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Group Reports: Boys’ Brigade

What a great start to 2015. The usual programme of Anchors/Juniors Christmas Party (late) and entering the final session of our badgework for awards. A great Open Evening and Presentation of Awards followed in May showing credit to the members and their families for commitment and work through the year.

At the April Parade we saw Connor Edwards and Tim Lawrence presented with their Queens Badge – the highest award in The Brigade and a culmination of attaining the highest level in every badge, achieving the Presidents Badge and a further two years of leadership, development, visitations, observations and a residential completion course. FANTASTIC!
The end of our summer session faced us with some difficult discussions as Julie (after 25 years as a parent helper then warrant officer) decided to step back from company work – although continuing with Battalion and District involvement. Also Jonathan’s career was taking a new and uncertain direction after he had headed the company after Rosie Pike’s retirement as Captain.

In August Connor, Nathanael and Tim took the second part of their officer cadet training at BB Head Quarters, Feldon Lodge in Hemel Hempstead. It was then in our October ‘enrolment’ that we saw them being commissioned as Warrant Officers, along with all our other members, making us one of the largest companies in the Somerset Battalion.

It was then in September that Nick took the reigns as Captain again, after a break of 22 years, also continues as Battalion Vice-president but, gratefully loses the role of company treasurer to Carol Jones.

We have had a great start to the new session; during September we have seen new boys join our ranks, also staff working together with a new way of using the premises to ease congestion at the beginning of the evening giving appropriate space for the evenings various activities.

So it is with renewed vigour that a wonderful team of leaders, who give up their time each week to run the companies sections, continue to provide this valued part of CPBC outreach.

October saw our Battalion Officers and Chaplains Conference. It was great to see our own Chaplain (and minister) Steve running the conference presentation, until he dropped a bomb and ‘ducked’. A lively discussion pursued over the DNA of BB staff and now that Steve has found out his appointment as Battalion Chaplain could be for five years while Rosie is President, he could be returning next year to try and re-make some friendships. Seriously, many thanks to Steve for not only guiding and enabling our Christian direction on Wednesdays, but also for being really ‘hands on’ in leadership during our crisis times.

We had fantastic news that Jules Samuels, from our company section was to be confirmed at Corpus Christi. He already plays a big role in the life of the church next door (Alter Boy and more) and it was a privilege to be able to take four of our senior boys to the service which was on Wednesday 14th October.

We really appreciate all the family does for the BB, with three lads attending every week and dad (Richard) helping as a regular leader until recently.

The seniors (age 15 years and over) organised and ran a Quiz Evening to raise some funds for activities. A great evening was had by all and the GB held a cake stall to continue their fund raising for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

WOW! What an effort – over 70 shoeboxes were collected for Blythswood Care towards their Christmas Appeal. Grateful thanks to Rosie Pike for organising this again and to the friends and members of CPBC and Brigades who contributed so generously to this.

Wednesday 9 December saw the Brigades Carol evening, with ‘home made’ mince pies by our GB afterwards. The girls made a fantastic 150 pies, despite the very temperamental oven which either gently warms or incinerates!!! The ‘retiring offering’ was also in aid of CHSW.

Finally, a great end to another year in the 1st W-s-M history with a certificate congratulating us on growth of members over the last year (statistics and returns are made in October). The BB is still strong and active after 78 years of continuous work at CPBC and today we still see new lads and families coming into the building. THANK YOU all at CPBC for the continued support and encouragement.

Nick Lawrence, Captain

Group Reports: Girls’ Brigade

During the past 12 months the 1st Weston-super-Mare Girls’ Brigade Company has been involved in a number of activities and detailed below is a summary of these events.

In March 2015 we sent 3 girls to Hill House for Young Leaders Training:- Emma Hawkins (Leader Training), Rosie Weeks (Advanced), Katie Christian (Preparation). Before the girls left for Young Leaders they had to undertake a number of compulsory activities:

  • preparing a worship session
  • organise a craft activity
  • leading the games

Young Leaders’ helps girls develop skills and talents, which will be of benefit to them when helping out within the Company. Since returning Emma has continued to undertake the necessary modules in order to become an officer which include planning, faith journey, GB Knowledge etc and has also visited a GB Company in Bristol to experience how they do things in other companies. We are hoping that her registration to become a new GB leader will be through shortly.

Our Summer Programme included swimming at Hutton Moor, a visit to the beach, a people hunt and the session finished with a BBQ.

On Saturday 15th August seventeen of us had a sleepover at the Church which included a day trip to Crealy Adventure Park. We had a great day going on the roller coasters, looking at the animals and other attractions and returned to the Church for dinner which was cooked by Mandi. After dinner the girls had the opportunity (if they wanted) to perform in the Talent Show and watch a number of selected DVD’s before bed time!. The girls were very excited and it took a long time for everyone to get to sleep! After breakfast we then joined the congregation for worship. When it was time to go home the girls (and the leaders) were quite tired but everyone had a good time.

In September our new session started off with a Progressive Supper but this year because of transport we stayed at the Church and moved from room to room for the various courses.
There was a good attendance at the enrolment service held in October. This is a very important service of Dedication and Enrolment of New Members for our GB/BB Companies and the Church. This is a time at which the Company and Church unite in reminding each other of their objectives and of their obligations to one another.

On Saturday November 7th our n:counta and n:spire sections (Seniors and Brigaders) held a Coffee Morning and Cake Sale to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West which provides hospice care for life-limited children and their families from across the South West of England. To date the girls have managed to raise £400.56 and on behalf of the Company I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came along to support the girls at the Coffee Morning and Cake Sale. Your contribution means a lot to the girls and the money helps out a great charity.
We have since had a visit from Kylie Gallagher a representative from Little Bridge House who talked to the Company about where they are, what the Charity does etc but Sarah, Hayley, Katie. Phoebe and Jessica got the chance to visit Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset where they handed over the cheque. They were able to look around the house which had plenty of facilities including a main living area that forms the heart and soul of the house, cosy lounges, a messy play room for carefree creativity, a multi sensory room with lights, sounds and textures to soothe and calm, a soft play area for safe, trouble-free fun and a Jacuzzi!. The hospice provides a home from home for everyone who stays with them, and that includes parents, and brothers and sisters too. They have eight child-friendly bedrooms which are decorated with favourite books, toys and DVDs for each child who stays with them and there is accommodation for the rest of the family too! This year the charity is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary and the girls came back with 25 teddies and have been set the task of coming up with ideas to find the perfect fundraising event to raise yet more well needed money so watch this space.

In December we once again held our joint Carol Evening with the BB and it was lovely to see parents, friends and Church members come and support the girls and boys ~ I think you will agree they all did a wonderful job!

Also in December a few of our girls joined with the rest of the Church family for fun at MESSY PARADE and enjoyed the crafts, story, prayer etc.

As Leaders and Helpers of the Company we endeavour to help the girls discover Jesus in both a fun and age appropriate way. Weekly activities are planned as to the age of the girls in each section with the evening offering devotions, badge work, games and of course drinks and biscuits!

Our numbers have remained steady and it is great to work with the girls watching them grow in confidence and faith whilst learning new skills and facing new challenges. Each Section has been involved in a number of activities throughout the year and this would not be possible without the fantastic team I have behind me Mandi, Sarah, Hayley, Sophie and OJ ~ THANK YOU!!.

Jane King, Captain

Group Reports: Community Youth Choir

What a great first year the Choir have enjoyed, we have held three concerts the last one being joined with the Clangers. They have all been very well supported by the parents and families of the Choir and our own fellowship for which we are extremely blessed.

In September we faced a huge problem with Rebecca going to Uni, however our prayers were answered when Sophie agreed to join us as our youth leader and she has proved to be a super member of our team.

A similar situation occurred recently when David left the Church and yet again our prayers were answered with Fiona recently joining our leaders team and settling in very well indeed.
We are having a cream tea and concert on 9th July so please keep that date free to join us in a great afternoon.

In addition Sophie is working very hard preparing for a big production of Robin Hood to be performed in Jan, 20017. We will be looking for lots of help with this and we especially want to get young lads on board.

I cannot close this report without thanking our super team of Maureen, Jayne, Tori and Noah, Val, Fiona Sophie and our wonderful group of girls and their lovely parents who bring them on a Tuesday evening no matter how bad the weather may be we cannot thank them enough. In conclusion we would welcome new members aged 8 to 18 to join our special group of young people.

Gordon Cloud

Battalion Activity Day

The Boys’ Brigade Battalion is organising an Activity Day at Kilve Court. Transport will be provided and the cost is also heavily subsidised by the battalion. Please ensure you return the expression of interest slip or text Nick by Friday 12/02 so a place can be booked.

Fellowship Christmas Party

Party lettering with words A Party for Jesus
Our Christmas party is one of those “looked forward to events” in our church calendar and this one was no exception.

With a couple of hundred people (half of them children) thronging the church the atmosphere was fabulous. The chairs were pushed to the sides allowing a large space for traditional games such as Chinese laundry, musical statues, musical chairs, pass the balloon and more. What is impressive is how many adults get involved in what are really children’s games; we even had Richard running round playing musical chairs. After a massive game of pass the parcel, featuring four parcels and everyone in the church grace was said and we all trooped through to the hall for tea.

HappyChristmas_ChildrenWithCakeWhat always amazes me about bring and share meals is how it always seems to work out. Other than Brigade B&S meals where the food is predominantly cake the balance of savoury to sweet healthy to distinctly unhealthy (if you’ve ever tried David’s banofee pie, sadly missing this time) is pretty good and everyone always has plenty.

Once the food was gone and everyone replete we all returned to the church where the atmosphere had changed. The lights were down except for the spot lit platform at the front in preparation for a very important visitor. Steve, our minister, gave a short talk about the real meaning of Christmas and led us in some carols. Then, just when the children were beginning to wonder there was a knock on the main church door. In came Father Christmas all decked out in red with a big sack on his shoulder. All the children were given a present from the youngest at just a few weeks to the oldest, well you wouldn’t know they were still eligible to look at some of them.

The afternoon ended there with a lot of happy children, parents, grandparents, BUILD members and others.
Here’s looking forward to next year!
Merry Christmas

Boys Brigade shoe boxes

shoebox-appealWOW! What an effort – over 70 shoeboxes were collected by Blythswood Care for the Christmas Appeal. Grateful thanks to Rosie Pike for organising this again and to the friends and members of CPBC and Brigades who contributed so generously to this. No doubt mention is made elsewhere but I can only thank Rosie for the encouragement and organisation of this great cause which she gave the BB lads.

Make a date in your diary for next week, Wednesday 9 December for the Brigades Carol evening, with CHURCH MADE MINCE PIES by our GB afterwards. The girls have made a fantastic 150 pies despite the very temperamental oven which either gently warms or incinerates!!! (Well, they’re down to 148 after quality testing on a regular basis… just to ensure optimum storage etc.). Wasn’t it great to see lads from 2nd Weston (Milton Baptist Church) and four of our own officers in uniform to show support for Oliver on his Baptism. A wonderful witness – thank you Oliver and we send our brotherhood love to a fellow BB member.

Finally, a great end to another year in the 1st W-s-M history with a certificate congratulating us on growth of members over the last year (statistics and returns are made in October). The BB is still strong and active after 78 years of continuous work at CPBC and today we still see new lads and families coming into the building.

Thank you all at CPBC for the continued support and encouragement.


A fantastic weekend of mission and fellowship with Roger Jones, his team and his latest musical Barnabas.

barn-mainIt all started Saturday morning when over sixty people aged from eight to eighty arrived to sing in the choir. Annie Routley soon had them sorted out and training began. Learning the musical was a huge amount of fun but with twelve pieces in four part harmony it was no mean task.  By lunchtime we were over half way through, finishing the last few songs afterwards and we still had time for a full run through before heading home.

Sunday afternoon arrived and so did the choir for a full dress rehearsal with the composer Roger Jones and his team of soloists. The choir were arranged on stage in their final positions with the sopranos up in the choir loft and altos, tenors and bass on the platform. The sound the choir made in full voice was amazing and the rehearsal went off without a hitch. Finally by five we were just about ready for the evening performance.

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Community Youth Choir Concert

CYC With Music Notes and words Community Youth Choir

On Sunday afternoon a large audience of family, friends and well wishers gathered at Clarence Park Baptist Church for the second concert of the Community Youth Choir which meets there every Tuesday in term time to rehearse.

The thirteen girls who make up the choir, the majority of whom are still at Junior School, delighted everybody with a varied and tuneful programme, mostly consisting of songs from musicals.


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