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Boys` Brigade - November 2010

Summer is over, nights are longer, and a new session is well under way, yet it only seems like yesterday that we were enjoying the good summer weather. Oh well.

Company section numbers stand at 26, and we have been extremely fortunate that we have retained all our senior boys again. As last year we have a group of over a dozen or so who are working towards their Queen’s Badge and/or their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Indeed we have already had boys out this session doing the expedition part of the DOE Award, at bronze, silver, and gold standards.

Company Section is for boys in P7 through to S6, and meets on a Friday from 7.30 – 10.00p.m. (from 6.30 for the band) We are still very happy to welcome new members, so if you know any boy who is interested in joining them, please encourage them to come along.

Junior Section with about 15 boys, is now reaping the benefit of the wider programme that leading officer Sandy Moffat has introduced. The boys continue to enjoy themselves and that is the main thing, otherwise they wouldn’t turn up on a Wednesday. They have been taking part in a potted sports competition, and on 6th December compete in the Battalion 5 a side football competition. I will let you know how they get on, but after the great result at the sports in the summer I think they will do well. As with Company Section, we would still welcome any boys who wish to join. The section (for boys in P4 – P6) meets on a Wednesday from 7.00 – 8.15p.m.

Anchor Boy Section the one section in the company that we were worried about last session. Thankfully they continue to hang on in there and indeed have seen a mini revival. Starting back with just 2 boys we now have a small but select band of 6 boys, and what a great bunch of wee laddies they are. They took part in an Anchor Boys craft day at Inverkeithing church a few weeks ago, and hand painted balloons, made pictures of outer space, and made rocket ships out of card and paper. They also had their faces painted, before finishing the afternoon off with a number of games and a singsong. They had a great time joining in with Anchor Boys from other companies.

The Section for boys in P1 – P3 meets on a Wednesday from 6p.m. to 7p.m. and if you know any boy who might be interested in joining us the please encourage them to come along and join our mad half dozen.

The company section went off to Craggan, an outdoor centre on the shores of Loch Tay from 29th to 31st October for a weekend of outdoor games, indoor games, and Christian fellowship. After the horrendous weather we endured last year, we were hoping for better weather this year. Let’s face it, it couldn’t be any worse.

On our return, the section goes into a flurry of National and Battalion competitions, so we will be very busy for the next few months.

Now please don’t panic but Christmas is just around the corner, so it is. It seems to get earlier every year, it really does. The company will once again be delivering Christmas cards for and on behalf of all at the Abbey. The BB post box will be on duty in the nave, on Sundays 28th November, 5th and 12th December, ready to receive your cards till 11a.m. on Sunday 12th December.

Thereafter officers and boys will be sorting the cards for delivery and will endeavour to have all your cards delivered by 20th December. Price will be 18p per card. We would urge you to entrust delivery of your cards to us, by posting them in the post box on any of the dates above. We deliver to Dunfermline, Rosyth, Crossford, Charlestown, Limekilns, Cairneyhill, Dalgety Bay, Townhill, Crombie, Wellwood, Saline, Comrie, and Carnock.

I could go on writing, but I think there is enough in my report to keep you up to date on what your BB company is up to.

It just remains for me to wish each and every one of you a peaceful Christmas, and a very Happy New Year, and I hope Santa is good to you all.

Good King Wenceslas, phoned Domino Pizza on Christmas Eve for a take away. The assistant asked if he wanted to try their festive special.
‘What is the festive special?’ Wenceslas asked.
‘Deep pan, crisp and even’ said the assistant. Ho Ho Ho!

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