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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We’re now into the last month of our session. Our Inspection and Display will take place on 19th May in the Upper Hall at 7.30pm and you are invited to join us on that date to celebrate the end of another successful session of the 22nd. As Rev Murning announced at the recent uniformed organisations service, we hope to present two Queen’s Badges and four President’s Badges, each representing many, many hours of hard work put in by the boys who are due to receive them.
The school Easter holidays lead to a natural break in BB activity at the beginning of April but we’ve still managed to cram in quite a bit since our last report.
Just before the Easter break, we had a water theme to our night, when each section learnt a little bit about the work of the charity WaterAid, which provides safe drinking water and other vital services in developing countries. Each section heard about the transformation of lives of children in other countries through the work of WaterAid and the boys all kindly agreed to donate their subs on the evening to the work of WaterAid. The Officers agreed to top that donation up with some of the money raised at our coffee morning, meaning we have over £100 going to support the vital work of that charity.
The Company Section carried the water theme through to their sponsored event that evening, raising money for our camp and other activities by carrying containers of water round the hall for approx. 6km, the distance many women and children must carry water for in developing countries. Well done to the boys for participating with (on the most part!) enthusiasm and determination, despite the odd leaking container.
Following our Easter break, the boys who are due to move up next session, either from Anchors to Juniors and from Juniors to Company Section, have spent a little time in their new section in each case, being introduced to the boys and getting used to the different activities. We hope that will help these boys make the move up to the next section and encourage them to return next session.
Our oldest boys in the Company Section visited “The Experience” in Hillington at the end of April and took part in an evening of laser quest and go karting. A great time was had by all and some pictures can be found on the BB facebook page.
We’re now looking forward to our annual adventure weekend, when we’ll be heading off to Barcaple centre near Castle Douglas from 5th to 7th May. We’ll be updating our facebook page with news and pictures as the weekend progresses, so please “like” our page to see updates.
Other than that, we’ll be working hard to prepare for our display and looking forward to enjoying the summer break.
Sure & Steadfast
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.