Battalion looking to a busy year ahead

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As a new year beckons, the Boys’ Brigade will become 132 years old and our battalion will prepare for its centenary in two years’ time.

Some things change but others remain as foundations of the organisations set up by William Alexander Smith. Locally, a group of officers is engaged in revising the Battalion Constitution, which, to enable consistent operation of the organisation, has to take note of the long-standing aims and objects as well as changes without which we would stagnate.

The group, having taken this on board, is finding the task, only infrequently embarked upon, demanding in the aspects of ensuring correctness and in line with national dictates and local requirements. The efforts hopefully will soon become the new ‘rulebook’ for our continuing efficient functioning.

Nationally, 2015 will see a further change in that Steve Dickinson, the Brigade Secretary, is standing down in July. This very demanding post in terms of responsibility and time commitment is already being advertised and we wish Steve well in his retirement and those seeking to follow in his footsteps every good wish in leading so many young lives in our Christian objectives. Steve in his seasonal message wished everyone a peaceful and blessed Christmas.

More locally 2nd Polmont (Old Parish) now has the date and venue for its Scottish final of the National Masterteam Quiz Competition. It will be hosted by the 1st Cambusnethan Company on February 7; good time for the boys to prepare at least in the subjects where some details are given in advance. Good luck.

1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) finished the year with a last minute invitation to do some bag packing at a local Tesco store. Santa-hatted officers Dave Wilson and Mharie Smith caught my eye in this additional chance to add to the company funds. Good luck and best wishes to all our BB Companies at this threshold of 2015.