Friday 9th May
The 2013-2014 session of the 3rd Inverness
Boys Brigade came to an end on Friday 9th May with our Annual Display
and Parents’ Night. This year our Chief Guests were Ewan
MacDonald (Scottish Curler) and his wife Amy. Ewan told the boys
how important some of the habits in the Boys’ Brigade Object have been
relevant in his experiences as a curler – discipline, self-respect and
reverence; as well as giving some very positive comments on the
attitude and behaviour of all the Boys. More than 60 Boys were in
attendance at the display and it was great to see a full hall of
parents, grandparents and friends packed into the hall – we even had to
put out more seats!! Our theme this year was Games with the
Commonwealth Games, World Cup and Ryder Cup (amongst others) all taking
place this year. Each section took part in their own items with
the usual display of energy and enthusiasm.
Once again the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the
Queen’s Badge to 5 young men. Finlay Macleod, Andrew Kellock,
Ross Craig, Mitchell Murdoch and Michael Macaulay all attained the
highest award the Brigade can offer – they are all a credit to their
families, the Company and the Church and I would like to take this
opportunity to wish them all the very best for the future.
President’s Badges were also presented to Duncan MacKnight and Dylan
The staff are all off for all well earned rest but we’ll be back raring to go again in August / September!!
Thanks to Richard Syred for the photos.
Sunday 6th April
Congratulations to Andrew Kellock, Finlay Macleod, Ross Craig,
Mitchell Murdoch and Michael MacAulay who successfully completed their
Boys Brigade Queens Badge this weekend. Well done to you all.
Monday 31st March
Congratulations to The Junior Section for raising an
impressive £219 for Barnardo's for taking part in 'The Sunflower
Challenge' in which the boys grew sunflowers, learnt about young carers
and some of the work of Barnardo's.
Sunday 9th March
Company and Junior section boys helping out at the water
station for the half marathon. We all enjoyed ourselves and the help
was appreciated by all the runners who took part
Friday 7th February
Battalion Table Tennis
Congratulations to Tom Fulton who won the under-13; further
congratualtions to Ross Fulton and Lewis Hilditch who lost out in the
semi-finals of the under-15.
Saturday 18th January
A photo from the Battalion badminton competition at Culloden Academy.
Ross Fulton won the under-15 singles and
then teamed up with brother Tom to win the doubles. Mitchell Murdoch
got to the quarter-finals in the under-19 singles and teamed up with
Ewan Maclennan from 1st Ardgay to finish runners-up in the doubles.
Craig Macaulay also took part but was eliminated in the 3rd round of
Michael MacAulay - Young Reporter Winner
Congratulations to Michael MacAulay on winning the Young Reporter
competition for December. Michael wrote about his trip to London where
he was in the Carpet Guard at the Festival of Remembrance.
Michael is pictured receiving his prize from Eric Halkett (Highland Battalion Treasurer).
Sunday 24th November
Battalion 10-pin Bowling
Congratulations to Tom Fulton, Ross Beaton and Dominic Syred who won the Battalion 10-pin bowling in the Under-13, Under-15 and
Under-19 categories respectively. Also well done to Jamie Macleod for finishing runner-up in the Under-15 competition.
Saturday 16th November
Well done to the Junior Section Boys who won the battalion indoor
football competition for the second year running. The team were
undefeated in all the games they played. Thanks to the parents who
supported the team and to all who helped organise the competition.
Saturday 9th November
Festival of Rememberance
Mitchell Murdoch and Michael MacAulay were part of the The Carpet Guard
for the Chelsea Pensioners for the Festival of Remeberance In The Royal
Albert Hall, London.
Here is Michael's report he entered for the Young Reporters competition.
~~~~~~~~ Festival of Remembrance 2013 ~~~~~~
Two boys from The 3rd Inverness Boys Brigade were selected to be part of The Carpet Guard for The Chelsea Pensioners.
This year The Boys Brigade were invited to attend The Festival of
Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 9th November 2013.
On Thursday 7th November Mitchell Murdoch and Michael MacAulay flew
down to London accompanied by LT/BTO Lynn Forbes. When they arrived in
London they were picked up at London Luton Airport and driven to The
Boys Brigade HQ, Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead (just outside of London)
On Friday 8th November they we accompanied by 10 other boys. 2 other
boys from Scotland, 4 from England and 4 from Northern Ireland. Before
leaving Felden Lodge the boys were given security passes that would
allow them to enter The Royal Albert Hall. The boys travelled to London
Euston station by train then went on The London Underground to The
Royal Albert Hall. When at The Royal Albert Hall the boys found out
that they were the Carpet Guard for The Chelsea Pensioners. The boys
were then told what they had to do.
On the Saturday morning the boys were up at
5 in the morning to again make a journey into London. They got a train
at 6 then had breakfast at Euston station. They then set off onto the
tube to South Kensington Station. From here the boys marched about half
a mile to the Royal Albert Hall. On arrival at The Royal Albert Hall
they boys got photos taken near the front of The Royal Albert Hall. The
boys then went into The Royal Albert Hall from a full day of
performing. The dress rehearsal went very well and everyone improved as
they went. There was performances in the afternoon and evening. In the
gap between the afternoon and evening showings, there was an added
surprise the boys were asked to form a Guard of Honor for Her Majesty
the Queen when she was unveiling the name change of the South Steps at
The Royal Albert Hall to the Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Steps.
Throughout the weekend the boys were
escorted by officers from Scotland and England through the busy tubes,
train stations and trains. LT/BTO Lynn Forbes said “The 12 boys, who
only met for the first time on the Friday, made all the officers very
proud in marching on and off at The Festival of Remembrance, they were
all a credit to the Boys Brigade.”
Mitchell Murdoch and Michael MacAulay both stated “ We’ll probably
never experience anything like this again, we all thoroughly enjoyed
being part of it and we have found new friends with the boys who
attended from Scotland, Northern Ireland and England.”
Mitchell added “I found the experience of being one of the two boys to
represent the Highlands at this year’s festivals was a great
privilege. When we arrived at South Kensington Station we were
made to march through the whole of London till we reached the Royal
Albert Hall. The first live recording was open to the
public. Then we had about a two hour break to do whatever we
wanted. So Michael and I got some programmes and went to meet
some of the celebrities including Katie Melua and Alfie Boe. Then
we went outside and were in line for about 30 minutes till the Queen
arrived. We had a cold wind hitting our backs but we were not
allowed to shiver. It was an experience I will never forget as I
was feet away from Her Majesty. So we went in and made sure we
weren’t going to muck up in front of the Queen and head politicians
and, I don’t mean to boast, but we were amazing and it was the best it
had been all weekend. So we headed back to our dressing room and I
grabbed Michael, my phone, and my programme and we went to find James
Blunt. We were the only two people privileged to meet him all
weekend. So overall I found the whole experience amazing and
would do it again in a heart beat.”
Thursday 7th November 2013
Annual Enrolment Service
The Company’s annual enrolment service took place in Church on Sunday 27th October.
It was great to see about 50 Officers, Helpers and Boys in Church for
the service. The Colours were carried by 2 of our young officers, Lewis
MacLeod and Andrew Logan.
Festival of Remembrance
Two of our Company Section Boys have been chosen to take part in the
Guard of Honour at this year’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal
To mark the Centenary of the King’s Badge Mitchell Murdoch and Michael
MacAulay have been selected to represent BB Scotland at the event on
the 9th November. Lynn Forbes will be accompanying the boys on the trip.
Annual Fundraiser - Quiz Night, Beetle Drive and Silent Auction to be held on Friday 29th November 2013. More information available here.
Friday 9th August -
Sunday 11th August 2013
new session of the 3rd Inverness Boys Brigade
started again for the Boys of the Company Section at our
Annual Camp which was held this year at the Dalguise Activity Centre
and 5 Staff attended the weekend, which saw us all partake
in various outdoor activities including abseiling, climbing, rifle
shooting, mountain biking, giant swing, zipslide, sequoia scramble and
the challenge course.
weather was kind to us and an enjoyable weekend was had by one and all.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff for their help
over the weekend.