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First Bangor Boy's Brigade

Captains Blog

The following are some Captains Blogs/reports from the Captain of 1st Bangor Boys Brigade.

Captains Blog: August 2016

It seems a long time ago since our last Venture article.  In April we held our Annual Inspection & Display when we welcomed Rev David Stanfield as our Inspecting Officer.  During the evening we were entertained by some ‘Do this Do that’ by the Anchor Boys who were also displaying their football skills as they prepared for the Road to France.  Our Junior Section displayed their games and figure marching skills.  Our Bugle Boys took us to a faraway island as they hunted for hidden pirate treasure.  Our Company Section boys put on a lip sync competition along with an excellent squad drill item and some thought provoking sketches.  We were delighted that 5 boys received their Queens Badge, the highest award in the Boys Brigade, Sgts Sam McCullough, Aaron Moore, Edgars Pavlovskis, Cameron Reid & Marcus Ross.  A great night and well done to all involved.

The day after our display our Anchor Boys were at Ganaway Activity Centre for a fun day of games and activities.  June was a busy month with athletics championships and expedition weekends in the Mourne Mountains with the Girls’ Brigade.   A big thank you to all those who helped with the expedition.

Our 88th Session of 1st Bangor Boys’ Brigade begins on Friday 2nd September and we are looking forward to another exciting year.

Captains Blog: March 2016

As always it has been a busy time here at 1st Bangor Boys Brigade.  Recently our Junior Section enjoyed a stay in the holding cells of Bangor Police Station while the Company Section enjoyed a trip to the Belfast Giants.  Our Junior Section have also been busy with North Down Group Figure Marching and Uni-hockey competitions and our thanks and congratulations to all those boys who took part.  Congratulations also to our winning uni-hockey team.

Our thanks go to all those who were involved and attended our Annual Boys & Girls Brigade Pantomime, Beauty & the Beast, when we were able to raise £1900 for Church funds.  It was a fantastic show and we are especially grateful to Rachel, Wayne, Howard & all those involved for all their hard work.

Captains Blog: Nov 2015

What do football, first aid, bowling, Bangor Firestation, cooking, craft, Nerf, Robotics, Bible Stories, Boxercise, marching, circuit training, games, quizzes, & sport have in common?  They are all some of the Friday evening activities our boys have been enjoying since the beginning of September.

On a Thursday evening Rachel & Wayne have been busy with the boys and girls in rehearsing for a brand new pantomime ‘Beauty & the Beast’, which will be held on Thur 28th,  Fri 29th & Sat 30th  Jan. Once again all the proceeds of the pantomime will be going to Church funds.

Thank you to all those who attended our joint enrolment service with the Girls’ Brigade in October when our Church was transformed with a Lego Theme and we thank Mairisine for a wonderful service.

In October Robin McMurray received his King George VI Officer Training Certificate at BB NI Headquarters in Hillsborough. KGVI is a 2 week residential leadership training programme, spread over 2 summers.

Our Buglers were very busy taking part in Remembrance Services at Ward Park, Churches, the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast and various other occasions.  We thank the officers and boys for their hard work.

The Company would like to thank all those for their support during our sponsored evening and BB Week which is our main fund raising event to enable us to cover our fees to BB Headquarters.

There will be no BB on Fri 25th December and 1st January for Christmas holidays (we thought the boys might be a bit busy on the 25th).  We begin again on Friday 8th January.

On behalf of all the officers and boys we wish you a peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all at our pantomime in January.

Captains Blog: March 2015

Our thanks go to all those who were involved and attended our Annual Boys & Girls Pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk. It was a fantastic show and we are especially grateful to Rachel, Wayne & all those involved for all their hard work.  We were able to raise over £1900 for Church funds.

Congratulations also go to Lieutenant Wayne Burges who in January received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award at the Palace!

It has also been a busy time for some boys entering various competitions, including quizzes, unihockey, table tennis and figure marching, with our Company Section winning the North Down Group Table Sports Quiz and our Junior Section winning the ND Figure Marching Competition.

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A big thank you to all those boys who collected 20ps in Smartie tubes for the NI District appeal to help renovate their new premises at Newport, Hillsborough. We were able to collect an amazing £504!  Well done to all those boys and parents who helped.

This year our Annual Inspection & Display will be on Friday 24th April @ 7.00pm and we are delighted our Inspecting Officer will be the Rev Derek McKelvey.  This year our Display will be a memorable but emotional occasion.  It will be the last Display for Robert Crangle as Lieutenant in charge of the Junior Section and Ron Crangle as Lieutenant in charge of the Company Section.  While still continuing to be involved in Company work and the work of the Boys’ Brigade, they have decided to step down as officers after an amazing 50 years!  We are grateful to both Ron & Robert for their many years of faithful, dedicated and sacrificial service to so many boys over so many years.

Captains Blog: November 2014

It has been a busy start to our Boys’ Brigade year across all of our sections with lots of fun, excitement and noise every Friday evening. Our Bugle Boys and Anchor Boys have been having great fun with games, Bible Stories and craft and our Junior Section have begun practising for their figure marching and unihockey competitions. Rachel & Wayne have been busy with the boys and girls in rehearsing for a brand new pantomime ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’ which will be held on Thur 29th,  Fri 30th & Sat 31st Jan. This year the proceeds of the pantomime will be going to Church funds.

Our Company Section have enjoyed cooking, robotics, assembling a digital camera, learning about our church history and trips out.  In November some of the Company Section boys were able to visit the Town Hall to meet the Mayor Peter Martin and learn about the work of the council.

Thank you to all those who attended our joint enrolment service with the Girls’ Brigade in October when our Church was transformed into a set from the film Frozen, and we thank Mairisine for a wonderful service. We were delighted to enrol several new leaders, Debbie Irwin, Pauline Jackson, Niall McGrattan & Karen Sinclair.  After the service boys were presented with their membership cards by our Hon Vice President Denis Smith.

The Company would like to thank all those for their support during our sponsored evening and BB Week which is our main fund raising event to enable us to cover our running costs and fees to BB Headquarters.

There will be no BB on Fri 26th December and 2nd January for Christmas holidays.  We begin again on Friday 9th  January.  On behalf of all the officers and boys we wish you a peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you at our pantomime in January.

 

Captains Blog: November 2013

It has been all go on a Fri night in First Bangor. Our Bugle Boys have been having great fun learning new games and a favourite has been the Smelly Sock Relay. Games are also a favourite with our Anchor Boys and Junior Section along with craft, stories and figure marching. Our Company Section have enjoyed cooking, computer programming, robotics, stop animation, learning about our community/church history and trips out. In our Company Section Bible Class we have been studying the book of Samuel.

Thank you to all those who attended our joint enrolment service with the Girls’ Brigade in October. After the service boys were presented with their membership cards by our President Roy McCullough and it was a delight to present our new Chaplain Rev Mairisíne Stanfield with her first Boys’ Brigade Membership Card.

Our Guest speaker at our Founders Day Bible Class was our Hon President Trevor McMechan who tested the boys knowledge with a quiz on the History of the Boys’ Brigade. On the topic of quizzes, congratulations went to Craig, Jason, Alex & Marcus, who again won the Belfast Battalion Table Sport Quiz at the beginning of November.

Our Buglers were very busy taking part in Remembrance Services at Ward Park, Churches, the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast and various other occasions. We thank officers, boys and even old boys who took part for their hard work.

Captains Blog: February 2013

So what pets do you think a zoo keeper keeps? In January we had the opportunity to find out, it wasn’t fluffy rabbits but snakes and tarantulas. A big thank you to Raymond from Belfast Zoo who brought his pets down to the Boys Brigade to show us. A big thank you also to Brian and Simon who took some of the boys for two workshops. The boys could choose from either a Stop Animation or a Robotic Workshop. In the Stop Animation Workshop Simon showed the boys how to make a short animated video using Lego and a digital camera. In the Robotics Workshop Brian showed the boys how to create and program a robot using a Lego Mindstorms Robotics Kit and a Laptop. The highlight being the final night when we had our own version of Robot Wars.

Congratulations to all those who took part in our Annual Boys and Girls Brigade Pantomime Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs on the 17th-19th Jan. It was a fantastic show and a big thank you to all those who took part and who helped in so many ways.

In Feb we had our annual Boys Brigade Pancake night, when the boys had the opportunity to bake their own pancakes.

 

Captains Blog: November 2012

It has been a busy start to our Boys Brigade year across all of our sections with lots of fun, excitement and noise every Fri evening.

As part of the Boys Brigade badge work our boys have been learning about charitable work that various members of our congregation are involved in. Our Junior Section brought along food and had the opportunity to learn about our Church’s Bare Necessities Food Programme. The Company Section have been learning about Jennifer’s work with Tearfund, Joanne took our seniors boys in a pizza baking evening for the Simon Community & Helen took Company Section boys to a trip to see the North Down Food Warehouse. Several of our Company Section boys have also been involved with tree planting at the Boys Brigade Centre in Ganaway.

Boys Brigade Raspberry Pi Workshop

Boys Brigade Raspberry Pi Workshop

 

A new activity has been introduced to the Boys Brigade Company Section Programme, were the boys have had the opportunity to learn about a Raspberry Pi, a £30 computer developed to encourage young people into programming. We are grateful to Wayne & William for taking this class

 

 

Our Anchor Boy’s have been busy displaying their sports skills and have won the North Down heat of the potted sports competition.

Thank you to all those who attended our joint enrolment service with the Girls Brigade in October and we were please to enrol two new leaders Johnny Harbinson & Stephen Rowan. After the enrolment service the boys were presented with their membership cards in the Guild Hall by Unagh and a presentation was made to Trevor who has retired as our President. We would like to thank Trevor & Sally for all their support and service over many years and we are very pleased that Roy agreed to be our new President.

Our Guest speaker at our Boys Brigade Founders Day Bible Class this year was old boy Marty Corbett who challenged the boys on the subject of obedience. Thank you to all those who attended our Founders Day Bible Class and for those parents who stayed to take part in the remainder of the evenings activities.

Captains Blog: August 2012

It has been a busy time for officers and boys over the spring and summer months with many different activities. At the end of April we held our 83rd Boys Brigade Annual Inspection & Display, were our inspecting officer was Lady Sylvia Hermon. It was a very memorable and emotional display as it was Roy’s last display as captain. During the evening Jamie & Calum MacDonald, Glen Willis and Robin McMurray were presented with the Queens Badge, the highest Boys’ Brigade Award. The Presidents badge was presented to Craig Bishop, Jason Rothwell, James Carson, Lewis Rice, Mark farmer & Andrew Smyth.

As you may have read else were, June was a busy month with a special night to say thank you to Roy & Unagh and two weekends of Expedition. I would like to thank all those helpers who gave up their weekends to take the boys & girls for the expedition, Stephen Bingham, Sarah Reid, Claire Crangle, Helen Byers, Peter Lockwood, Robert Crangle, Wayne Burgess & Paddy McGrattan.

I would also like to thank our Buglers who sounded the Last Post on 3 occasions to commemorate the Somme Anniversary at the Somme Centre and at Ward Park.

Captains Blog: December 2011

Our 83rd session has commenced with enthusiastic commitment from the boys of all sections. Friday nights in the halls are filled with noise and enjoyment from the membership, with all responding well to the programme provided by the officers.

Our joint enrolment service with the Girls’ Brigade was held on Sunday 2nd October, and after the service, boys and officers were presented with their membership cards by Mrs Jean Brown, wife of our Vice President Mr William Brown. Old Boy, Mr Garth Agnew, was the special speaker at our Founders Day bible class, and closed his message in song – the first time I remember this occurring.

Although the number of boys wishing to play the bugle are low at present, the Company was able to once again carry out bugling duties at the various Remembrance Day services. Thanks are recorded to Lieut’s Robert and Glenn Crangle for their continued commitment to this important task, together with W/O Craig Lynn and the boys for once again bringing great credit to the Company. We are indebted to Old Boys Ryan Cherry and Ryan Irvine who together with Glenn, sounded ‘Last Post’ & ‘ Reveille’ at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Our first pantomime with new producer, Rachel Bingham, is ‘Babes in the Wood’ and will be performed on 19th-21 st January. We would encourage everyone to come along and support Rachel and her young cast at this annual event, when two former ‘stars’ will be treading the boards once again.

Lieut.lan Marshall has been busy organising the Company Section parade night programme. The evening commences with our bible class which covers some very thought provoking subjects such as ‘ Is Jesus a myth’ ‘Did Jesus really die’ ‘Was Jesus God’. We are grateful to members of the congregation who agree to speak or to be interviewed at our bible class. Subjects covered in our Company Section community badge are local history, church history and BB history, as well as a session of cooking for the skills badge under the supervision of Mrs Joanne Lynn. New events introduced this session are the ‘stopwatch challenge’ and the ‘Great Officers Video Clip Quiz’. Boys have also enjoyed a visit from the Police Service for N.I., not because of their behaviour, but for them to experience such things as the inside of a police ‘taxi’. Outside visits included crazy golf at Dundonald, and skate boarding & BMX bikes at the T13 Urban Sports Park.

The Company would like to thank most sincerely the members of the congregation for their generous support at BB Week which is much appreciated and with other fund raising events, help finance the training of boys and the running of many and various activities throughout the session. On behalf of all ranks, I would send greetings to all Old Boys, parents, and all members of the congregation, and trust that the Christmas Season is one of happiness and contentment for all.

Roy McCullough Captain.

 

Captains Blog: April 2010, The Year So Far

As we approach the end of our 81 st session, I can report on a satisfactory year in the Company Activity Programme and competition scene. Like all other organisations, activities went ahead in spite of the restriction in space and conditions due to the building work on our new halls, which at the time of writing look to be very impressive.

To date the Company have won six battalion trophies in colour party, swimming and team building. Due to lack of interest from companies within the battalion no band or first aid competitions went ahead, competitions which First Bangor have supported over many years. Outdoor visits this year included Ulster Rugby at Ravenhill, Coast Guard Station and the Climbing Wall and Archery at the Ganaway Activity Centre.

On behalf of the company, 1 can I thank most sincerely those members of the congregation who supported us at BB week. Your generosity enables us to meet our obligations to battalion headquarters as well as the training courses required for both boys and officers.

Our Annual Inspection and Display will be held on Friday 30th April when our Inspecting Officer will be Mr Denis Smith, a Vice President of the Company, who is well known for his services to the Company, Group and Battalion. Seven boys, Serg William Foote, Thomas Parkins, Luke Dornan, Josh Lowry, Jack Elliott, Ryan Rice and James White will receive their Queen’s Badge from their mothers. This is the Highest Award that can be gained in the Boys Brigade. We also hope to have the work completed for five boys to receive their Presidents Badge. Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Bronze awards will also be presented on that evening when we look forward to having the Guild Hall once again full of parents, grandparents and friends.

Roy McCullough Captain.