Mini games for brigade

Two Hucknall councillors were guests of honour at a mini-games event for the Nottingham North Boys’ Brigade and Girls Association.

Councillors John Wilmott and Trevor Locke of the Hucknall First Community Forum on Nottinghamshire County Council attended the battalion’s joint company camp at the Sherbrooke Scout Camp in Calverton over the weekend.

Coun Wilmot said: “There was a huge programme of activities including a mini games which featured swimming, go-carts, archery, tunnelling, welly throwing, wheelbarrow racing, tug of war and football.

“The theme for the camp was ‘heroes’ and the Boys Brigade introduced a badge to commemorate World War One.

“Hopefully the children will learn about some of these heroes as they work towards earning this badge back in their own company.”

Six teams took part in the games - named Thunderbirds, Stingray, Superman, Batman, Marines and Ironman - and prizes were presented at the end of the weekend by Coun Wilmott and Coun Locke, who is also a retired Captain of the Nottingham Royal Army Cadets Force.

Commanding officer Greg Cowley hoped that everyone had a great time as one big family.

The Boys’ Brigade was founded in Nottingham in 1888 and in 2013 marked 125 years with an historic exhibition at the city’s Angel Row gallery which included a range of company photographs. This led to a recruiting exhibition on the same premises which will be repeated in December 2015.

The brigade now includes the Girls’ Association, and the Nottingham Battalion is presently made up of 23 companies.

The 18th Nottingham (Hucknall) Boys’ Brigade meets at the Hucknall Central Methodist Church on Hucknall Market place on Thursday nights. For more information about the brigade email admin@18thbb.org.uk or check out their Facebook page.