Boy’s Brigade – Archived reports

April 2010 report

A very happy Easter to you from the Officers and Boys of your Boys’ Brigade company.

The boys enjoy a wide range of activities every Friday night, badge work including craft work, drill, Christian devotions and a wide range of sports –everything tailor-made for boys for each age. The boys particularly enjoy theme nights such as Guy Fawkes and Sports Relief, where the boys dress up for charity.

Each week the boys work on all sorts of interesting badges, which they enjoy and give them a sense of purpose which boys so much need these days. Some of them were recently promoted up to the company section early, as two units have been combined due to lower numbers in the senior section. This gets the younger ones working on senior badges early, a big step which they appreciate. .

Anchor Boys: 5 to 8 year olds
Junior Section: 8 to 11 year olds
Company section: 11 to 15 year olds
Senior Section: 16 to 18 year olds
We look forward to seeing you on a Friday night!

Martin and the officer team would like to invite church members to come down on a Friday night and see what they do, and have a chat over a cup of tea. BB meet on Friday nights in term-time, 6:45 pm – 9:45pm (various times within that depending on age). They would particularly welcome anyone who can help with craft time, or supporting Christian devotions. Also with the band- that is on hold temporarily since the older boys went to university. The boys are looking forward to getting it going again. What about coming along and have a go at drill, or even playing a bugle or drum?

The Boys Brigade has a great tradition of discipline, sports, activities and commitment which all boys need and enjoy. There are currently some spaces available for new boys to join, so if you know any young boys who like to join, this is a good time. Contact Martin Bowering our Captain via the contact us page.

The Officers and Boys of the 1st Warley Boys Brigade

April 2009 news

The last three months have been very busy for the Company. At the end of December the Boys played the Officers and Old Boys in the traditional Christmas Football Game. This year the game was very evenly balanced with the Boys energy and enthusiasm giving them an early lead only for the Officers teamwork and experience to peg them back and themselves go into the lead. The Boys never gave up and there hard work eventually paid off with the final goal so that the honours were evenly shared in a 3 – 3 draw.

During January and February the Boys practiced hard for the London District East Zone and Havering Battalion Drill Competitions. Their work was well rewarded when they won both competitions for the second year in a row, beating the 17th Waltham Forest (Our Captain Martin Bowering’s old company!) by 3 points.

On the lighter side on Friday March 13th
the whole company took part in Red Nose Day with a cake & sweets sale and a sponsored Karaoke. The whole evening was great fun and £112 was raised for this good cause.

February 2009 news

The 1st Warley Boys Brigade was founded by Carey Longmore in November 1889, which makes it the oldest BB unit in continuous existence. It has now three different groups for ages 6 right through to 18. Boys in the BB enjoy football, swimming, a marching band, a great summer camp and a lot more. Anchor Boys (ages 6-8) and Juniors (8-11) meet at 6.30pm on Fridays. Company Section (12-18) meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm.

Those who attended the Remembrance Day Service will have heard that after 37 years as an Officer in the Company , 15 of those (including the last 9) as Captain, Patrick Horgan is stepping down. He is to take a year off to pursue his other interests. We are sure you will join with us in thanking Patrick for all his hard work for the Company over the years and wish him well in his future endeavours. Our December activities include our Carol Service in Church on Friday 19th, starting at 7.15 pm, when we will be making a farewell presentation to Patrick. All church members are invited to this event.

We are pleased that Martin Bowering who has led the Company Section (Boys 12-18 yrs) for the last 2 years has agreed to take over the Captaincy from Patrick.

2008 has been the 125th anniversary of the Boys’ Brigade and as you may know as part of the celebrations members and friends have been collecting for Richard House the children’s hospice.

January 2009 news

Two of our members, Rory Puxley and Katherine Bowering, recently won the Jack Petchey Award for their service to the company and the community. On Saturday 29th November, Rory together with his parents and the company captain went to Wesleys Chapel in London to receive his award at a special ceremony. Unfortunately Katherine was unable to attend due to ill health.

1st WARLEY COMPANY. Our new Brigade year is now underway and Nicky Gaughan has been promoted to Sergeant, Murray Dedham to Corporal, Rory Puxley and Katherine Bowering to Lance Corporal. We had to say goodbye to Geln Dorrington who is off to university. With several boys moving up from Juniors into the Company Section, our band will be strengthened and one of the highlights that they are looking forward to is taking part (as part of the London Boys Brigade Bugle Band) in the Lord Mayor’s Show on 8th November. This is part of the Brigade 125 year celebrations.

As you know one of our officers, Jim Smith, suffered a slight stroke but we are pleased to say that he is recovering well. This means that we are low on helpers so if anyone feelds that they could help out on a Friday night, please speak to Roger Gammon or one of the other officers.

On Friday 18 July, the BB year finished with the annual badge presentation. In the Anchor Boys (5-7 yr olds), the trophy for Best Anchor Boy was won by Jonathan Lees and medals were given to Alex Evans, Oliver Harvey and Jonathan Lees who entered and won the Battalion Drama Competition.

For the Junior Section (8-11 yr olds), the Walton Cup for church attendance was won by Jamie Happe, the Best Sportsman Award by Theo Clark, and the Best Junior Boy by Jonathan O’Neill. The Best Squad was Squad 2 led by Ben Happe.

In the Company Section the Privates and Bandsman Cups were won by Shane Challenger, the William Cross Cup for church attendance by Katherine Bowering and the Sportsman (footballer) Award by Michael Spence. The best squad was Squad 3 led by Katherine Bowering. The top award, the Carey Longmore Bowl for long and distinguished service to the company went to Nicky Gaughan.

The following week saw the end of year BBQ at Blackmore House, attended by all sections.

In August, 15 boys and officers enjoyed the annual summer camp held at Fakenham this year. Despite being a very wet week, it was a good time with a cruise on the Norfolk Broads, and visits to Walsingham, Cromer and Hunstanton.