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Director for Scotland Newsletter
October 2017

The latest newsletter from the BB's Director for Scotland can be downloaded here, 570kb pdf file.

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Summary of Board Meeting
October 2017

The Summary of the Board of Trustees Meeting of 3rd October is now available for download Meeting of 3rd October 2017, 467kb

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Juniors 100 Challenge Day
October 2017

It was our Juniors 100 Challenge on Saturday 30th September, we had over 120 Junior Section members from all across the Battalion at HQ to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Boy Reserves, now the Junior Section, and take part in a number of the 100 Challenges set by BBUK to mark the occasion, at last count 36 of them were on offer.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP talking to the BoysOne challenge was to meet a local politician, our local MSP at Battalion Headquarters is First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and we were delighted she was able to drop in for a visit, she went round to see the activities and as the Boys gathered at the end of the event she said a few words before cutting our Juniors100 birthday cake.

Other challenges on the day included plate spinning, learning to say hello in 10 languages, eating a donut without using your hands, learning a new sport, doing a 100 piece jigsaw, getting a photograph with an item more than 100 years old (the Battalion's Senior Football Trophy), designing a unifrom for 2117, building a tower with 100 2p pieces, and the list goes on.

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Brigade Council 2017
September 2017

The Summary of Brigade Council Meeting is now available for download Brigade Council Manchester 2017, 228kb

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Queen's Badge Certificate Presentation 2017
June 2017

Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood inspecting the Queen's Men outside Glasgow CathedralOur Queen's Badge Parade and Certificate Presentation gave the Boys' Brigade another opportunity to showcase the work that our young people are involved in as part of the organisation. With the ceremony's usual venue of the City Chambers unavailable due to preparations for the forthcoming General Election we moved a short distance to magnificent setting of Glasgow Cathedral.

Our Chief Guest, Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood, inspected Queen's Men in Cathedral Precinct, presented their certificates and gave an inspiring address. Bailie Philip Braat, Deputy Lord Provost, extended a welcome and congratulations from the City.

It's also important to remember the work of our volunteer leaders. For Anchor Section & Junior Section leaders who see the result of the work with Boys over the last 6-10 years to Company & Senior Section staff who provide the fine-tuning and encouragement towards the end of the Queen's Badge journey, it was appropriate that our Glasgow event was held during volunteer week. The Queen's Men are rightly proud of their achievement, as a Battalion we are proud of the dedication of those who help make this happen.

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Junior Section Sports
April 2017

The medal winners at the Junior Section Sports 2017Our Junior Section Sports took place in the Emirates Arena on Wednesday 19th April, with more than 160 Boys from 19 Companies taking part. We had events for each age group - 60m and 200m races, long jump and shot putt, with team competitions in 4x60m relay and tug of war. It was a successful evening and enjoyed by Boys, leaders and parents. Thanks to all who helped with the organisation.

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Cross Country Championships
March 2017

Our annual Cross Country Championships were held at Bellahouston Park on Saturday 4th March. We had Boys from 11 Companies taking part across the three age groups. As well as individual winners we have a team competition, teams are of 3 - 5 runners with the first three finishers counting.

In the Junior age (11, 12 & 13) the winner was Michael Black, 195th Glasgow, followed by Reuben Payne, 44th Glasgow and Christopher Watson-Sweeney, 278th Glasgow. The winner of the team competition was 27th Glasgow.

In the Intermediate age (14 & 15) first was Calum Young, 128th Glasgow, second was Ian McDonagh, 128th Glasgow with Lewis Brown, 45th Glasgow in third place, the winning team was 45th Glasgow.

And in the Senior age (16, 17 & 18) the winner was John Law, 130th Glasgow, second Jonathon Watson-Sweeney, 278th Glasgow and in third Scott Robertson, 94th Glasgow. There was no team competition at Senior age.

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Compass Badge Challenge
February 2017

The Compass Badge Challenge for Boys in their first year in the Company Section took place on 24th February at South Shawlands Church. Comprising rounds in Bible Knowledge, Drill and BB Knowledge. In first place were 128th Glasgow, followed by A & B teams of 231st Glasgow in second and third places.

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Table Tennis Competitions
February 2017

The Company Section Table Tennis Competitions took place recently, with Junior (P7 & S1) on 24th January, hosted by 44th Glasgow. The winner was Andrew Whitelaw, 44th Glasgow, Runner Up was Blair Milne, 44th Glasgow and in third place was Scott Selbie, 278th Glasgow.

Intermediate and Senior both took place on 1st February, hosted by 5th Glasgow. In the Intermediate (S2 & S3) the winner was Jack Nairn,278th Glasgow, Runner Up was Christopher Watson-Sweeney, 278th Glasgow and in third place was Callum Sharp, 79th Glasgow. And in the Senior (S4 - S6) the winner was Greg Burnett, 79th Glasgow, Runner Up was Liam Barbour, 79th Glasgow and in third place was Scott Whitelaw, 16th Glasgow.

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Saturday Morning Basketball
February 2017

Basketball SessionsWe're offering Basketball sessions on Saturday mornings during February. Open to all in Junior, Company or Senior Sections. The venue is Battalion HQ, you can bring along one Boy or a group. Junior Section (P4-P6), 9.30am - 10.30am; Company (P7-S2), 10.30am - 11.30am; Company & Seniors (S3-S6), 11.30am - 12.30pm. Contact the Battalion office if you plan to come along or if you have any questions.

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NCOs Drill Competition
January 2017

Congratulations to Cpl Charles Tod of the 5th Glasgow who retained the NCO Drill Trophy on 18th January. Cpl Frankie Richardson and Sgt Ethan Collins from the 94th Glasgow took 2nd and 3rd places and all 3 will act as escorts to the Battalion Colour Party at the Queen's Badge Ceremony on 1st June 2017 at Glasgow City Chambers.

The competition is to drill a squad of Boys, so a test of each NCO's knowledge of drill and ability to give commands. Thanks to 45th Glasgow and South Shawlands Church for hosting the competition.

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JS Table Games
November 2016

The Junior Section Table Games competition took place on Saturday 26th November at Ibrox Church. Boys from five Sections took part in Connect 4, Dominoes and Dingbats.

  • Connect 4 - Juniors
    1. Cameron Lister, 27th Glasgow
    2. Zak Bradshaw, 27th Glasgow
    3. Adam Carter, 137th Glasgow
       
  • Dominoes - Intermediates
    1. Luke Struthers, 27th Glasgow
    2. Max Shreenan, 95th Glasgow
    3. Josh McFarlane, 27th Glasgow
       
  • Dingbats - Seniors
    1. Blair Russell, 27th Glasgow
    2. Adam Angus, 137th Glasgow
    3. Luke Birrell, 27th Glasgow

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Drill Competitions
November 2016

Squads on paradeSquad Drill Competitions took place at Moncrieff Parish Church on Friday 25th November. In the Premier Competition for the Bowie Cup the 4th East Kilbride finished in first place, followed by the 79th Glw, 231st Glw and 94th Glw squads.

The 4th East Kilbride made it a double when they gained top spot in the Championship (Unseen) Competiton for the Frame Trophy, followed closely by the 231st Glw, 79th Glw and 94th Glw.

All the squads were smartly turned out and particiated in a close run event.

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Poppy Scotland Collection
November 2016

Senior Boys from the Battalion were collecting for Poppy Scotland at St Rollox on Saturday 5th November as shoppers gave donations in exchange for a poppy. The total raised was £584.79 thanks go to those involved in the collection, several of whom were counting this as service in the community for their Queens Badge.

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National Top Team Challenge
November 2016

The National Top Team Challenge is an activity for Company Sections and Seniors, where a large number of Companies across the country take part in the same tasks in their own church hall.

The Top Team Challenge consists of a number of physical and logical challenges, a team of 4 take part against the clock to complete the mini challenges and results are sent off to BBHQ to compete for the title of National Top Team Challenge Winner!

It's a great competition and is accessible to all Companies, with no travelling required, minimal equipment needed, on a date convenient to you.

Enter today - register your Company at leaders.boys-brigade.org.uk/top-team.htm

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Centenary of the Battle of the Somme
July 2016

The Battalion Secretary laid a wreath at New Munich Trench Cemetery, Beaumont-HamelThe commemoration events to mark the centenary of WW1 are now approaching the end of the second year. Many know about the links with Glasgow institutions to the Pals Battalions, particularly that of the 16th Highland Light Infantry and The Boys' Brigade, Glasgow Battalion. The anniversary of the start of the 5 month Battle of the Somme was marked nationally on July 1st with events throughout the UK and in France.

To recognise and reflect on the history of the association with the 16th HLI, Jim McVean, Secretary of Glasgow Battalion The Boys' Brigade laid a wreath at New Munich Cemetery during a visit to Thiepval, Authuille and Beaumont-Hamel. These were just 3 of the key locations where the 16th HLI fought during this battle.

The monument at ThiepvalJim said, 'It's humbling to be involved with a commemoration like this and there are really no words adequate enough to describe my feelings. I've read many things about the First World War and the 16th HLI history with the Boys' Brigade and have a personal interest as my grandfather fought here in the latter part of the conflict. I have his medals at home, including the Military Medal he received in 1918. You can't imagine what this part of France looked like 100 years ago when you see the green fields and the flowers. The monument at Thiepval is an amazing sight but you cannot really comprehend the numbers who fell during the battle.'

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Roy Inglis
June 2016

It is with great sadness that we intimate the passing of William (Roy) Inglis, Captain of the 45th Glasgow Company on Sunday 26th June after a short illness.

Roy served as an officer in the Company for over 42 years, 22 as Captain. His service in the Battalion included time as Secretary of Eastwood District, Chairman of the Battalion Company Section Activities Committee and Battalion Drill Convenor. At national level he was the Glasgow & Dunbartonshire representative to the Scotland Regional Committee and Secretary to the Boys’ Brigade Scotland World Mission Fund.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family at this difficult time.

Roy's funeral took place on Monday 4th July, at the Linn Crematorium followed by a Thanksgiving Service at South Shawlands Church.

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Fairtrade BB Football
June 2016

Fairtrade BB FootballWe have teamed up with Bala Sport to produce a limted number of Size 5 Boys' Brigade badged Fairtrade footballs. The balls are half white / half navy blue - the white half has silver/grey dot details with the BB Anchor and Boys Brigade badge on each side, along with Fairtrade and manufacturer logos, the lower half is navy blue with black dot details.

They are available to purchase from the Battalion office for £15 each, they are supplied deflated for easier transport. Postage cost within the UK is £3.50 each. Contact us at the Battalion Office to order, we have them listed on eBay but they are more expensive there to cover costs of selling.

The balls have been manufactured for us by Bala Sport and are hand stitched in Pakistan. Bala Sport is a co-operative style organisation, it was set up to expand the availability and use of ethically produced Fairtrade sports balls (focusing initially on footballs) in the UK and beyond. When a high quality Fairtrade certified football is sold in the UK the buyer is guaranteed that the men and women who made these hand stitched products are paid a fair wage and benefit from fair working conditions and also the additional Fairtrade Premium.

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Brass / Bugle Band Work survey
April 2016

musical skills can be an attractive offer for our young people. Following the success of the Battalion Piping & Drumming Course over the last few sessions we are interested in finding out how a similar offer for Bugle/Brass band work might be received by members of Glasgow Battalion. We have a short (single page) Brass / Bugle Band Work survey here

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Scottish Senior's Sevens
April 2016

Well done to our team of Seniors who won the Scottish Seniors Seven-a-Side Football on Sunday 10th April at Ochilview Park home to Stenhousemuir FC. Teams from seven Battalions took part and with four wins and two draws our team secured victory. Well done all.

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Queen’s Badge Residential Review
March 2016

It's impossible to predict the weather, especially in the month of March, especially early March. So when our Residential Course at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre was scheduled for the 4th day of the month a few seasoned campaigners reflected on a previous course that had the unwelcome addition of around 15 inches of snow, unceremoniously dumped overnight on the Saturday/Sunday.

This year, however, had no weather issues. We were treated to bright blue skies on Saturday which repeated on Sunday till around noon, allowing the activities to proceed as planned.

78 Queen's Men representing 23 Companies from 3 Battalions together with 15 members of the Battalion Training Team took part in the course, supported by our dedicated Catering Team who ensured a well-balanced meal was provided at every agreed time.

The lights on but nobody's home!
The lights are on but nobody's home!

From our Icebreaker session on Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon the Boys played their part in ensuring the course went well. Teambuilding, Leadership, Communication, Presentation and Persuasion skills were employed throughout the outdoor 'Recreational Activities" ensuring that amongst other tasks the Pipe was filled with water, the Nuclear Waste was transported safely and everyone exited the Blindline course safely but definitely not without mud on their clothes. Our group spent time learning Heartstart techniques, prepared some fantastic 'Dragon's Den' proposals that we will hopefully see delivered on the ground and showed that some only have a face for radio in the Media Challenge.

They now go back to their Companies, some to finalise hours for volunteering or add to Skills and Physical sections, with the knowledge that they can join together at the City Chambers in Glasgow on 2nd June to receive their Queen's Badge Certificates.

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The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald
March 2016

The sad news of the death of The Very Reverend Dr Sandy McDonald has evoked many memories of his links to the Battalion and Brigade.

Membership of the 182nd Glasgow and also the 185th Glasgow proved significant in his ongoing love of the organisation. Sandy was Chaplain to the Brigade Centenary Celebrations and led the thanksgiving service at Ibrox. He served as President of Glasgow Battalion from 1998 through to 2001 and was our most recent Honorary President.

Mark Brown, who served as Chairman of the Executive Committee in 1999, recalled inspirational moments during Sandy’s time as President including an opening devotion based on Isaiah 40, 30-31 challenging those present to soar on wings like eagles through our work with young men.

Our thought and prayers are with the family.

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Table Tennis Coaching
March 2016

The assembled participants of the Drill contestMonday 21st March sees our Battallion Table Tennis Club have its final week of this session. The Sports Development Team would like to thank all those boys who came along to take part. We would also like to thank Mr Alex Hardie for his expert coaching of these Boys, Alex's knowledge of the sport and the fun and challenging practices along with the overall game time saw great improvements in everyones overall performance. We are happy to announce that The Table Tennis club will return again in August so we would love to see more boys regardless of ability come along and get involved.
Thanks
Graham
Sports Development Team

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Swimming Gala
March 2016

The Battalion Swimming Gala took place on Sunday 13th March at Castlemilk Pool. Anchor Boys from three Sections took part in a Float Race to start the afternoon off. Junior Section events were held for each age group in Free Style and Breast Stroke, plus a relay race. 12 Junior Sections took part with the 205 Glasgow scoring the most points across the events.

Company Section was also split over three age groups, again with Free Style and Breast Stroke plus an open longer distance Free Style, Back Stroke and relay races. Nine Companies took part with 32nd Glasgow taking home the Church Memorial Swimming Trophy.

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JS Competitions
March 2016

Saturday 12th March saw two Junior Section events take place the Figure Marching and the Bible Knowledge Quiz. Five Sections took part in the Figure Marching with the 27th Glasgow winning. The Bible Knowledge has individual winners at each age group for the Juniors it was Jonathan Hooper from 137th Glasgow, Intermediates - Nathaniel Turner, 45th Glasgow and Seniors - Peter Hunter, 9th Glasgow. The Bible Knowledge scores are also totalled across all the age groups and the winning Section was 137th Glasgow.

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Drill Competitions
March 2016

The assembled participants of the Drill contestThe final Competition's of the Sessions Drill Calendar took place on 11th March with both the Company Drill and Limited Squad Drill competitions.

The Company Drill competition for the Garroway Cup is the oldest competition still contested in the Battalion and sees two squads of Boys drilling as one Company, this year it was again won by 79th Glasgow. The Limited Squad Competition is open to all, and requires just six Boys for a squad, this was won by 94th Glasgow with 27th Glasgow second and 4th East Kilbride in third place.

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Cross Country Championships
February 2016

The Battalion Cross Country Championships took place at Bellahouston Park on Saturday 27th February, with 48 Boys taking part across the three races. It was a fine day for the event, clear skies although a little cold, ideal running weather.

The results were:
Junior Individual 1st: Michael Black 195th Glasgow; 2nd: Adam Inglis 79th Glasgow; 3rd: Ben Gibson 212th Glasgow
Intermediate Individual 1st: Jonathan Watson-Sweeney 278th Glasgow; 2nd: Euan Cuthbert 212th Glasgow; 3rd: Scott Robertson 94th Glasgow
Senior Individual 1st: Jordan Silver 16th Glasgow; 2nd: Chris Young 128th Glasgow; 3rd: Lewis Rankin 231st Glasgow

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Table Tennis Championships
January 2016

The Battalion's Table Tennis Championships were held over two evenings this week. The Junior event was held on Tuesday 26th at 44th Glasgow's Jubilee Halls, Andrew Whitelaw of 44th Glasgow won, with Sam Milne, 44th Glasgow runner-up and Jake Webb also 44th Glasgow in third place.

The Intermediate & Senior events were held the following evening on Wednesday 27th, hosted by 5th Glasgow at St John's Renfield Church, Calum Young of 128th Glasgow won gold, with Scott Whitelaw, 16th Glasgow taking silver and Callum Sharp, 79th Glasgow bronze. The Senior event was won by Greg Burnett of 79th Glasgow, with Liam Barbour, also 79th Glasgow, second and Patrick Baird, 16th Glasgow, third.

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Anchor Boys Pantomime
December 2015

More than 130 Boys plus Leaders attended the Battalion Anchor Section Pantomime at Headquarters on Saturday 5th December. This years panto was Jack and the Beanstalk, it's the fourth year that we have had the Hopscotch Theatre Company come to us to put on the show and plans are already in hand for next year.

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Squad Drill Competitions
November 2015

The first of the Session's Battalion Drill competitions took place on Friday 27th November, with both the Premier Squad Drill and the Championship Drill taking place. The difference between the two is that Companies have the Premier Squad Drill paper in advance and can put in a good deal of practice to perfect their routine, while for the Championship event Squads see the paper a few minutes before they go on and it's therefore a real test of the Boys Drill.

Three Companies took part, 4th East Kilbride, 79th Glasgow and 231st Glasgow. The Premier Squad contest was close with 4th East Kilbride narrowly beating 79th Glasgow, in the Championship Drill the 79th Glasgow won, 4th East Kilbride second and 231st Glasgow third.

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Brigade CEO Visit
November 2015

Andrew Johnston took some time to visit Glasgow Battalion whilst in the city to attend a Scotland Regional Committee event last weekend. Despite the remnants of Storm Abigail bringing cooler weather to Glasgow Green, time was spent at the Company Section 7 a side football league followed by a drop in to Battalion HQ to see the results of the Piping & Drumming Course end of session concert.

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Director for Scotland Newsletter
October 2015

The October newsletter from the BB's Director for Scotland can be downloaded here, 173kb pdf file.

Mentioned in the newsletter is the
- Scotland Calendar of Events, 188kb pdf file.
- Youth Alpha, 2Mb pdf file.
- BB WMF Kit for Kenya, 188kb pdf file.

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Pipe Band make Competitive debut
August 2015

Our Pipe Band made their competitive debut on Saturday 15th August at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green.

The band is comprised of young people and leaders from a number of companies within the Battalion, many of whom have taken part in the Piping & Drumming courses held annually since 2010. They compete in grade 4B and came in 13th place from 18 in their qualifying heat, there were three heats with the top six from each going on to the final. This is a great achievement which members can be proud of. Particular thanks go to Bryan Sinclair, our Pipe Major and the leader who had the vision five years ago to start the Piping and Drumming course.

Having got a taste of competition the band are off to Rothesay on 22nd August to compete in the Rothesay and Cowal Games.

Further information about the event can be found at: rspba.org & theworlds.co.uk.

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Anchors & Juniors Award Cards
July 2015

Anchor Boy Award record cardJunior Section Award record card

As you start to plan for the new session we'd like to highlight that we still have stock of our Anchor and Junior Section Record cards. There are two designs - one for Anchor Boys and the other Junior Section - which will last a Boy through his time in the section. The cards are A6 in size and have space to initial or date against each activity a Boy completes allowing him to keep track on his progress towards his badges. They are priced 10p each.

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Lord High Commissioner's Guard of Honour
May 2015

The Seniors from GlasgowWe had eight Seniors through in Edinburgh on Sunday 17th May to play a part in the Guard of Honour for the Lord High Commissioner before morning worship at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. A total of around 90 Boys mainly from Edinburgh & Leith and supported by other Battalion's like ourselves, formed up outside St Giles Cathedral.  Thanks to the Boys who represented us, from 5th, 79th, 128th and 208th Glasgow Companies, they were a credit to the Battalion.


The parade forming for inspection

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Springburn District Anchor Boys Trip
May 2015

Anchor Boys from Springburn District went on an outing to the Sea Life Centre at Balloch on 9th May. Over twenty boys from four Companies (25th, 182nd, 200th and 277th Glasgow) enjoyed their visit to the aquarium and playing games outside in the sun afterwards.

Anchor Boys enjoying games in the sun

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Inter-District Athletics
April 2015

The Battalion's Inter-District Athletics Championships took place at the Emirates Arena on Wednesday 22nd April, each of the five Districts were represented for this Company Section and Seniors event.

The Junior events for P7 & S1 were 60m, 200m and 800m, Long Jump, High Jump and 4x100m relay, for Intermediates (S2 & S3) and Seniors (S4-S6) the events were 60m, 400m, 1500m, Long Jump, High Jump and 4x100m relay.

Cathkin won the event with Eastwood and Springburn tied for second, Eastern fourth, then Partick.

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Badminton Championships
February 2015

66 Boys from 11 Companies took part in the Battalion Company Section Badminton Singles Competition at the Emirates Arena on Tuesday 17th February. All 5 Districts within the Battalion were represented by at least 1 Company. After nearly 3 hours of competition the winners were:-

Junior Event-
Gold: Anson Lung, 27th Glasgow
Silver: Fraser Mackie, 83rd Glasgow
Bronze: Annan Lung, 27th Glasgow & Ross McWhirter, 27th Glasgow

Senior Event-
Gold: Greg Burnett, 79th Glasgow
Silver: Joshua Silver 16th Glasgow
Bronze: Calum McKinnie 200th Glasgow & Harry Fenlon 44th Glasgow.

Full scores are shown on the attached files.
Junior Badminton Results 2015, 349kb pdf file
Senior Badminton Results 2015, 291kb pdf file

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Junior Section Sports
February 2015

The Battalion's Junior Section Sports took place in the Emirates Arena on Wednesday 11th February with 120 Boys from 16 Companies taking part in events for their age group. These were 60m and 200m races, long jump and shot putt, with team competitions in 4x60m relay and tug of war. It was a successful evening and enjoyed by Boys, leaders and parents. Thanks to all who helped with the organisation.

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Table Tennis
January 2015

The Battalion's Table Tennis Championships were held over two evenings in January.

The Junior event was held on Tuesday 20th at 44th Glasgow's Jubilee Halls, with Stuart Glen of 44th Glasgow winning the event, Sam Milne was second with Callum Murray and Leo Martin joint third.

The Intermediate & Senior events were held the week previously on Wednesday 14th, hosted by 5th Glasgow at St John's Renfield Church, Jack Proctor of 128th Glasgow was the winner with Cameron Stewart getting silver and Calum Young bronze. The Senior event was won by Liam Barbour of 79th Glasgow, with Greg Burnett second and Patrick Baird third.

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Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix
October 2014

The Scottish Open Badminton Grand Prix takes place at the Emirates Arena, 19-23 November. Badminton Scotland are offering coaching sessions and complimentary tickets to BB Companies to watch the competition for both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November. Coaching sessions are 11am – 1pm, with the Grand Prix action starting at 1.30pm on both days, it is suitable for Boys aged 6 years and older. Contact us in the Battalion office for forms and further information.

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BB Leaders take on the Eggheads
September 2014

Our team with the Eggheads

A team of BB Leaders from Glasgow and Coatbridge took on the Eggheads on the BBC show on 25th September.

Some time ago we asked for volunteers to put a team together to take on the Eggheads, some of the leading quiz brains in the UK, and we had six people take up the challenge. The five on the show are Alan Brown, 45th Glasgow; Brian Horne, 163rd Glasgow; Stuart Rankin, 15th Coatbridge; John Armour, 268th Glasgow; and Donald Armour, RO; our sixth volunteer and reserve was Jordan Watson, 1st Cumbernauld.

The team put in a good performance, knocking out two Eggheads along the way and taking them to sudden death in the final but ultimately losing out.

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Volunteers help with Food Bank Collection
August 2014

Senior Boys and staff from two Glasgow Companies assisted Glasgow South-West Food Bank with a bucket collection at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday 23rd August before the Rangers v Dumbarton game, relieving fans of their loose change and raising much needed funds for the Food Bank.  Our thanks to 101st and 182nd Glasgow Companies for providing volunteers, their assistance was much appreciated.

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First World War Commemorations
August 2014

As the World marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, Boys from the Battalion and across the UK were involved in the commemorations in Glasgow on Monday 4th August. 10 recent Queen's Men from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland, including Glasgow were among 60 young people from the voluntary youth organisations to line the route for guests attending the service in Glasgow Cathedral. Following the service guests moved on the George Square for a wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph and another group of Boys from Glasgow Companies, along with Guides, Scouts, Girls' Brigade, Army, Air and Sea Cadets from the Glasgow area were present outside the City Chambers.

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Battalion Pipes & Drums at Festival 2014
July 2014

The Battalion Pipes and Drums were playing at Festival 2014 at Glasgow Green at lunchtime on Friday 25th July, entertaining the crowds enjoying the Commonwealth Games atmosphere in Glasgow.

They'll be back in Glasgow Green on Saturday 2nd August and before that you can catch them in George Square on Wednesday 30th July at around 1pm.

The Battalion Pipes & Drums playing at Festival 2014 at Glasgow Green

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Commonwealth Badge
June 2014

We have received a new supply of Commonwealth Badges and are taking orders. They are 22mm metal pin badges from a design by Duncan Colquhoun of the 95th Glasgow BB. We held a joint competition with the Scouts, Guides and Girls' Brigade in Glasgow last session to design a badge to be used by the four youth groups in the city to mark the Commonwealth Games. They are available from the Battalion office (£1 each plus postage), email us to order, and we have been selling them through eBay at £1.75 each including postage.

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Inter-District Athletics
April 2014

Springburn TeamThe Inter-District Athletics took place in the new venue of the Emirates Arena on Wednesday 23rd April. All five of the Battalion's Districts were represented, although with only one of the Districts having held their own Athletics event so far this session teams were a little depleted compared to normal.

With three age groups, Junior's P7 & S1, Intermediate S2 & S3 and Seniors S4-S6, each doing a 60m sprint, 200m or 400m and 800m or 1500m race, plus long jump, high jump and a 4x100m relay.

There was a tight competition to produce a close result, Springburn winning by six points over Cathkin. Thanks to those who helped at the different races and jumps on the evening.

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Inter-Company Quiz
April 2014

The winning team from 7th East KilbrodeThe Battalion's Inter-Company Quiz took place on Friday 28th March, with five teams from around the Battalion taking part.

In recent years the result has been very close, and this year was no exception with the 7th East Kilbride and 79th Glasgow battling it out over the ten rounds of questions, with the 7th winning in the end by 5.5 points over 79th and hosts 45th Glasgow in third place.

Our thanks to those who made up the questions, Ian Harrow for acting as scorer, and 45th for hosting the event once again and providing refreshments at the end.

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Springburn District Anchor Boys Party
December 2013

Boys at party and Cake


Anchor Boys from the 25th, 125th, 182nd, 200th, 212th and 268th Glasgow Companies joined together for a party to mark the 130th Anniversary of the BB on 25th October.

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Poppy Scotland Collection
November 2013

Seniors collecting for PoppScotland

Seniors from several Companies took part in a collection for PoppyScotland on 2nd November at Tesco and Costco at St Rollox Business Park.

We have been asked to assist with further collections in the City Centre and West End on 9th November, if you have any Seniors who could help please let us know. It's a good way to get a few hours of community service for Queen's Badge.

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Founders Day Parade
October 2013

The Battalion's Founders Day Parade marking the 130th Anniversary of the organisation, took place on Sunday 27th October 2013 at Cathcart Old Parish Church.

More than 300 Boys and Leaders from across the Battalion and many other Battalions were also represented.  Rev Neil Galbraith, Battalion Chaplain and Minister at Cathcart Old, led the worship and  Michael Moore MP read the lesson.

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Recruitment Leaflets
August 2013

photo of recruitment leafletWe will shortly have a new supply of recruitment leaflets for Anchor Boys and Junior Section ages, these are A6 in size with space on the back for your Company information.

Leaflets are priced at £3.50 for 100 and £5 for 150, including the labels printed with your details to apply to the space on the back. We are also able to print A4 and A3 sized posters for your Anchor and/or Junior Sections with similar artwork. Contact the Battalion office for more information and to order.

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Company Restarts at Glasgow Cathedral
August 2013

After a gap of over 50 years, Boys' Brigade work returns to Glasgow Cathedral with the restart of the 47th Glasgow Company on 3rd September 2013. Anchor Boys & Junior Sections meet at 5:45pm through to 6:30pm on Tuesdays in the St Mungo Museum.

We are looking for assistance on a Tuesday evening between 5:30 and 6:45pm to help with the new section. This would suit anyone looking for hours towards Queen's Badge work or indeed existing / prospective students in the City Centre or even those who might prefer BB work to sitting in traffic during the rush hour!

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Seniors Uganda Trip
July 2013

Our Seniors and young leaders ready to set off from Edinburgh airportOur Seniors spent a hard working but enjoyable and rewarding two weeks in Uganda between 10th and 23rd July. You can read the daily updates they sent back at bbglasgowinternational.wordpress.com and visit The Battalion Facebook Page for photo's.

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Presidents Commendation
April 2013

Congratulations to Craig Duncan, an Anchor Boy in the 44th Glasgow, who was awarded the President's Commendation for his brave battle against the challenges he faces. The Commendation was presented by Alistair Burrow, Brigade Vice-President, at their Anchor Boys Parents Night on 21st March.

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Cashback visit
April 2013

Kenny MacAskill MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice visited Battalion Headquarters on Tuesday 9th April to hear how some of the Cashback money is being used to develop our programmes.
 
Boys from 182nd and 200th Glasgow companies came along to show some BB activities and he heard about other projects including the Seniors Uganda trip.

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Get Active Day
March 2013

Joint Voluntary Youth Organisations CG 2014 BadgeMore than 500 youngsters aged from 5 – 11 from the Glasgow area took part in the ‘Get Active Day’ on Saturday 2nd March at the Kelvin Hall. Organised by The Boys’ Brigade in Glasgow as part of the city’s Joint Voluntary Youth Organisations Commonwealth 2014 project.

Boys’ Brigade Anchor Boy & Junior Section members were joined by Girls’ Brigade Explorers & Juniors, Girlguiding Glasgow’s Brownies and Clyde Region Scouts Beavers & Cubs.

The activities included an obstacle course, line basketball, a treasure hunt quiz, team games and staff from Glasgow2018 came along to talk about Glasgow's bid for the 2018 Youth Olympics.

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Springburn Cowboys and Indians
February 2013

Cowboys and Indians craftsOn Friday 8th February Boys from the 25th, 125th, 182nd, 200th and 212th Anchor Boy Sections took part in a Springburn District Anchor Boy “Cowboys and Indians” night involving themed craft activities and games with the boys being encouraged to dress up for the event.

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Eastern JS Indoor Games
February 2013

Eastern District held their first Junior Section Indoor Games on Saturday 2nd February with Boys taking part from 72nd, 94th, 134th, 137th and 284th Glasgow Companies.  Colin Goodall, District Convenor, thanks all those who brought Boys along and helped on the day with particular thanks to Ross Gibson for planning the activities and John McMillan for arranging the venue and providing the refreshments.

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Commonwealth Games Design a Badge
January 2013

BadgeThe first of our joint initiatives with the Guides, Scouts and Girls' Brigade ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games was completed in December 2012 with the Design-a-Badge competition. Entries from all organisations were judged by a panel consisting of newsreader Kirsty Wark, Bailie Dr Nina Baker from Glasgow City Council and Anne Wallace from Kelvingrove Museum.

Following long deliberations the winning entry was that produced by Duncan Colquhoun of the 95th Glasgow Boys’ Brigade Company based at Cathcart Old Parish Church.

The design has now been given to a team of Graphic Designers who will work to produce a badge that is able to be produced both as a metal and cloth option to be worn by all members of the organisations who gain the award.

Other entries will be displayed during the lead up to the Games at a number of venues throughout the city.

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Badminton Championships
January 2013

50 Boys from across the Battalion took part in our Badminton Championships at the Kelvin Hall on Monday 14th January. The competition was split into two age groups Junior for P7, S1 & S2 and Senior for S3 - S6.
 
The Junior winner was Matthew Price of the 44th Glasgow, with Fraser Moodie of the 212th Glasgow second and Callum McDonald, 45th Glasgow, and Aiden Beedie, 212th Glasgow, third equal.
 
In the Senior event first was Ross McComish, 128th Glasgow, second was Scott Denham, 16th Glasgow, and third were Ross Young, 128th Glasgow, and Stephen Dott, 94th Glasgow.

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Poppy Scotland Collection
November 2012

Senior Boys from the Battalion were collecting for Poppy Scotland at St Rollox on Saturday 3rd November as shoppers gave donations in exchange for a poppy.  The total raised was £748.05 thanks go to those involved in the collection.

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JS Table Games Competition
November 2012

The Junior Section Table Games Competition took place on Saturday 3rd November with 35 Boys from seven Companies taking part. Junior Boys were playing Connect 4, Intermediates playing Jenga, and for Seniors there was a choice of Chess or Scrabble.

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Strathclyde Standard Triathlon
September 2012

StewardingOver the last number of years the 5th Glasgow have provided Seniors to assist with stewarding at Glasgow Triathlon Club's events in Strathclyde Park. On 2nd September 15 Boys (from the 5th, 1st, 212th, and the 94th Glasgow Companies) assisted at the Strathclyde Standard Traithlon.

The Boys were mainly stewarding crossing points on the busy walkways and road around the watersports centre, which was pretty lively and kept them on their toes. This was between 8am and 12 noon when the first two waves of athletes were out on the course, including the para-triathletes race.

The weather was good and the Boys enjoyed their morning. All of those attending are at various stages of their Queens Badge so this will add a few hours of Community Service.

The Stewards

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Diamond Jubilee Baton Relay
August 2012

The Diamond Jubilee Baton visited Glasgow on Saturday 18th August on it's trip around the UK. Every year the Boys' Brigade sends greetings to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our patron, and her response is read to those at Brigade Council.

Usually messages are exchanged by post but this year to mark the Diamond Jubilee the message was delivered in person to Her Majesty at Balmoral and her response was placed in a baton to be taken around the UK and opened at Council in London on September 15th.

Rev Neil Galbraith, Battalion Chaplain, along with Boys from 9th, 83rd and 200th Glasgow Companies received the baton in George Square. The Boys then took it on a whistle-stop tour of the city.

In keeping with the idea of the baton using as many forms of transport as possible during its trip, the baton was transported by foot, electric car, Subway, Fire tender, Skis, zip wire, as well as setting foot on many more forms of transport at the Riverside Museum and the tall ship Glenlee.

Along the way the baton visited the building on North Woodside Road which was the original meeting place of the First and ended the day at Battalion Headquarters.

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Twitter
August 2012

We are now on Twitter - @TheBBGlasgow - follow us there where we'll be signposting updates to the website and our facebook page.

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Director for Scotland Newsletter
August 2012

The latest newsletter from the BB's Director for Scotland can be downloaded here, 68kb pdf file.

Mentioned in the newsletter is the Vestey Foods Offer, 644kb pdf file.

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Diamond Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving
July 2012

Recent Queen's Men from Glasgow Battalion attended Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in Glasgow Cathedral on 4th July 2012

12 Queen's Men from across the Battalion attended and were seen on the TV coverage close to the entrance.

Following the service Her Majesty and Prince Philip travelled to George Square where they were greeted by the Lord Provost and Sir Kenneth Calman, former Battalion and Brigade President, with a guard of honour made up from members of the cities youth organisations including the BB.

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44th Glasgow retain National Table Tennis title
May 2012

After a full day of competition at Drumchapel Table Tennis Club the 44th Glasgow successfully retained their National title with a hard fought final match against the 4th Southampton. 1st Grangemouth took third place with a play off win against 1st Kinross. Fifth and sixth places were taken by 1st Burton-in-Kendal and 2nd Saintfield(Northern Ireland)

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Inter-Company Quiz
March 2012

The Battalion's Inter-Company quiz took place on 16th March with each of our five Districts invited to put forward two teams.  It was a very close battle with just 2.5 points separating the first three.  The eventual winners were the 200th Glasgow, just one point ahead of the 45th Glasgow with the 7th East Kilbride close behind.  Also taking part were the 163rd Glasgow, 284th Glasgow and 72nd Glasgow. It was a first class evening!

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Scottish Cross Country
March 2012

Our Senior team with Gordon BrownWell done to our three teams who took part in the Scottish Cross Country Championships in Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy on 17th March.  While we had no individual medalists the combined performance from our Junior team saw them retain the trophy, the Intermediate team were second in their event and our Senior team were sixth in theirs.

The guest of honour for the day was local MP and former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, pictured with our Senior team after their race.

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Battalion Drill Competitions
March 2012

The Battalion Drill Competition on Friday 9th March brought a total of 7 entries over the 3 categories - Novice, Limited Squad and Company Drill.  The event was once again held in King's Park Secondary School, and it was good to see 4 of our 5 Districts represented - Cathkin, Eastern, Eastwood and Springburn.

The results were -
Novice Class

  1. 25th Glasgow A
  2. 254th Glasgow
  3. 25th Glasgow B

Limited Squad

  1. 94th Glasgow
  2. 4th East Kilbride
  3. 163rd Glasgow

Company Drill

  1. 79th Glasgow

Our thanks go to Brian Webster, 1st Neilston and William Ross, 1st Elderslie for acting as judges. In recent years we have been working with Paisley & District Battalion in providing adjudicators for each others drill competitions, ensuring experienced and impartial judges for events.

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Ewan Murray - 2nd East Kilbride Company
February 2012

It is with extreme sadness that Battalion HQ have been advised of the death of 18 year-old Ewan Murray of the 2nd East Kilbride Company following an accident on Saturday 11th February 2012.
Ewan had been a member of the Company since starting in the Anchor Boys and took part in many activities and events over his years in the Boys' Brigade. A keen runner, Ewan was part of the Glasgow Battalion Seniors Cross Country Team who won the Brigade Scottish National Championships for the last two sessions.
We ask that you remember the family and all attached to the 2nd East Kilbride in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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Drill Competitions
December 2011

The first drill competitions of the session were held on 25th November, these were the Premier Squad Drill and the Championship Drill. 
 
The Premier squad competition was won by 79th Glasgow, with 4th East Kilbride second and 231st Glasgow in third position.  This is one of the oldest competitions held in the Battalion.
 
The Championship squad competition is 'trickier' as the paper is given to the officer drilling the squad just a few minutes before they take the floor, testing the Boys knowledge of drill movements.  This was won by 79th Glasgow, again with 4th East Kilbride in second place and 231st Glasgow in third.
 
Thanks to the 4th East Kilbride for providing the venue and Tom Boyle, former Director for Scotland, who was the adjudicator.
 
Later in the session we have NCO's drill, Novice Squad and Company Drill Competitions.

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Brigade UK Insurance Documentation
November 2011

Battalion HQ have received some comments regarding the Insurance Document issued to Companies following payment of Brigade Capitation Fees.

A change in dates shown on the paperwork suggested that insurance for December 2011 was being paid twice, as last year's document covered Companies until the end of December 2011.

Brigade UK have confirmed that this is an internal document which has been changed to fit in with the statistical return process (as all forms and payments are due 1st December) and is not the certificate produced by the insurers.

 

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Sports sessions at Carronvale, 30th November
November 2011

With the day of industrial action on 30th November and most schools closed we held some activity sessions in the Sports Hall at Scottish Headquarters.  Sessions included Rugby League Tag Sessions, Table Tennis, Badminton and Basketball. Boys from Companies in Glasgow as well as those more local to Carronvale from 11th Stirling took part.

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What a Hoot!
October 2011

Wally and the Battalion SecretaryThe 212 Glasgow Junior Section were visited by some owls from Owl Magic on Monday 10th October.  The Boys were able to see close-up six different species of owl.  Here is a picture of Wally (an Eagle Owl) perched on the Battalion Secretary, who happened to be visiitng the section that evening.

This would make an excellent activity for other Junior Sections, you can find more details at the Owl Magic website.

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Cathkin JS Scavenger Hunt
October 2011

The Boys after the Scavenger HuntCathkin District's Junior Section Scavenger Hunt took place in Calderglen Park, East Kilbride on Saturday 1st October. Working in teams Boys braved the wet conditions to follow clues around the park and collected ten objects along the way.

Eight teams took part with only seven points seperating them all at the end of the day. The 83rd Glasgow finished in first place, with 5 East Kilbride and 16th Glasgow 'B' team in joint second, also taking part were 95 Glasgow, 128 Glasgow and 229 Glasgow.

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New Programme Packs
September 2011

Programme Pack 2We have now received our order of the new Programme Packs for Anchor Boys and Junior Sections and if you've already ordered through us they are available for collection.

We have a few spare copies of each which are available for purchase from the Battalion Office priced £16.50 each. Please phone or email if you'd like one.

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Glasgow Remembers 9/11
September 2011

The Seniors from Glasgow Battalion

Glasgow Remembers – At the ‘Never Forget’ Act of Thanksgiving, Hope and Remembrance on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. 18 Seniors mainly recent and current Queen's Men represented Glasgow Battalion.

An emotional Service in a packed Cathcart Old Church with participation from many – including Arch Bishop Conti, U.S. Consulate Dana Linnet, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Annabel Goldie, Brian Sweeney, and many more.

It was a moving afternoon, with all our Seniors involved either with Colours, wreaths or as candle bearers. (Ten candles were lit to represent the 10 years since the atrocities of 9/11)

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1st Glasgow Celebrate 125 years of Camping
July 2011

The 1st celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Company's first camp with a service at Stillaig Camp Site close to the location of the original camp in 1886 in Tighnabruaich

Conducted by Company Chaplain, Gordon Kirkwood and attended by guests including Brigade President, Sir Kenneth Calman, Honorary Brigade President John Neil OBE and both the Brigade Secretary, Steve Dickinson and Director for Scotland Bill Stevenson, the Boys learned about early experiences of Boys' Brigade camps from a number of contributors and the effect it has had on their lives.

Jack Unsworth, an Honorary Officer with the 1st Glasgow had attended his first 1st Glasgow Camp in 1961 and recalled how it influenced his work with the 8th Stirling when he joined them as an officer and modelled their camp experiences on his time at Portavadie, the site of camps from 1919 through to the mid 70's.

The Boys attending camp received 125 badges and certificates from the Brigade President who also unveiled the Company Certificate showing the names of all attending this year's camp.

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National Table Tennis
May 2011

Well done to the 44th Glasgow who won the Brigade's National Finals of the Table Tennis, beating the 1st Burton and Kendall 5-4 in the final.

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134th Glasgow Company - Centenary
May 2011

The 134th Glasgow Company commenced their centenary year with a thanksgiving service on Sunday 19th June.

The service held at Tollcross Victoria Church was attended by former boys and staff. The Greyfriars Pipes and Drums will be played, this includes officers and boys from the 94th Glasgow and 284 Glasgow BB companies.

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Knockout Cup Finals Day 2010/2011
May 2011

A busy day of Seven A Side Football saw all three Cup Finals contested at Glasgow Green on Saturday 30th April.
In the Junior match the 11th East Kilbride continued their excellent  league form with a convincing win over the 131st Glasgow. This completes the 'double' for the 11th EK. The 3rd/4th Place play off was won by the 205th Glasgow. 
A more even match in the Intermediate Final saw the top two teams from the league, 182/200/212th and the 137th play out a 2-2 draw resulting in a penalty shoot out. After a tense set of kicks the 182/200/212th Glasgow won 3-1 completing another 'double'
The 2nd East Kilbride triumphed in a very close Senior Final with a 1-0 win over the 182/200/212th Glasgow.
Congratulations to all the Boys who took part.

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Battalion Football 2010/2011
April 2011

The end of season winners for all three Battalion Leagues have now been decided.
 
In the Junior Leage (P7, S1 & S2) the 11th East Kilbride retained the trophy which they won last season. The Boys from East Kilbride were undefeated throughout the season, congratulations.
 

182/200/212 team

The Intermediate League was won by the joint 182/200th/212th Glasgow team. After a close run in, the competition was decided on 23rd April when both the leaders, 182/200th/212th and the 137th Glasgow who were in second place both lost their matches! This meant that with one match left the winners could not be caught.
 
Our Senior League was won by the 182/200/212th Glasgow team with the 2nd East Kilbride taking second place.
 
The Battalion Football League has one or two games left to tidy up the postponed fixtures from November and December, however this weekend sees all three Knockout Cup Finals take place at Glasgow Green.
 
The Junior Final is between the 131st Glasgow and the 11th East Kilbride, kicking off at 9:00am. At 10:00am the Intermediate Final takes place between the winners and runners-up from the league competition, 182/200/212th and the 137th Glasgow. The last match is the Senior Final which again sees the winners and runners-up take to the field at 11:00am, 182/200/212th Glasgow against the 2nd East Kilbride .
 
 

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D-Day Piper Memorial
March 2011

Members of the Battalion may already be aware of the connection between the legendary D-Day Piper, Bill Millin and the Boys' Brigade. Mention of Bill's involvement in the BB formed part of a number of obituaries following his death in August 2010.

Details obtained from his son John tell us that his father was a member of the 1st Shettleston Company, which became part of Glasgow Battalion as the 94th Glasgow  around his time as a Boy.
 
We are researching available archives for further information and would be happy to pass on any details that older members of the Brigade may know.

A fundraising campaign is underway to erect a bronze statue in Normandy in June 2011. With three months to go until the event, donations are still required and can be made through the following web-site.
http://ddaypiperbillmillin.com

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Anchor Boy & Junior Section Fun Day
March 2011

Over 300 Boys from 28 Companies took part in the Fun Day held on 5th March at Pollok Park.

The Commonwealth Games themed event saw 192 Anchor Boys and 113 Junior Section members take part in a range of outdoor activities including Rounders, Soccer Skills, Relay Races, Treasure Hunt, Netball, Touch Rugby, Bungee Runs and Beat The Goalie. Each group was allocated a Commonwealth Country for the day.

Following the success of the 2010 event for Anchor Boys new activities were introduced namely inflatables, a children's entertainer and the 'Glasgow Storytellers'

The Anchor Boys participated in a Fun Run as part of their programme of events and to date collected £314 for charity. The monies collected will go to Robyn House (CHAS) and the Schiehallion Ward at Yorkhill Hospital. One of our Anchor Boys from the 134th Glasgow has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia and is being treated there.

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5th EK @ 50 aids 75 people in Africa
February 2011

Recently The 5th East Kilbride Company celebrated its 50 anniversary. As part of the Celebrations it had been decided that it would be appropriate for our company to mark this milestone by helping other people. The result was that the senior boys, as part of their BB and Duke of Edinburgh Award badge work, took control of the fundraising. The charity chosen was Water Aid. The boys thought that even a small amount of money raised would make a significant difference to people in Africa lot of whom have no access to piped drinking water and sanitation. A target of £500 was set as an achievable goal.

Possibilities of fundraising events were discussed, the boys decided to attack on a number of fronts:-

  • Direct giving of 50p /boy on a weekly basis from pocket money
  • Organise and perform in a rock concert in conjunction with another local band as support.
  • Attend church based fund raising activities by taking a stall and selling hot pancakes with cream and strawberry jam.
  • Busking with guitars
  • Car washing

All of the above events were widely publicised, with a record of money raised recorded for all to see within the church. The boys gained a wide support for the cause as the congregation felt that it was worthwhile. The Rock concert contributed over £800 and was sold completely to young people in East Kilbride, with the other activities and donations pushing the total to a very credible £1400, nearly three times our target.

Just £15 is enough to help one person gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

With 75% of all money given to Water Aid used for charitable objectives, we calculate that the 5th East Kilbride Company has raised enough money to benefit 75 people in this way.

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Cashback for Communities
March 2010

Cashback for CommunitiesUnder the latest strand of the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities initiative, it has been announced that funds recovered from criminal activity will be used to benefit the activities of the Boys' Brigade, Clubs for Young People, Girls' Brigade in Scotland, Girlguiding Scotland, Youth Scotland and the Scottish Council of the Scout Association.

An award of £500,000 over two years from the CashBack fund will help new local volunteer-led youth groups to get off the ground and to enhance the activities on offer to young people through existing groups. Any groups who are members of these organisations will be able to apply for up to £1000 to help with start-up costs, or £2000 to support particular programmes of activity for young people, primarily those aged between 10 and 19 years.

Bill Stevenson, BB Director for Scotland said "We are delighted that the Scottish Government are able to support our work in this way. I am sure the small grants scheme will make a tremendous difference to BB groups all over Scotland."

A printable flier, further information and an application form for BB Companies are available on the BB Scotland website.

Read the full Scottish Government News Release.

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Anchor Boys Fun Day at Pollok Park
March 2010

The Anchor BoysOn Saturday 6th March around 140 Anchor Boys from 13 Glasgow Companies descended on the Riverside Field at Pollok Country Park (Europe's Best Park 2008) for what was to be a day packed full of fun. From 10am till 3pm the Boys took part in Bug Hunting (provided by the Park Rangers service); a treasure hunt; a Welly throwing competition; face painting; obstacle course; sports day (which included an egg and spoon race, sack and beanbag race; and football. Even the weather was kind to us. A passer-by was heard to say "The BB didn't do this when I was that age!" We couldn't have asked for more when Jim McVean, Battalion Secretary and Bill Stevenson, Director for Scotland turned up and gave their thumbs up! A great day was had by all. Special thanks to everyone who helped organise this great event especially those at the Anchor Boy Committee and Glasgow City Council Parks Dept.

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Seniors White Water Rafting
March 2010

Riding the rapids 21 hardy Seniors and Leaders from Glasgow Battalion braved a very cold February morning to go White Water Rafting on the river Tay. The event nearly had to be postponed due the adverse weather conditions in the days leading up to Saturday 27th. After several calls to the orgainisers and Central Scotland and Fife Constabulary police forces it was decided the event could take place. We arrived in plenty of time to be kitted out for what was going to be an exciting day. Kitted out meant wetsuit, jacket, helmet and paddle. A bus took us from Grandtully to Aberfeldy some five miles up the road to the starting point. At Aberfeldy we were met with lying snow. This made our descent down stairs to our waiting rafts a tricky adventure. Once on our rafts we set out on the Tay for our 6 mile floating experience!! From rapids to still quiet waters the Boys' Brigade ruled the icy waves...

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Blood Donations
January 2010

A number of officers and helpers within the Battalion will remember our 125th Anniversary appeal to give blood. New donors took the opportunity to enrol with the Blood Transfusion Service and many continue to donate regularly.

We have been asked to publicise the need for donors, both existing and new to donate at this time of the year. The details of the Local Glasgow Centre are shown below.

Glasgow Blood Donor Centre
8 Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow
G2 1BT

Opening times:
Mon, Tues: 11am-4.30pm
Wed, Thu: 11am-7pm
Fri: 9.30am-4.30pm
Sat: 9.30am-2.30pm

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Battalion Carol Service
December 2009

The Company Section nativity

We held our third annual Carol Service on Sunday 6th December at Shettleston Old Parish Church. Sixteen companies from around the Battalion were represented at the service and we welcomed many family and friends as well as representatives from other Battalions and local politicians.

Our special thanks go to Rev Adah Younger, locum at Shettleston Old for conducting the service, William Heenan, associate minister at Hillington Park for sharing his experience of the BB in New Zealand and to the 94th Glasgow and congregation at Shettleston Old for making us most welcome.

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Anchor Boys Theatre Trip
December 2009

The cast with with some of our Anchor BoysWe took over the Tron Theatre for the afternoon performance of 'Ya Beauty and the Beast' on Saturday 5th December.

More than 200 Anchor Boys and Leaders from across the Battalion enjoyed the performance, special thanks to all at the Tron for making us most welcome, incorporating us into the script and allowing a couple of boys from each company on to the stage for the photograph above.

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Junior Section 7-a-side Football
October 2009

Junior Section 7-a-side teamsBoys from nine Companies took part in the Junior Section 7-a-side football at South Lanarkshire Lifestyle complex, Rutherglen on Saturday 3rd October.

The weather was wet and windy but this did not dampen the spirits of the boys. And after the success of this years event we hope to have a greater number of companies take part next year. Thanks to everyone who helped on the morning.

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Mitchell Exhibition Launch
April 2009

The 125th Anniversary Exhibition at the Mitchell Library, was formally launched on 8 April. Karen Cunningham, head of Library Services, spoke warmly of the links between the Mitchell Library and the BB, both formed around the same period of history by men of vision achieving remarkable progress and impact throughout the world. Sir Kenneth Calman also noted the close geographic links between the BB and the Mitchell with the 1st Glasgow founded less than a mile from the Mitchell Library.

Sir Kenneth Calman with four seniorsSir Kenneth and Lady Ann Calman, Lord and Lady Macfarlane, Bailie Margot Clark and other invited guests from the City and funding supporters and, not least, representatives from the young people we serve joined together for the evening launch.

The exhibition ran at the Mitchell from 6 April to 30 May. Following this the display boards have been touring around some of the community libraries in Glasgow.

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Seniors Go-Karting
April 2009

29 Seniors from 8 Companies put their skills to the test in a Go-Karting evening on 5 April and the event proved so popular that it will almost certainly be repeated.

The activity also provided an opportunity for the Seniors from across the city to meet together and share their interests which will aid the planning of future activities, catering for events that might be difficult for one company alone.

Karting

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Anchor Boy Fun Run
April 2009

RunningThe Battalion's Anchor Boy Fun Run took place in Kelvingrove Park on 28 March. Having been scheduled last October and postponed due to bad weather, it was fortunate that for the morning of the run it was clear and bright.

120 Boys took part but when adding in leaders, parents, brothers, sisters, other family members and pets that number was easily doubled.

The route may have been amended a little as the run went on and the planned 10 laps were perhaps not done but it was a good morning enjoyed by those taking part. All the participants received a medal and many were giving something back as they were sponsored either to raise funds for their own section or for CHAS.

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Brigade President's Commendation
April 2009

Scott with Sir Kenneth Calman

Staff Sergeant Scott Laidlaw of the 229th Glasgow Company was presented with the President's Commendation Certificate by the Brigade President Sir Kenneth Calman on 22 March during the morning service at Cambuslang Parish church.

Scott has been a member of the 229th Glasgow for nine years, during this time Scott has undergone a great many operations. Most of the time Scott has been confined to his wheelchair but this in no way deterred him from participation in as many activities as practically possible. Scott joined the Drill squad, marching in a wheelchair is not easy but with his determination and enthusiasm he was part of the squad for District Drill competitions.

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National 125 Anniversary Service
October 2008

The congregation seated prior to the service

The Boys' Brigade celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the organisation with a National Service of Thanksgiving in Glasgow Cathedral on Saturday 4th October 2008.

700 leaders, boys and friends from across the UK gathered for the service, which was conducted by Rev Dr Laurence Whitley minister of Glasgow Cathedral with the address from the Right Revd David Lunan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

The wreath at the Sir William Smith Memorial Plaque

At the conclusion of the service two boys from the 1st Glasgow led by the Glasgow Battalion President's Piper laid a wreath at the Memorial Plaque to Sir William Smith in the nave of the Cathedral.

Steve Dickinson, Brigade Secretary, speaks to the Anchor Boys after they have played their games

As the congregation arrived for the service they were entertained by the 3rd Johnstone Flute Band and by Anchor Boys from across Glasgow playing parachute games and singing. Steve Dickinson, Brigade Secretary, took time to thank the Anchor Boys for their contribution to the occasion. And as fellowship was shared afterwards there was further entertainment from the 231st Glasgow Pipe Band, Junior Section Boys from 268th Glasgow playing games and a drill display with Boys from several companies in Glasgow Battalion.

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Brigade President's Commendation
June 2007

Ian Wilson, a member for 25th Glasgow Junior Section, was presented with the Brigade President's Commendation by House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin.

Ian, with his family, being presented with his certificate by Michael Martin MP.

The award, presented at Springburn Parish Church, recognises the courage Ian has shown, despite several major heart operations – the first when he was only two days old. Ian still gets involved in the full range of activities at the Boys' Brigade including swimming and football with determination, commitment and enthusiasm.

Mr Martin, MP for Glasgow North East, said: "It was an honour to meet such a brave young man. He is a credit to himself, his family and the Boys' Brigade".

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Carol Singing at Pollok House
December 2006

Boys from 9th Glasgow Carol Singing

Early in December, members of the 9th Glasgow Company Section were invited by the National Trust for Scotland to provide entertainment at Pollok House, the Boys sang a number of Christmas Carols as guests arrived for Dinner.

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Brigade President's Commendation
December 2006

Graeme with his family

We are pleased to announce that Graeme Tannahill of the 72nd Glasgow Company, Dennistoun, who gained his Queen's Badge in April 2006, has been awarded the Brigade President's Commendation in recognition of the additional work, commitment and effort against a background of long-term health difficulties. Graeme's family have been deeply involved with the BB and GB for generations. Graeme was determined to fulfil every aspect of the programme just as any other member, despite the challenges that he faced. He is now helping with the Junior Section and Anchor Boys.

The commendation reads:-
Graeme has shown great determination and commitment to achieve his Queen’s Badge and his character and perseverance is an inspiration to us all. Graeme is a credit to himself and his family and the Brigade is proud to have him as a member.
Signed: The Very Reverend Alan Main, Brigade President

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Dave Bilbrough in Concert
February 2006

Dave Bilbrough and his Band

Dave Bilbrough and his Band led an evening of praise and worship on February 4th at Springfield Cambridge Church, in celebration of 120 years of the Battalion's work with young people in the city.

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World Mission Fund - Block Making Project
September 2004

Gordon Grant of the 205 Glasgow Company visited BB Ghana this summer from 24-31 July to see how progress was going on the Block Making Project which had been the focus of the World Mission Fund appeal 2001-2003. The visit was made possible through the Church of Scotland World Mission Department.

Gordon at the brick making centreHe visited the project centre in Accra, located next to the national office, where work was already well under way and students would be given instruction on the manufacture of concrete blocks. The idea is that, once trained, these young people return to their own village areas and are able to start up their own production ventures, providing much needed income to families, local villagers and even BB companies.

Whilst the centre in Accra has an electric press to help with production, the instruction covers how to make blocks without this facility, as, in the villages, there may be no electrical supply.

Gordon also saw the tailoring project, also based at the national headquarters and set up a few years ago, where similar skills instruction was being carried out and local uniform items produced. This again provides employment and income as well as local sustainable resources for BB Ghana.

Gordon with BB members in GhanaGordon was able to sample local cuisine – which was quite adventurous and visited several churches, schools and BB companies as well as an officer training course, travelling up the coast to Sekondi and Takoradi. He visited Almira Castle where which was one of the many centres for the slave trade in past centuries and reminded all of the impact of history and some of the less welcome aspects of human existence.

The warmth, Christian commitment and welcome of the Ghana people will be remembered as well as gratitude for what was made possible through the support raised by BB Companies here in Scotland.

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Paisley & District Battalion Supplies Shop
August 2004

Paisley is the closest BB Supplies Shop to Glasgow, you may wish to phone first to check that the items you require are in stock. You can also order online from the BBUK Website.

The Boys' Brigade
Paisley & District Battalion
North Croft Street
Paisley
PA3 4AD

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 1pm; Saturday, 10am - 12noon.
Tel: 0141 887 3942

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