100 Years of Boys’ Brigade in Kinross

18 Nov 2020

Eighty years ago Kinross Boys' Brigade was re-formed by local teacher Roderick Beaton using the experience of evacuee boys from Shettleston to form the back bone of the new Company. The original Kinross Company had been founded in 1892 but fell into abeyance in 1912.

Sixty five boys came along to the first meeting on Friday 18 November in an attempt to help take their minds off the war in which so many family members were involved either in uniformed units or working locally to help the war effort. They were divided into six squads and the numbers soon grew to seventy seven.

This session the Company was meant to be celebrating their 100th year but Covid has put that on hold until next year sometime.

A special badge is being commissioned to celebrate the hundred years of BB in Kinross but again these will not be issued until next year.

Despite Covid the Company is up and running again in the Church Centre on Friday evenings with changed timings and and adapted programme, still concentrating on the BB badgework.

Anchors now operate from 6 till 7 pm and they were recently busy learning about the importance we place on the poppy for Remembrance Sunday. There is a half hour break for staff to clean and sanitise before the Juniors come along at 7:30, with the Company Section starting at 8 pm. The three zonal rooms of the Centre means that these two sections can operate independently with Juniors finishing at 9 pm and Company at 9:30 pm giving staff time to clean and sanitise the rooms and equipment again.

Two members of the Company, George and Callum were recently presented with their Queen's Badges by Company Captain William Constable, the highest award in the BB. The two join a select group of boys and girls from the Kinross Company who have achieved this special award. (photo shows Callum in white and George in blue)