Category: General News

NEW YEAR MESSAGENEW YEAR MESSAGE

Dear All,

As we approach the end of 2023, we can reflect and look back with great pride.

During the year, we have witnessed our Battalion and Companies continue to return to something approaching normal as the effort to rebuild after Covid continues.

Much hard work has taken place by our dedicated leaders and helpers to ensure that our Companies enjoy a varied program of activities.

Battalion competitions continue to thrive with more Anchor competitions taking place, which is very encouraging to see. Several Leaders from Buchan met with friends from other Battalions at the annual NSA Conference in Inverness which was an enjoyable weekend for all.

We were saddened by the loss of long time Hon. Vice-President Tommy Whyte who dedicated much of his life to the 5th Fraserburgh and Buchan Battalion.

I was delighted to present Hon. President & Life Member, Jimmy Muirhead and his wife, Patty, with a card and flowers from the Battalion to mark the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

At this time, I would also like to congratulate all our young people who achieved their Duke of Edinburgh, President’s or Queen’s Badge this year. Hard work and commitment is required in order to attain them all, and so you should be very proud of your achievements!

To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Brigade, the NSA Baton Relay has been underway since it was presented by HM the King to a member from Buchan Battalion at Braemar on 2nd September. Another 2 members from Buchan met The King & Queen that day and I’m sure it will be an experience the 3 of them will never forget.

The Baton has already passed through countless hands, and the letters from The King and NSA President, which are contained within the Baton, have been read at some very interesting landmarks. This will continue, as it makes its way through Buchan and then onto Banffshire, Moray, Highland, Orkney and then back to Aberdeen & District.

The Baton has reminded me of how the BB in Buchan is like a family and I hope all are able to spend as much time with family & friends during this festive break.

May you all have a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2024.

MARC THOMSON

PRESIDENT

DIAMOND WEDDINGDIAMOND WEDDING

All in the Buchan Battalion send our best wishes to Mr and Mrs Muirhead on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding anniversary!

Jimmy and Patty received a card and flowers from the Battalion to mark this very special anniversary.

This afternoon the Diamond Couple were also paid a visit by The Honorable Kate Nicolson, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, and Cllr Ann Bell of Aberdeenshire Council as well as Battalion President Marc Thomson. Among cards sent from many well-wishers was a very special one from Their Majesties The King and Queen.

As is known Jimmy is the Honorary President of Buchan Battalion who received his MBE for services to the BB in 2017. Meanwhile Patty was a founding Officer of the 2nd Fraserburgh Girls’ Brigade who served for over 30 years. The youth of Fraserburgh owes them a great debt for their time and talent.

All in the Battalion sent their hearty congratulations to Jimmy and Patty.

MINIBUS FUNDRAISER!MINIBUS FUNDRAISER!

MINIBUS FUNDRAISER!

The Battalion is running a Lucky Squares Fundraiser to help towards the costs of our minibus!

Each square is £2 with random numbers given. To get your squares you can buy them via PayPal on the link:

https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8ZGvcuetSW

The prize is a Scentsy Little Garden Warmer & 3 wax bars.

The minibus has proven to be a fantastic resource for our Battalion! Help us by helping to support it!

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – FRASERBURGH DISTRICTREMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – FRASERBURGH DISTRICT

Companies in the old Fraserburgh District of the Buchan Battalion are invited to attend the Fraserburgh Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service.

This will take place on Sunday, 12th November. Boys and Girls should meet at the Fraserburgh Royal British Legion (Hanover Street) for 10am, the parade leaving at 10.15am for the Old Parish Church.

The service is expected to take about an hour (10.55am-12pm), after which the parade will march to the war memorial for a wreath laying ceremony. After this the parade will then return to the Legion building for approximately 12.45pm.

The Companies of the old Fraserburgh District include 1st, 4th, 5th Fraserburgh, 1st Sandhaven and 1st Rosehearty. Companies are parading under Battalion colours.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th November.

Companies who normally attend commemorations at their own villages are encouraged to do so again this year, if commemorations are proceeding.

HAPPY RETIREMENT MARTIN!HAPPY RETIREMENT MARTIN!

The President, Executive and all in the Buchan Battalion wish Martin Dunbar a very Happy Retirement!

Mr Dunbar retires from Scottish Water after over 40 years of service to the Company.

We wish him every happiness in his retirement and sincerely promise we have not put together a list of jobs he could take on for the Battalion with all this lovely spare time he has acquired!

TEAM BUCHAN – Queens Badge SkillsTEAM BUCHAN – Queens Badge Skills

Well done to the six young people who completed their QB Skills course over the weekend at Alltnachriche.

Well done to Harvey of the 1st Fraserburgh, Marcel and Raiko of the 4th Fraserburgh, and Finlay, Tayler and Kaelyn of the 1st Rosehearty!

Four Buchan officers were part of the staff team so thanks to Yvonne, Lynne, Martin and Michael for giving their time over the weekend!