The 1st Barnet Boys Brigade, now incorporating the Girls’ Association, opened in Wood Street, Barnet in 1891. 8 years after the first BB Company in Glasgow and 17 years before the Scouts was founded.
The Company is now as active as it has ever been and over 150 children and young people of Barnet enjoy the activities on offer every week.
Children aged 5 – 7 years, called “Anchors” do mainly games, arts and crafts at their meetings. There is a period of free time when they choose what they want to play from a large selection of apparatus.
Anchors meet on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:00pm.
Juniors, aged 8 to 10 years, have lots of games in their weekly programme. They also do arts and crafts, music and drama, interests and hobbies, outings and special activities. Members collect stickers and badges for their achievements at BB/GA.
Juniors meet on Monday evenings. 5:30 – 8:00pm.
Older members, 11 and over, are given more choices in their programme. A wide range of activities is offered. Special evenings, about once a month, include 10-Pin-Bowling, Quasar, Funzone, Ice Skating, Quizzes, Film Evenings and Inflatables.
This age group meet on Thursday evenings. 7:00 – 9:00pm.
Each year the Company produces a show. Some examples are: A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, The King and I and Annie Get Your Gun. The Ewen Hall, where the Company meet, is a large hall with a stage and top quality sound and stage lighting equipment.
There is also a floodlit playground on the premises where members play football and other games.
There is a Marching Band with drums, cymbals, bell lyras and bugles and a choir with over 60 members which, amongst other things, performed at the Mansion House for the Lord Mayor of London just before Christmas.
When asked, “What is the best thing about BB/GA?” Most young people said their summer camps. For Juniors this is a fun packed weekend. For the older ones it is an annual week at Great Yarmouth, Chichester or Skegness. There’s funfairs, boating, swimming, crazy golf and all the excitement of sleeping with friends in a modern tent.
All leaders are registered with the National BB/GA Headquarters. The central office arrange all the necessary checks to ensure children are looked after by responsible and qualified leaders in a safe environment when they are at BB/GA. Training for leaders is arranged by headquarters at the National Training Centre in Hemel Hempstead.
The uniform now consists of a BB/GA polo shirt and sweatshirt. Smart trousers and skirts are worn on special occasions, but for normal weekly meetings anything is acceptable.
BB/GA is a Christian organisation, and as such members are expected to attend church parades approximately once a month.
The great thing about BB/GA is the wide variety of activities. No two weeks are ever the same and there’s something for everyone.
Anyone interested in joining can just turn up at the Ewen Hall Wood Street, Barnet. EN5 4BW at any of the advertised meeting times. Come and find out what makes it so good!
For more information: Visit the Website 1barnet.boys-brigade.org.uk
Email [email protected] or phone 07747 633084.