Battalion activities are back in full swing

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There was a wonderful turnout of Junior Section boys for their five-a-side football competition on January 24 at Carronvale House. Sixteen teams from 12 companies played into the afternoon with 2nd Larbert (Old Church) beating 1st Larbert (West Church) in the final. 1st Bothkennar & Carronshore (Bothkennar & Carronshore Church) was third. Thanks to officers, staff and parents who helped and a special mention to Alan Macfarlane, referee for all the games.

Two days later, the Company Section junior and senior fives took place at Grangemouth High School. Five junior teams played with 1st Polmont (Brightons Church) easing 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) into second place. In the ‘seniors’ 2nd Larbert took the honours with 1st Polmont and 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church) the next two.

On January 17, Braes High was venue for the Company Section badminton challenges. Six junior pairs from four companies lobbed and smashed, with 5th Larbert (Baptist Church) relegating 2nd Larbert and 1st Polmont into the next two places. Twelve teams of seniors from eight companies took part with 2nd Larbert finishing ahead of 1st Grangemouth and their own ‘B’ team.

On January 25, Jim Goldie, former Captain, Battalion Secretary and current Company Section chairman. joined 24 members at the Falkirk & District Stedfast Association annual church service in Zetland Church, Grangemouth, with new minister, the Rev Alison Meikle.

A former member of 76th Glasgow Company, founded in 1887, Jim enjoyed a heritage with a seemingly unique feature where from 1890 ex-members attended the weekly Bible Classes alongside serving officers and boys. leading to reunions and the beginnings of the Stedfast Associations.