Virtual Annual Display 2020

 

Our 135th Annual Inspection on Friday 8th May 2020 was affected by Covid-19 - so we held our first ever Annual Display online, using Zoom to virtually connect boys, parents, staff & friends together. After a pipe tune from Alexander and an opening service from our Chaplain Rev. Stewart Gillan we showed a presentation of our BB Year, showing events and activities we had done throughout the 2019-2020 session. To round off the evening we announced the winners of the Annual Prizes and Awards, (shown below). Well done to all that took part and a big thanks to all the parents & friends who supported the boys & staff over the session.

Alexander Piping Opening Service Our BB Year
Recruits Bibles - Awarded to each Recruit on completion of their first year in the Company Section
  • Iniyan Davabalan
  • Hamish Matheson
  • Vincent Russell
Good Attendance - Awarded to boys with up to two absences during the session
  • Andrew Watt
  • Cameron Gregor
  • Jack McClelland
  • Christopher Watt
  • Grant MacLennan
  • Alexander Bell
PT Shield - Awarded to the boy who has given his very best effort and shown improvement in his PT ability over the course of the session.
  • Andrew Watt
Team of the Year (Centenary Plate) - Awarded to the team who have given the best performance in an event this year.
  • Partick District 5-a-side football champions
  • Alexander Bell
  • Cameron Gregor
  • Christopher Watt
  • Vincent Russell
Fyfe Ambulance Medal - Awarded for proficiency in First Aid over the session.
  • Christopher Watt
Squad Challenge Medal - Awarded to the Squad with the best cumulative attendance & uniform marks over the course of the session
  • Squad 2
  • Jack McClelland
  • Christopher Watt
  • Vincent Russell
Best Recruit (W.C. Frame Cup) - Awarded to best overall Recruit in terms of attendance, uniform, attitude, enthusiasm.
  • Vincent Russell
General Efficiency Shield - Awarded to best overall Boy in terms of attendance, uniform, attitude, enthusiasm, participation, leadership.
  • Grant MacLennan
President’s Badges
  • Grant MacLennan
  • Jack McClelland

BBatHome and Virtual Quizzes

 

Our 'physical' 2019-2020 session ended rather abruptly due to lockdown but the boys kept busy from home, taking part in BBatHome activities including baking, building an 'Emergency Shelter', (some chose to sleep overnight in them too) and whipping up tasty milkshakes. We also held Virtual parade nights and online versions of our popular Quiz & Chippy nights too!

Grant's Emergency Shelter Alexander's Milkshake Virtual Quiz Night

Coffee Morning 2019-2020

 

Our annual Coffee Morning was held in the church halls on Saturday 7th March 2020. As well as the usual bottle stall, groceries, raffle, hot rolls, silent auction & books stalls the senior boys were kept hard at work washing cars outside. For younger visitors there was games in the small hall too. After a very busy morning we raised 1,772 pounds for company funds. A big thank you to all family & friends who came along and supported the 5th or who donated items (or their time) for the morning's great effort!

Morrisons Bagpacking 2019-2020

 

Friday 20th December 2019 saw the boys and staff packing shoppers' bags at Morrisons Anniesland from 5.30pm - 8.30pm. All the boys worked really hard and avoided packing the eggs at the bottom! Once all the money in the collecting buckets had been counted up a total of over 400 pounds was raised for company funds. A big well done to all the boys who attended.

the boys after their bagpacking at Morrisons

Christmas 2019

 

The boys & staff from the Company Section took a trip to Clip n Climb at the Kelvin Hall on Friday 13th December 2019 for their Christmas Night Out. The group donned their climbing harnesses for an evening of climbing fun. There were lots of challenges to face (& fears to overcome). The quickest speed climb was a mere 9.47 secs. The Stairway to Heaven was also conquered. All the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed it.

the boys and staff ready for climbing the climbing walls two very quick climbers!

Seniors Night 2019-2020

 

Our Seniors prepared and led our Friday parade night on Friday 6th December 2019. The challenge was to deliver an entertaining & full evening for the rest of the boys. Jack and Grant did really well with plenty of games (including jailbreak, round the world & numbers football). They finished off the evening with a favourite pastime - eating pizza!

jailbreak pizza!

Quiz Night 2019-2020

 

Our famous Quiz Night made a reappearance on Saturday 16th November 2019. Friends, Family & Boys of the 5th gathered in the Large Hall for an evening of questions covering topics such as 'Exotic Fruit', 'Celebrity Ages' & 'In Threes'. A relaxed, but competitive evening was had by all who took part, with the added bonus of raising 622 pounds which was donated to Parkinson's UK.

the view from the quizmaster's seat a tasty fish supper the quiz teams - deep in thought

Remembrance Service 2019

 

The Annual Service of Remembrance was held in the church on Sunday 10th November 2019 and the boys were present complete with red poppy.

Beacon Bonanza 2019

 

The church held their annual fundraiser, 'The Bonanza' on Saturday 2nd November 2019, as always the boys from the 5th were on hand on the Thursday & Friday evenings to assist people with carrying in any donations from their cars to the stalls inside. Well done to all who helped.

Enrolment Service 2019-2020

 

The first church parade of the new 2019-2020 session was held at our church on Sunday 15th September 2019. The Company Section boys & staff attended the morning service to mark the start of another BB year. The boys received their membership cards and re-affirmed their commitment to the BB for another session.

Previous Sessions

 

Here are some other things we have done during previous sessions...

Summer Camp 2019

 

Our Weekend Camp was held at the 1st Glasgow's campsite, near Tighnabruaich, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd June 2019. 14 boys & 6 staff attended the action packed weekend! Leaving the church at 6pm on the Friday in the minibus we took the ferry from Gourock to McInroy's Point and arrived at Camp around 8.30pm. After organising the tents & rules for the weekend we ventured out into the midge-infested countryside for a few widegames. Following the twilight games everyone settled down to supper before lights out at 11.45pm.

cycling sunset over camp 'The Tighnabruaich Trials'

(l to r): The boys & staff ready for their cycle around the Ardlamont Loop, sunset over camp, a team undertaking 'The Tighnabruaich Trials'

After rising at 8am on the Saturday and a hearty breakfast at 8.30am the boys had a quick tent inspection before donning their cycling gear and heading for Kames for a pedal around Ardlamont Loop. With only 1 boy & 1 officer going the wrong way all made it back to Camp safely in time for lunch!

'The Tighnabruaich Trials' followed lunch - a widegame involving the boys being split into 4 teams and solving puzzles around the local area using a map. Along the way they had to collect pictures and items from the coastline and get back to 'HQ' as quickly as possible! A game of football preceded tea and a hotly contested game of rounders followed. As the light faded it was back outside for more widegames. After a full days-worth of activities the boys were keen to get to bed after supper at 11pm for a well-earned sleep.

Sunday morning saw a few of the boys unwilling to leave the comfort of their sleeping bags but after some gentle persuasion they managed to make breakfast at 8.30am before duties & tent inspection. The morning was taken up with another widegame, 'Contraband', which saw two teams trying to smuggle coloured 'moonshine' past a team of guards (i.e. the staff) who were armed with water pistols. After lunch there was just time for a game of Ultimate Frisbee before tidying & packing up camp before climbing into the minibus for the trip home after a very enjoyable weekend.

12 Hour Games Night 2018

 

We held a 12 hour Games Night on Friday 7th December 2018. The evening started with the District Challenge and then progressed beyond our normal 10pm finishing time until 7.30am on Saturday morning! The time was spent playing Football, Unihoc, 'Timebomb' & Dodgyball up until midnight, with a break for Pizzas at 11pm. From 12-6.30am the boys played Table Tennis, Pool, Board Games, Archery (with soft arrows!) and the PS4/Xbox. Apart from a few staff very few people went to sleep all night and after a hearty breakfast & tidying up the boys trudged off home for a well-earned sleep!

Trip to Seil 2018

 

The boys & staff headed to Seil, near Oban on Friday 1st June 2018 for an overnight stay in Seil Village Hall in the village of Ellenabeich. Arriving at 9pm the boys managed a game of football before dark, followed by supper, (hot dogs), and an World Cup-themed quiz. Saturday morning brought warm but foggy weather, not great for our early morning trip with Seafari, a 2-hour powerboat tour around the islands of Scarba & Jura taking in the wildlife and Corryvreckan whirlpools along the way. After our tour and a belated breakfast the boys managed a bracing hike up the hill overlooking the island of Easdale and the other nearby islands and also a treasure hunt around the village. Despite the foggy weather all the boys & staff thoroughly enjoyed the trip and returned home tired but happy on the Saturday evening.

outside the village hall preparing for Seafari The 'Celtic Nomad' in the fog

(l to r): The boys & staff outside Seil Village Hall, preparing for Seafari and out on the water in 'Celtic Nomad'

Cumbrae Cycle 2017

 

On a rather wet and windy Saturday 28th October 2017 the boys & staff travelled down to Largs and hopped on the ferry to the Isle of Cumbrae for a days cycling. After picking up our bikes from Bremner's we donned our waterproofs & gloves and cycled anti-clockwise around the island. The weather remained 'dreich' for the whole cycle and in many parts it became a test of the boys' strength & determination to battle headlong into the wind to reach Millport. All the boys reached the minibus and huddled inside to change, warm-up & tuck into their packed lunches. After post-lunch hot-chocolates at Fintry Bay tearoom we ventured back over on the ferry to Largs, a little earlier than planned, and spent some free time in Largs before heading back to Glasgow to warm-up!

The Boys and Staff before their cycle Cycling into the wind and rain

'The Road To BB'

 

As part of our 2017 Annual Display Ewan, one of our NCOs, created a short film called ‘The Road To BB’ showing what we get up to at the 5th. You can view it via Facebook here:
The Road To BB Video

Fire Station Visit 2016

 

We visited Cowcaddens Fire Station on Friday 7th October and were given a tour by ex-5th member Iain around the station and appliances.

Blair in full fire-fighting kit The Boys & Staff at Cowcaddens Fire Station

The boys got to try on the fire fighting kit, got a thorough tour of a Fire Engine and all of the equipment carried in it, (and what it's all used for), before finishing up in the cab and checking out the breathing apparatus firefighters use. Thanks again to Iain for giving up his free time to show the guys round.

Summer Day Out 2016

 

We held our final trip of the session, our Summer Day Out, on Saturday 18th June 2016 to Loch Lomond. Eleven boys & 5 staff left Glasgow at 9am on a sunny June day and arrived at Balloch just before 10am to enjoy a day of canoeing, archery & cycling overseen by instructors from outdoor activity company Can You Experience. To start the days adventures the boys & staff climbed into canoes and paddled along the shoreline from Loch Lomond Shores to the bay in front of Cameron House Hotel. Here they stopped for lunch and then got the bow & arrows out for a spot of archery! After this it was back into the boats to return to Loch Lomond Shores. Remarkably no one capsized or fell in, so some boys decided to test the water temperature by taking a dip in the bay when they returned their canoes!

Canoeing Archery

After our canoeing adventure we donned our cycle gear for an afternoon of mountain biking around Balloch Country Park. Despite some tough uphills and some challenging downhills all the boys & staff made it back to Loch Lomond Shores in one piece! After a little free-time everyone hopped back into the minibus for the short trip back to Glasgow to end an action-packed day!

Here's a short video of our day, captured by Ewan during our adventures...

Clyde Cycle 2015

 

Saturday 24th October 2015 saw the boys & staff roll out their bikes and head west along the Clyde Cycle Path. We met up at the church at 10am and headed down through Partick to the Expressway underpass on to the cycleway on South Street. Following the cycleway through Yoker & Clydebank we arrived at Bowling just after 11.15am. After a wee break we headed back into Glasgow, veering left along the canal at Clydebank instead of the cycle path, arriving at the bottom of Cleveden hill around 1pm.

Clyde Cyle 2015

Senior Day Out 2014

 

As many of our Senior boys were leaving us at the end of this session we planned an extra day out for them on Saturday 21st June 2014! 5 seniors & 3 staff hopped in the minibus and took a trip to Dunbar. After a detour for some donuts at Krispy Kreme we arrive in Dunbar at 11am and headed for Belhaven Beach for a game of beach volleyball. Once we were suitably sandy we headed along to Foxlake Adventures for a session on their Foxfall obstacle course. Wearing wetsuits and helmets all the boys & staff tackled the obstacle course, without safety ropes, perched above a man-made pond!

Beach Volleyball Foxfall Surfing

Once dried we grabbed some lunch and travelled back to Belhaven Beach to pull on another wetsuit for a couple of hours of surfing. All the seniors thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, most even managing to stand up on their boards by the end of the lesson! After fighting our way out our wetsuits we headed into Dunbar for dinner, a chippy, then back to the beach for a game of football before returning home after a long, action-packed day!

Summer Day Out 2014

 

We held our final all-age trip of the session, our Summer Day Out, on Saturday 14th June 2014 to Aberfoyle. Fifteen boys & 5 staff left Glasgow at 8.45am on a sunny June day and arrived at Loch Katrine just before 10am to enjoy a day of cycling. The boys & staff hired bikes from Katrine Wheelz at the end of Loch Katrine and spent the 4 hours cycling around the banks of the loch, stopping for lunch and an ice cream at Stronachlachar!

Lunchtime at Stronachlachar Waterpark in Loch Katrine

After our cycle adventure we headed back over the Duke's Pass to Aberfoyle for a quick game of football and then onto the Water Park at Kinlochard. Here the boys, (& some staff), donned wetsuits and waded into Loch Ard to spend a couple of hours of fun on the inflatables on the loch. After drying out everyone hopped back into the minibus for the short trip back to Glasgow to end a great day!

Bute Cycle 2012

 

The boys & staff took a trip 'doon the watter' on Saturday 6th October 2012, donning their cycling gear for a tour around the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. We all piled into the minibus and drove down to Wemyss Bay, arriving around 10am and got the ferry over to Rothesay, (many thanks to CalMac for their help). Once in Rothesay we headed to the Bike Shed and hired bikes to cycle around the south of the island. Splitting into 2 groups the boys & staff pedalled the 8 miles down to Kilchattan Bay for a spot of lunch.

After lunch we followed the coast road round for 11.5 miles and reached the Ettrick Bay tearoom for some energy restoring cake! Some hasty boys had covered a few miles more than everyone else by this point due to them taking the wrong turning at a junction and arriving in Rothesay at 2pm! Some confused phone calls later relayed the information that they had to return along the road to meet up with the rest of the group, meaning they had covered an extra 5 miles! To further add to the excitement no less than 4 boys received punctures on this part of the route and some very helpful assistance from the man at the bike shop meant all were able to make it to the tearoom on a working bike!

All but one member of the group made it the 20 miles to Ettrick Bay, Mr Cumming felt it best to take a shortcut back to Rothesay and collect the minibus! From the tearoom the older boys hopped back on their bikes and cycled back to Rothesay via Port Bannatyne, (another 5 miles), whilst the younger guys climbed into the minibus. After returning the bikes to the hire shop we made a dash for the ferry, returning to the mainland and arriving back in Glasgow around 6.30pm. A great day was had by all and the weather was kind to us, dry & not too cold all day!

(l to r): Our route around Bute, the boys & staff before setting off and which way at the junction?

BBC Filming 2012

 

Friday 24th February saw Ian Hislop and a camera crew attend our normal parade night to film what we do. The crew filmed the opening parade, drill & trampolining for a forthcoming BBC2 television series about Britain through the centuries and the role the Boys' Brigade played in the moral and physical character building of young men. As well as filming the activities Ian interviewed a few of the boys, asking them what they enjoy about the BB and how it plays a part in the building of their character. The programme called "Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip" is due to be shown on Tuesday 9th October from 9-10pm on BBC2.

BBC Filming with Ian Hislop

The boys & staff with Ian Hislop