With only a week or so into 2018, it was good to see representatives from ten of our companies attending the joint Junior/ Company Committee Meeting at Brightons on 15th January. The plans for the Battalion Centenary were outlined as I indicated last week. However alongside these plans are the usual competition plans which sometimes we take a little for granted, but nonetheless essential to keep inter-company contact alive and well, thanks to the work behind the scenes of the various convenors. Soon these will include the Anchor Boys’ Fun Day; Figure Marching; Christian Faith; Drill; Football; Table Tennis; Volleyball; Vaulting; First Aid; Chess; etc the results of which will, after no doubt keen rivalry, start to become known. One or two companies are still involved in the BB National Competitions usually involving by this stage some travelling and meeting boys from other areas of Scotland. 1st Polmont (Brightons Church) will be travelling to Kilmarnock for the Masterteam Quiz Scottish Final. 1st Grangemouth (Abbotsgrange Church) is still involved with the Table Tennis as is 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church) with Football. The National Cross Country races will soon too be hosted at Renfrew, where we hope to be represented in all three age categories. Good luck to all involved. Changed plans for the National 5-a-Sides for next session resulted in some disquiet which will be passed to the national organiser for his consideration; hopefully to benefit boys taking part but realising the huge task it often is to bring together teams from the length and breadth of the land. The Battalion Executive Committee meets tonight (Thursday) and it should be noted, not at it’s usual venue but at Bainsford Church, where, featured in last week’s ‘Falkirk Herald’ we saw pictured, the presentation of the Heart Defibrillator, I recently mentioned; the culmination of joint efforts there, by the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades. Good co-operation; good result!