It’s time to mention a few of our stalwarts

As the session comes to a close let’s look at some people who have influenced the lives of boys over a considerable time.

Jim Goldie, a previous Captain of 5th Larbert (Baptist Church), came out of retirement two years ago to assist as Company Section Chairman. This year he indicated his wish to resume a less active roll and Brian Allan, Captain of 2nd Larbert (Old Church), was elected, the position effective in the new session. Jim was thanked for his help. Similarly Douglas Pennie, Officer I/C of the Junior Section at 1st Falkirk (Grahamston United Church) also stood down after five years as Junior Section Committee Chairman. In the new session David Young from 3rd Falkirk (Peoples Church) will shoulder the role.

Another stalwart, Kevin Lyon, who has not only been a company officer in Grangemouth for many years but also Battalion Drill Convener for the last thirty, is standing down from both roles in May. He will be missed and I suspect he too will miss his involvement. He has set Drill Competition ‘papers’, helped companies needing drill support, still a mainstay of the BB ethic. In demand as a Drill Adjudicator, he fulfilled that role just recently for Stirling Battalion where he felt the standard, whilst good, was not up to that exhibited by his own, where the week before 2nd Larbert had narrowly finished ahead of 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) at the competition in Grangemouth. The winners not only hold the trophy but have the honour of parading the Battalion Colours.

Dave Wilson 1st Grangemouth’s skipper, was honoured last month by Falkirk Council when he was awarded two ‘Scroll Awards’ for his lifetime achievement in promoting Boys’ Brigade, sporting Events and activities. Good to hear of such recognition for the BB. Well done ‘Boss’