Boys’ Brigade and Girlguiding Christmas Appeal 2023

We have been thinking about all the children and families in our area who are struggling and with Christmas fast approaching decided to offer our hand of friendship and organise our Christmas Appeal again.

Organisations will help to contribute in different ways e.g. donate one nights collections, decorate and fill boxes as part of badge work.  We are extending our appeal to parents and members of the congregation to take part and would be grateful if you could donate something from the list below.



Christmas Crackers Tinned Custard Gift Sets for Boys and Girls
Selection Boxes Tinned Rice Pudding New Toys
Sweets Coffee Board Games – Age 5 and upwards
Christmas Cake Tea Bags Hats
Chocolates Shampoo Scarves
Chocolate Biscuits Soap Gloves
Cream Biscuits Toothpaste/Brushes Socks, Boys and Girls
Shortbread Nappies – Sizes 4, 5, 6 Pants, Boys and Girls
Mince Pies Soap Powder Tights, Age 2 upwards
Rice Cleaning Materials Warms Pyjamas, Boys and Girls
Pasta Colouring Books/Crayons Pants, Gents
Pasta Sauce Colouring Pens/Pencils Socks, Gents
Tinned Fruit Art Sets Notepad, Eraser,

Ruler, Sharpener

Tinned Fish Nail Varnish Sets (girls over 12) Pencil Case
Nice Tinned Meat Brushes Small Ball eg Tennis Ball
Tinned Potatoes Combs Hand and Bath Towels
Tinned Vegetables


The tinned food is to ensure the families will have a Christmas dinner.  This list is only a suggestion to give you some ideas.  On behalf of the families we are grateful for all donations!

Dates sections resume for Session 2023/24

We hope you all had  great summer and ready to get back to BB, or join us for the first time.

Our sections resume on the dates and times below:

  • Anchor Boys’ – Wednesday 6th September @ 6:00pm
  • Junior Section – Monday 4th September @ 7:30pm
  • Company Section – Wednesday 6th September @ 7:30pm

Annual Holiday 2023 – Kirkham

This year we are once again returning to The Boys’ Brigade Northwest DIstrict Training Centre at Kirkahm for our annual holiday, which will run from Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th April 2023 (first week of the school Easter holidays).

The centre is self-catering and is situated in the grounds of a former farm which the Northwest District purchased as their headquartes for the centenary of the BB in 1983. The large grounds incorporate a farmhouse which serves as the main office as well as the Wardens flat. The grounds also include a large camping field, pupose built multi use games hall and also two accomodation buildings – Steadfast Lodge and the much larger Centenary Hall which is the accomodation we will be using.

Kirkham Centenary Hall

Centenary Hall

As previously this will be a joint holiday with both the Junior Section and Company Section holidaying together, however the sections will be accommodated within rooms of the centre and will operate largely separate programmes of activities; coming together mainly for meals.

The past holidays area of the site under the appropriate sections will show some of our past activity programs as well as some photos.

Activities for the duration of our stay have yet to be confirmed, but we plan to use the centre as a base to visit attractions in the local area including the many attractions in Blackpool..

If you wish your son to attend the holiday, a deposit of £30 must be paid by the below dates:

  • Junior Section – Monday 6th Feburary, 2023
  • Company Section – Wednesday 1st February, 2023

Boys in each section have been issued letters which provide details specific to their section. Boys will be issued with a payment card and the balance of the holiday can be paid up week by week if you wish. The full balance is due no later than Wednesday 22nd March, 2023 for both Junior Section and for Company Section.

Please note that any cancellations after 27th February will be subject to payment in full.