The Boys' Brigade

130th BB Anniversary 2014 at LOPC

To celebrate the 130th Anniversary of the worldwide Boys' Brigade movement, the 1st Lesmahagow Company led the complete Sunday Service on 9th February 2014 at Lesmahagow Old Parish Church. Several boys and officers took various parts of the service in front of a fairly packed congregation.

The 1st Lesmahagow Company of the Boys´ Brigade has been a successful youth organisation, which was formed in 1896, 13 years after the actual founding of the Boys´ Brigade movement.

The Company focused originally on Drill and Discipline and worked closely with the Sunday School.

In its early years, as it began to flourish, regular March-outs (Parades to various Dignitaries within the Parish of Lesmahagow and surrounding area) were arranged, where the boys were treated and entertained by their hosts.

Annual Displays and Inspections, including the presentation of badges and certificates took place and the Annual Canvas Camps always proved a favourite with the boys. The Company continued to be active during both wars and continued until around 1988, when it unfortunately folded.

In 2009, the 1st Lesmahagow Company of the Boys´ Brigade was resurrected under the Captaincy of James Reid. The Company has again began to grow in numbers within the Anchor Boys, Junior Section and Company Section, and the name of the Boys´ Brigade is beginning to become recognised within the Community as the great organisation it once was.

Our boys come from both villages of Lesmahagow and Coalburn.

Anchor Boys

For boys of Primary 1-3, Ages 5 to 8 years old.

Meet on a Wednesday evening, 6.00 pm to 7.15 pm.

Officer in Charge: Joanne Mathieson.

Junior Section

For boys of Primary 4-6, Ages 8 to 11 years old.

Meet on a Wednesday evening 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.

Officer in Charge: James Reid.

Company Section

For Boys of Primary 7 and Secondary School, ages 11-18 years old.

Meet on a Friday evening 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Officer in Charge: James Reid.

All Sections meet in Lesmahagow Old Parish Church

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