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Boys Brigade

If you have ever had anything to do with BB you will probably be aware that it started back in 1883 after Sir William Alexander Smith noticed that the boys in his local area had nothing to do. Since then the Boys' Brigade has been in existence, not only in this country, but in many countries across the world, including Hong Kong and Nigeria.

Our company has also been in existence for a long time and in the 2007/2008 session, we celebrated our 75th birthday!!

Did you know that the 29th took our company number from another company that met at the West Smethwick Congregational Church?

Unfortunately, they were unable to keep meeting, but in 1933 the 29th as we know it started up at Kingstanding Methodist Church (then the House of Friendship) and we are still meeting at the same church now.

Our founder was Sir Ralph Kilner Brown (High Court Judge) who later became the Birmingham Battalion President in 1947.

I have accessed the company archive and managed to get hold of a few old pictures which I have posted below. If you are an ex members, please get in touch, it would be great to here from our old boys!

 

       

Girls Brigade

The 31st Birmingham Girls Life Brigade company began to meet in 1945 and were affiliated in early 1946.

The company dramatically increased in number under the leadership of Sister Ethel Lightfoot in the 1950s. In the 50s the girls enjoyed trips to the Albert Hall in London where they performed in a number of items including choir and rhythmic movement. Our company had its own GB band which joined with the 59th Company. The 1950s also saw the first GB camp. The girls would camp in Church halls and a particular favourite was Colwyn Bay where 'Uncle Harry' would offer the breakfast menu - beans on toast, egg on toast, bacon on toast or plain toast.

In 1965, the Girls Life Brigade changed to the Girls Brigade.

The 1970s brought many changes including joint BB/GB camps, no longer in Church halls but in tents. A joint BB/GB band was also formed. The band continued to develop under the leadership of John Smith and during the 1980s won a number of trophies in BB |Battalion and West Midland events.

The 31st Birmingham is still here today. We continue to enjoy the activities. We no longer have a joint band but we still enjoy joint annual summer camps with the BB.

We enjoyed our 60th celebrations during 2006.
 

Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade are Uniformed, Christian Organisations run by trained volunteers.