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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.

Dodgeball Competition Results!Dodgeball Competition Results!

The first Battalion competition of the season took place today as the Companies battle it out. The 1st Fraserburgh hosted the dodgeball with the following placing:

SENIORS

1st Place = 1st Fraserburgh

2nd Place = 1st Strichen

3rd Place = 1st Rosehearty

COMPANY

1st Place = 1st Strichen

2nd Place = 1st Fraserburgh

3rd Place = 1st Rosehearty

Well done to all who took part including the 4th Peterhead who only missed a placing due to a three-way play off in the Company Section category.

Thanks to the 1st Fraserburgh for hosting a well organised competition and for their kind hospitality!

BRAEMAR 2023BRAEMAR 2023

Our President led a delegation of 8 members and 5 officers at the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games Centre yesterday, supporting Aberdeen & District Battalion – The Boys’ Brigade annual stewarding duties.

One of our members, Tayler (1st Rosehearty) had the distinction of being presented with the 140 Baton by His Majesty the King with two others, Ruary and Kaelyn, in the presentation party. A day to remember for sure and we look forward to meeting the baton again.

As can be seen in the photos, as well as meeting the King and the Queen some of our members bumped into a few famous faces!

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!

BRONZE LONG SERVICE AWARD – MARC THOMSONBRONZE LONG SERVICE AWARD – MARC THOMSON

Congratulations to our Battalion President, Marc Thomson, who was presented with his Bronze Long Service Award by Mr Sandy Manson, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, yesterday evening.

The award recognises his 15 years as a volunteer officer with the Boys’ Brigade within the 1st Fraserburgh, 1st Rosehearty and the Buchan Battalion. The President was surprised on the evening when the award appeared from “the Captain’s Mother’s handbag”.

We all send our congratulations to the Battalion President on this well deserved recognition.

The award was introduced by the Captain of the 1st Rosehearty, who said the following words about Mr Thomson:

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“Although celebrating 15 years as an officer, Marc has been a member of the Boys’ Brigade for a great many years more than that. He first joined the 1st Fraserburgh Anchor Boys back in 1994 at the age of 5, meaning he has been a BB member for nearly 29 years. As it happens it would have been that year I first met him in Mrs Watt’s Anchor Boys, but I have no memory of it.

Making his way through the Junior Section he joined Alastair Sinclair’s Bugle Band with the 1st Fraserburgh, attending the national bands competition on an annual basis on the drum. All the while, in the Company Section, ‘Keno’ proved to be very able at the PT work learning a great deal from Mr Muirhead on the buck and the horse. He achieved the Queen’s Badge in 2007 and the following year became an officer of the Boys’ Brigade with the 1st Fraserburgh.

As an officer he has played a very active role in the Fraserburgh Company. As early as c.2011 he was placed in charge of the Seniors Challenge+ badgework and through that had his first appointment to the Battalion Executive as convener of the seniors group. As the years have gone on he has continued to play an active role in instructing drill and PT work as well as organising annual camps.

In May 2017 he was appointed Vice-President of the Buchan Battalion and as a result was also appointed Chair of the Battalion Company and Seniors Committee in preparation for his elevation to the top job – Battalion President – in March 2022. His enthusiasm has massively helped in the Battalion’s recovery from COVID-19 with a full and growing number of Battalion competitions being reintroduced to the area. I know from speaking to other Captains and Officers around our Battalion that his personal interest and keenness to celebrate the achievements of companies, young people and officers by way of letters and visits has been very much appreciated by all who have been in receipt of them.

What about this Company [1st Rosehearty]? It was on the 25th March 2018, at the Battalion Parade at New Pitsligo, that he had a very brief chat with me about Rosehearty. The previous evening he had bumped into my Uncle at the Davron Bar and the question was asked of him “Why isn’t there a Boys’ Brigade in Rosehearty”? The next morning, at that parade, Marc told me of this question (and the offer of a donation to get it started) and it was asked – half jokingly I suppose – if we could set up a new Junior Section in Rosehearty.

I have to say that if anyone else had asked me, I would probably have said no. It was never going to be an easy job.

I said yes for two reasons. In the first instance I knew I was being asked by someone who was dependable, committed and skilled in BB work. I knew he had a successful record in other BB projects. And I knew that because he wanted it to work that he would put in 110%. On those scores he has yet to prove me wrong. In five years we have gone from being a Company at risk of closure, to one of the strongest in the Battalion and in that effort his contribution has been immeasurable. The second reason I said yes; it was a chance to do something good with one of my oldest friends.

Like most awards in Buchan, this is an occasion where we celebrate not only the quantity of years but the quality of the service to back it up. He has done more than you will ever hear about and more than he will ever take the credit for. It may be a Bronze award for the years given, but it’s a Gold award for the time, talent and dedication gifted to our Battalion and Company to make it better for the young people we serve.

It gives me great pleasure to invite the Lord-Lieutenant to present our Battalion President with his Bronze Long Service Award”.

QUEEN’S & PRESIDENT’S BADGE – CHIEF GUESTQUEEN’S & PRESIDENT’S BADGE – CHIEF GUEST

With a month to go until our first ever Queen’s Badge and President’s Badge celebration we are delighted to advise that Iain Hamilton, Aberdeen Battalion, has accepted our invitation to be Chief Guest.

As Training Convener for the North Scottish Area his face will be a familiar one to Queen’s Badge Recipients whilst those who attend the NSA residential courses will get to know him over the next two years.

A reminder that all recipients of the Queen’s and President’s Badges are invited to attend this celebration which should see representation from 1st Fraserburgh, 4th & 5th Fraserburgh, 1st New Pitsligo, 1st Rosehearty, 4th Peterhead and 1st Strichen.

All Officers from across the Battalion are invited to attend but numbers must be forwarded to the Battalion Secretary for catering provisions.