Glasgow Road , Paisley PA1 3PA
Telephone: 0141-889 7060
e-mail: Church Office
Scottish Charity No: SC007484
SHERWOOD GREENLAW CHURCH
THE BOYS BRIGADE
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A belated Happy New Year from the 22nd.
We had a great time in the run up to the Christmas holidays, going to the Paisley Players’ panto at Gallowhill Community Centre and taking part in our Christmas parties. We’re very grateful to the congregation for supporting our Christmas card delivery service so generously this year. We raised just shy of £114, some of which went towards our Christmas festivities.
We’ve had a good start to 2017, with all of our members remembering to come back after the holidays. On any given night, we have between 40 and 50 boys coming along to take part in the BB.
We were sorry to record the departure of Julie Smith as an Officer in the Anchors, as she moves on to Bishopton with Yvonne to begin an exciting new chapter in their lives. Julie had played an important part in the Anchors over the last few years and will be missed by boys and staff alike.
I was grateful to receive a generous donation from our “Man in the States”, Kyle Greer, at the beginning of the year and Kyle sends his best wishes to the Company.
In the last couple of weeks, our Company Section boys have taken part in Battalion competitions in ten pin bowling and swimming. We didn’t score a medal placing in the ten pin bowling but the boys enjoyed taking part. At the time of going to press, the swimming results are not yet available.
Looking to the month ahead, we have four senior boys attending “Building Your Skills” training this month. Training is led by the Battalion training committee (of which our Andrew Dinnett is an integral part) and will be hosted here in Sherwood Greenlaw. The training is one of the final elements the four boys need in order to be eligible for the President’s Badge. The boys will also be spending some time helping in the Anchors and Juniors, as they require 10 hours of service within the company to be eligible for the badge.
Our Juniors will be taking part in a sponsored “team marathon” this month, involving a huge number of laps round the lower hall. We wish them well as they embark on this challenge.
We also have our coffee morning coming up on Saturday 4th March. As ever, we would be grateful for donations of your delicious home baking! Please keep your eye on the intimation sheet for full details and ticket information nearer the time.
Sure & Steadfast
David Syme Company Captain
22nd PAISLEY COMPANY THE BOYS' BRIGADE
BBB REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY REPORT
Cpl David Mason, Cpl Gregor Chau, L/Cpl Jack Anderson and myself (David Syme) had the honour of representing the BB in the parade at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday (13th November). We were the only Scottish company represented, joining with a small contingent of three Northern Irish and two English companies. This was the first time that the 22nd had taken part in this event.
The trip started with an early rise on Saturday morning to catch a flight to Gatwick. After a few hours of travelling, we dropped our bags at our home for the night, the YHA hostel on Bolsover Street and took the tube to visit the Arsenal ground. There we took a tour which included the Directors’ Box, changing rooms, press rooms, tunnel and dugout. We then visited several trendy clothes shops that I have never heard of and grabbed a burger and chips at Jamie's Diner. In the evening we went on a Jack the Ripper walking tour and finished the day off with the obligatory visit to McDonalds.
On Sunday we got up and headed straight to our meeting point. There was about 90 minutes of waiting around until the service started. We were quite far back in the parade but there was a big screen nearby and we could see what was going on at the Cenotaph itself. After the main service and wreath laying finished, there was another wait of almost an hour until our part of the parade moved off and marched past the Cenotaph. As columns beside us moved off, there was great applause from the crowd, particularly for the Chelsea Pensioners and the Gurkhas.
The boys all agreed it was a really humbling experience to see so many men and women who had taken part in conflicts gather together to remember the sacrifices made by their family and friends. It was especially moving to see a few young men who had lost limbs and a few older men and women who were frail on their feet but determined to walk beside their wheelchairs rather than sit in them.
We were one of the last to move off and marched past the Cenotaph and round the corner to Horse Guards Parade where Prince Charles was taking the salute. A bonus of waiting so long to move off was that the National Anthem played almost immediately after we marched past Prince Charles and there was no waiting around at the end of the parade. The main event over, we went off for some pizza and last minute shopping before beginning the journey home.