The 130th Glasgow Company, The Boys' Brigade is a youth organisation based in Broomhill in the west end of Glasgow, Scotland. Our three age sections all meet on Friday nights during school term time and membership is open to boys between the ages of 5 and 18. Each section runs a packed but varied programme of activities and events that is not only energetic but challenging and enjoyable.
Junior Section Summer 2018
Another session came to a close when the boys joined with the Company Section for a very successful Inspection and Display on May 18. Junior Section participated in a number of items during the evening, including a display of the figure marching routine mastered by the boys set to the track, There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back. There was also a chance to some off some gymnastic abilities as well as an opportunity to find ‘volunteers’ from the audience to take part in some energetic games based around plastic cones!
The night concluded with the prizegiving ceremony where a number of boys picked up awards. Congratulations go to all the boys who went home with awards with special mentions for Gabriel Colquhoun and Logan MacLeod who achieved perfect attendance, Robert Buchan and Daniel Gillatt who shared the PE award and Calum Brown who won the Drill award.
Donald Mathison collected the Best Junior Boy award whilst Logan MacLeod won the overall Best Boy award for the second year in a row. The best group award for the session went to Group Three led by Logan MacLeod alongside John Luca Mackay, Ethan Walker-Reid and Donald Mathison.
Gabriel Colquhoun and Logan MacLeod were also promoted to Company Section and we wish them well as they begin the next stage of their time within The Boys' Brigade.
The day after our Inspection was our annual trip with Anchor Boys, this year to Blair Drummond Safari Park. We enjoyed glorious sunshine throughout and the boys and leaders enjoyed a great day touring the various enclosures and play areas as well as fitting in a boat ride around Chimpanzee Island and a visit to the sealion show.
We will now be enjoying a relaxing summer break before enrolling for Session 2018-2019 on Friday 31st August from 6.30pm in the large hall. Any boy in P4, P5 and P6 is welcome to come along for more details on joining the section or alternatively, visit www.130thglasgow.co.uk f
Junior Section May 2018
After three weeks off for the Easter holidays, Junior Section has resumed and everyone is looking forward to the final weeks of the session.
With District competitions now finished for the session, culminating in our triumph at the figure marching event last month, there was more good news as we learned we had won the Munro Shield, awarded to the most successful Junior Section in Partick District over the course of the session.
It is seven years since Junior Section won this title and the first time in recent memory that Junior Section and Company Section have held the respective overall District Championships simultaneously. Congratulations to all the boys from Junior Section who participated in events throughout the last year, also picking up many medals along the way.
We are now continuing preparations for our Annual Inspection & Display, putting the finishing touches to the elements we will take part in on the night. As always, all friends of the Company are warmly invited to the display which is jointly held with Company Section and takes place in the large hall on Friday 18th May at 7.00pm.
Our final event of the session, our Annual Trip, is held the day after our display, with Junior Section accompanying Anchor Boys to Blair Drummond Safari Park. It is three years since our last visit so we are looking forward to touring the various enclosures and attractions.
Junior Section March 2018
Since the last article, Junior Section has begun a busy period of the session, with several events and competitions in the near future.
In late January, 10 boys participated in the Subway Adventure, organised by BB Glasgow. Using the Glasgow Underground to visit sites close to the subway route, each team was charged with completing a list of tasks - some easier than others.
Among the challenges completed by our two teams were taking a photo of someone dressed as a headmaster at Scotland Street museum, visiting the Duke of Wellington statue (and his cone!), finding out what was written on a plaque at 331 North Woodside Road (the location of the first ever Boys' Brigade meeting) and learning who presented the statue of St George and Dragon to the people of Glasgow! A great afternoon was had by all - and plenty of exercise was enjoyed by both boys and leaders. My thanks to Helen Jamieson for helping on the day.
In the near future, we hope to be participating in the District Quiz in late-February and we will be hosting the District Figure Marching event in mid-March and will be aiming to retain the trophy we won last session.
Our badgework has also continued during this period, with boys enjoying a flipping good time as they tossed some pancakes! We learned about the day's importance in the run-up to Easter and even managed to sample a few - complete with jam.
Finally, we are looking forward to the second Uniformed Organisations service of the session on Sunday, March 18. We've been fortunate with the weather in recent times and will be hoping once again for some spring sunshine to appear for the parade following the service.
Junior Section April 2018
Junior Section has enjoyed a busy period over the last month, especially in terms of competitions and other events.
In late February, our team of Logan, Daniel and Donald participated in the District General & Bible Knowledge Quiz and performed excellently to finish second from the six teams participating.
There was further success at the District Ten-Pin Bowling competition in early March as Matthew and DJ finished joint top of the Junior age group, with Donald finishing in the runner up spot. In the intermediate age group, Calum won the gold medal with the highest score of the evening whilst Gabriel also achieved success in winning the Senior age group.
Our last competition of the session was the District Figure Marching, which we hosted in mid-March. Our two squads did exceptionally well, finishing in first and third places, which meant the section has won this competition for three years in a row. Well done to all the boys who participated in these events over recent weeks.
Finally, we saw a good turnout for the uniformed organisations' service. Despite mentioning our hope for spring sunshine in the last magazine, we got snow instead, but it didn't prevent us from parading in a rather chilly march past following morning worship.
Due to the way dates fall, Junior Section will have three Fridays off around the Easter break but when we return we will be busy with preparations focused on our Annual Inspection & Display on Friday 18th May.
Junior Section February 2018
Junior Section is now back in full swing and is looking forward to a calendar of competitions and events between now and Easter.
Prior to Christmas, Junior Section joined with Anchor Boys to enjoy a sledging trip on the indoor ski slope at Braehead and this was followed in December by another joint outing to the King’s Theatre to see the pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.
In late January, the boys will be taking part in a new event, the Subway Adventure. Organised by BB Glasgow, the boys will travel around the Glasgow Underground and will be tasked with completing various challenges in a treasure hunt type event.
Our normal Friday night programme has also now resumed with boys participating in their usual badgework activities, mixed in with figure marching practise and various type of games. In terms of competitions, both the General & Bible Knowledge Quiz and Figure Marching events are taking place in the next few months and we will hopefully have some success to report on in the near future.