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PRESIDENT’S BADGES – 4th PETERHEAD

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion send their congratulations to Bailey Lynch and Kyle Gammack of the 4th Peterhead Company who were presented with their President’s Badges tonight.

The Badge is the second-highest in the Brigade and is the first requirement before boys can go on to work towards their Queen’s Badge.

We wish them every success in their endeavors for the Queen’s Badge!

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QUEEN’S MEN – 4th Fraserburgh

ADAM IRELAND – 4th FRASERBURGH
RUARY McDONALD – 4th FRASERBURGH
JOSHUA RITCHIE – 4th FRASERBURGH

This morning three young men from the 4th Fraserburgh were presented with their Queen’s Badges – the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade. The badges were presented by the boys’ mothers; a thank you for all they do for their sons in the BB.

The badges were presented at a special Platinum Jubilee church service, led by Dorothy Mair, at Fraserburgh’s West Parish Church. It was fitting that the Queen’s Badge was presented at a service celebrating the BB Patron’s 70 years of service.

Battalion President, Marc Thomson, was present and congratulated the recipients on their well deserved awards. Keep up the good work!

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PRESIDENT’S BADGES – 4th/5th Fraserburgh

This morning the Battalion President presented eight members of the 4th & 5th Fraserburgh with their President’s Badges – the second highest award in the Boys’ Brigade. The President told those gathered that he was happy to hear that all eight are already working towards gaining their Queen’s Badge!

We send our Congratulations to:

JONATHAN BEAGRIE

ARCHIE BUCHAN

CHRISTOPHER GAMMACK

LIAM McDONALD

LEWIS NOBLE

MARCUS COOK

AARON HASTIE

CALUM SCOTT

Well done on this excellent achievement!

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QUEEN’S BADGES

GLEN MITCHELL, 1st STRICHEN

ROBBIE STEWART, 1st STRICHEN

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion congratulate Glen and Robbie on being awarded their Queen’s Badges – the highest awards in the Boys’ Brigade.

They are pictured receiving their badges with Captain Steve Wilson, Vice-President of Buchan Battalion, and Colin Strong, Chaplian.

Well done on this great achievement!

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QUEEN’S BADGE – JORDAN SMITH – 1ST FRASERBURGH

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion congratulate Jordan Smith who tonight was presented with his Queen’s Badge, the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.

Working towards his badge Jordan used his skills with technology to help his church deliver services and stepped up to help his company. He also learned to drive for his skill and improved his physical fitness in cycling.

Jordan had one last trick up his sleeve tonight by surprising our Battalion Secretary, Yvonne Duthie; she was absolutely delighted to learn that he wanted her to do the honour of presenting his award. As Captain Leel said, Jordan wanted Yvonne to present it as she had always helped him; from his days at school, up to now.

Congratulations Jordan on an award thats thoroughly deserved!

(Picture: Jordan Smith receives his award from Lt Yvonne Duthie OIC).

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QUEEN’S BADGE COMPLETION COURSE

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion congratulate 5 young men from Buchan Battalion on completing their Queen’s Badges!

JORDAN SMITH, 1st FRASERBURGH

ADAM IRELAND, 4th FRASERBURGH

RUARY MCDONALD, 4th FRASERBURGH

ROBBIE STEWART, 1st STRICHEN

KYLE STRACHAN, 1st STRICHEN

All these young men had their Queen’s Badge Book approved at the North Scottish Area Boys’ Brigade QB Completion Course at Kincraig. All took an active part in the course and were a credit to their companies.

We look forward to seeing their badges presented in the near future!

Well done!

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LT SHEILA WATT RETIRES – 47 YEARS SERVICE

This evening Lt Sheila Watt, Officer-in-Charge of the 1st Fraserburgh Anchor Boys, retired in her 47th Year in post. Sheila was the first and, until tonight, only OIC of the section which she formed in 1976 with other BB wives under the slogan “if you can’t beat them, join them”! Hundreds of upon hundreds of Fraserburgh’s young (to middle aged) men have passed through her section and many into the wider BB as officers.

As fate would have it our new Battalion President, Lt Marc Thomson, made his first public appearance in his new role to witness Sheila’s final night in charge of her section. The President was one of Sheila’s loons 1994-97, an association which he will always be proud of. The President handed Mrs Watt a private letter to mark the occasion. He was accompanied by Queen’s Badge Advisor and former Battalion President Michael Strachan, one of Mrs Watt’s old boys 1992-95, who was very keen to remind everyone he was Best Boy of 1995!

Duncan Leel Snr, Captain of the 1st Fraserburgh and another former President of the Battalion, paid touching tribute to Sheila’s many years of dedicated service to the Anchor Boys and the wider Company. It was his privilege, he said, to count her among his friends and to have the benefit of her experience over a 20 year friendship. Mr Leel presented Mrs Watt with a beautiful wristwatch with an engraving on behalf of the Company to mark her many years of dedicated service. Mrs Watt will be succeeded in post by her daughter, Tracy.

The Battalion President wishes to add his congratulations to Sheila on this outstanding achievement and to thank her for all that she has contributed to the Boys’ Brigade in Buchan.

Photograph (l-r): Capt. Michael Strachan (Best Boy, 1995), Lt. Sheila Watt OIC (1st Fraserburgh Anchors Boys), Capt. Duncan Leel Snr (Captain, 1st Fraserburgh), Lt Marc Thomson (President, Buchan Battalion).

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QUEEN’S BADGE ALEX AAMER – 4th PETERHEAD

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion send their Congratulations to Alex Aamer of the 4th Peterhead Company, who today was presented with his Queen’s Badge.

His Company Captain, Alan Macdonald, gave Alex a glowing report for the work he carried out through his Queen’s Badge, as well as for the positive impact he has had on the Company.

Further credit should be given as Alex is one of the young men who had to change his planned work for the Queen’s Badge – the highest award in the BB – due to the pandemic.

Well done, Alex!

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BRONZE DOFE – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MARCUS STUART, 1st FRASERBURGH

JORDAN SMITH, 1st FRASERBURGH

ROSS DUTHIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to members of the 1st Fraserburgh Company who were presented with their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards yesterday.

We hope that the Silver Expeditions will soon be able to resume depending on the COVID situation.

Well done all on this marvellous achievement!

(Photo l-r: Marcus Stuart, Jordan Smith, Ross Duthie).

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PRESIDENTS BADGES – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MARCUS STUART, 1st FRASERBURGH

ANDREW STRACHAN, 1st FRASERBURGH

NATHAN SMITH, 1st FRASERBURGH

RYAN WATT, 1st FRASERBURGH

ROSS DUTHIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

Congratulations to members of the 1st Fraserburgh Company who were presented with their President’s Badge – the second highest award in the Boys’ Brigade – at a special ceremony at their church on Sunday.

All five young men have done well to achieve the badge in challenging circumstances due to the pandemic with all five also having started the journey towards their Queen’s Badge.

Keep up the good work lads!

(Photo l-r: Marcus Stuart, Andrew Strachan, Nathan Smith, Ryan Watt, Ross Duthie).