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7th Gloucester Boy's Brigade and Girl's Association Report

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Our numbers have dropped in some areas this year and gone up in others.  We have 10 Anchors, and 16 Juniors.  Since we moved the Company Section to Hucclecote 18months ago we have lost some of our numbers in this section and only have 5.  We will rebuild this hopefully over the next year or so with the older ones that come up from Juniors.  The move was necessary as we could not continue to run all 3 Sections on a Monday night with the space we have at Christchurch, and the number of Officers in the Company Section at Hucclecote means that badge classes and games are run so much better.

Yvonne Heggs is now the Section Leader of the Anchors, helped by Glynis Thomas and Margaret Pang.  The section is running well, and they have a very good programme that they are all enjoying.  For their Christmas outing they joined with the Junior Section for a session at Funky Warehouse in Cheltenham. 

The Junior Section is going well and I have now joined this section to help with the older ones, who now have their own badge class.  We have a new helper in Juniors, Jackie Beveridge, and Margaret Pang, Steve Tawney and Jonathan Toovey continue to help Gordon and I in this section.

Throughout the year we have taken part in the Gloucestershire Battalion events, District competitions at Yeovil, including the Scripture Exam for the Junior’s and Company Section.  At National level we travelled to Dunstable, taking one teams to take part in the BB National Ten Pin Bowling. We also took part in the National Masterteam and competed in two rounds.

We did our usual car wash in aid of the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes and helped one night at the warehouse. October and December, we did bag packing at Morrisons, one with funds being divided between us and Click Sergeant and one for our own funds.  November saw us at Morrison’s selling poppies for the Poppy appeal, which they all enjoy doing.

We continue to have regular Parade Services at Christchurch, and take a big part in the church Christingle Service, and have our own Carol Service on a Monday night in December.

The Company Section children, once they are old enough, take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and Sam, Alex and Mary are just finishing off their Bronze Award.  Margaret has this last year achieved her Gold Award and will soon be going to London to the Palace to receive this.

The juniors go away for four days in the May half term and last May we went back to Barton which is near Weston Super Mare, and where we are going again this year with 4 other Companies in the Battalion.  In the autumn we take the Junior’s on a weekend camp (in tents) to a camp site at Newent, with other Companies in the Battalion.  It’s a very successful weekend, and has become an annual event

Company Section went to camp at Ilfracombe last summer with 5th Gloucester for a week.  It was a good week, with great devotional time, camp competitions and off-site activities.

We are doing some fund raising for ourselves this year, and have taken part in the Christmas Fayre at church, and have a bag pack at Morrisons planned in for May.

All in all, another busy and successful year, for 7th Gloucester Boy’s Brigade and Girls Association.

We would like to thank the church and its members for all the support we receive throughout the year.

Diana Dale

T@3 Report

Once again T @ 3 has had a successful year with an average attendance of 36, ranging from 27 in April to 49 in October. We have enjoyed a wide range of programmes through the year, talks on the 55th Anniversary celebrations in Jamaica, the Shuttleworth Aero Collection at Old Warden and “500 years Ago in Gloucester”. We have enjoyed musical afternoons given by various groups, a “Quiz Afternoon”, another hilarious “Opportunity to Laugh” and a “Film Afternoon”. The year was brought to a close with a Christmas programme from the “Westbrook Singers” with seasonal refreshments to end the afternoon. Once again, we have been pleased to welcome friends from the local community who come to join us week by week, thus giving Christchurch an opportunity to reach out into the local area. It would be good to see more of our Christchurch folk coming along to help extend the hand of friendship to these local inhabitants. Once again, we thank our loyal helpers who month by month come along to assist in the running of the group, we couldn't do it without you! Sadly, at the end of the year we had to say “farewell” to two of our regular helpers, Sonia and Nigel Burton, who have “retired” after many years of faithful service. Their dedicated help has been invaluable and much appreciated. We wish them every blessing as they now “put their feet up” on Saturday afternoons.

David & Kath Barber.


Lunchtime Fellowship

We continue to meet on the second Wednesday of the month for which has now become a 3-course lunch served at 12.30pm.

We usually have a choice of 3 main dishes, a casserole of beef, lamb, chicken or pork, a pie or bake, & a quiche, served with

seasonal vegetables.  There are usually 4 or 5 desserts plus cheese & biscuits all finished off with a cup of tea or coffee.

We usually make our way into the church for our afternoon session and finish around 3 o’clock.

Our thanks once again to our stalwart helpers, Pam Kelly, Pauline Corcoran, Ron Polledri, Sam & Jane Sims & Graham Ponter.

Judy Potts

Keep Fit

This last year we have welcomed 5 new ladies to our group.

All the routines are “low impact” which means they are not too strenuous but are aimed at keeping muscles and joints flexible.

Classes are held on a Monday and Tuesday morning and last for one hour.

Most exercises are done standing up although some floor work is included.

If sitting or lying on the floor doesn’t appeal then one has the option of doing similar exercises sitting on a chair.

There is no charge for these classes although a small donation towards church funds is always welcome.

Carol Terry

Friday morning Coffee and Chat

This Coffee Morning is probably the longest running activity at Christchurch.  It started way back in the Community Centre

and has continued, as far as I can remember, without a break ever since.

Numbers vary a lot now sometimes only 6 or 8 and can be up to 20 – 25 occasionally. 

Our volunteers have changed this year with Lesley & David now regularly serving the coffee & teas on the first Friday of

the month, Pauline & Ron the second Friday, Val Bolton on the third Friday, Val Doll on the fourth & Greta Knowles &

Pat Gabb on the fifth.  We are so grateful to them all for their help & the time they give us each month.

Our thanks also to all those who have popped in for a coffee & chat during the year.  It’s good to catch up with your news

and enjoy some time together.

Judy Potts

Fellowship and Fairs


Christchurch can never be accused of standing still, and we are always endeavouring to hold events that not only raise funds for our church, but also welcome the Local Community through our doors.

The February Annual Quiz saw teams vying with each other to claim the highly sought-after prize- a tiny bar of chocolate, as well as the accolade of being the champion! This was followed by an evening with the Police Male Voice Choir organised by the Boys Brigade and Girls Association at which we had the pleasure of seeing our own singing group, Jubilate being backed in one number by the Choir.  The Flower Festival held in May was a beautiful occasion, bringing people from a wide area to admire the arrangements.  A mini-market in August attracted the bargain hunters and that led on to a Barn Dance and Christmas Fair, always firm favourites.  In December we held our Carols and Flowers evening and the Salvation Army Concert, and these two events brought home to all who attended the real meaning of the Holy Season.  We also once again sent out the NOAL (Nativity On A Lorry) team who visited local homes, bringing a Christmas Tableau on the Lorry, with Carols and gifts of sweets for the adults and books for the children we met on the doorstep.  This was a lovely way of reaching out to our Community and showing them Christian love.

All our regular events that encourage fellowship inside the fellowship and into the Community continue to flourish.  These include T@3, Lunchtime Fellowship, Keep Fit, Craft Circle, Coffee and Chat, Holidays and Day Trips, as well as our prayer and house groups, and more detailed reports are contained elsewhere in this report.

Thanks go to everyone who so faithfully give of their time to organise events, help in the background, clear away and make endless cups of tea!! God’s blessing be with you all.

Val Doll

Craft Circle


We have decided to support the charity “Samara’s Aid Appeal”, based in Brighton, that provides aid to those still living in Syria.  Last June we sent three sacks filled with various knitted and crocheted items with a £30 donation towards the cost of transportation.  We are about to forward another batch of clothes.

In November, we donated hand puppets, knitted bags, mittens and hats to Samaritans Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.  We always feel privileged to help in bringing joy to those whose lives are not as easy as our own.  £50 was given to Cancer Research, £30 to St Leonard’s church, Upton, to help with repairs to the fabric of the church, and our Christmas Offerings of £50 were donated to Dementia UK.  £20 given to the Foodbank brought our 2018 donations to a close.

We would like to thank the ladies of the Craft Circle for the way in which their wonderful skills are used to help others, and we thank our God for giving us talents we can use for Him.

Val Doll

Christchurch Walkers and Strollers (with O.W.L.S (Older With Less Speed)

March 2018- 14 walkers set off from Seven Springs along the Cotswold Way to Leckhampton, returning across fields and farm tracks to Seven Springs for lunch, a walk of 5miles taking 3 hours and having only two stiles.

April 2018- 14 walkers set off from Kings Stanley to visit Stanley Mill at Ryeford, then following the Stroudwater Canal to Ebley Mill, returning past Snow Mill.  The path then crossed fields, along an old railway to lunch at the Kings Head, a walk of 5 miles taking 2.5 hours and with no stiles.

May 2018- 12 walkers set off from Miserden, crossing fields and lanes to Whiteway.  The return walk was via Barn Wood and over Warren Hill.  We saw bluebells, wild garlic and friendly goats finishing with lunch at the Carpenters Arms, a walk of 5 miles taking 3 hours.

June 2018- 

20190112_112133_resized.jpg17 walkers set off from North Woodchester, following tracks and lanes, visiting old railway lines, a church and a Roman Villa to reach Selsey Common.  Return was through South Woodchester with lunch at the Royal Oak.  The walk was 6 miles long, taking 3.5 hours with 3 stiles and took place on a hot, sunny day.

July 2018- 9 walkers went around Frampton-on-Severn, Saul and Upper Framilode, visiting Fretherne Church.  The return was along the canal (complete with an ice-cream stop) with lunch at the Bell Inn, a walk of 5 miles taking 3 hours, having only 2 stiles on a hot, sunny day.

August 2018- 9 walkers went to Winchcombe railway station and walked to Toddington, following lanes and farm tracks going through Greet and Toddington old villages.  The walk was flat with no stiles and 4.5 miles long. Lunch was at the Flag and Whistle.  We caught the steam train back to Wiinchcombe.

September 2018- 14 walkers set off from Miserden village, crossing parkland to visit the River Frome, a Motte and Bailey, Miserden and Bull Banks, a walk of 2.5 hours on a dry and sunny day.  Lunch was at the Carpenters Arms.

October 2018- 10 walkers walked across three commons, starting from the Amberley Inn on Minchinhampton Common, crossing Bowham Common, around Rodborough Hill returning via Rodborough Common.  Lunch was taken at the Amberley Inn.  The walk was 5 miles long, taking 3 hours, had no stiles and very good views.

November 2018- 11 walkers went to the Village of Norton, walking across fields to Wainlodes, climbing to the view point above.  The return was across fields to Bishops Norton.  Lunch was at the Oakwood.  This was a walk of 4.5 miles, taking 3 hours with 2 stiles.

December 2018- Ian’s Christmas Walk- This attracted a record 24 walkers, walking from Christchurch to the Royal William at Cranham for lunch.  Return was vis Painswick Beacon, Watery Lane and Upton-St-Leonards.  The weather was dry but cloudy.

January 2019- 20 walkers went to Painswick Golf Club to walk to the Beacon, around Spoonbed Valley, along Halcombe Lane, the back of Rococo Gardens to return to the Golf Clubhouse for lunch, a walk of 5 miles taking 3 hours.

February 2019- 21 walkers went to Arlingham Horseshoe on the River Severn for a flat, stile-free walk of 5 miles on a dry cloudy day.  A good lunch was taken at the Red Lion in Arlingham.

If you have a favourite walk you would like to repeat, or a new one you would like to guide the group around, noting the need to be within a 45-minute drive of the church, then please speak to Vic Dowdeswell.


Vic Dowdeswell

Banner Group

During this last year we have welcomed three new members, one of whom has been teaching us interesting new skills.

We continue to meet on a Monday morning while work is in progress and then usually take a break between finishing one set of banners and starting another.

We are a very small group who would appreciate more members so you are most welcome to join us if you think this activity may suit you.

If you are not sure what is involved in making a banner why not join us for a “cuppa” and see what skills you may have to offer.

Carol Terry