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Stena Line Fundraising Invitation

I would like to extend an invitation to Boys’ Brigade Companies throughout Northern Ireland to visit leading ferry company Stena Line’s terminal in Belfast to undertake a fundraising exercise.

The Sea Cadets ran a very successful event at our terminal in West Bank Road over the Easter period where they collected money in the car lanes (this was tallied with them washing car/van windscreens) and the departure lounge for an hour prior to two of our daily HSS departures to Scotland (1220 and 1710).

We would be happy to accommodate any BB Companies who would like to undertake a similar windscreen washing/collection exercise (the summer months are our busiest period of the year). Incidentally, the Sea Cadets raised approx £450 per day over three days. From our point of view our customers are provided with an extra service before boarding the ship, while the BB Companies get to raise lots of money. It’s a win-win for both of us.If any BB Company is interested in fundraising in this way could you please get them to e-mail me at the address below (please include mobile phone number) and I’ll make the necessary arrangements.

Nigel Tilson <nigel.tilson@stenaline.com>
UK Communications Manager
Stena Line

Via Kenneth McLaughlin (Training and Development Officer) at Rathmore House

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Ballywatt in the Peak District

1st Ballywatt Company have recently returned from their Camp at the Glenbrook Guide Centre in the Peak District.

The 10 boys and five staff (including their cook!) spent seven days at the site which is approximately five hours from Stranraer Port in Scotland. They found the site in a lovely location and very well maintained. The week's programme included various sports, competitions, worship and swimming.

The camp also included a trip to Old Trafford where they say they "never saw a lawn like it at Old Trafford – carefully guarded – couldn’t even hover over it, let alone walk on it!!". Also on the agenda was a day at Alton Towers. Both trips were within about one hour of the camp site at Glenbrook.

The boys and staff had good weather for the most part, with a few heavy showers. They said they would highly recommend the site adding that they took our own canvas but think that canvas can be hired.

"All in all a good week."

Details provided by Rev Ivan Hunter (Chaplain, 1st Ballywatt)

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