Marshside Road Methodist Church

Boys' Brigade

The motto of the Boys' Brigade is "Sure and Steadfast" and its Object is "The advancement of Christ's Kingdom among Boys, and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect, and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness."

Queen's Badge Presentation - May 2016

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Boys' and Girl's Brigade's Display - May 2016

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BB North West District Camp - September 2015

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BB Junior Section Outdoor Sports

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All sections of the 10th Southport Company meet, together with the Church's Girls' Brigade 5th Southport company, on Wednesday nights in the Church Hall. The sections meet at the following times :

Section Time Age Range Activities
Anchor Boys 18:30 - 19:30 Years 1 - 3 Games, craft and devotions
Juniors 18:30 - 20:00 Years 4 - 6 Games, craft, devotions and badge work
Company 20:00 - 21:30 Years 7 - 13 Drill, band, games, devotions and badge work

Each section runs their own programme consisting of games, badge work, devotions, craft work, drill, band, games consoles, competitions and outings.

Contact Captain Kay Owen on 225126 for more details

History

The Boys' Brigade is the world's premier voluntary youth organisation founded in Glasgow by Sir William Alexander Smith on 4th October 1883. It's object is the advancement of Christ's Kingdom among Boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness. Worldwide the membership now stands at around half a million.

In 1905 the Brigade came to Southport and in June 1946 with six companies the Southport & District Battalion was formed. Over the past 50 years new companies have continued to be established and others closed, now there are seven.

In 1962 the 10th Southport Company was formed at Marshside Road Methodist Church. The first Captain, Colin Hickson, continues to worship at our Church 50 years later.

There have been four Captains of the 10th Southport Company, Colin Hickson, Chris Mowatt, Steve Williamson and the current Captain Kay Owen.

Throughout its 50 year life, the 10th have entered many BB competions, both locally and nationally (the most notable being our victory in National BB Band competition in 1997).

Each year, until recently, the company went on an Annual Camp to various places around the country and abroad. The camps were both under canvas, in Church halls and at the Boys' Brigade North West Centre in Kirkham.

After years of reducing numbers, the 10th is going through a revival with numbers increasing in all sections - Anchors, Juniors and Company.

The company has maintained the tradition of holding an Annual display every year since its inception.