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2nd Alton Boys' Brigade — Junior Section

January 2016

Following the Christmas break the Boys have returned to our Junior Section meetings on Friday evenings as lively as ever. Currently we number around 15 boys in the Section and we hope for more as the existing boys are to be challenged on 5th February to "Bring a Friend" along to see what Juniors is all about.

We have already begun our preparations for the Battalion Junior Section Competitions Day which this year will take place on St George's Day at Fleet Methodist Church, home to 2nd Fleet BB. The theme this year is the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10). The Boys will be producing artworks, performing a play, reciting poetry, figure marching and singing songs based upon this bible story. The boys and leaders can reflect on the messages contained in the story as we prepare together over the coming weeks.

The Boys have started practising for the figure marching competition in which we regularly excel. With more boys than in recent years, the marching will be more demanding but also more spectacular than ever. The boys really enjoy the teamwork and discipline required to march well.

Finally, two of our Boys went up to London for the day on Saturday 23rd January accompanied by Mrs Allan and Mrs Bentley — the visit followed the usual well tried pattern but with a few changes due to the crowds in London! It's no longer possible to walk easily along the Embankment and across Westminster Bridge. Even in January the crowds of tourists caused such congestion it was lucky that there were only two Boys to look after. Any more would have been swept away! However a good day was had as the Boys were very keen to see the Space section in the Science Museum, and took many photographs with new cameras. The day finished with a quick trip to Horseguards Parade to see the changing of the guard and a walk down Whitehall to look at Downing Street.

Lt. Rolfe Bridson.

24/01/16

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