The Boys' Brigade
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Presentation of prizes and retiral of Captain James Reid
The annual presentation of awards for the 1st Lesmahagow Boys Brigade took place on Sunday, May 13th in Lesmahagow Old Church during the church service. It was also the end of the era as the captain, Jim Reid, is retiring after 50 years dedication and commitment as an officer in the Boys Brigade and in the various companies that he was attached to. The company was resurrected in 2009 after it lay dormant for around 25 years and boys of Lesmahagow and Coalburn were given the chance to experience Boys' Brigade life for nine years. In discussion of the matter with the current officers, the sad conclusion was that the 1st Lesmahagow Boy's Brigade had run its course and would no longer function as of May 2018. The nearest BB company is at Kirkmuirhill Church for boys who wish to continue their Boys Brigade career.
Several former officers and helpers and inspecting officers attended the service which was led by Mr Alan Grant. Several of the boys and officers took an active part in the service. Jim thanked all of his staff, past and present for all the support that they gave him and for giving of their time and sharing their talents in advancing Christ's Kingdom among boys.
Past and present members of the Boys Brigade, the congregations of the Coalburn and Lesmahagow Old Parish and the communities of Lesmahagow and Coalburn thank Jim for his dedicated work with the boys and the local community and congratulate him on his 60 years with the BB.
After the service, many of the parents and friends of the Boys Brigade met together for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Two celebration cakes were available (photos below).
The history of the 1st Lesmahagow Boy's Brigade
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 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 again began to grow in numbers within the Anchor Boys, Junior Section and Company Section, and the name of the Boys´ Brigade was beginning to become recognised within the Community as the great organisation it once was.
Our boys came from both villages of Lesmahagow and Coalburn.