Away in Cumbria for a few days, I perhaps should no longer be surprised to have been randomly seated at mealtimes alongside a former 25th Newcastle BB member.
He recalled his participation in their brass band as a bugler. The band was in demand at BB parades and at miners’ gala days as well as he himself playing the ‘Last Post‘ at war memorial services.
Falkirk & District used to have a number of BB bands but despite our battalion being fairly large none survives beyond a few individual musicians. Probably the largest of the former bands, from 1st Denny & Dunipace (Westpark Church), became a separate unit and exists now as the Denny & Dunipace Pipe Band. Its founder, the late John Deuchars, was the BB Captain.
Back at my desk, I find the Junior Section Spiritual Competition was very well supported on October 26 with 15 teams from 12 companies taking part. Both the quiz and the craft activity of the Garden of Eden were credits to the lads. The organiser David McClements compliments all boys on their efforts and behaviour with congratulations to the winners 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church).
1st Polmont (Brightons Church) and and 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) were only just behind. Would that their ‘big brothers’ from the Company Section turn out in such numbers and enthusiasm in the Pulpit Fall Competition in February, for which Christian Faith Convenor Daniel Green has already circulated details.
As well as fundraising events on November, 1 and 25, 1st Grangemouth is appealing for help in running its Junior and Anchor Boys Sections on Thursdays at Abbotsgrange Church. If you can offer an hour or so, please nip along and see what’s involved with this enthusiastic age group.
Well done to Niall Rolland from BB HQ at Carronvale who recently completed the Berlin Marathon to help raise funds for the Lymphoma Research Trust.