Every month we do a collection for Start Up Stirling, which is an organisation that runs eight food banks across the Stirling area. Every Christmas we do a large appeal for people in the community to contribute to our collection. Thanks to our generous community, this year we successfully collected 650 kilograms of food to pass on to Start Up Stirling, and hopefully help people across our area.

We had a busy Sunday afternoon just before Christmas, delivering 100 Christmas hampers which had been lovingly made by Queen Victoria School pupils. Some older members of the community, as well as some of Dementia Friendly Dunblane’s volunteers, were delighted to receive the gifts.

Over November and December the band is always very busy. This year was no different. We played carols at lots of different events for lots of different people. Here’s a snapshot of some of the playing we did.

Remembrance Sunday will take place on the 12th November 2023. On Remembrance Sunday the parade will set off at 10am from the Railway Station and march to the Cathedral for a Remembrance service commencing at 10.30am. The Boys’ Brigade brigade band and pipers will be accompanying the parade. Other organisations such as the RAF Air […]

Anchor Boys have been tasked with creating the number ‘140’ in a creative way! 25th Stirling Anchor Boys met on the actual 140th anniversary of Boys’ Brigade, and got really stuck in creating 140 celebration posters and banners!

On Saturday 30th September, over 700 young people and leaders came together across four cities to kick start our 140th celebrations. 140 teams took part in the Boys’ Brigade Monopoly Challenge in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen, with teams racing around these cities trying to visit as many properties as possible on that city’s Monopoly board in five hours.

Over five hours on the Saturday, the teams and their leaders had to walk or use buses, trams or subways to get group photos and submit them online at venues as diverse as Old Trafford and the Lowry Museum in Manchester, the Emirates Arena and Transport Museum in Glasgow and both Aberdeen’s harbour and airport, to name just a couple in each city! As well as location targets, each team had other photo challenges such as finding a clock at the exact time of 1.40 (to match the anniversary) and finding the most expensive piece of jewellery or taking a selfie with a police officer.

Our Captain, Fraser Boyd, said the event was one of the most exciting held for many years. “By all accounts, our teams of boys and leaders had a brilliant time exploring the cities, making decisions as a team, sticking to a strategy and meeting new BB friends from around the country as they bumped into each other at checkpoints. Everyone agreed we should have similar events in other cities soon. We want to extend a big thanks to all the leaders and organising teams who made these events so successful and enjoyable”.

Aberdeen teams

Manchester teams

Glasgow teams

Over two thousands Juniors continued the 140th celebrations on Saturday 8th October, with the national 140 Big Sleepover.

This involved sleepovers in over 100 locations across the UK, including church halls, trampoline parks, adventure centres and castles. One company from South Africa took part, too.

Our own Junior Section at 25th Stirling took part in the sleepover and had a great night of fun and games at St Mary’s Episcopal Church Hall! Throughout the night the boys took part in a specially created sleepover programme, including party themed “minute to win it” challenges, a Juniors 140 quiz, toasting marshmallows, the sleeping bag prayer, litter picking, a pizza party and more!

We are delighted to report that thanks to these boys’ efforts walking and swimming for miles in 2023 – and the donations of all their generous sponsors – we have reached our target of £6,500 to support our friends at Nansato Primary School in Likhubula, Malawi.

Due to changes to the value of the Malawian currency, the money raised, which was a bit above the target anyway, will now also help to rebuild the toilet block at Nansato PS that was damaged in the cyclones in 2021 and 2022 as well.

This will make a huge impact on the lives and education of many hundreds of children. Thank you, everybody!