Food Bank Friday – We need YOU!

Dunblane Boys’ Brigade is holding a huge summer appeal collection for Startup Stirling’s crisis food bank. We are responding to a very tough situation which occurs in the summer months when demand is highest yet supplies are at their lowest.

The collection will take place on Friday 19th June between 5.30 and 8.00pm in Dunblane Cathedral Hall. All donations of non-perishable foodstuffs, toiletries, household supplies, baby products, etc. will be gratefully received. Cash or cheque donations to help towards fresh food can also be made.

Why is the need so great in summer? There are many reasons, but here are the key ones:
In the summer, children are off school, hence they have no access to free school meals or breakfast clubs, which can normally provide two meals per day for children of families in need.
Working families may have to shell out more in the holidays for child care or activities to allow them to keep working, hence less money for food for themselves, as adults.
During the holidays, people who normally donate are away and so donations drop off significantly.
Organisations such as our own, which hold regular monthly collections, are on a break and so, again, supplies into the food bank diminish.

All of these factors add up to create a very tough situation. We don’t want to see Startup Stirling’s food bank shelves go bare over the summer, but that is a very real possibility. However, if the people of Dunblane can respond in great number, we can collect enough in one night to ensure this doesn’t happen.

What should I donate?

FOOD: Cereals, cereal bars, tinned fish/meat, tinned soup/veg/beans etc., rice, pasta, jam, peanut butter, cook-in sauces for pasta/rice, dried soups, instant meals (non-perishable), biscuits/oatcakes, condiments, tea/coffee/hot chocolate, sugar, UHT/long-life milk, diluting juice, tinned fruit/desserts, condiments.

HOUSEHOLD: kitchen roll, toilet roll, scourers, washing-up liquid, hand-soap, multi-purpose cleaner, shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shower gel, shaving foam/gel, razors, tampons.

BABY SUPPLIES: wipes, cream, nappies, etc.

You can also donate cash or cheques (payable to ‘Startup Stirling’) on the night. These will go towards providing fresh fruit and vegetables etc along with the packs which are sent out using donated food. Thanks for your support. For more information about Startup Stirling, see

Annual Display

Everyone is invited to the Annual Display and Prizegiving on Saturday 23rd May at 6.00pm in the Dunblane Centre. Please note the earlier start time this year, which is due to an event in the Dunblane Centre the next morning.

All sections of the Company will fall in and perform a variety of entertainment, showcasing some of the skills and talents they have gained or improved over the session, and they will be inspected by Lieut. Darren Empson, Captain of 1st Tulliallan Coy., The Boys’ Brigade. The BB Band will play during the proceedings to entertain you during changeover times and the prizeigiving and awards ceremony will feature 11 Queen’s Badges and 19 President’s Badges, as well as several Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards at bronze, silver and gold levels.

Refreshments will be served in the cafe area of the Dunblane Centre afterwards, at around 9.00pm. All are welcome to join us for this evening of celebration and acknowledgement of the achievements of 190 boys. Boys themselves must arrive before 5.30pm in order to be in place for the Company photograph at that time. Copies of the photograph can be ordered online at

For more information, please call 823192 or e-mail via this website ‘contact us’ page. PageLines- bb_dunblane_group_shot.jpg

Places available for P4/5 boys

Our Junior Section, which meets on Friday evening, has places available for boys in P4 and P5 at the moment. Junior Section provides a huge variety of activities for boys, based around earning badges, having fun, keeping fit and learning skills for life in a Christian environment. Competitions, trips, weekends away, walks, swimming and joint activities with other local BB groups expand the programme beyond the hall on a Friday, too.

Normal meeting time is a Friday 6.10-7.45pm at the Cathedral Hall. We would be glad to welcome boys in P4/5. However, there is currently a waiting list for P6 (and also for P3 in Anchor Boys). Please call 821387 or e-mail to get more information.

(Information correct as of 31/01/2015)

Advent Appeal – ‘Be a King this Christmas – Pass the Present On’

We are delighted to launch our 2014 Advent Appeal with the above title. Our P7 boys are organising this appeal in conjunction with our BB Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 14th December at 6.30pm in St. Blane’s Church.

The appeal is to support our close friends at Startup Stirling, who provide much-needed and increasingly-demanded crisis food bank services to over 100 people in the area every week. The boys are asking you to reflect on how we can best spent our money and time this Christmas season and are all aiming to run their own Christmas Coffee events in their homes, welcoming others and asking them to contribute to Startup Stirling’s food bank at the same time.

If you organise your own, or attend one of these events, don’t forget to share a photo (with appropriate permission) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #passthepresenton

More details – and a kit to help you organise your own event, too – are contained in the Word document below.

Be a King

Liam and Willie cycle 350 miles for Dunblane BB!

Over the past seven days, Dunblane BB Boy, Liam McGregor, and his dad, Willie, have been cycling almost the length of Scotland to celebrate 130 years of the Boys’ Brigade.
After a week at our BB Summer Camp under canvas at Brodie Castle, near Forres, father and son drove up to Caithness with mum, Alison and sister, Chloe, as the support team and began their BB-themed journey at Pennyland House in Thurso, the house where Boys’ Brigade founder, William Alexander Smith, was born on 27th October 1854. The next week would see them cycle parallel to the A9 all the way to Glasgow, where they completed their 353-mile journey at Woodside Mission Hall, where that same William Smith went on to found the world’s oldest and best youth organisation, The Boys’ Brigade, on 4th October 1883.

Connecting the two most significant buildings in the Boys’ Brigade’s history on the journey was deliberate and one of the final major events to mark the BB’s 130th Session during the 2013-14 ‘year’. As well as paying their respects to the man who started the whole thing off, Liam and Willie have been raising funds for Dunblane Boys’ Brigade and hope to reach their target of £1,000. Donations can be made online at their page and your support would be very welcome.

Throughout the session, a number of events have been held by Dunblane BB, notably a hike and barbecue up Dumyat on an unseasonably warm September 2013 day to mark the anniversary, a special church service on the 4th October itself, participation of two officers and a boy in the Great Scottish Run and many more events coordinated by Boys’ Brigade HQ and individual companies around Scotland and beyond.

Dunblane & Doune Fixtures confirmed

It’s June, so it must be time for the Dunblane & Doune 5-a-side tournament, organised by your friendly local Boys’ Brigade company!

Fixtures will go ahead – rain or shine – on Monday 2nd June (P4/5), Tuesday 3rd (P6/7) and our new S1/S2 tournament on Wednesday 4th June. Fixtures begin at 6.30pm sharp on all three evenings and teams are asked to arrive and check in by 6.15pm.

There will be a tuck shop available, as well as tea, coffee and home baking. All proceeds will go to 25th Stirling (Dunblane) Boys’ Brigade.

The attached PDF details all fixtures. If you find any problems, please contact us on D_D 2014 P6-7 AND P4-5 fixtures list

Panto tickets now available

Tickets are available now for our first-ever Boys’ Brigade Pantomime! Entitled The Pied Piper Fae Doune it’s an hilarious take on a Dunblane of the future which has not even a whiff of petrol, causing gridlock and meaning the bin lorries can’t get in the town, starting a rat problem! There’ll be lots of laughs and a great time guaranteed for all.

You can purchase tickets online at or call Colin Anderson on 822955.

Coffee Morning coming up

We look forward to welcoming you all to our BB Coffee Morning on Saturday 21st September from 10am until 12 noon at the Cathedral Hall. Entry is £1.50 (adults) and £1.00 (children) which includes tea/coffee/juice and scones/pancakes.

There is always a large cake & candy stall and donations of home baking etc for this would be gratefully received. Other attractions including the chocolate fountain, competitions and puzzles and a tombola stall.

Tickets are available in advance from any BB boy/family, but these are not required – payment can be made at the door on the day. This is one of our major fundraisers at the beginning of the year to help us subsidise upcoming events for the boys. All are welcome.

Doune & Dunblane Tournament Finals – Saturday 1st June

Following two nights of good, friendly, spirited competition involving over 250 youngsters on the fields of Dunblane Primary School, the schedule for the finals of the 2013 Doune & Dunblane Five-a-side Tournament is now taking shape. These will take place during the Dunblane Primary School PTA’s Fete on Saturday 1st June.

A PDF copy of the full schedule for Saturday is available at the bottom of this page.

In the P6/7 tournament, an unbreakable tie between Queen Victoria #1 and Deal With It – whose points tallies, goal difference and goals-scored tallies were all the same, with the game between the two having been a 1-1 draw – means that five teams from that age-group will take part on Saturday, with those two teams contesting a play-off at 2.00pm before the P6/7 semi-finals.

The two P4/5 semi-finals begin at 1.30pm and 1.45pm, with the P6/7 semi-finals starting at 2.20pm and 2.35pm. There will be third-place play-offs and both runners-up and winners will be presented with medals. The tournament trophies, including the Kevin Petrie Memorial Cup for P6/7, will be presented at the close of play for each age group respectively.

Please note that only players who played on Tuesday/Wednesday evening may participate on Saturday. No substitutions can be made from the original seven players on the team sheet.

If you have any questions, please get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ page at top right.

Doune & Dunblane 5-a-side Saturday schedule