Brookside Methodist Church

Through God's Grace we seek to make Brookside Methodist Church a place for everyone to come together and allow Jesus and the Holy Spirit to make a lasting difference in our lives, community and church.

Brookside Boys' Brigade

A Brief History on The Boys' Brigade

The Boys' Brigade was founded by Sir William Alexander Smith on the 4th of October 1883 in Glasgow. The aim from the beginning was to encourage discipline and self respect for the boys.

Today the aims of the Boys' Brigade remain the same and the motto of The Boys' Brigade is 'Sure and Steadfast'. Boys' will work towards badges that encourage their development of new and existing skills that they have. All boys will receive Christian teaching during their time in the company.

The 4th Peterborough Boys' Brigade company is attached to Brookside Methodist Church and is part of the South Lincolnshire Battalion in the East Midlands district of the BB in the UK.

The 4th Peterborough was formed in February 1974 by the late Mr D Parkin and was part of New England Methodist Church. In 1976 when New England Church was merged to become part of Brookside, the company transferred to Brookside.

We meet on Thursday evenings between 6:00pm and 7:30pm for 5-11 year olds and 6:45pm and 8:30pm for 11-15 year olds.

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You can follow the activities of the 4th Peterborough Boys’ Brigade on Facebook at or Twitter @4thPboroBB.

You can find more information about the organisation on the Boys’ Brigade national website -

The Anchors programme is designed for 5-8 year olds. Activities from the programme range from team games to cooking. The five main areas are Mind, Body, Spirit, Community and Creativity The Badges that can be achieved through taking part in the programme are Green, Red and Blue plus an award for years of attendance. 

The Juniors programme is aimed at 8-11 year olds. Badges are awarded for taking part in the programme. The main focus of the programme is Mind, Body, Spirit, Community and Creativity. The badges that can be achieve are Target, Bronze, Silver and Gold plus an award for years of attendance. 

The Discover programme is aimed at 11-15 year olds. The format changes and is based around Recreation, Community and Skills as the core with chances of obtaining four grades of badges in each, as well as the Compass Badge, the Discover Badge, an award for years of attendance and the President’s Badge. 

Challenge Plus is the final programme of the BB and is aimed at 15-18 year olds. With focus on Recreation, Community and Skills, young people choose and instigate work on projects or challenges to work towards the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and an award for years of attendance. The programme also enables young people to achieve The Queen’s Badge, the highest and most prestigious award that can be achieved in the Boys’ Brigade.

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