Last week I indicated plans to celebrate the centenary session of our battalion; also the enormous amount of work it took to arrange the Eton Camp back in 1954.
Whilst we will be trying to cater for hundreds rather than thousands, the great amount of work being undertaken cannot be underestimated and the prayer is that all the companies and boys of the battalion will be able to take as much a part as possible and look back and remember the session as being one to recall that ‘‘I was there!’’ The calendar of planned events will, all being well, be as follows: January 27, Anchor Boy fun day, as previously with a centenary emphasis; March 2, the battalion 12th annual alternative worship event called ‘TurnaBBout’ in Falkirk Town Hall, again with the centenary as a theme. Efforts have been made to appeal to all ages and it is hoped all companies and all sections will be present to enjoy this spectacle of worship, modern music, magic, story telling along with the traditional BB elements. March 10, Grangemouth Sports Complex has been booked all day to cater for football, volleyball, badminton, basketball, etc for the different age group sections. Again as much assistance and attendance will facilitate this happening; April 29, a more conventional service of celebration in the Trinity Church, Falkirk; May 25 and 26, Battalion Camp at Barrwood, hopefully for 200 boys; August 6-12, exhibition in the Howgate Centre, Falkirk; October 27, a dinner closing events of the past year. Other possible plans may result in visits for Anchor Boys and a sleepover for Juniors, to ensure the younger boys can fully be part of the year’s celebrations. Much of this programme can be planned and bookings made but the success always depends on officers and boys being willing to ‘‘go that extra mile’’. Over to you all ... members, helpers, parents and any offer of funding will greatly assist.