East Antrim Battalion - The Boys' Brigade

Battalion Handbook 19/20

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Church Service

Our Annual Church parade will be held on 6th October at 3-30pm in 1st Larne Presbyterian Larne

Secretary - Mr Alan Miles

I was born and raised in North Belfast and attended St. Paul's Church of Ireland. The Company attached to this Church was the 11th Belfast Company.

When I was old enough I joined the "Life Boys", Junior Section as it is called now.

During my time in the "Life Boys" I gained my Gold Badge award.

The Officers at that time had a good influence on my life. I progressed to the Company Section going through the ranks and gaining my President's Badge until I was discharged in 1980.

I became an Officer, eventually doing my Officers Training Course in November 1981. The Officer in charge of that course was non other than the late Honorary Vice President, Jonathan Simms, MBE.

After a period of service as an Officer, I left the B.B. for a short while.

I was married in 1989 and came to live in Carrickfergus in 1990 attending St. Nicholas' Parish Church.

I was asked to help out with 4th Carrickfergus Company attached to St. Nicholas' between 1996/1997, becoming Leader- in- Charge in 2003.

During my time as Leader- in- Charge, I served on the Battalion Executive as Chairman of the Company Section Council.

In May 2010, I decided to step down as Leader-in-Charge of the 4th Carrickfergus Company to devote time to my family, but remained as a Reserve Officer.

In May 2014, Mrs Gillian Armstrong stepped down as Battalion Secretary and I was elected to the post.


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