Death of another BB stalwart is sad loss

Again with sadness, I have to report another death of a long-serving officer.

Iris, wife of Ian Slater, former and honorary captain of 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church) died on June 13 after a fairly short illness, although she had not been well over a much longer period.

Always a great support for Ian, a past Battalion President, she particularly served the junior BB members at Bainsford and she and Ian were long term battalion representatives on the Church of Scotland Boys’ Brigade World Mission Committee; going right back to the fondly remembered days of the Life Boy ‘Christmas Appeal’. Ian, Iris and their son Jimmy have been officers in the company and battalion in various capacities and are also Stedfast Association members. Please remember Ian and Jimmy in your prayers at this sad time.

Preparations are again underway for the battalion’s alternative worship event ‘TurnaBBouT’ in Falkirk Town Hall on Friday, March 6, 2015; the ninth such annual event to be staged, which we hope will again attract all the boys in the battalion from all sections.

The Rev. Andrew Sarle, the new battalion chaplain, attended the planning meeting and contributed ideas which can enhance the production. Andrew, the newly appointed interim moderator and locum minister at Bainsford Church has had various contacts with the BB company there, having worked alongside the retiring minister, Rev.Michael Philip.

A recent meeting of captains and Queen’s Badge mentors in Falkirk High School allowed less experienced officers to hear from previous Battalion Queen’s Badge advisor, Eddie Colliar, all that is expected of boys, officers and parents in supporting intended candidates during the onerous aspects of the badge requirements. Next session there may be an unprecedented number of candidates.