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Boys Brigade

1st Harpole Boys Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade has been around for over 125 years and in 2008 we celebrated our 125th Anniversary. Our Founder Sir William Alexander Smith, included in our Object “The Promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness” and that has not been changed.

What has changed is how we go about promoting that object. We recognise that the influences surrounding our young people are not always helpful and that too many lose control at great cost to themselves, their families and the community. The answer is to catch the energy and enthusiasm of youth and to channel it purposefully. The Boys’ Brigade provides a balanced programme of activities for children and young people from 5 to 18 years old. These resources have been developed to help volunteer youth leaders work in a relevant and creative way. We hope through these programmes they will be able to make a positive contribution to a young person’s life and be able to share their faith.

The Brigade is split into the following age groups:

  • Anchor Section – for Boys aged 5 to 8 years
  • Junior Section – for Boys aged 8 to 11 years
  • Company Section – for Boys aged 11 to 15 years
  • Seniors – for young men aged 15 to 18 years

Harpole Boys Brigade meet 3 evenings a week, Monday for Swimming, Tuesdays for Band Practice and Wednesdays for normal weekly company activities. We also have a monthly parade service on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

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