North East Camp Coming Soon
Boris Johnson Event
On Monday 19th January, Liz Butterfield (Governor) and two members from her Roxeth and Harrow company attended an event at City Hall, London. The invite came from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, who wanted "to show [his] appreciation to those Londoners who are active in improving their local communities in Brent and Harrow, and whose sterling efforts often go unheralded." The event provided an opportunity for networking between different charities and voluntary organisations.
The photo shows Boris Johnson with Liz Butterfield, Kerry (14yrs) and Keenan (15yrs).
Callum Gray RIP Tribute
As most of you will now be aware, Callum Gray lost his brave battle against leukaemia on the 29th December 2014. Callum was a member of St Laurence CLCGB since the age of four; a member that embraced everything that Brigade could offer, sporting competitions, band including National Band and North East camp.
Over the years I have written about the Brigade family and it was at Callum’s funeral that this was never more apparent. The family had asked if a group of ‘bandies’ could play the tunes Little Bugler and Highland Cathedral, both pieces of music with special significance.
The two evenings before the funeral a group of members and ex-members, from three different companies met to practice.
On the day Brigade members and officers arrived from around the country, from Durham, Beverley, the midlands and Manchester. Six Brigade standards were out as a guard of honour, carried by members and then during the service the band played brilliantly.
The Brigade family came together to celebrate the life of one of their own.
Our mantra is Fun, Faith and fellowship; Fun it certainly was not, but it was faith and fellowship at the worst of times.
Isn’t that what families do?
RIP Callum James Gray 10 may 1996 – 29 December 2014
During Callum’s treatment at The Chrisite, the Sara’s Hope Foundation provided Callum with a beautiful week at Sara’s Retreat in Crete. The Foundation was set up in memory of Sara Hoburn to provide respite breaks for children and their families dealing with cancer. The charity is trying to raise £4000,000 to purchase the currently rented retreat. Each person who raises £1000 will have their name inscribed in a brick on an arched wall at the retreat.
If any one would like to make a donation these will be split between The Christie Hospital and Sara’s Hope Foundation, these can be donated via the funeral directors Messrs’ B. livesey’s Chorley or via National Headquarters.
This article was kindly shared from St Laurence's Chorley Parish Magazine Feb 2015.
Leaders training/refresher training
Do you have somebody in your brigade company that needs to train to be a leader? Perhaps a helper that you want to become a leader? Or a mum or dad that you could call upon? Or perhaps you want to refresh your leadership training? If so we have 3 training dates with spaces on:
Saturday 21st February 2015
Saturday 28th February 2015 (Manchester Skills Day)
Saturday 28th March 2015
The CLCGB are looking for talented photographers to take some photos, either colour, or black and white of what Brigade means to you? We are encouraging all companies to slot this into your weekly programme and ask the children/young people/young leaders and adults to take pictures and send them in, for further information click here.
Education Sunday materials
Education Sunday materials have been published on the Churches Together in England website, for use on and around the 1st February 2015. To access these resources click here. This year's theme is "Discovering Who You Are." These resources are useful for activities and we hope you can put them to good use.
New Years Honours 2015
The CLCGB are celebrating the fantastic news of two of it's leaders Lesley Turner and Elaine Mayaski for receiving the British Empire Medal in the New Years Honours for services to Young People at The Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade St James, Alperton, London.
BMS! Capitation Fees
For All Company Commanders/Correspondants
Please could you ensure your BMS! records are up to date as the Capitation Fee Invoices will be sent out the first week in January. Please mark any members who have left the company as inactive – do not delete their records.
Brigade Cross 2014
Join us in congratulating Hazel Dines (Brightlingsea) and Maynard Scott (retired Deputy Governor) who have both been awarded the Brigade Cross this year. This is CLCGB's highest decoration and is presented in recognition of exceptional service to the wider Brigade. Both have shown true dedication and we thank them for their commitment.
DBS Application Forms
As of 1st December, the DBS Head Office will no longer accept DBS application forms that start with the reference number "F00" (this number is found in the top right hand corner of the front page). If you have any stock of these forms then please destroy them. If any of your Leaders/Helpers are currently completing forms then please check the reference number before sending to NHQ. The new DBS applications forms will start with reference number "F01." Please contact Zoe at NHQ if new forms are required.