Sherwood Greenlaw Parish Church
Despite us having just enjoyed three weeks of Easter holidays from BB, it feels as if the last couple of months have been a particularly busy time for the 22nd.
Quite a bit of time in March was spent preparing for our inspection, which was held on 29th March. As well as the usual rehearsals of display items, Alastair and Ross Crae filmed, edited and produced an amazing BBmian Rhapsody music video, with our boys and officers starring in a Queen-style Bohemian Rhapsody hit. The video was played during the display, with rave reviews following (although some of the officers apparently have room for improvement!)
Our Juniors were joined by the Guide Dogs association during March, with a puppy in training coming along to visit us. This went down very well with the boys and the Juniors were delighted to be able to present their visitors with a donation towards the work of this great organisation.
Turning back to the inspection and display, we were delighted to have former officer (and Honorary Captain) Moira Bryan join us as Inspecting Officer. One of the main reasons we’d invited Moira back this year was to celebrate the fact that four of the last boys she led in the Juniors were gaining their Queen’s Badges.
It was excellent to be able to present Liam, Jack, Thom and Glen with their badges on the night and to congratulate them for all their hard work over the last two years (that work being topped off with the Queen’s Badge Completion Course the weekend before the inspection – we were cutting it tight!)
We had plenty of other award winners on the night and our facebook page hs a selection of photos of the winners, for those who weren’t able to make it along.
As well as the presentation of awards and prizes, boys took part in some of the traditional display items, with the Anchors showing us some exemplary figure marching and singing, Juniors getting the audience cheering with a game and the Company Section taking part in their usual death-defying gymnastics routine.
The evening was also an opportunity to celebrate the work of two of our officers who had decided to step down from Friday-night Anchor Boy duties after each completing an astonishing 25 years of service. We were delighted to be able to present Bill Keddie and Eddie Hynes with a memento of their time with the 22nd, with our very grateful thanks for this extraordinary period of service by them both. Bill also became an Honorary Captain of the 22nd and Eddie and Honorary Lieutenant. I would like to express my thanks once again for their hard work, dedication and leadership over the last quarter of a century – they have made a difference to the lives of countless boys and we give thanks to God for their service.
We also used this as an opportunity to present long service badges to two of our other officers, with Alastair Crae receiving a badge recognising more than 20 years of service and Bruce Marshall receiving a badge for 30 years of service (that is as high as the badges go – we understand he may have completed one or two years more than that!!)
Although April was a quieter BB month, our Company Section boys enjoyed their adventure weekend on the last weekend in April, visiting Barcaple adventure centre near Castle Douglas, a return visit to somewhere we first checked out a couple of years ago. The boys enjoyed a good range of activities in fairly mixed weather, with Alastair Crae, Andrew Dinnett and Fraser Murdoch giving up their weekends to lead this trip. Some pictures are available to view on our facebook page.
Back home on the same weekend, the rest of the Company took part in the Battalion Parade down in Lochwinnoch, on Sunday 28th April.
We look forward now to the end of our session, with only a few weeks left until we break for the summer holidays. The departure of Bill Keddie and Eddie Hynes leaves a bit of a gap in our small band of volunteers and if you know anyone who would be interested in joining our staff team when we return in September, please let me know. As well as the Anchor Boys, we could do with an extra pair of hands in the Junior Section. It’s a great opportunity to further God’s work in our local community.
Sure & Steadfast