Boys Brigade lose secretary

Sheila Brown received her gifts after stepping down as secretary/treasurer of the Galloway Boys Brigade

Sheila Brown received her gifts after stepping down as secretary/treasurer of the Galloway Boys Brigade

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The secretary/treasurer of the Galloway Battalion of the Boys Brigade has stepped down after nearly 15 years of service.

Sheila Brown moved to Newton Stewart over 15 years ago from West Yorkshire to be closer to her family after retiring as a police officer.

She had already worker for the Boys Brigade while down in Yorkshire so she was quickly recruited on board and became the battalion secretary/treasurer.

She held this position for her time with the Galloway Battalion despite her only thinking she would be there for a short time.

Sheila is the local contact for all Boys Brigade news, not only in Scotland but worldwide and has certainly kept them on their toes.

Jim Ryder said: “Sheila has been the organiser for all battalion parades in the past and will be sadly missed.”

At the battalion AGM recently president David Allison presented Sheila with gifts and cards from the officers and boys of 1st Whithorn and 3rd Stranraer Companies.

They all wish Sheila a very happy retirement in her new home back down in Yorkshire.

The Boys Brigade was founded in Glasgow in the 19th century and has flourished ever since, especially in Scotland.

It was the first voluntary uniformed youth movement in the world, founded by William Alexander Smith.

They are dependant on volunteers like Sheila and there are around 13,000 volunteer leaders across the country.