All in the Battalion were saddened to learn of the passing of BB stalwart, Henry Duthie MBE.

Henry Duthie was a founder member and Lieutenant of the 4th Fraserburgh Boys’ Brigade in September 1952. He would soon become Captain of the 4th Fraserburgh taking over from Joe Ironside circa 1953/54. Henry would remain Captain of the Company for 32 years.

During his time as Captain of the Fourth he was Area President of the Fraserburgh District in the late 1960’s, Vice President of Buchan Battalion 1970-74, before becoming President 1974-79. He stayed on as Vice President from 1979-84.

Henry was also Training Officer/Convener 1980s-c.1993 and was bestowed an Honorary Life Member 1994. Henry was also an Honorary Vice President of the North Scottish Area and has been for many years.

Henry was awarded an MBE 31/12/1992 and presented to him by the Queen in 1993.

We remember Henry for his many years of dedicated service to the Boys’ Brigade in Fraserburgh but also in Buchan area and beyond. Henry also known as “Mr Fraserburgh”
during his time as Chairman of Fraserburgh 400 in 1992 and he did a power of work for the youth in the town. He was also a founder member of the Fraserburgh Junior Arts in 1953 and was involved in the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre.

For those boys who attended the 4th Fraserburgh they would have been one of “Henry’s loons” and a great many young men will remember fondly their time in the BB with Henry as their Captain.

BBatHome Online Service (31/5/2020)BBatHome Online Service (31/5/2020)

Our vision is that young people may experience “life to the full”. (John 10:10)
Join with the BB Family and Friends in Worship
Connect to one another in fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ
We are grateful to Bo’ness St. Andrews Church and the 2nd Bo’ness BB Company who are hosting this service for us. Connect to http://www.standonline.org.uk/ and press the live button and you will be with us in fellowship.  There is also a chat facility to chat before the service starts and if you wish to send greetings from yourself or your company, The BB in Scotland would be pleased to hear from you. If you are unable to join on Sunday afternoon, a recording will be available on the Bo’ness St Andrews website subsequent to the event.
#BBATHOME is an important way that The Boys’ Brigade is continuing to make our vision of living life to the full a reality for our members. #BBHOMESERVICE is the opportunity to unite in a special BB Service. The BB in Scotland invite you to be part of this service not an observer but a participant in our shared worship.  This service is particularly suitable for Company and Senior Section Boys and all BB Officers, Leaders and Friends of the Brigade.
Much of the service is led by Company Section Boys from various areas of Scotland. Music is being provided by The Central Band (Scotland) with additional BB musicians.  Please feel free to share with BB members past and present at home and abroad, with the families of our members, with your local Churches and if you have a Church of Scotland Guild locally please encourage our friends and partners to share with us.
The means of communication may be “virtual” but OUR worship and fellowship is REAL.
Join in worship with your BB Family that is part of the family of God the Father, and Jesus the son whose kingdom we seek to advance.
Rev Derek Gunn
Chaplain, BB Scotland

Great BB Bake Off Bake OffGreat BB Bake Off Bake Off

Last Entry: 9am on 25th May

Get involved with The Boys’ Brigade’s national ‘Great BB Bake Off’ competition for your chance to win £50.

Your task is to bake and decorate a ‘showstopper’ cake, bake or biscuit.

Pop on your apron and start baking. We want to see impressive cakes, bakes and biscuits that will show off your baking and creative skills. Judging will be based on how the finished product looks.

Join a ‘Rocky Road Masterclass’ (1pm on Sunday 24th May) as part of the virtual ‘Unite & Cumbrae Camp at Home’ event taking place that weekend. Find out more at unitebb.org.uk

Categories will include:

  • Anchors – Individuals, 4 to 7 years
  • Juniors – Individuals, 8 to 10 years
  • Company & Seniors – Individuals, 11 to 18 years

All entries will be reviewed by our panel of judges and there will be prizes for the winners of each category – a £50 voucher each.

Rules – all entries MUST follow:

  • Submitted by 9am on Monday 25th May.
  • Include first name, age group and Company/Group name (if a BB/GA member) and Home Town/City.
  • All entrants must be between age of 4 and 18 years of age.
  • Individual entries only (i.e. submission MUST be completed by a single person).
  • Entries may be submitted through Leaders or directly by Parents/Carers.
  • By entering this competition you give us consent to share artwork online through social media and #BBatHOME webpage. Only first names will be shared.

How to Enter

Please email entries (a picture) of the bake to bbathome@boys-brigade.org.uk or post on social media using #GreatBBBakeOff. Results will be announced live at 1pm on the same day as part of the virtual ‘Unite & Cumbrae Camp at Home’ event taking place that weekend. Find out more at unitebb.org.uk

Message from President Duncan LeelMessage from President Duncan Leel

Message from President Duncan Leel
First of all I sincerely hope this message finds you all in good health.

As you will all be aware this week should have seen our last Battalion meetings, Council & AGM,  for the session and I was looking forward to giving my President’s report on what was turning out to be a memorable year for the Battalion. Instead as I write we are all in lockdown mode eagerly awaiting for the world to return to normality. 
Our year set off to a good start as we eagerly set plans in motion for our 50th Anniversary Parade in March to be followed by a fun event at Strichen in June. Badges were duly ordered and polo shirts organised as the excitement mounted. Competitions got off to a good start and for the most were well attended. We have a good working, supportive Battalion in Buchan for which I personally wish to thank everyone for the part they play both in their companies and in the various sub groups and committees we are all in. We are well informed through BB HQ and along with Beth Dobson and Alan McIntosh we are kept up to date in all aspects that affect our life and work as BB officers. The icing on the cake came in the form of the Battalion winning the Press and Journal mini bus competition which will benefit all companies in many forms.
As we are all aware by early March all activities had to cease as COVID 19 became part of our daily lives affecting people the world over. My sympathies go out to all who have been ill with the virus or who may have lost a loved one, relative or friend. We have through the support of the Boys Brigade online materials https://boys-brigade.org.uk/bbathome/  been able to give the boys support and activities to try at home through our Battalion and company Facebook groups. It is good to see photographs being posted and hearing what they are doing. 
What has been cancelled can be rescheduled as soon as it is possible to do so and this will include the 50th anniversary parade, fun event, Battalion meetings and for most companies some form of award presentation evening. 
In the meantime we will continue to keep you posted of any future developments and current office bearers will remain in post until our next meeting is convened. Keep safe and well till we meet again and I will leave you with this short reflection.

A sense of a goose

When you see geese heading for the Loch of Strathbeg, flying in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are heading the same way we are.When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying.Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What message can we give when we honk from behind?Finally – and this is important – when a goose gets sick or is wounded  and falls out of the formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their own group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.PrayerHeavenly Father give us the sense of a goose so that in all that we do or say we are kind and considerate to others at all times. Let us trust one another and work as a team towards our goals.We ask all this in Your Son’s name



BB Companies, Battalions and Districts are advised to suspend all meetings and activities with immediate effect across the UK.
The Boys’ Brigade has been carefully monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus across the UK and keeping up to date with advice issued by UK Government and other relevant authorities.
Following new Government advice issued today that everyone should stop non-essential contact with others and stop all unnecessary travel, it has been concluded that all BB weekly meetings/activities, events and trips should be immediately suspended.
We are currently exploring how we continue to provide opportunities for young people in the BB family to learn, grow and discover over the challenging weeks and months ahead. We will continue to use this page and our social media channels to provide updates.
If you have any questions please email at info@buchanbb.org.uk
We wish every member of the Brigade family every blessing.


Congratulations to the 1st Strichen & 4th Fraserburgh Junior Sections who are joint winners of the Sid Newlands Memorial Trophy!
This means they have accumulated the most points through the year at Battalion competitions.
It was a very close run thing and we thank the other companies in the battalion for their sense of sportsmanship with the early closing of the competition season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Well done to all who took part in competitions this BB session!

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre BB Exhibition 2020Fraserburgh Heritage Centre BB Exhibition 2020

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre BB Exhibition – This coming season Fraserburgh Heritage Centre will host an exhibition focusing on the formation of the Fraserburgh District Boys’ Brigade.

It charts the first 50 years up to the establishment of the Buchan Battalion in 1970.

The exhibition features some familiar BB items and photographs but also personal artifacts from the founders of the Fraserburgh movement as well as some of the most coveted prizes in the old Fraserburgh District.

The exhibition runs April-October 2020.

WINNER – P & J Mini Bus CompetitionWINNER – P & J Mini Bus Competition

Great News Today, The Buchan Battalion Companies rallied to collect minibus tokens and enter the P & J minibus competition sponsored by CNOOC. We managed to collect 11000 tokens, it was announced in this morning’s P &J that we WON. Thanks to all friends and family that helped raise the tokens. The news is just sinking in, we are chuffed.
Click here to view the Post on the P & J Website