Funding, fellowship and fun

From information forwarded to me, the need for funding for nearly all companies seems to occupy quite some time, to enable as wide a range of activities as possible to be offered to the boys.

Typically, 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church), with all three sections up and running for the new session, has already realised £263 from a bag-pack at the Falkirk Branch of B&M; worked with the Girls’ Brigade at a joint stall at their Church Fayre; and held sponsored cycle runs from their clubrooms, the Junior and Anchor Sections going to the Helix Park and Company Section boys to the Falkirk Wheel.

They too like other companies at this time of year have been making arrangements for their whole Company to be at Church for Dedication Services where officers and boys are reminded that the Boys’ Brigade is more than just an organisation for fun through activities and badges but also a means for fellowship in the ‘advancement of Christ’s Kingdom amongst boys and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness’.

However, parts of the ‘means’ do involve fun and activities, none more so than the Alan Douglas Trophy for Junior Sections. The trophy, in memory of a former Lifeboy leader, Alan Douglas, who once had a jewellery shop in Prince’s Street, Falkirk, was held this year in St James’ Church on Saturday, September 26. Teams from eight companies were involved in a variety of ‘circuit activities’ testing the boys variously in puzzles, physical activities, ball skills, computing, concentration and such skills appropriate to their age. Winners were also from St James’ Church (7th Falkirk) with 1st Grangemouth coming second, closely followed by 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church).

Congratulations to everyone for an enjoyable day, thanks to Jim McLean and his organising team.