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Awards

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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Awards General News

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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Competition News

BASKETBALL COMPETITION

This evening the 1st Fraserburgh Company hosted the Company and Seniors Buchan Battalion Basketball Competition!

The first face-to-face competition since March 2020!Five companies were represented tonight and a Girl member participated in a Buchan Battalion Company Section competition for the very first time!

Results:

Company Section

1st Place: 1st Strichen

2nd Place: 1st Fraserburgh

3rd Place: 1st Rosehearty

Seniors

1st Place: 1st Fraserburgh

2nd Place: 4th/5th Fraserburgh

3rd Place: Buchan Select

Thank you to the 1st Fraserburgh for doing an excellent job in hosting this competition.

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General News

⚓1ST FRASERBURGH BOYS BRIGADE⚓

The 1st Fraserburgh Company would love for you to come and join us! – We do lot’s of fun activities and games weekly.


All the Boys have a great time whilst working towards their awards and developing skills including Teamwork, Problem Solving & Physical Skills – all in a fun, safe environment!!

  • Anchor Boys (P1-3)- Tuesday 18:30 – 19:45
  •  Junior Section (P4-6) – Tuesday 18:30 – 20:00
  •  Company Section / Seniors (P7 – 19 Years) – Friday 19:00 – 21:30


All sections meet at the Fraserburgh Old Parish Church Centre.


To get it touch with them please email 1stfraserburgh@buchanbb.org.uk or visit https://1fraserburgh.boys-brigade.org.uk


We look forward to seeing you all their!!

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Awards

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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Awards

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).

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Awards

QUEENS BADGES – 1ST FRASERBURGH

MATTHEW PIRIE, 1st FRASERBURGH

JOSH STEPHEN, 1st FRASERBURGH

NATHAN STEPHEN, 1st FRASERBURGH

The President and Executive of the Buchan Battalion wish to further congratulate Matthew, Josh and Nathan on being presented with their Queen’s Badges – the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade.

The new Queen’s Men had their badges presented at a special service and ceremony at Fraserburgh Old Parish Church where their friends, family and officers gathered to honour them.

Well done all; you are a credit to your Company and to the Battalion!

(Photo l-r: Matthew Pirie, Josh Stephen, Nathan Stephen).

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General News

NEW APPOINTMENT – QUEEN’S BADGE ADVISOR

As of today Michael Strachan becomes the new Queen’s Badge Advisor for the Buchan Battalion. Our outgoing Queen’s Badge Advisor, Lt Andrew West of the 1st Fraserburgh, has held the post since 1997 and has seen hundreds of boys achieve their Queen’s Badges – the highest award in the Boys’ Brigade. Mr West was very thorough and always inspected Queen’s Badge books in great detail before his candidates were able to attend completion courses. This is part of the reason, along with his dedication, his candidates have always enjoyed a very high success rate. We thank Mr West for his 23 years in the post which has elevated our Battalion’s reputation in the North Scottish Area and beyond.

Mr West is succeeded in the post by Capt. Michael Strachan of the 1st Rosehearty Company. Mr Strachan has some big shoes to fill and was delighted to accept Mr West’s kind offer of any advice or assistance if ever it was needed going forward. It may be of interest to note that Mr Strachan himself was awarded the Queen’s Badge back in 2005, Mr West being his Queen’s Badge Advisor!

We wish Mr Strachan every success going forward. Further details will be sent to Captains by Battalion Secretary, Lt Yvonne Duthie.

Image: Mr Andrew West (left) and Mr Michael Strachan (right).

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Competition News

COMPANY/SENIOR SECTION CHAMPIONS 2020

Congratulations to the 1st Fraserburgh Company who are the Buchan Battalion Company/Senior Champions!
Winning the most points over the year at various competitions it is conceded that even if all the competitions had run as planned their lead was unassailable!
Thanks to all companies who took part and hosted Company Section competitions this session!

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Passing's

JOE WATT 1938-2019

All in the Battalion were saddened to learn of the passing of BB stalwart, Mr Joe Watt, at the age of 81.
Mr Watt’s service in the BB started on 1st October 1950 when, at the age of 12, he was enrolled in the 1st Fraserburgh Company. He served through the ranks until 1956 when, reaching the upper age limit, he was discharged having given ‘good service‘ to the company. A skilled gymnast he competed with the crack PT teams, winning the Town Council Shield in his final year.
After national service Joe returned to help his company, being officially enrolled as Lieutenant with the Company in 1964. This saw a tough time for the company, which fell into temporary abeyance in 1969. What followed afterwards was perhaps Mr Watt’s greatest accomplishment in the BB: a leading officer in the Company Joe worked hard to revive the 1st Fraserburgh from a Company in abeyance to one of the strongest companies in the area. During his stint as Officer-in-Charge of Company Section from the 1970s until 1989, the section regularly enrolled 40-50 boys.
In 1988 he became Captain of the 1st Fraserburgh, taking over as “Skipper” from his old friend Alastair Sinclair. Serving in that post for 4 years he was clear who the most important people in the company were: “the boys ‐ without you there would be no Boys’ Brigade”. He saw the BB as an important means of delivering new skills to boys and, most important of all, to deliver them to a personal relationship with Christ.
When he retired in 1992, he did so believing it was now the turn of the next generation to lead.
His retirement was, however, virtually non-existent as the next chapter of his BB career opened instantaneously as a bandsman. Between 1992 and 2001 he taught and led the buglers of the award winning 1st Fraserburgh Bugle Band. He briefly served as bandmaster 2001-02 following the death of his great friend Mr Sinclair.
Joe also carried out a great deal of work for our Battalion. While the posts of Battalion high office never appealed to him, Joe worked for many years behind the scenes on the training committee and also as a member of the Company Section committee. By doing so he again worked hardest for the most important people in the organisation: the boys.
Following his second retirement in 2002 Joe did take more of a back seat but remained a dedicated supporter of the BB. As a respected Elder of the Church and BB he was often called upon as Inspecting Officer and his wife Sheila always had a job for him at the Anchor Boys parents night. There are hundreds of young men ‐ and some not-so-young ‐ around our Battalion who owe a great deal to Joe Watt for the time he gave in the hope of improving their chances in life. He is responsible for equipping a generation with new skills which undoubtedly gave them greater opportunities in life.
Upon becoming Captain in 1988 he remarked: “When the Company was started again 18 years ago, we had only a handful of boys. Many a Friday night we went home thinking, is it worth carrying on?”. We are grateful that he persevered!
At this sad time all at the Buchan Battalion offer our sincere and heart felt condolences to Mrs Sheila Watt, Joe’s devoted wife of 55 years, and their children Tracy and Peter, and grandchildren.

Capt M. A. W. Strachan
1st Rosehearty Coy.