Services mark start of a new session

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The 3rd Falkirk Company held its enrolment service at the Peoples Church on September 14 and it will soon be followed by other companies in the Battalion as boys and officers re affirm their Christian commitment to the work undertaken by the BB.

The enrolment service for 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) service was scheduled for last weekend.

In a less formal setting, at Scotts in Grangemouth, officers and friends from 1st Grangemouth and 3rd Bo’ness (Old Kirk) had an enjoyable evening of fellowship and meal together on September 20. What a great idea for staff who often only get together ‘in uniform’.

Along the same lines, as well as fundraising, 1st Larbert (West Church) is planning a supper dance in the Plough Hotel on November 29, with Malcolm Dougall at the keyboard. Tickets are £10 from Margaret, (01324) 570238, and Mary (01324) 552239. Anyone remember the ’60s dinner dances at the Plough with Bruno Korda and his band?

Fundraising too is on the agenda for 3rd Falkirk as it is organising a sponsored ascent of Ben Lomond on October 5. Sounds exhausting; as does the efforts of our neighbours in Strathkelvin Battalion where 16 young leaders undertook a 55-hour marathon five-a-side game from September 11 to 14.

They are waiting confirmation from Guinness to confirm this world record. The event had good media coverage and publicity for the Brigade. Well done lads!

Skipper Ernie Firth from 1st Haggs (Haggs Church) took the opportunity again this year to attend the Brigade Annual Conference/ Council held in Glasgow on September 6.

Ernie, a veteran of BB Councils reports, said this was one of the best in the modern format with ample time to discuss the matters under consideration.