Boys` Brigade

At the time of writing the Anchor Section has 7 Boys on the books and have been working well throughout the session. Throughout the session they have learnt about the various saint such as St Patrick, St David and St George and are currently learning about Daniel and the lion’s den ready for their Bible Freeze competition. The leadership team of Becky, Christine, Laura , Martin, Pat and Matthew are working well together, however sadly we shall be losing Becky in September as she concentrates on a college course.

Juniors have 12 attending regularly and over the last year have taken part in Battalion and District competitions and events. In September a number of boys attended a weekend camp at Tom Roberts Adventure Centre with 7th Gloucester and 4th Cheltenham and had a great time taking part in Archery, Boating, karting, and fishing. This is a fun packed weekend, where they are on the go all day and it certainly tires them out. In November the boys made a fall of poppies that was displayed in the church over the Remembrance Sunday weekend. A lot of work went into putting the poppies on to the wire mesh. In May a number of boys went on the Battalion Camp that was held at Barton Camp near Weston. They had a trip to Bristol Zoo, Pulton Park, and visits to the beach crabbing. The site has it’s own swimming pool which was very refreshing after a fun packed day.

Company Section have 12 Boys attending regularly, meeting with 7th Gloucester from Christchurch on a Thursday evening. Over the last year we have taken part in many Battalion, District and National events and competitions. We have won the Battalion Bible Quiz and Battalion Masterteam which doubled as the 1st Round of the National Competition. This year we got through to the 4th Round of the National Masterteam with four of our younger boys travelling to Bracknell to take part, but just missed out on getting through to the national finals. Also three of our older boys got through to the 4th Round of the National table tennis.

In April the Senior Boys have organised a trip to Normandy to visit the World War 2 Battlefields. A group of 12 boys and officers are going for a long weekend, which hopefully will be very informative and humbling.

Company camp last year was held at Ringwood, with 7th Gloucester they took part in numerous activities, enjoying time on the lake which is on site, Combat Archery, a trip to the cinema, ten pin bowling and Water Splash.

We have been running the Duke of Edinburgh Award for a number of years now and this year we have a Bronze and Silver Group doing their expedition. Also Jonathon Playdon has completed his Gold Award which will be presented at our Awards Evening in May. He has also has his date for his presentation at Buckingham Palace in the near future. At the time of writing Oliver Wedgbury has gone on a young leaders course to Finland as part of his residential section of the Gold with Margaret and a young leader from 1st Tewkesbury . Michael Pang will also be going to the palace in the summer to steward at one of the garden parties, as has his sister, a great honour and perk of being in the Boy’s Brigade.

And I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20