Sadly, I report this week on the death of Alison McLennan, a friend and stalwart of the Boys’ Brigade throughout her long life. Many officers from all over Scotland will remember the days when, along with her late husband Tom, they were resident at Carronvale House as caretakers and managers. She died after a short stay in hospital following a fall. A regular worshipper at Larbert West Church, Guild member and local Stedfast Association member, she still took delight in visiting ‘The House’ where she met former officers and friends who were ‘Friends of Carronvale’. She lived with her daughter Sandra who is the captain of 1st Larbert Girls’ Brigade Company. This well loved lady will be sadly missed by many people she has encountered and influenced over her 94 years. Please remember her family in your prayers at this sad time.
On a happier note, 3rd Falkirk (Peoples’ Church) has just returned from their enjoyable trip to Chamonix in France. The party of 30 officers and boys enjoyed activities such as mountain cable cars; travelling through the Mont Blanc tunnel between France and Italy; exploring ice-caves on the longest glacier in Europe; visits to the local ice rink and swimming pool facilities, the latter of which got them out of the blistering summer heat. Their stay at the Chalet Whymper, eating out at restaurants alas seemed all too short but the fellowship and fun will be remembered.
Locally a few companies last year took part in the BB national challenge of variously travelling 1000 km. This year’s event is called “Fifteen for 2015” where boys are invited to report on the results of 15 challenges ranging from climbing a summit to leading a church service and 13 other challenges in between. Interested? The details are on the BB website or can be had from Niall at Carronvale House.