ Project Worker for Scripture Union
NI) took us on an interactive discovery of
how we are...created by God...loved by
God...separated from God...and are
running the race with God. Our new house
worship band, Heart Ablaze, led us in
praise during the worship sessions and
also spontaneously in other venues.
The programme this year saw the return
of popular features as well as some brand
new activities. There was...The BackBeat
Café, The Live Lounge playing host to many
events such as SingStar Superstar, Games
Arcade, the Big Quiz (led by Christian Aid)
and Guitar Hero, Cinema, Christian Aid
Tent with delicious fair trade chocolate
brownies, Tearfund Prayer Pod, Open Doors
prison cell, dance sessions, cookery, artist
workshops, craft sessions, BBQ, sportshall
games, hockey, football, crazy golf, tag
rugby, volleyball and much, much more!
The Trading Post was also a popular venue,
offering exclusive Turning Point hoodies,
beanies and t-shirts, book stall, novelty items
and Open Doors’ campaign shoe laces.
The activities at Ganaway (archery,
climbing wall, high and low level rope courses
and the zip line) were all in full swing for
everyone to enjoy. The counselling team ran
an energetic social on the Friday night and
there was sumo wrestling and giant twister.
The activities were rounded off on Sunday
with a huge water fight, complete with water
balloons, hose pipes and soapy water slide.
In addition to the young people’s
programme, there were events for group
leaders. A number of local agencies
displayed their youth work programme
materials to help equip leaders with new
resources and skills for their important
work with their young people. ‘Heart Start’
ran a number of sessions in the basics
of emergency life support.
The aim of Turning Point has always been
to “provide an active festival style weekend
that will be inclusive of all young people
aged 11-18; that will incorporate Christian
teaching and worship through a modern
approach that will appeal to and be relevant
to today’s young people; and that will promote
and encourage the development of a personal
Christian faith”. We believe that Turning Point
2009 has once again fulfilled its purpose,
and through our whole programme Christ’s
Kingdom has been greatly advanced, not
only among the young people present, but
also the group leaders and volunteers.
Feedback from the young people was
extremely encouraging and confirms that
what we are doing is meeting the needs
and interests of those who attend. They
also provided useful ideas to include in
the programme in future and four young
people volunteered to be part of next
year’s Management Team.
It was encouraging to note that by lunch
time on the Monday after Turning Point, all
the indoor accommodation for next year
was booked and we now have a waiting list.
If you would like to be part of Turning Point
2010 (23-25 April) – either bringing a group
or volunteering – please contact us
In the last Gazette we asked you to pray
for our event. Thank you for your support,
before the event and over the weekend itself.
Now, we can thank and praise God for the
amazing work that took place at Turning
Point 2009... for the people he equipped to
organise and staff the event...for those young
people who made a commitment
and embarked on a journey with Jesus
Christ for the first time, those who were
challenged within their existing relationship
with God and those who have been asking
more questions. As we continue to seek
God’s will for Turning Point, it is our prayer
that it will continue to grow and touch the
lives of many more young people.
Turning Point Chairman
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Well done to all those that took part in the 2008/2009 competitions,
once again there was a good number of entries from all regions
and a high standard of competition
The results for 2008/2009 are as follows:
Hosted by Northern
Ireland in Rathmore House, Larne
Winners: 1st Newtwnhill
Runners-up: 32nd Nottingham
3rd: 1st Knocknamuckley
4th: 7th Edinburgh
Senior 5-A-Side Football Final:
Hosted by Northern Ireland in Unversity
of Ulster Sport Centre, Jordanstown
Winners: 2nd Gourock
Runners-up: 7th Portadown
3rd: 1st Overtown
4th: 2nd Castlederg
5th: 21st Ipswich
6th: 16th Liverpool
Hosted by Scotland at the Inverclyde
Winners: 1st Polmont
Runners-up: 1st Mountjoy
3rd: 3rd Kilsyth
4th: 5th Coleraine
5th: 9th South East Essex
6th: 1st Crowborough
Junior 5-A-Side Football Final:
Hosted by England at Batley
Winners: 11th Warrington
Runners-up: 3rd Kilkeel
3rd: 6th/8th Dundee
4th: 2nd Sutton-in-Ashfield
5th: 7th Wishaw
Members of the teams with
Professor Norman C Nevin OBE,
President Northern Ireland
Masterteam Final: Hosted by
England in Victoria Hall, Tring
Winners: 2nd Forfar
Runners-up: 1st Ballyclare
3rd: 32nd Nottingham
4th: 16th Newtownabbey
6th: 1st Haslington
with Cllr Derek
Members of the 11th Warrington
If your company did not take
part this year, then watch out
for details of the 2009/2010
competitions. Entry forms are
available in the July Company
Mailing and available to
from the BBUK website.
Executive Members from the
respective Regions had the
difficult task of selecting
overall winners from the entries for
this year’s Make A Difference Awards.
All nominations will receive a certificate
for their achievements and the following
three young men were considered
worthy of special recognition. The
winners will receive their prizes at an
event organised within each Region.
Daniel Rowney – 1st Bluestone
Daniel has made a real difference in
the lives of a local elderly couple over
many years. He organises the weekly
shopping, gardens, does household
chores and has become an invaluable
assistance to the couple who see him
as a vital and uplifting part of their lives.
Daniel has become a caring companion
with a listening ear.
Stewart Aitken – 195th Glasgow
Stewart has been instrumental
in raising the profile of Fairtrade in
his local community of Rutherglen
and throughout schools through
sales, advertising, promotional talks
and hard work. Stewart received letters
of commendation for his efforts from
schools, the University of Strathclyde
and from the Scottish Government.
Joshua Snape – 1st Haverhill
Joshua has spent his free time
volunteering on a number of projects
in his local community including
the summer playscheme, community
conservation project, being part
of the youth action team and
volunteering in his own school.
For service to his community
Joshua was named runner up in
the Haverhill Rotary Club’s Young
Citizen of the Year Award.
The Brigade is immensely proud
of these young men and warmly
congratulates them on
the receipt of these awards.
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Development in Scotland
Since March this year, The
Boys’ Brigade in Scotland has
had the support of two new
Development Officers. Their role is
to work with Battalions to provide
assistance to Companies as well as
to start new Companies.
Their task will also include ways to
help strengthen Companies, both in
membership and leadership and to
encourage the exchanging of ideas as well
as raising the profile of the Organisation.
Welcome addition to our scotland team
The Scotland Headquarters’ team is
pleased to confirm the appointment of
two additional staff. Niall Rolland and
Bill Archibald have joined us as new
Development Officers for Scotland.
Niall joined us in November and has
already become a familiar face to a
number of Companies in his areas, mainly
in the south and west of Scotland.
Niall has been involved in the BB since
“I am fortunate enough to have an
extensive BB background and I am
delighted to be involved at a national
level. I am still a serving Officer in a
Glasgow Company and can appreciate
the challenges as well as the numerous
rewards of being a Boys’ Brigade Youth
Leader. I hope that the headquarters’
team and I can provide the effective
support and encouragement necessary
to the young people, leaders and
Battalions. I want to promote the BB as
providing an excellent setting for the
development of young people
in Scotland and I look forward
to hearing the thoughts of
our members and leaders in
Bill joined the team in mid March 2009,
and is re-establishing himself with The
Boys’ Brigade after a separation of some
30 and more years. Bill said “I joined
The Boys’ Brigade Scotland Team in this
role on Monday 16 March 2009, and on
that day visited and met with the Brigade
Scotland and Carronvale House Staff at
Larbert. I was very pleased and reassured
to find a highly committed and friendly
team of men and women who are clearly
about providing support, advice and
guidance to members and volunteers of
The Boys’ Brigade across the country.”
Tom Boyle, Director for Scotland said,
“Both National and Scotland Headquarters
are very pleased to have Niall and Bill join
The Boys’ Brigade team. I believe that their
appointments present further opportunity
for us to develop and expand the Brigade,
and I am confident that both members of
staff will support their respective areas with
commitment and enthusiasm.”
Contact details for our Development
Niall Rolland – South and West
Mobile – 07538 079 381 E-mail – niall.
Bill Archibald – North Scotland
Mobile – 07961 001 749 E-mail – bill.
Should you require further information on
Development Schemes or feel that your
Company could benefit from contact with
a member of BB Scotland Staff, please
get in touch.
Officer – Northern
The Boys’ Brigade in Northern Ireland has appointed
Kenneth McLaughlin to the post of Training and
Development Support Officer. Kenneth spent 12
years in the 1st Newtownabbey in the Robins (he is not
young), Junior Section and Company Section.
His new role is to:
• Determine and meet the training needs of volunteers and
• Seek opportunities and provide support to churches
wishing to start BB work.
• Provide encouragement to all who need his support.
Kenneth says, “Alongside my business experience, managing
people, training and a real desire to see children and young
people challenged with the Gospel message, I hope I can
through The Boys’ Brigade, help to have a positive impact in
their lives, their families and within the community.
The Brigade wishes Kenneth every blessing as he takes up his
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Results from the recent Juniors’ survey
show that children attending The Boys’
Brigade love playing and can’t get
enough of BB. Juniors felt strongly that
they wanted to go to BB as often as
they could (98%) and when they were
there that they had fun with their friends
(97%), loved receiving badges (94%),
felt happier (90%), safer (84%) and got
better at things (88%).
The activities that they would love doing
more of are sports (27%), adventurous
outside activities (27%), and games
(17%). The biggest draw to bring their
friends to BB in their opinion was the fact
that it was such a fun and exciting place
to be (63%), that they played games
(28%), took part in sport (18%), made
some really good friends (10%), and
learnt about God (9%).
Parents & carers saw things slightly
differently. The biggest draw to bring
their child to BB was the fact that it
improved the confidence, self esteems
and independence of their child (58%),
it was a place where friendships could
be formed with children of different
backgrounds and ages (46%), the wide
range of educational activities and skills
(40%), the positive moral or Christian
values associated with the organisation
(19%), and the fact that their child had
fun and was happy there (18%).
However almost one quarter of the children
asked didn’t think that their leaders listened
to their opinion, nearly a half didn’t get to
decide on the activities that they undertook,
and a quarter felt that BB didn’t offer them
something that was different to activities
they could do elsewhere.
Now we’ve gone
through this process
of listening to what you
think, we will be looking
at what we can do in
the future to support
your work with the
and show off about all
the brilliant work that
For more information and prices
Colin watts, Centre Manager
Tel: 01442 288557
The newly refurbished Thurso
Centre is now available for groups
to use. It is ideal for weekends
away with Juniors or Company
Section members, as well as
youth and church groups.
The centre has accommodation for
up to 24 people and comprises of:
• 4 bedrooms
(sleeping 4 persons on bunk beds)
• 2 bedrooms
(sleeping 2 persons on bunk beds)
• 1 bedroom
(sleeping 2 persons on single beds)
• 1 bedroom (with disabled facilities
sleeping 2 persons on single beds)
• Kitchen (fully equipped)
• Dining Room
• Activity Hall
• Toilets & Showers
The centre can also be used to
complement canvas camping or in
addition to accommodation in the
main house, enabling larger groups
to stay at Felden Lodge.
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The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore
Singapore is an island city-state located at
the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It is
the smallest nation in Southeast Asia. Before
European settlement, the island now known
as Singapore, was the site of a Malay fishing
village at the mouth of the Singapore River.
In 1819, the British East India Company
established a trading post on the island.
Singapore became one of the most important
commercial and military centres of the British
Empire. During the Second World War, it was
occupied by the Japanese.
It reverted to British rule in 1945. In 1963, having
achieved independence from Britain, Singapore
merged with Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak to
form Malaysia. However, the merger proved
unsuccessful and, less than two years later, it
seceded from the federation and became an
independent republic on August 9, 1965.
Since independence, Singapore’s standard of
living has risen dramatically. Singapore is the 5th
wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per
capita. In 2009, Singapore was ranked the tenth
most expensive city in the world in which to live.
The population of Singapore is approximately
4.86 million. The city is highly cosmopolitan:
Chinese people form an ethnic majority with
large populations of Malay, Indian and other
people. English, Malay, Tamil and Chinese
are the official languages.
The 1st Singapore Company was founded
at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on
12th January 1930.
This was formed by a partnership between Sgt Quek Eng Moh,
an old boy of the 1st Swatow company in China which had been
forced to close by the communist regime, and James Milner
Fraser, a town planner from Aberdeen. Together, they founded the
1st Singapore Company at Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church on
12th January 1930.
When the Company was officially enrolled in August 1930 by Brigade
Headquarters in London, membership was 40. By 1936, the Singapore
Battalion was 200 strong.
BB activities had to be suspended in the Second World War during the
occupation of Singapore by the Japanese Armed Forces (Feb 1942 - Sep
1945). Fraser himself was a prisoner of war and worked on construction of
the infamous Burma Railway. After the war in 1945, S P Chua revived the
1st Singapore Company. By 1950, the Battalion had regained its former glory.
Today, there are more than
7,000 Officers and Boys in 117
BB Companies in Singapore,
each of which is attached to a
school and co-sponsored by a
church. In Singapore, The Boys’
Brigade has the
patronage of His
The BB is
endorsed by the Ministry of Education as one of the
Uniformed Youth Organisations in schools.
The BB programme in Singapore seeks the all-rounded
development of young people. Boys aged 8-11 can
join the Juniors; boys aged 12-16 can join the Seniors.
Boys and girls aged 16-19 can participate in the
Primers Programme. The programme covers four
aspects: Spiritual, Physical, Enrichment and Social.
There is an emphasis on outdoor adventure training
Singapore is a member of our international family
of uniformed Christian youth organisations,
Global Fellowship. You can find out more about
the BB around the world at an event in central
London organised by Global Fellowship on the
afternoon of Saturday 28 November 2009: see
www.globalfellowship.net for more details.
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The Federation’s Annual Council
Meeting was held in Great Yarmouth
over the weekend 8th – 10th May.
All enjoyed a marvellous weekend
of BB Fellowship with visitors from
many Associations. The following
were elected to serve on the
Chairman..................................... Mr. Eric Chilton
Vice Chairman............................ Mr. John Bates
Hon Secretary............................. Mr. Phillip Stallard
Hon Treasurer............................. Mr. Peter Parkin
Assistant Secretary/Publicity.... Mr. Philip Daley
Editor FedNews.......................... Mr. Ron Adshead
Extension.................................... Mr Paul Juby
After lunch on Saturday, we enjoyed
a coach trip to the Norfolk Broads
and a river cruise. The Broads is
a wetland of international importance
and is full of rare wildlife with
winding waterways, tangled
woodlands, golden reeds and
marshland as well as being busy
with many kinds of boats.
During the business meeting on
the Saturday morning, the Secretary
of the London Stedfast Association,
John A. Bates, presented an
outline of the details covering the
location,venue, programme and
date for the next Annual Council
Meeting, which was agreed should
take place in Bromley, Kent at
the Best Western Bromley Court
Hotel, on Friday
21st May to Sunday
23rd May 2010.
Bromley is just
six miles from the
M25, 10 miles
to the centre of
London and only 30
miles from London
The programme of
events planned for 2010 will follow
that of previous years. A Friday
welcome dinner. Saturday morning
for business of the Federation
of Stedfast Associations and the
afternoon will take in a tour of a local
tourist attraction. Saturday night
there is a gala dinner with guest
speaker, followed by some form of
entertainment. Sunday morning,
delegates and day visitors will join
for worship at a local church..
The weekend being planned
for 2010, will have plenty of BB/
Stedfast fellowship, but also allow
time for serious discussion on
how the Stedfast Associations can
best support today’s members in
practical and financial ways.
If you would like to contribute
anything for future columns,
please contact Philip Daley,
The Stedfast Association,
Unit C1 Nutgrove Office Park,
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 or
email email@example.com or
telephone +353 (01) 296 4622.
JOHN FOTHERINGHAM (77)
joined the 1st Tulliallan Company
as a boy in its second year after
forming. After his national service
he returned to become an officer
in the company, a position he
maintained until he retired from
The Boys’ Brigade in August 2007,
almost 60 years as a boy and
officer. He was company pianist
and first aid instructor. He also held
battalion positions including First
Aid Convenor for several years. He
gave his time loyally to the company
and the church where he was also
organist, choir master and elder. He
will be fondly remembered for his
sense of humour, how he looked for
the best in others and was always
there to help. John was a valued
member of the company and will
be sadly missed.
BRIAN MACK (25), 2nd Barrhead
Company, came through the ranks
before gaining his President’s
Badge and ultimately his Queen’s
Badge. He became an Officer in
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2002 and completed his Youth
Leadership training in 2003/4. A
celebration of the life of Brian Mack
was led by the Company Chaplain,
Rev’d Maureen Leitch in Bourock
Parish Church; Graham Manson,
Captain, spoke of a quiet young
man who was a talented designer
with great artistic skills, a team
player with a sense of fun and liked
by the boys in the Company where
he will be greatly missed.
To his parents, Marshall and Ann
and his brother David, we extend
our deepest sympathy.
DEBBIE STUTELY (30) never let
her heart condition stop her from
taking an active part in the 1st
Enfield Company. She was the
officer in charge of the Amicus
group and also helped in the Anchor
Boys. She was committed to sharing
her faith with the young people
of the Company and the Church,
taking part regularly in Youth
Services and teaching in YPF. She
was always cheerful, enthusiastic
and reliable and someone the
young people of the Company could
talk to; as a testament to Debbie all
of them were present at her funeral.
She will be sorely missed, not
only by the young people, but her
husband Edwin and her family.
IDA MAY WARDLE (92) was
an Officer in the Junior Section of
the 47th Nottingham Company
at its foundation on 28.9.1964
and she served there under the
Captaincy of Ted Mills. She
became a Brigade Training Officer
and, when her husband, Arthur,
took up a full-time post in the
Training Department at Boys’
Brigade Headquarters at Felden
Lodge, they moved to London.
Ida joined the 4th Finchley
Company based at Finchley
Methodist Church where Arthur
became Captain. She returned
to Nottingham in 1985, shortly
after her husband’s death and
became a Reserve Officer in the
Nottingham Battalion. She took
over responsibility for the Battalion
Benevolent Fund and among her
duties provided support for grieving
relatives and others in need. She
was a member of Gedling Road
Methodist Church, Nottingham.
Boys’ Brigade 125th Anniversary
The Boys’ Brigade in Wales has designed a
Celtic Cross pendant and badge in recognition
of the 125th Anniversary of The Boys’ Brigade.
The pendants and badges are available in
either gold or silver and are inlaid with enamel.
Cost: £3.00 per item.
Please contact Mrs Jane Rogers, Boys’ Brigade
in Wales Secretary, 58 Richmond Road,
Cardiff, CF24 3AT, 029 20483555
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KGVI New Entrants’ Course
Bookings for the New Entrants’ Course for
2009 are now being taken.
The courses are as follows:
Northern Ireland (Rathmore) 18th to 24th July 2009
Scotland (Carronvale)25th July to 1st August 2009
England & Wales (Felden) 1st to 8th August 2009
Bursaries are available to help with costs of young
people who may find the fee prohibitive.
For further information contact your
Global Fellowship of Christian Youth, a family of uniformed Christian youth organisations,
invites you to
Meet The Family:
an afternoon about The Boys’ Brigade
around the world
Time: 2.30pm, Saturday 28 November 2009
Venue: Central London (check the website for more details)
See www.globalfellowship.net for more details
Please let Global Fellowship know if you hope to attend: email@example.com
Felden Lodge, Felden Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 OBL, UK
Global Fellowship of Christian Youth is a Registered Charity in England – No 275036
July 2009 The Boys’ Brigade Gazette 105
Small Advertisements Copy to BBHQ, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP3 0BL. The Boys’ Brigade takes no responsibility
for statements made in any advertisements here or elsewhere in the BB Gazette. Advertisements for October 2009 issue should
be received not later than 1st August 2009. The cost is 20p per word.
The following sites have been officially
approved, having met Guidelines laid
down by the Brigade, and local Fire
and Public Health Authorities.
AUCHENGILLAN OUTDOOR CENTRE
offers a choice of camping areas and modern
indoor accommodation in an unrivalled
setting in the central Scottish Highlands near
to Loch Lomond. Visiting groups can
undertake an extensive range of challenging
and adventurous activities (on-and off-site)
and there are lots of places of interest to
visit close by. Free colour brochure available
from Auchengillan Outdoor Centre,
Blanefield, Stirlingshire G63 9AU.
Tel: 01360 770256; Fax: 01360 771197;
FELDEN LODGE CAMPSITE 2010/2011.
BB canvas campsite (operated by 10th
Enfield) fully equipped for up to 60 (smaller
camps welcome) at the BBUK HQ in
Hertfordshire (from June to Sept).
Contact Chris Norman on (t) 07703 571915
or (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
HONEYHILL CAMP (NW Kent Battalion).
12 acres Bearsted near Maidstone. Easy
access to coast, places of interest, sports
facilities. Building with kitchen, gas,
electricity, mess tent. Contact Dennis Hatt,
Tel: 01795 873392 Mob: 07749 790413.
WEST MIDLAND DISTRICT CAMPING
CENTRE, DYFFRYN ARDUDWY. The Boys’
Brigade Camping Centre at Dyffryn Ardudwy
has available 3 camp sites all suitable for
mixed camps. The largest main centre
site caters for up to 90 people, has a fully
equipped kitchen and dining area. Also
provided is dormitory accommodation for
40 people and meeting room/Chapel. Ridge
tents are provided on the adjacent 3 acre field
which can also be used for sports. The smaller
2 acre sites each cater for up to 50 people
and include individual kitchen and store with
gas range, grill, instant hot water heater, fridge
& freezer. Tents and marquee are supplied
for each 2 acre site. All three sites have their
own flush toilets, wash and shower facilities.
Details from Jamie Copson 01905 480 955. Email:
VECTIS YOUTH CAMPS. Three beautiful
campsites on the Isle of Wight with
permanent kitchens, showers and toilets.
Each site is self contained and is in easy
reach of safe beaches and all the attractions
of the Island. All tenting and equipment
supplied. Prices from £35 per person per
week. Ideal for organized camps of between
25 and 150 people. Telephone 01344 430203.
org.uk website: www.vectisyouthcamps.org.uk
GLENGARRY CAMP 2009/10, Chideock,
Dorset (near Lyme Regis). Fully equipped
approved BB site 10 minutes from beach. Brick
cookhouse, running hot and cold water, gas
cookers and grills, chip fryer, new fridge freezer
etc. White canvas for 30 – 70 including 45’ x
30’ marquee. Nearby leisure centre with indoor
pool 10 mins. Contact Mark 020 8903 1116
or email email@example.com
CRAGGAN, the Outdoor Centre of Edinburgh,
Leith and District Battalion. Set in glorious
countryside by Loch Tay, Perthshire. The Centre
is recently refurbished, has disabled access,
sleeps 30, is self-catering and is ideal for
weekend and other camps. Well situated
for outdoor and water activities with own
canoes and jetty. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0131 551 1200 ext 20.
Campsite on NORTH DEVON COAST, NEAR
WOOLACOMBE. Accommodates 70. Large
field with showers, toilets and permanent
cookhouse. Phone: 05601 332713.
CORFE CASTLE 2010. BB canvas campsite
(operated by 1st Yeovil Company) equipped
for up to 90 (smaller groups welcome). Only
one week available 7th-14th August 2010.
Contact Mr T Montacute. Phone 01935 474778
or email email@example.com
BLACKPOOL AREA. Self-catering
accommodation. (1) Accommodation for
44 in comfort. 4 single bedrooms for staff. 2
shower rooms, bedding and crockery provided.
Fully equipped kitchen. (2) Small Party Unit for
16 persons, including two staff rooms. Fully
equipped as above. (3) Camp site with camp
kitchen/dining room, shower and toilet facilities.
The complex includes a large sports hall with
climbing wall and sports field. Quiet situation
near Kirkham, a market town on the Fylde Coast.
Within easy reach of Theme Parks and Lake
District. For brochure contact: The Warden,
The Boys’ Brigade, Carr Lane, Treales, Kirkham,
PR4 3SS. Tel/Fax: 01772-685000. www.
BARNABAS ADVENTURE CENTRES.
Bring your company/battalion to one of
our spacious venues. Carroty Wood (Kent),
Whithaugh Park (Scottish Borders), Frontier
Centre (Northants) and Halls Green (Kent).
We’d love to send you a brochure!
Contact: Brian Barnes, Barnabas Adventure
Centres, FREEPOST TN2 186,
Tonbridge, Kent TN11 9QX.
Tel: 01732 366766, www.barnabas.org.uk
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTHERN SCOTLAND. Spacious Edwardian
house in its own grounds within the lovely
town of Moffat. Rent the Well Road Centre for
a self-catering conference/ activity weekend/
week. Open all year. Two meeting/ activity rooms.
Large kitchen and dining room. 13 comfortable
bedrooms of various size. Indoor sports hall.
The beautiful Moffat hills for hiking/orienteering.
Suitable for groups of 20 to 65 in number.
Only your group in occupation during your stay.
For brochure contact: Well Road Centre, Moffat
DG10 9JT. Tel: 01683 221040 or website:
GREENMOOR CENTRE, S35 7DX, Sheffield
& District Battalion’s residential self-catering
Centre. Sleeps 28 (3 dormitories, separate
2-staff bedroom and 2-staff/disabled
bedroom). Toilets, showers and fully fitted
kitchen. Situated in the Upper Don Valley,
north of Sheffield on edge of Peak District
National Park, within easy reach of M1.
Grid ref SK280994. Contact Sue Cowie
01246-274021, email email@example.com
SKIPTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE.
4 acre rally field available, close to train
station. Tel: 07980 260727.
TORBAY. Indoor accommodation during the
summer holiday available at a Methodist
Church operated by 1st Goodrington. We are
near the Devon coast with a wide range of
sports, leisure and visitor attractions close by.
Small/medium groups or first time campers
welcome. Contact: 01803 551574 or
CAMP 2010/2011 – STOKE GABRIEL,
SOUTH DEVON. Come and camp in our
fully equipped white canvas next to farm/
holiday park near Paignton. Shop/telephone
and showers on Holiday Park. Many local
attractions. Please enquire to Clive Gordon
0121 544 0904 / 0771 876 1150. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim jimdrew@
blueyonder.co.uk More info/campsite photos
on website http://3warley.boys-brigade.org.uk
BROMLEY BATTALION SITE, WHITECLIFF
BAY, ISLE OF WIGHT. Fully equipped with
white canvas, male/female shower blocks,
flush toilets, mains, gas and electricity.
Small or large numbers (45/100). Details,
George Francis, “Kenwyn”, Beesfield Lane,
Farningham, Dartford, Kent, DA4 OBZ. Phone
01322 862401 or Keith Francis 01474 705485.
Email: email@example.com or
visit website for all details including availability:
GLASSHOUSES MILL. In beautiful
Nidderdale, near Harrogate. Hostel
accommodation for 40. Access to
sheltered lake and Yorkshire Dales. Close
to Brimham Rocks, Ripon, Patley Bridge
and Lightwater Valley Theme Park. Weeks
still available for this summer. For details
contact Mr D Barnes 07748 214786 or
106 The Boys’ Brigade Gazette July 2009
Belchamps Scout Centre
The friendly Scout and Guide
campsite near the seaside
6 buildings, 20 activities,
campfires and full
barnabas boys brigade 133x190 advert :Layout 1 18/8/08 14:00 Page 1
Tel 01702 562690
Junior & Company Section
Retreats, Adventure & Fun!
Swimming – 3 venues
Fully fitted kitchens – catering also available
Accommodation - from tents to en-suites!
Carroty Wood – Tonbridge, Kent
Frontier Centre – Irthlingborough, Northants
Whithaugh Park – Newcastleton, Scottish Borders
Halls Green – Sevenoaks Weald, Kent
Barnabas Adventure Centres
Carroty Wood, Higham Lane
Kent TN11 9QX
Tel: 01732 366766
Barnabas Adventure Centres is a UK Christian charity with 80 years experience encouraging young people
in the Christian faith. Our centres have an away-from-it-all feel yet are close to motorway networks.
July 2009 The Boys’ Brigade Gazette 107
31 380 1 Membership Cards 2009/2010 NEW!........................... £1.40
Sold in packs of 10, membership cards are available
for the new session 2009 – 2010.
31 004 1 Desk Diary (Session 2009-2010) NEW!....................... £5.00
A5 Desk Diary runs from 1st August 2009 to 31st July 2010.
11 610 1 Adventure Begins Here Badge...................................... £2.00
New items for the recruitment for under 11s are now available as follows:
31 924 1 Under 11’s Recruitment – Children’s Leaflets NEW!......................£6.50
Sold in packs of 100, these new leaflets have been designed
to engage children in the under 11 age group.
Under 11’s Recruitment – Parents/Carers
Sold in packs of 100, these cards have been designed to
engage parents & carers and are separately aimed at 5 to 8
year olds and 8 to11 year olds. Two versions of each card are
available; boys only and mixed boys/girls.
31 925 1 5 to 8 years – Boys.................................................................................£4.00
31 926 1 8 to 11 years – Boys...............................................................................£4.00
31 927 1 5 to 8 years – Mixed...............................................................................£4.00
31 928 1 8 to 11 years – Mixed.............................................................................£4.00
Under 11’s Recruitment – A3 Poster NEW!
An A3 sized poster, sold in packs of 5.
Also available laminated.
31 929 1 A3 posters (pack of 5)........................................................... £3.50 per pack
31 930 1 A3 laminated poster (single)...................................................... £1.75 each
125th Anniversary Items available from BB Supplies:
12 120 1 Mug with 125 circular logo...................... was £4.00................now £3.00
12 121 1 Hand Clapper with 125 logo.................... was £1.60................now £1.25
12 122 1 Ball Pen with 125 logo.............................. was £1.50................now £1.00
12 123 1 Marrow Mug with 125 logo...................... was £5.00................now £4.00
12 150 1 Bronze Badge............................................. was £1.50 ...............now £1.25
12 151 1 Silver Badge................................................ was £1.50................now £1.25
BB Supplies, Garcia Estate, Canterbury Road, Worthing, BN13 1BW
Telephone: 08707 442 292 Fax: 08707 203 842
Order online 24 hours a day through the Online Shop at http://shop.boys-brigade.org.uk
Also available at local depots around the UK (See Supplies Catalogue or Website for more details).