Boys’ Brigade joy

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YOUNGSTERS have been rewarded for their recent efforts at a Boys’ Brigade club.

The 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade Company held their open night at St Matthew’s Community Centre, in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, with a number of youngsters being recognised for sporting and leadership achievements.

The event, held recently inside the popular community centre, included displays of drills, gymnastics, drama and even an assault course.

Youngsters presented with awards included Joseph Wilson, junior leader, Andrew Woodhall, badminton captain, Andrew Busby, hockey captain, Austin Turner, junior boy of the year, Rhyiann Emslie, junior five-a-side captain, Sammy Jones, winner of the founders certificate.

George Bainbridge, officer in charge at the 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade Company, said: “The lads were presented with awards to recognise their achievements since September, including awards to the junior leaders.

“The 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade Company has around 60 members, aged between six to 18, and we meet at the St Matthew’s Community Centre, in Elwick Road.

“It was a great night and everybody should be proud of their efforts.

“We are always looking for new members to come along and join in.”

Children aged six to eight and 11 plus meet on Friday nights and youngsters aged between eight and 11 meet on a Monday evening.

Inspecting guest was the Reverend Norman Shave, vicar of Stranton Church, who also presented the awards.

Meanwhile, The 4th Hartlepool Boys’ Brigade Company is to hold a summer fete on Saturday, June 15, between 10am and noon, at the St Matthew’s Community Centre.

The aim of the event is to raise money for activities.

Organisers say there will be home-made cakes, bric-a-brac stalls and various other stalls for people to go along and enjoy.

For more information about the group or the summer fete call George Bainbridge on (01429) 263149.