Companies remember death of BB founder

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Saturday is the centenary of the death of Sir William Alexander Smith, the founder of the BB, three years before this battalion began in 1917.

Various local companies were already functioning by then including 1st Polmont (Brightons Church), launched in 1886, just three years after the first company, 1st Glasgow, began.

His legacy cannot be overstated. Through his energy and vision, emerged not only the BB worldwide but also The Scouts, Girls’ Brigade and Guides.

On April 23 ties between the local Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade were seen at the Girls Brigade Area AGM at Haggs Church where after the ‘business’, those present were fed and entertained. Present from the BB were the Battalion President, Daniel Green; Company Chaplains Helen Christie and Michael Philip as well as former Battalion Chaplain Richard Smith, who is long associated with both organisations.

On May 18 boys from 2nd Larbert (Old Church) will represent the battalion in the Guard of Honour for the Lord High Commissioner at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Battalion convenors are reminded of the meeting at Brightons Church on May 12 at 7.30p.m. to consider budgets and dates to ensure smooth running and overall battalion costs.

A great turnout (in the rain) saw 11 Junior teams take part in their sports on April 24 with 1st Polmont emerging winners. However, they were just eased into second place in the JS Efficiency Trophy by 2nd Larbert. Well done!