It’s all change for the 229th Glasgow Boys’ Brigade company, as their captain is retiring after almost 30 years in charge. Jean Black, who has been an officer in the company for over 50 years, has decided it’s time to scale back her involvement and hand over the reins to someone else. But that doesn’t mean she’s leaving the company, based in Cambuslang Parish Church entirely, as she will be continuing in her role as company treasurer.
Jean took over the captaincy in 1986, making her one of the first female company captains not just in Glasgow, but in the entire organisation. Prior to that, she had been an officer in the company, beginning with the Junior Section in 1964.
Taking over from Jean will be Lt Angus McColl, who has been involved in the company for 44 years as both officer and boy.
“I’m very pleased to have been asked to fill the position of Captain here at the 229th Boy’s Brigade”, said Lt McColl. “I’ve been in the company since my childhood, and having seen many friends and boys pass through the company go on to make great use of the object of the Boy’s Brigade, I will endeavour to continue building the company, making opportunities for current boys and future ones to learn the habits of Obedience, discipline, reverence, self-respect and true Christian manliness.”
To celebrate Miss Black’s service to the company, a special service is to be held in the church on Sunday April 19th at 10:30am. There will also be a social event on Friday April 17th at Cambuslang Golf Club. Current and former members of the company are invited to attend both events, full details of which can be obtained by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page.
The Boys’ Brigade is Christian organisation for boys and young men, with over half a million members worldwide. It was founded in Glasgow in 1883. The 229th Glasgow Company meet in Cambuslang Parish Church every Thursday evening from September through until May, and is open to all boys of school age. New members are always made more than welcome.