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.

Celebrating the 140th Anniversary of the Boys’ Brigade

October 2023 sees the Boys’ Brigade celebrate its 140th Anniversary. To celebrate BB HQ promoted a number of events and activities for BB Companies to get involved with.

Here at 1st Bletchley, we decided to run events and activities for all of our sections to celebrate. Here’s a brief summary of what each section got up to!

Anchor Section

The Anchor Section were tasked to be creative with the number 140… what a coincidence!

Junior Section

Juniors across the country held a sleepover on the evening of Saturday 7th October 2023, even from as far as South Africa! At our sleepover, we had pizza, a quiz, online magic tricks on a massive Zoom meeting with other Juniors from across the country, s’mores, Baby Groot and sleeping bag prayers… all before bedtime! In the morning we had some bacon ‘n’ sausage baps to see us off.

Company Section

Our Company Section participated in the nationwide Monopoly Challenge, which was run across multiple locations in England and Scotland. Based on the Monopoly Board, we were tasked with the challenge of visiting as many properties as possible in London, as well as completing some photo challenges. Partly down to careful planning and partly down to luck, we managed to visit lots of different locations, eventually being placed 8th our of all the other teams!

A Longer/Wetter Walk

Company Section walk 10 miles

On 22nd July, three members of the Company Section braved the British summer weather and completed a 10 mile walk from Newton Longville to outside-Winslow. With supervision, the group were able to navigate the route set out by staff member Gary with only a map and a compass.

Starting at around 9am, we set off from Newton Longville, just outside Milton Keynes. Dark clouds were already looming, but apart from a light drizzle, the rain held off. However, once we reached Swanbourne for a well-earned lunch, the heavens opened and the rain continued for the rest of the afternoon. Nevertheless, spirits were kept up with a stop at the chippy in Winslow. Eventually, we arrived at the National Grid substation, outside Winslow, absolutely soaked-through (and cold!) We were encouraged by the determination and grit which members had shown to complete the 10 miles, in spite of the elements.

… convey my congratulations to the three that endured it, and to let them know they are easily as capable & determined as any Scouts that I’ve worked with over the years, which is no mean feat – particularly with the level of experience and ‘miles’ that they have.

Gary. Ex Scout Leader

Well done to Magdala, Junior and Sofia, who have now earnt their Level 2 Navigation Staged Award! Thanks also to Gary for planning the route and supervising the group with their map-reading.

We hope that the next walk will take place in sunnier and warmer conditions!