Boys look forward to a busy year to come

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Publications at this time of year often look at the year past and anticipate the months to come.

It was good to see the letter from Bill Stevenson, BB Director for Scotland, doing just that in last week’s Falkirk Herald.

Locally, last year saw a record number of young men complete their Queen’s Badge endeavours, the highest BB award. Two companies reached the national table-tennis competition final with 7th (Abbotsgrange Church) travelling to Southampton. The two premier battalion competitions for the Battalion Colours (Drill) and the Pulpit Fall (Christian faith/ knowledge) went to 2ndrespectively; the latter for the first time.

As 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the death of our founder, Sir William Alexander Smith, we too said sad farewells to BB stalwarts in Bob Forsyth, Iris Slater, Jamie Meiklejohn and Karin Deuchar.

Our 8th annual alternative worship event ‘TurnaBBouT’ in Falkirk Town Hall last March was a highlight with more than 500 members attending the service led by Dave Bremner and Steve Frew, local Commonwealth Games Gymnastic Gold Medalist, accompanied by Larbert Pentecostal Church Christian Rock Band.

Looking forward, the 9th such event will take place on March 6 in FTH the theme” It’s a Small World”.

Details and fliers for all boys will be out later this month.

Again it may well be a bumper year for Queensmen and this battalion will host the presentations for all Mid Scottish District recipients in May.

Local teams are still in contention in the national BB competitions in table-tennis and the Masterteam quiz. Good luck in again progressing successfully.

On a personal note, my thanks for the year past in receiving the information which enables me to pass on the battalion news and in anticipation of even more ‘correspondents’ keeping me so informed.