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Greetings from your President

Thursday 13th February 2014

As I look back over the year that’s now flown by, I have a host of lovely memories.

In my role as President I’ve met members of the Royal Family and all kinds of important people in towns and cities across the land. I’ve sat in at least one Lord Mayor’s parlour, met significant BB people from a number of countries around the world.  In other words, being your President gets me into amazingly interesting company. And yet, that’s not at all the reason I want to go on serving in this way. All the posh occasions that I’ve been part of can’t bear comparison with times I’ve spent with ordinary members of the Brigade, witnessing their “normal” routines and enjoying their company.

I’ve spent time with young leaders on KGVI  courses in Carronvale and at Felden Lodge, I’ve spent an evening with the 1st Glasgow Company on the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Brigade in that very place by William Smith. And I’ve been able to meet a number of boys who, suffering from one serious ailment or disability or another, have overcome the odds in order to contribute materially and spiritually to their Companies. This is the real pleasure I draw from being the President of The Boys’ Brigade. And it’s to all those boys (and of course girls) and their officers in Companies and Battalions across the land that I send this New Year Greeting. May it be full of surprises, may dreams come true, may hard work be rewarded. The Brigade contributes hugely to the moral fabric of British (and Irish) society. So my greeting comes with deep pride.

God bless you one and all.

Leslie Griffiths, Brigade President

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