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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The Company Inspection will take place in Lyle Kirk Church on Friday 29th April at 7.00pm. The Inspecting Officer this year is Mr Ronnie Ahlfeld, local councillor. His ADC will be former member/officer Mr John Love. We also look forward to officially welcoming our chaplain, Rev Owen Derrick to his first BB Inspection.
The boys have been working hard on the various display items so your support would be very much appreciated. Please do come along and celebrate the successes of our boys this year. There will be a rehearsal for ALL boys on Wednesday 27nd April in the Church at 6.30pm. It is vital that everyone attends to familiarize themselves with where they will perform on the night.
All sections will finish up on the night of the Inspection for the summer recess but we look forward to seeing all the boys back again for the new session which starts on Friday 9th September 2016. Your help to recruit new members, particularly to the Anchor Boys and Junior Section would be very much appreciated.
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Following success at the local competition, the following Company Section boys were selected to represent Inverclyde & District Battalion at the National Cross Country finals on March 19th in Alloa, Jamie Strachan, Dylan Weir , Nathan Phelan, Jack Currie, Caleb Dunning, Iain Sweeney, Jack Mcdaid and Cameron Purves. On the day only a few of the boys travelled to Alloa but congratulations to Caleb Dunning and Jack McDaid for performing well in the junior group, Nathan Phelan and Dylan Weir in the intermediate group, Dylan taking the silver medal.
The Junior 5 a side football team progressed to the National Finals which took place in Greenock on 5th March. The boys finished runners up to the 2nd Gourock Company and qualify for the British finals which will take place on Saturday 30th April at Grangemouth. This is a tremendous achievement. Well done to the team which consisted of Jack Neilson, Jake Rae, Dylan Weir, Lewis Docherty, Ben Knox, Jack McDaid and Jamie Strachan.
On Sunday 28th February 12 boys and 3 staff enjoyed a trip to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. After a shaky start everyone mastered the bikes and the banks and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Mr Wooler for organizing the outing.
On Saturday 27th February, boys from the Anchor Boys and Junior Section attended the Waterfront Cinema to see “Alvin and the Chipmunks”. The boys all enjoyed the movie and are already asking if they can go again. Thanks to the staff who gave up their Saturday morning to supervise.
We hope to be able to organize a trip to Funworld on Saturday 30th April (am) as a treat for all the hard work the boys have put in preparing for the Inspection. Details to follow.
The Junior Section Cross Country competition took place on Saturday 19th March around the Murdieston Dams. Well done to all who took part. The boys who ran on the day did us proud and ensured we were runners up in the Battalion team trophy thanks to every boy who played a part in that success: William Isles in P4, Harvey Naga, Struan Robertson and Fraser Buchan in P5, Kyle McDonald and Ross Leitch in P6.
This competition took place on 21st February within St Andrew’s Church in Port Glasgow and our team of Harvey Naga, Sean Carroll, Kyle McDonald and William Isles did really well on the day, answering questions on the bible story about the wise man and the foolish man. Well done boys!
As it is only a few weeks now until the Inspection it is vital that the boys attend every Friday night until then to put the finishing touches to their display items. If you are not going on holiday please urge your son to come along as usual. I know it is difficult when the schools are off and the nights are getting lighter but please stress the importance of their continued attendance.
Boys in all sections will be presented with their badges and attendance awards during the Company evening, the week before the Inspection. This will help to cut down the length of time at the presentation part of the Inspection. Company Section boys have been asked to return their badges for year 1 to 3. This enables us to swap them for the awards they have achieved this year which will be presented on 22nd April. Only one set of badges can be worn on the armband at any time. Badges should be worn as shown below on the RH armband. The Discovery Badge, President’s Badge and Queen’s Badge are worn on a LH armband. Please make sure your son wears his badges correctly. If any are missing a replacement can be purchased for £1 each.
Compass blue green purple
anchor blue service no junior gold
When the Company finishes after the Inspection, it is traditional for the boys in the Company Section to continue meeting informally on a Friday night at the Battery Park for a fun game of football. This is also open to boys moving up from the Junior Section (ie primary 6). Any boy who is interested should meet Mr Baillie there at 6.00pm on Friday 6th May. Finish around 8.00pm. We will run this for a couple of weeks initially and only continue if there is enough interest.
The annual Founder’s Day Parade took place on Sunday 13th March to Port Glasgow Community Campus, home of 4th Port Glasgow Company. Their minister, Rev Stuart Stevenson, conducted a very energetic service (involving balloons) which the boys thoroughly enjoyed. Well done to those who attended and represented the Company.
PARENTS & FRIENDS ASSOCIATION
This very small group of dedicated parents (and friends) not only provide tea and coffee at Company events but they endeavor to organize fundraising events throughout the year so that major events can be subsidized and the boys get the opportunity to do things that they may not otherwise get the chance to. Their number reduces every year as boys leave the Company and move on. It is not a huge time commitment but does require some enthusiasm. If you would like to find out more about the Association please speak with Karen Glen at any time.
Any boy who received a trophy last year should return it, polished, to the relevant officer in charge immediately.
If anyone needs any part of their uniform replaced, please see Mr or Mrs Glen in good time so that it can be ordered for the night of the Inspection.
The Facebook and Twitter sites have worked well this year to assist with communication, thanks to all those who have “signed up”. The Company website has become outdated and it is our hope that we can find someone over the summer recess to revamp it. If there is anything you would like to see included on the website please speak to any member of staff, or send a wee note along on a Friday night with your son.
Our staff are required to undergo refresher training every few years to keep up to date with Brigade policies and procedures. In between times, there is often training available for individual aspects like first aid and food hygiene. Three of our staff recently attended “Autism Awareness Training” which was offered through Inverclyde & District Battalion. This was very useful and although they don’t profess to be experts in the field it did give them a better understanding of how to deal with boys who may have additional needs.
Looking forward to spring (and hopefully some warmer weather), remember to publicise the fact that the Company has two marquees available for hire to local community groups. Although this involves a huge amount of work erecting, dismantling, drying etc it is a good source of income. Once again we will be asking boys (and even their parents) to help with any hires and if everyone takes a turn then it won’t be a difficult task. This is a good way for boys in S3 and S4 to accrue hours of Company service which is required for President’s and Queen’s Badges.
If you know of anyone who may wish to hire either of the marquees please speak to any member of staff.
Large marquee 40ft X 20ft overnight hire £150
Small marquee 20ft X 12ft overnight hire £75