Having mentioned the Company Section drill competition last week, the Juniors too were taking part in their figure marching (in my time known as maze marching). Held at Denny Westpark Church hall, the honours were shared this year by teams from 1st Polmont (Brightons Church) and 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church), who could not be separated by judges Charles Clason and Eddie Colliar.
The Battalion first aid competition, in yesteryear the Ambulance Competition, took place in Haggs Parish Church Hall in March. 1st Larbert (West Church) scooped the pool, winning both junior and senior events. The boys involved were Callum Grant, Arron Henderson, Owen Brown, Ameen Akthar, and Steven Jenkins. The judges from St Andrew’s First Aid congratulated them along with the other eight teams.
BB table tennis leagues have ended and convenor Willie Ballantine announced that 1st Grangemouth won Division 1 and 1st Larbert Division 2. This competition not only sustains interest through the session but produces quality players. 1st Grangemouth are again in the national BB finals where last year’s winners seem to be missing. This encounter is awaited with interest.
Flagship training for BB Officers is the King George VI Officer Cadet Course, run over two years with a mix of theory, practical and residential experiences. Successful were brothers Jamie and Andrew McLean from 7th Falkirk (St James Church) who complete a fairly unique triple as their sister Linzi also qualified this way. Cameron Lewis and Craig Fraser from 2nd Polmont (Old Church) also graduated and all were presented with their awards by Lord Lieutenant Marjory McLachlan at St Andrew’s Church, Bo’ness.