The Boys’ Brigade launches in Hackney

Youngsters in Boys' Brigade uniform.

Youngsters in Boys' Brigade uniform. - Credit: Archant

The Boys’ Brigade - the UK’s longest-running Christian uniformed youth organisation - is launching a new group in Hackney.

Sessions for the 1st Hackney Boys and Girls Association start next week in the Clapton New Testament Church of God, at the corner of Downs Park and Cricketfield Road

Youngsters can expect to do craft activities, music, games, sports and go on visits whilst working towards gaining badges.

The Boys’ Brigade was founded in Glasgow in 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith and is now a global movement.

Neil Folkes, Captain of the 1st Hackney Boys and Girls Association, said: “By engaging with young people through a programme of fun events and activities, our aim is to make a difference to their lives and the local community, something I’m personally very passionate about.”

Sessions for Anchors (5-8yrs) will run on Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, with a session for Juniors (8-11) afterwards from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Company sessions for 11-15 year olds will take place on Friday evening.

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A launch event takes place on Saturday May 17 from 2pm to 5pm.

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