Band Comp 2016

This year the young people competed once again in the National Band Competition in Stoke. They played and march fantastically and due to all their hard work and effort brought home a trophy for coming 3rd.



Every year our band go carolling, bringing along some non-band members to collect money and sing. This is always good fun, instruments dressed up in tinsel and festive hats on heads. We had a successful two nights, both which were well-attended with the band sounding so lovely that one lady was hanging her tablet out of her window so that her friend in New Zealand could hear us play over Skype! It wasn’t too cold and it didn’t rain, so overall a successful round of carolling for 2015.

Helping the Community

As a Christmas project this year our n:counta section and Company Boys were tasked with improving Christmas for older people in our community who might be spending the holidays alone. They decided that they wanted to decorate and fill shoe boxes, similar to what many schools do for disadvantaged children each year, which can then be passed on to Age UK to be given to those who might be lonely this Christmas time in our community. Between the young people themselves, the leaders, and the wonderfully supportive congregation of the Minster Bethel Church, enough gifts were donated to fill 10 boxes which the volunteers at Age UK were extremely grateful to see. They commented that it was ‘nice to see young people thinking about the older people in the community.

The Great GB/BB Bake-Off!

On 22nd November companies from all across our District met up in Tonbridge to have a baking bonanza! All ages were welcome, both GB and BB, to take part in various decorating and creating activities, finishing off with a cake decorating competition for n:vestigate and n:gage sections, and a gingerbread house building and decorating competition for n:counta and n:spire sections. They learnt how to make roses with icing, the art of piping icing, and even managed time for a game of human hungry hippos!

1st World War Band Tour to Flanders and The Somme

At the end of October 2015, the members of our band embarked on a tour in Belgium with bands from other GB and BB companies across the country. They performed at the famous Menin Gate in Ypres, Tyne Cot Cemetry and in the main square in Ypres, as well as visiting a large number of museums and important places associated with WWI. The tour was great fun, creating new friendships amongst both the young people and their leaders! Everyone who went learnt a lot about the war and the people who were involved in it, instilling a greater appreciation for what happened between 1914-1918 on the front line.

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Walmer Camp 2015!

The young people have had an exciting time at Walmer this year for their annual camp. They have participated in many different activities including den building, swimming, cycling, tree climbing. They also visited Walmer Castle and Howletts Zoo. It was a great few days away and was enjoyed by everyone!

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A Night at the Beach

On Monday 6th July our Juniors, Company Boys, Seniors and Brigaders walked down to Minster beach where they took part in a sandcastle competition and scavenger hunt. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, including a new member who definitely picked the right night to join!

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Band Competition 2015

On Saturday 6th June, 1st Minster Brigades Band went to Stoke-on-Trent to attend the annual marching band showcase of the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades. We came 3rd in our class! It was a great, but hectic, day out as it always is. For such a small band, just 9 of them, they worked really hard and played really well. Here’s to success next year!

1st Minster Girls and Boys Brigade

Welcome to 1st Minster Girls and Boys Brigade. The Brigades are international organisations. Girls and Boys Brigade are youth groups for young people between the ages of 5-25. Starting from Explorers and Anchor Boys, moving through, Juniors, Seniors, Company Boys upto Brigaders.

At 1st Minster Girls and Boys Brigade meet together and we also have acorns (3 to 5 year olds) and every section meets each week. It is a great place to meet up with friends, try out new things and learn new skills.