The Anchor Boys found sponsors for themselves for their adventure afternoon "Spring into Action" in Lennox Park where they looked for all the signs of Spring, played games, had a good walk and lots of fun.
At the same time, there was an Afternoon Tea and a Silent Auction in St Paul's Halls.
Altogether, an amazing £1328 was raised for the Boys' Brigade World Mission Fund.
Our target this year was a thousand pounds to buy a brick-making machine for the Boys' Brigade in Zambia. There will be enough left over to pay for materials to get them started.
A great big THANK YOU to everyone who helped the Boys achieve well over their target.
All three sections of the Company are in good heart with steady numbers and regular attendances. There are 12 Company Boys, two of whom are working hard towards gaining their Queen's Badge this year, 18 Junior Section Boys and 30 Anchor Boys.
They are led by 5 Lieutenants and several regular helpers. The Company were delighted that Mrs Linda Todd has recently completed her training and is a fully fledged Lieutenant, serving mainly with the Anchor Boys. The Staff work hard and, along with the Chaplain, Rev. John Macleod, make a good team.
The weekly activities are many and varied, all well-planned and interesting for each age group. There is plenty of time for fun, too, as well as badge work and games.
The Junior Section and Anchor Boys enjoyed the pantomime at Mugdock and the Company Boys enjoyed a riotous visit to Laser Planet. The Anchor Boys chose and sent lovely personal messages with their Christmas Gifts for the Preshal Trust in Glasgow. They also made and decorated the B.B. Christmas Tree at St. Paul's Festival and were very serious about the private prayers they put on the tree.
A highlight of 2011 was the presentation of the Boys' Brigade (Church of Scotland) World Mission Fund Trophy to our Anchor Boys for their outstanding efforts in raising
£1055 for the Amity Foundation which is involved in China in environmental green projects and working with very poor people in China.
The 2012 Project is already planned and the main activity will be in St. Paul's Church on Saturday, 10th March 2012 at 2 p.m. This is a big day when the Anchor Boys have their sponsor event, The Spring Walk, and there are displays about the Project and the week-by-week life of the Boys' Brigade and Afternoon Teas to be enjoyed.
A very warm welcome is extended to everyone who is interested in the B.B. to come and support us again. Many thanks to all who helped last year.
Now to the future. The Junior Section is looking forward to their Annual Burns Supper. All sections are getting ready to take part in the many Battalion activities and competitions which are planned in the coming months, ranging from Bible Knowledge through Sporting activities to Model-making and Drama.
The Company Boys had a super time at the Battalion Camp in the summer and another is planned for this year.
All in all, this is an extremely busy group of people. The Boys, growing and developing;
The Staff and Helpers along with the Representatives' Committee, caring for our young boys as they grow towards Christian manhood; the Parents whose support is so necessary and much appreciated and St. Luke's, whose accommodation of all Sections
is so generously given.
1st/ 2nd Milngavie Company is thriving.