When Gordon Cubie took over as Captain in 1988, the Company had a very good core of Boys and were again encouraged them to enter as many competitions as possible. Very soon, the Company won the District Drill championship for the first time in many years and the District Bible Quiz, General Knowledge Quiz, Swimming Gala as well as the Table Tennis, Darts, Chess, Pool, Badminton and Sports. This resulted in the 130 being crowned as District Champions in three years and runners-up in another five of the following decade. The Boys also reached the national final of the Masterteam Quiz on two occasions and competed in many Glasgow Battalion events with great distinction.
This success was matched in other areas too, with a steady stream of Boys achieving their President’s Badge and Queen’s Badge – the highest award in the Brigade.
When Gordon Cubie stepped down as Captain, it took one year before Company Section met again, with Scott Martin accepting the invitation to become Company Captain in 1999. One of Scott’s first decisions of this era was to adopt the new style of uniform, taking on the challenge of growing and leading the Company into new millennium. After the year-long break, the number of boys attending Company steadily recovered which meant that in 2004-2005, the 130th Glasgow could celebrate a successful centenary session.
This left the Company in a good position to continue to grow and adapt to the challenges faced by the Brigade in future years. The appointment of Craig McQueen as Captain in 2006 has seen the Company continue to embrace modernisation. In recent times, Boys have been more likely to enjoy an outdoor adventure centre holiday rather than a traditional canvas camp but the overall objective remains the same – providing a disciplined atmosphere in which young men can flourish and reach their potential.
This objective has been shared not only through the life of the Company Section, but also during the history of Lifeboys and Shipmates, and then onto the Junior Section and the Anchor Boys. Started in the 1950s, these sections have been pivotal in the success of the 130th Glasgow Boys’ Brigade.
In recent years, the three sections have held a joint Annual Display and friends of the Company are able to see more of the activities and achievements of the younger Boys – not to mention the unbounded enthusiasm with which they participate. Like all sections of the Company, many have given of their time to ensure Boys throughout the generations could experience what the organisation had to offer. However, particular tribute should be paid to the lifelong service given by Miss Elsie Shedden to these two younger sections of the Company.
Over the past 100 years, the activities and the uniforms may have changed, and the regulations governing the supervision of youngsters may have become much stricter, but some things remain constant: Boys from the Broomhill area, and beyond, are offered a programme of interesting activities; they are set a Christian example by the Staff; they have fun taking part and they are proud to belong to the 130th Glasgow Company.
By its very nature, a BB company is self-perpetuating. Boys join; grow up; they are taught things; they become adults and they join the Staff to pass on their expertise to the next generation of Boys. And, so it continues. Although it is impossible to mention everyone by name, nobody’s contribution is deemed any less important. The Company owes a deep debt of gratitude to all Officers, leaders, instructors, and all who, in any way, have given their time and abilities for the past hundred years for “the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom among Boys.”
Friend and former Captain of the 130th Glasgow
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