1st Waterlooville Company


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A History of...

The 1st Waterlooville Company, The Boys' Brigade

Founded in 1959 by Mr P W Reed the company has met at the Baptist Church in Waterlooville. The company started just a handful of eager lads. One of the founding members served as an officer in the Company until retirement and is still very supportive of all activities the company does. Another, Mr Trevor Giles, served the company as Captain for 47 years until ill health prevented him from continuing in 2015. He unfortunately passed away in 2016.

On formation, the Company was for boys aged 11 - 18, meeting twice a week; Tuesday for drill and badgework, and Thursday for games. It was in 1964 that the Company exapnded to have a Junior Section, meeting on a Friday under the leadership of Mrs. Jean Reid. In 1977, Mrs. O'Linda Giles lead our first Anchor Section, meeting on a Monday, which was the new night for all sections.

When the church moved to a new building in the mid 60's, we had access to much better facilities and have continued to evolve our activities and program to meet the ever changing needs of boys as they grow and develop.

As a company we have always taken part in as many activities as possible in both the battalion and wider where we can. Members of the company were regular attendees at Firm Foundations and we have our name on many of the Battalion trophy's and cups that are issued each session. In 2008 we were part of the Southern Districts 125 celebrations, where 450 BB members met for a parade and service at Romsey Abbey.

The company held a special service and reunion afternoon for past members in 2009 as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

In 2019 we were able to have a thanksgiving service and parade where a number of old boys and staff came to share our parade with us celebrating 60 years of the company. We were delighted that Mr. Peter Reed was again able to travel down and join with us.

Queen's Men

The Company is very proud of the number of young men who continue to recieve the highest awards through Boys' Brigade, imparticular we are able to regularly support boys in achieving their President's Badge and ultimately their Queen's Badge. In 2016 and 2017 we were able to present 4 Queen's Badges in total, recognising the amazing effort the boys put into their BB commitment.

The following list is incomplete and will be updated as and when we can confirm additional Queen's Men of 1st Waterlooville

  • Andrew Martin
  • Paul Burnish
  • Paul Merriman
  • Richard Wort
  • Adrian Williams
  • Rueben Shucksmith
  • Ben Trimby
  • Jonathan Butler-Keating
  • Matthew Butler-Keating

From January 2017 through to July 2018 the Company was led by Mrs Wendy Evans before she handed the reigns on to the current Captain, Mr Chris Ware in September 2018.

1st Waterlooville Boys' Brigade has seen a lot of changes in our community and worked with a lot of boys and young men over the years, as in 2019, we celebrate our 60th anniversary, we aim to provide all that this company has stood for in the past but ensuring relevance for the future.

Captains

Our company has been lead by the following people since it's formation in 1959:

  • 1959 - 1970 Mr. Peter Reid
  • 1970 - 1973 Mr. John Everett
  • 1973 - 1976 Mr. Trevor Giles
  • 1976 - 1977 Mr. David Hooper (Acting Captain, Jan 1976- Oct 1977
  • 1977 - 1981 Mr. Trevor Giles
  • 1981 - 1981 Mr. John Everett (Jan 1981 - Oct 1981)
  • 1981 - 2015 Mr. Trevor Giles
  • 2015 - 2016 Rev. John Thompson (Officer in Charge)
  • 2017 - 2018 Mrs. Wendy Evans
  • 2018 - Pres Mr Chris Ware

Gallery

The pictures below have been captured over the years at various events and activities. We'd love to add to it so if you have any that you could share with us please and share your story of your time in The Boys' Brigade