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In My View: School tragedy is a wake-up call

When I ask my daughter how school was every day, her non-committal response is usually benign and done with a shrug. It was different last week though – and it was terrifying.

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Most important year at uni but I’m looking forward to it

Most important year at uni but I’m looking forward to it

It’s not often that I admit I’m looking forward to going back to university – this time last year I was dreading going back!

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Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

New officers must win public’s trust

The largest ever intake of officers passed out from basic training at the Scottish Police College last Friday.

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Campfire fun at Barrwood

Camping it up at Barrwood

THERE was fun and games as the sun shone down on the 27th’s family day.

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Stephen McGuire

Text of the week

‘All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.’ (John 6:37)

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In My View: Time to grin and ‘Bear’ Chicago blues once again

In My View: Time to grin and ‘Bear’ Chicago blues once again

The only football season I’m interested in started last week and I’ve already developed an ulcer over my team’s lack of success.

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Letter from the Editor: Lost in the world of paint colours

Letter from the Editor: Lost in the world of paint colours

It’s more than 30 years since I bought my first house so my memories of how it was decorated are a bit hazy.

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Let’s back Strachan and Co... all the way to the World Cup

Let’s back Strachan and Co... all the way to the World Cup

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, football has never been something I’ve particularly followed.

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Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Don’t make it easy for home break-in

There has been a recent spate of break-ins to homes, with the offenders using an easy method of entry.

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Jamborette 2018 is coming...

Jamborette 2018 is coming...

Explorer Scouts from across the world are gearing up for a camping extravaganza aimed at transforming their lives.

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Kate Livingstone: The rise of the animal invaders

Kate Livingstone: The rise of the animal invaders

Last Sunday, I saw something I have not seen for years - the bottom of my ironing basket.

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Fr Jamie Boyle

Text of the week

‘Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.’ (MK 1:35)

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Letter from the Editor: Daring to dream of Russia 2018

Letter from the Editor: Daring to dream of Russia 2018

I had vowed this would never again but once more I find myself getting my hopes up that Scotland might qualify for a major football tournament.

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Pet of the Week: Troy

Pet of the Week: Troy

Troy, a lovely 11-year-old black collie cross , is looking for a special someone who will offer him a forever home.

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In My View: When will I be old enough to grab a bargain?

In My View: When will I be old enough to grab a bargain?

Just a few weeks home from an absolutely wonderful summer holiday Mr and Mrs B have already been flooded with invitations to do it all again.

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Miss Scotland runner-up... I’m still bursting with pride

Miss Scotland runner-up... I’m still bursting with pride

I’m still not off cloud nine. It has been a week since the Miss Scotland finals and although I was sure I’d be back on planet Earth by now, truth be told I’m still away with the faries!

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Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong

Consider this: one punch is all it takes

While working at the weekend in the Falkirk area it was obvious that alcohol played a significant part in isolated incidents of violence.

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Scouting: What’s it all about?

Scouting: What’s it all about?

I was talking with a friend about the start of the new Scouting term when he asked me why we wear a scarf around our necks and a load of badges on our arms and chests.

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The calm before the storm of a new session

The calm before the storm of a new session

There comes a time each BB year when camps and summer activities are past and with the new session yet to start when reporting on activities within the battalion is challenging. However, behind the scenes there are stirrings to enable nearly 20 companies spread throughout Falkirk District to begin weekly meetings for busy and exciting times ahead; catering for boys from Primary 2 to S6. This pattern extends all over the country from the first BB company 1st Glasgow, back from its traditional annual campsite at Tighnabruiaich, to the most recently established units which go on allowing the organisation to continue growing. Perhaps your local company is planning celebrating the 100th anniversary of juniors in the Brigade? Help in this respect with posters, cards and ideas is available from the BB centrally, online. Maybe officers are planning to attend the BB conference in Manchester in September and, even if not, then their voting potential on the motions to be decided on can be done with a proxy vote. Planning is the name of the game during this ebb in activities. Bought any new gear this year ready for the start? Is it insured? Although the BB provides public liability insurance, its suppliers, Towergate, can also provide additional cover for particular needs of companies. Now is the time also to decide if your company will be taking part in the national competitions which, over the years, have successfully been part of our local activities. The Battalion resumes meetings and planning for this auspicious year when it also celebrates 100 years of its existence, having started during the dark days of the First World War. As this new session starts, there is much to anticipate with excitement and the signs are already in evidence with posters appearing along with fliers and intimations in the press, churches and schools. Best recruitment is achieved by word of mouth and personal invitation.

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The Bible

Text of the week

‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46, v10. GNB)

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