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Celebrating our 140th Anniversary

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Brigade Conference 2019

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Brigade Conference in Swansea, Wales brought together volunteers from across the Brigade, giving them the opportunity to socialise, hear updates, participate in workshops, develop skills and look to the future of the organisation.

The conference weekend began on the Friday evening with a welcome reception and remarks from Cllr Mark Child, Deputy Lord Mayor of Swansea as well as Lord Griffiths of Burry Port, Brigade President.

Our Saturday programme began with a time of worship which was led by Revd Steven Bunting, Chaplain of the BB in Wales and Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales, who spoke on the message of “life to the full” in John 10:10 and thriving in our vision and mission.

As well as the Council meeting those present were also able to participate in workshops focussed on the new Under 11’s Programme, Faith Development, Managing Change, and a thought-provoking update into the early findings of the independent review of our most recent Strategic Plan was presented by Graeme Reekie of Wren and Greyhound.

An update was also given by members of the Brigade staff team on various matters including staffing, the Raise the Bar campaign and the new Under 11’s Programme.

In the evening the conference dinner included a speech by former Welsh rugby union international Geoff Wheel, and a performance by the Gwalia Singers, a Welsh male voice choir based in Swansea. Sunday morning worship was held at St Stephen’s Church, home of 1st Swansea Eastside. The service was led by Revd Steven Bunting – also vicar of St Stephen’s – with the sermon delivered by Lord Griffiths.

The next Brigade Conference will take place from 4th to 6th September 2020 and will be held in Birmingham, England.

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