Alton Webteam: May 2017
The Junior Section took part in the Annual Display evening on Friday 5th May in front of their parents. The boys performed their Competitions Day Play and Figure Marching routine. Along with the Anchor Boys, the Juniors demonstrated a pass-the-objects-down-the-line team game which they then challenged the parents to have a go at (don't remind the boys, but the parents won!). There was a presentation about the menu preparation and cooking sessions they've been doing with Julie and Thomas Howe and they showed off their napkin folding skills, creating a Bird of Paradise while the audience tried this out for themselves. At the end of the evening, our six oldest Juniors transferred up to the Company Section: Andrew, Ben, Churchill, Luke-Joy, Ollie and Pedro. Tarique who has only recently begun attending Juniors also joined Company. They have been a very lively group of boys and will no doubt show the same enthusiasm in Company; already some are in the Band and will be coming on the Summer Camp. Meanwhile, Riley joined the Juniors from the Anchor Boys and we are very pleased to welcome him. The Juniors will now consist of five boys so we would be very happy to have more join us.
Following the Display Night we have moved into our Summer Programme which is more informal than the rest of the year. We don't meet every Friday evening, but when we do the boys don't wear uniform and we have themed evenings such as a games night, a visit from the RNLI, a film night and we take advantage of the lighter evenings with a visit to Alice Holt Forest. These evenings will be run jointly with the Anchor Boys.
Having said that our oldest boys have moved on to the Company Section, it turns out they don't escape us that easily. Their services are desired, along with the remaining Juniors, to help run the Charity Coffee morning at the Church on Saturday 10th June. And they can take part as Juniors in the Battalion Sports Day that will take place on Saturday 17th June at the Guildford Spectrum athletics track.
Finally, with 2017 marking the centenary of the Boys' Brigade having younger boys as members in what is now known as the Junior Section, the Hampshire District organised a celebratory Fun Day at Emsworth on Saturday 13th May. Our six transferring Juniors and Theo attended the event, along with boys from Companies across Hampshire and from neighbouring counties. At the start of the event, Mrs Wallace and Ollie welcomed people dressed splendidly in historic uniforms of a BB leader and a Life Boy. Well over 100 boys met on a sunny day and took part in a packed programme of activities including Crafts, Human Table Football, an Inflatable Assault Course, Archery, Football and Rounders. The day ended with a Praise Service, a barbecue and the visit of an ice cream van. And as you would expect at any good birthday party, there was a piece of birthday cake to take home. The day was an excellent event for marking the Junior Section's 100 year anniversary, with the enthusiasm of the boys and leaders showing that with God's support, the Junior Section is already embarking on a second century of passing on the Good News of Jesus to boys.
Lt. Rolfe Bridson.
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