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Proud Day for Boys' Brigade Captain

Gary Hutcheon, Captain of 29th Aberdeen Company of the Boys' Brigade, has been chosen as one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch. He will carry the torch at the Welcome to Brechin road sign for 300 metres on 12 th June. Gary received a"Making a Difference Award" at a ceremony at the Savoy in London in December 2011. This award "for Supporting Young People" was given in recognition of 30 years service as a BB officer.

Aberdeen & District Battalion President, Jim Jamieson, said that everyone at the Brigade is absolutely delighted for Gary. He is an inspiration to all the officers and boys. This honour is well deserved.


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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration - River Pageant - Sunday 3rd June 2012

The organising committee of the River Pageant has asked all the uniformed youth organisations to help them steward the above event on Sunday 3rd June 2012.

During the afternoon the Queen will sail up the River Thames on a Royal Barge under some ten of London's historic bridges. Millions of spectators are expected to line the river and bridges to watch the pageant.

The Boys' Brigade has been asked to provide 90 Young People aged 16 and over in uniform to help steward, sell programmes and provide information. The London District will provide the leaders for the day.

We are therefore seeking nominations from Companies for Young People to represent the BB on this great State occasion in London. The young people should be confident to travel to London unsupervised and get to a central destination in order to be ready to report for a briefing and duty on Sunday 3rd June at 10am. The finishing time is currently unknown. When making nominations, Companies should be aware of the ability of the young people nominated to travel without an adult and to carry out the arranged duties. You may feel it more appropriate for pairs or groups of young people to be nominated so that they can travel together. It would be possible for leaders or parents to accompany the young people, but they will not be part of the event and would need, if necessary, to make their own accommodation arrangements.

London District will be arranging over-night accommodation/food on both Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd for all those who cannot travel into London by 10am on the day. All routes into London on the Sunday are going to be extremely busy from early on and the reporting time is crucial for the event.

The Young People or Companies will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from London and any spending money whilst away from home. The young people will need to have photo identification e.g. passport or similar in order to be issued with an Official Security Badge for the event.

If you would like to nominate a Young Person(s) then London District needs to have their name, date of birth, email address and mobile phone number by Wednesday 14th March at the latest.

Please send that information to Ron Dunning a Vice President of London District.

Ron will respond as soon as he has more information hopefully later in March.


67th Company news

January was a busy month for 67th. Aberdeen (Mastrick) Company.   Our new Chaplain, Rev Elizabeth Youngson, met the boys and the Leadership Team.   A Jumble Sale/Coffee Morning took place in the Church Hall on Saturday 21st.    £350 was raised for Company and Church funds.   On Monday 23rd. the Junior Section took part in the International Team Games Challenge and on Monday 30th. January, the whole Company, parents, members of the Church and a number of people from the community attended a Burns Supper in the Church Hall, organised by the Company.   £150 was raised for the Boys' Brigade, Church of Scotland World Mission Appeal.


A Happy New Year to All

At the start of this new year I look forward to a productive year in the battalion.  The executive is to visit companies, not to inspect them but to see what help the Battalion can be to them and try to answer any queries companies may have. I look forward to taking part in the training that is coming up particularly the YLT courses where I can meet with the new officers joining the Battalion. The Anchor section fun day is coming up and that is a fun afternoon always plenty of action and noise. Also the Juniors competition day. another action filled afternoon culminating in a section winning the Bisset trophy. The Company Section have still a few competitions and activities that boys can take part in. I do hope that sections encourage their boys to take part and make the activities a success.
Have a good new year and I wish all Boys, officers and helpers every success in 2012.

Jim Jamieson

President


Coffee Morning

A coffee morning was held on Saturday 3rd December 2011 as a thankyou to the many people who contributed towards the first part of the Refurbishment of Battalion Headquarters in Crimon Place.  There was a display of old photos and memorabilia and also some recent photos were displayed. Many of the guests were former members of the Boys' Brigade and were very interested to browse through the display. They were invited to see the improvements that have been made to Headquarters.


 

Battalion Unihoc Competition and Report

The Battalion Unihoc competition was held in Dyce Primary on Sunday 2nd October. Five Companies took part in a close fought competition. The event was held in a league format with each team playing each other. There were some fast and exciting games and scoring was high. By the end each of the teams had won at least one of their games but it was the 44th Aberdeen Coy who won overall being undefeated throughout the competition. Runners up were the 35th Aberdeen Coy and in 3rd place it was the 53rd Aberdeen Coy.

Congratulations and well done to them and our thanks to all the teams and also to the officials  Dave Tait, Alan Garden & Ryan Webster.

 

Support the 22nd Aberdeen Company

The 22nd. Aberdeen Company is attached to Torry St. Fitticks Church.   The Company has been in existence since 1902 but its future is in doubt due to a lack of leadership.

Can YOU help, on a temporary, permanent or occasional basis to ensure that this Company can continue?

For further information or offers of assistance, please contact Malcolm Maclennan, Aberdeen and District Battalion, Church and Community Officer on 07919 106665 or by E-mail on maclennan103@yahoo.com.

 

 

Appeal for Leather Colour Holders

67th Company do not have a set (two) of leather colour holders to use when their colours are carried.   If any active Company or any disbanded Company was willing to loan or sell any set that is no longer used by them, this would be appreciated.   If so please contact Malcolm Maclennan, Captain, on mobile 07919 106665 or by E-mail on 67aberdeenbb@gmail.com

 

Boys' 125 Years Under Canvas

The 1st Ellon Company celebrated the movement's 125th anniversary this year. Read the Daily Record article here.

 

Gazette Rollercoaster Competition

Boys from the 20th Company at Tullos School entered their drawings in a competition in the Gazette to design a new rollercoaster.

The prize was a trip to Alton Towers. Although they didn`t win, we are delighted to announce that Norman McLeod of 20th Junior Section gained a top five place in this nationwide competition.

Many congratulations to Norman (pictured right) who received his certificate at The United Free Church prize-giving on 26th June 2011.

Norman receiving his certificate at The United Free Church prize-giving on 26th June 2011


Fundraising - Sale and Bennachie Walk

The 67th Company held a sale to raise funds for their Company. It was a great success and raised in excess of £400.

They followed it with a walk up Bennachie in the afternoon. It looks like they had a great time. Where did they find the energy?

Well done everyone!

 


Garden Party at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh - 5th July 2011

As Battalion Secretary, I was honoured to be chosen to attend the Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh on 5th July 2011 as representative of Aberdeen & District Battalion. Before the invitation arrives, everyone has to be checked to make sure they are suitable to attend. (You see, good behaviour is always a winner, boys!) I was so excited when the invitation arrived as it was postmarked "Buckingham Palace". My friend and I decided to stay overnight and do some shopping next day. We arrived at the hotel at lunchtime. The gates opened at 3pm and we arrived there about 3.05 to find a huge queue. Some people must have started queuing about 1pm! A policeman told us to have our photographic identity and ticket ready to show when we got to the entrance.We must have looked really strange to the tourist buses passing - all the ladies in their glad rags and hats, the men in kilts and  smart suits. Some people on the buses were actually taking photos!

When we finally got in, we had to try to get to a good position to see everyone. The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Edward and First Minister, Alex Salmond, came down a red carpeted stairway. They all looked relaxed and happy to be there. Prince Edward spoke to the lady standing next to me. He seemed to be really nice. That was the closest I got to any of them. We then went to the tent for a much needed cuppa and some lovely, dainty cakes. Then we found a couple of seats and chatted to some nice people from Fife. The Queen also went to the Royal Tent for her tea. I'm sure they were all ready for their tea too. Then, about 6pm, the Queen led everyone back inside and that was the end of our Garden Party.

It was a really lovely experience.The rain had stayed off and it was worth having sore feet standing in high heels all afternoon.The only down side was that cameras were not allowed and mobile phones had to be switched off, so unfortunately, I don't have any photos to share with you.


Celebrate Aberdeen Parade - 11th June 2011

Boys from the 20th and 44th Companies took part in the Celebrate Aberdeen Parade.

The Parade took place on Saturday 11th June 2011 down Union Street.

We walked from Albyn Place to the Castlegate carrying banners and a huge balloon.

 

Dan MacIver of the 44th Company carried our flag. There were more than 130 different voluntary groups in the parade. When we reached the Castlegate and looked back down Union Street, it was a fantastic sight. Thanks to all the boys who took part. First Group were our sponsors and Joe Mackie, a director of the Company walked with us. Our grateful thanks to him for joining us.


Queens Badge Presentation 2011

The Queen’s Badge is awarded to those participants who have demonstrated engagement across a full range of Boys’ Brigade activities. They will have gained knowledge and had direct experience of Leadership, both at company level and in their community. The recipients of the award will have given their time on a voluntary basis which is generally recognised by the Scottish Government with an additional MV award. The Queen’s Badge award is regarded as the highest award the Boys’ Brigade can offer young people and is equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver award.
Queen's Badge

Guard of Honour - Edinburgh 21st / 22nd May 2011

In response to a specific invitation, Aberdeen and District Battalion were able to send two seniors and two officers to the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland – Guard of Honour for the Lord High Commissioner, The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. The seniors from 1st Kintore, David and Martin, along with one of their officers, David Richie, were accompanied by the Battalion President and travelled down to Edinburgh on the Saturday morning. The party were hosted by Edinburgh and Leith Battalion at their Leith premises which was used as the base for the short stay.


After a sandwich and drink, the party made their way to the Nation Museum of Scotland at the request of the boys, for a tour of the many artefacts on display. At closing time the party were reminded to leave so the next stop was a walk around the Castle area to get the layout for the parade. After returning to the Leith premises, the party went down to the Ocean Terminal to have dinner. The venue selected was “Frankie and Benny’s” and the wait for a table allowed time for a look see from a distance of The Royal Yacht Britannia. The food was good even if the restaurant was busy. Then it was back to our accommodation for a game of pool, some basket ball practice and a good night’s sleep.

After breakfast on Sunday morning, the party got into uniform packed up and headed for the parade. The boys endured some rain and rather cold conditions as they formed up below the Castle. A pipe band and a bugle band accompanied the march to St. Giles Cathedral where the “Guard” was inspected by The Lord Wilson of Tillyorn and he spoke to both David and Martin. After the formalities of Guard Duty, the Parade headed across the Mound to St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church were the Rev Ian Gilmore lead the service with the BB Silver Band leading the praise. After the service finished, there was a march past and dismiss before returning home. A really good weekend!


 

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