National success for Boys Brigade

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At Greenock on Saturday, May 9, 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church), on their 14th appearance in the BB Table Tennis National Finals in the last 15 years, beat the other teams from over the UK to win the National Title, emulating their performances in 2002 and 2010. Great achievement boys! Congratulations and also to your Coach Willie Ballantine.

That was a busy weekend for the company as they also held their Parents’ Night, when their consistency over the session was recognised in both the Junior and Company Sections’ Efficiency Trophies being awarded by the Battalion President Daniel Green and Junior Section Secretary, Carol Callahan. A big night for the whole company, in particular for five attaining their President’s Badges and five others receiving their Queen’s Badges, the highest award in the Brigade. Guest of honour was the Rector of Grangemouth High school Paul Dunn.

Tribute was paid to Kevin Lyon who is standing down not only after many years a company officer there and having given sterling service as Drill Convenor.

Before school summer holidays ‘proper’, 5th Larbert (Baptist Church) took advantage of May weekend to have 38 members attend the outdoor facilities at Dalguise. Early activities were archery and use of the giant swing with an outdoor ‘murder mystery’ activity. Next day was raft-building then, undaunted and dried off, everyone (including the skipper) scaled a 75 foot Douglas Fir rang the bell at the top, then abseiled down. More sedately boys built their own robots after tea. Not even the poorer Sunday weather stopped the use of the zip wire, nor use of the sensory trail, having waited for a lull in the weather, learning fencing. (wonder if it was post‘n’wire or chain-link!) After such activities everyone slept soundly – hopefully after (not during) evening prayers.