End-of-Year BBQ 2024

It was a risky decision to hold our end-of-year BBQ outside given the torrential rain we had experienced in the last few days, but the gamble paid off as we enjoyed celebrating the achievements of our members at the end of the school year.

After enjoying our burgers and some time playing games outside, we headed into the church for the awards presentation, led by our Captain, Mark Churchill. The awards were handed out by Spurgeon’s new minister and soon-to-be company chaplain Mung Hatzaw. Awards were handed out in all three sections, Anchors, Juniors and Company. The Juniors were particularly keen to find out who had won the most points for uniform inspection across the year, and by extension who had made it onto the ‘Inspection Hall of Fame‘, which you can check out here. We also said farewell to our oldest BBGA member Magdala, as she received the Seniors Platinum Award and we wish her all the best as she goes off to university.

We pray for all our members and their families over the summer holidays, and that they will return well-rested and refreshed for our first session on 10th September.

If you’re interested in your child joining us in September or you would like to volunteer yourself, you can fill in our joining list or contact us.

A fun day out @ Life 2 the Max

This weekend a group of us from 1st Bletchley traveled down to the BBHQ at Felden Lodge to take part in Life 2 the Max, an activity day run by the BB London District. We have taken part in this event for a couple of years now, and the fun-filled experiences of the children we take always makes us want to return!

After taking the train from Bletchley down to Hemel Hempstead, we enjoyed a fantastic day of funfair rides, inflatables, games, shows and crafts. The pictures below will give you a taste of what the day was like, including a slow-mo video showing the perseverance of some of our Juniors during one of the inflatable games!

Making Dens with the Junior Section

Tonight, the Juniors learnt how to make dens. This included learning how to find the right sticks, how to tie the right knots and how to secure the tarp. Once constructed, the quality of their dens was tested by throwing buckets of water over them (as shown in the videos below). Both dens managed to withstand the deluge!

Thanks to Gary for (literally) showing them the ropes!

The quality of the dens being tested by throwing a bucket of water!

Walking with the Company Section

Well, that was a great day! Taking the train from Bletchley to Tring, we then proceeded to walk a 8.5 mile circular route, taking in Ivinghoe Beacon and the Bridgewater Monument.

It was almost perfect walking conditions. In fact I’m surprised we didn’t bump into the Three Bears, it was just right.

Well done to our walkers from the Company Section, you handled the challenge admirably.

Our New Patron HM King Charles III

We are delighted to announce that HM King Charles III has become our new Patron and we join with other BB companies around the country who are celebrating the news.

The announcement confirms His Majesty as the fifth reigning monarch to become our Patron, following Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, King Edward VIII and King George V, who was Patron when the 1st Bletchley Company was first formed in 1926.

Jonathan Eales, Chief Executive of The Boys’ Brigade nationally, commented: “Having already been a great supporter of our work and more widely of uniformed youth organisations, we are incredibly proud and honoured that The King is our new Patron.”

“The announcement confirms His Majesty as the fifth reigning monarch to become our Patron, following Queen Elizabeth II, King George VI, King Edward VIII and King George V.”

“Royal patronage provides publicity and recognition for what we do in communities across the country and the hard work and dedication of our volunteer leaders.”

We are very thankful for The King’s continued support for the work of BB and join with other companies around the UK to remember our new Patron in our prayers.

You can read more on the Boys’ Brigade website.

Funeral Details of Marion Meaden

Following the sad news, the funeral of Marion Meaden will take place at Spurgeon Baptist Church, Water Eaton Church Centre, Drayton Road, Bletchley, on Monday 8th April at 1.45pm. This will be followed by a committal at Crownhill for the family.

After the service, refreshments will be served at the church centre. It is the wish of the family that they return to the hubbub of the church that Marion was a faithful member of for so many years.

The service will be streamed, if you would like to attend online. Details to follow.

Remembering Marion Meaden

It is with great sadness that we need to share that Marion Meaden was ‘called home’ in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Marion, or Mrs. M as she was affectionately known, was Captain of our Girls’ Brigade Company for many years. Even after retiring from GB, she continued to have an active interest in our young people’s work at the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Association. She will be dearly missed, but not forgotten by those who knew her, even as ‘maker of squash’ on a Tuesday evening.

Christmas Cooking with Oranges and Eggs

Our sections held a number of Christmas celebrations for our last session before the Christmas break. Everyone was involved in the singing of carols, including Silent Night and Away in a Manger.

The Juniors played some Christmas games, such as the ‘dressing up chocolate game’ and the ‘eating chocolate off your face without using your hands’ (see the images below)!

Meanwhile, the Company Section prepared some egg-filled oranges, which were then cooked in the fire. There was a mixed verdict on how they tasted, but everyone ultimately enjoyed the process of hollowing out the oranges and cooking them in the fire.

We finished off the evening with hot chocolate, with a touch of orange and one last carol.

We wish all our members & their families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May we all experience the joy and peace of Christ’s birth. We look forward to welcoming our members from all our sections back to our first session on Tuesday 9th January.