Congratulations to James who was presented with his Queens Badge recently, by Captain Simon Farrenden and minister Sue Keegan von Allmen. This is the highest badge anyone can get in the Boys’ Brigade and James is the first person to achieve the award in 1st Chandlers Ford for a number of years. Well done James.
The wildlife garden is developing well, and we’ve just added a new raised vegetable bed. In the first, we’re growing potatoes and raspberries; the second will be used by the anchor and junior sections. The compost we bought was kindly discounted by George Beckett nurseries. We’ve also cut a section or turf away to form a bed for wild flowers to grow, including wild flower seeds provided free by Kew Gardens and cosmos and poppy seeds from Brian’s garden. We’ve also placed our “certified wildlife garden” sign from the (American) National Wildlife Federation to show that the area is designed to attract as much wildlife as possible.
Three teams, three Christmas reindeer made from balloons…
The judges (leaders and parents) voted that number 2, the big yellow reindeer, was the winner (by just one point)!
The seniors organised a special evening themed around fireworks, including, of course, sparklers.
We finished off our personalised t-shirts last week, and made some tasty pizza!
The band have been very busy over the Christmas period, playing in many different events and services throughout December. The picture shows Abi deputising for Simon and keeping everyone in time at Horton Heath.
Tonight was the Company annual concert, with contributions from the Anchors (on a chocolatey theme), Juniors (a light display with silent night) and the Company section (the video below). The Girls Brigade also contributed (also following a chocolatey theme), we had a piano solo from Kieran, and the minister, Peter, also did a short presentation about Clean Water, for which a collection was held.
Tonight’s bb evening included basketball, and skittle football, as well as other activities which also count towards the badge scheme.
The bb annual autumn sale is taking place this morning… with a charity sale happening at the same location. Despite the rain, there have been quite a few visitors so far.
Each team produced a catapult with a “unique” design, and completed to see how far a bean bag could be propelled.